Second Home Heaven


Two new reports show that Portugal not only provides a better cost of living than the UK, but a better quality of life too. Numbeo’s 2021 mid-year update positions Portugal 20th globally for its quality of life, compared to 23rd for the UK. For cost of living, the UK ranks as the 21st most expensive country in the world, while Portugal sits at a much more cost-effective 37th place.

The Post Office Holiday Money Report 2021, meanwhile, has found Portugal’s Algarve region to be the cheapest holiday destination in the Eurozone – and the third cheapest in the world. The annual report, which looks at items ranging from dinner for two with wine to sun cream, noted a 16.5% drop in costs since the previous results.

Nor is it just affordable holidays that the Algarve has to offer. Property there provides excellent value for money compared to the UK. At Amendoeira Golf Resort, for example, key-ready homes are available from just €285,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and €575,000 for a three-bedroom villa with its own pool. Combined with the affordability of the Algarve in general and the huge added value that properties at Amendoeira deliver, this makes Portugal an exciting proposition.

Alda Filipe, Sales & Marketing Director, Kronos Homes said: “All of our buyers at Amendoeira have access to a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, as well as a thoughtfully designed, high-quality home. They are also in a prime position to enjoy the natural beauty of the Algarve coast, which the World Travel Awards crowned the ‘World’s Leading Beach Destination’ in 2020.”

The facilities on offer at Amendoeira include two communal swimming pools, six tennis courts, two AstroTurf five-a-side pitches and one natural grass football field. There is also over a kilometre of picturesque jogging track. The gems at the heart of it all are the award-winning Faldo Golf Course and the delightfully challenging O’Connor Jnr Course. Homeowners at Amendoeira can play at a 40% discount, including use of Portugal’s only illuminated nine-hole golf course – perfect as those hot summer evenings turn into balmy summer nights.

On-site facilities at Amendoeira also include a new clubhouse, reception, restaurant and sports bar, along with security, reception, maid and laundry services. Buyers seeking an equivalent property and range of services and amenities in the UK will quickly find that they need to pay significantly more than they do in the Algarve.

Alda Filipe concluded: “Between Portugal’s superior quality of life, its value as a holiday destination, the short flight from the UK and the facilities on offer at Amendoeira, I think families will be hard-pressed to find a more appealing second home destination.”



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