The Algarve is more than a welcoming tourist destination; it’s also a longstanding hotspot for property investment thanks to a busy tourism sector, strong rental demand, and rising house prices.
For those looking to make the most of the region’s opportunities, it’s important to scope out which areas offer the best potential returns. According to recent data from Idealista, house prices in the Algarve have been undergoing interesting changes. We take a look at some of the rising stars of the region.
The Big Picture – Property Prices are Rising
The general trend in the Algarve indicates a rise in house prices. The price of houses in the region increased by 1.2% in August compared to July. The median cost of buying a house stood at 3,215 euros per square metre (euros/m²) at the end of August. When considering the quarterly and annual variations, the increase was 1.8% and 13%, respectively, highlighting the region’s resilient market. It’s also worth noting that, of the 16 locations mentioned, prices only fell in three municipalities.
Where are Prices Rising and Falling
Leading the way in this upward trend are the municipalities of Monchique, with a 3.5% increase, followed by Lagos at 1.9%, and Aljezur at 1.7%. These figures highlight areas of potential high returns for investors.
While some areas have remained stable, like Olhão (0.1%) and Faro (0%), others have experienced decreases, most notably Castro Marim with a -4% dip in prices.
Albufeira recorded a 1% increase in property prices, which may seem modest compared to other municipalities, but the area also has a unique appeal. Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a plethora of dining options, Albufeira is often considered the heart of the Algarve’s tourist scene.
Its property market attracts a diverse group, from young families to retirees, and of course, investors looking for holiday rentals. With a median price of 3,294 euros/m², Albufeira combines a luxurious lifestyle with relatively accessible pricing, making it a highly sought-after location.
Loulé is the most expensive area at 3,898 euros/m², followed by Lagos and Aljezur. In contrast, the most affordable municipalities are Alcoutim (753 euros/m²), São Brás de Alportel (2,335 euros/m²), and Monchique (2,372 euros/m²).
Algarve in the National Context
In a broader perspective, the national average for property prices in Portugal remained stable, standing at 2,526 euros/m² for the same period. This stability at the national level could be attributed to a variety of factors including economic conditions and the general state of the housing market across the country. However, what stands out is that the Algarve is clearly bucking this national trend.
The region’s 1.2% monthly increase and especially the 13% annual rise are significantly higher than the country’s average, showcasing its unique market dynamics and investment potential.
With its blend of luxury and affordability across different municipalities, the Algarve remains a compelling choice for various types of property buyers. Areas like Albufeira offer a unique mix of lifestyle benefits that make it a particularly attractive option. When situated within the broader national context, the Algarve’s property market appears to offer higher growth potential, making it an exciting prospect for those looking to invest in Portuguese real estate.
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