YOUR ALGARVE LIFESTYLE
Having made the life changing decision to buy a holiday home, retire to the Algarve, move your family to wonderful new life in the sun or set up a business venture in Portugal, you will find that there are many expatriate service industries here in the Algarve to assist you. These invaluable specialist services will take the stress out of your relocation, allowing you to enjoy your new lifestyle in the Algarve.
One of the most important Associations in the Algarve geared towards expatriate life is AFPOP, the Association for Foreign Residents and Property Owners. Established in 1987 membership with AFPOP provides excellent and useful information with a regular newsletter informing members of developments and changes in legislation in Portugal. Contact Michael Reeve the CEO through their website www.afpop.com Telephone 351 282 458 509 for more information.
THE BRITISH CONSULATE in Portimao has extremely helpful and friendly staff willing to assist with those unforeseen emergencies and give you the advice you need with regards to local doctors, lawyers, interpreters etc. They are available to provide support and advice if you have been a victim of crime, are hospitalised or arrested. Telephone 351 808 203 537 for assistance.
Having found a property through a reputable agent, you will need a Lawyer fluent in both
Portuguese and your home language. There are many excellent Lawyers and it is always a
good move to have someone personally recommended. We at Your Algarve Property have
used the following for many years.
Dra Filomena Duarte Albufeira- email: [email protected] telephone 351 289 514717
Dr Antonio Pinto Almancil – email: [email protected] telephone 351 289 895 420
Dr Fransisco Weinholtz Portimao – email: [email protected] telephone: 351 967 837 136 or 351 282 240901
Then of course you may need help filling in annual tax returns (IRS) if your are resident in Portugal or earning an income from holiday rentals. You will also need an Accountant if you are opening a business as a Sole Trader or forming a Company.
Eurofinesco SA in Guia can assist with all aspects of accounting, tax returns and investment advice. Call Wilson Hamilton on 351 289 561333 or email: [email protected]
Sovereign Lda in Lagoa have offices worldwide and offer a similar service, www.sovereigngroup.com contact Nigel Anteney-Hoare on 351 282 340480 if you require fiscal representation, or information on business start-up or purchase of property in a company.
Whether you are looking to link up with satellite television for your UK soaps and news, looking for a competitive mobile phone provider or internet server – the Algarve can provide you will all essential services.
Whilst there was an explosion of high quality interior design shops along the Algarve during the early part of the millennium, the likes of IKEA in Lisbon and Seville have provided a source of affordable and stylish furnishings. However, do not discount buying suitable furnishings from your home country and having them delivered to the Algarve. Quite often you will find electrical items, good quality beds, and lounge furnishings are better priced with a wider selection in the UK.
The Golden Triangle, Almancil and furniture showrooms along the EN125 provide a shop window for most types of furnishings. Conforama and Movi Flor supply flatpack furniture and there are many designer soft furnishing outlets. Gato Preto, Casa and Espacio Casa have an interesting selection of ornamental goods and kitchen utensils. The Linen Warehouse in Almancil and Alcantarilha has English bed linens, quality towels and a new range in ready to hang curtains. You can get traditional basket ware and rattan from the Portuguese Warehouses which are on the road from Boliquieme to Loule. Dont forget to visit the Algarvean Potteries, in particular the famous original Porches Pottery at Porches on the EN125 for handpainted ceramics or order bespoke dinner services, name plaques, and decorative tiles to suit your new home – www.porchespottery.com.
Imported Curtain Fabrics are available, along with ready made curtains, Leroy Merlin at Guia and Gato Preto in the Shopping Centres have a good selection. Portugal is known for its local upholsters who will refurbish a jaded sofa and make up stunning bespoke curtains, swags and bed covers at a reasonable cost.
HEALTH CLINICS AND HOSPITALS
We are extremely fortunate in the Algarve to have multi-lingual Medical Teams, excellent private health clinics in most major cities and of course the Portuguese medical system is known as a ‘Country of First Class Medical Excellence’ within Europe. For those of you who will be resident in the country, you will be able to register with your local medical centre (Centro do Saude) to obtain medical services at a minimal cost similar to the National Health Service. If you prefer the services of a private Doctor or Dentist then the following practices are well known in the area, and there are many homeopathic and alternative medical practitioners available.
International Health Clinic Albufeira – Telephone 351 289 588923
Luzdoc – Luz, Lagos – Telephone 351 282 780709
Dr Robert Popken Carvoeiro – Telephone 351 282 356 995
Dr Jan Van Dyjk Albufeira – Telephone 351 542061
Hospital Particular – Alvor and Faro – Telephone 351 282400 or Faro 351 289 892009
Dentist Dr John McKean – Clinica Pacifico Albufeira – Telephone 351 289 543545
Insurance Agencies are numerous, offering a wide range of insurance policies for expatriates and private medical cover.
David Hills Insurance – email [email protected] or telephone 351 289 399 774
Ibex Insurance – email [email protected] or telephone 351 289 360578
Medal Insurance – email [email protected] or telephone 351 282 430800
Bupa International – email [email protected] or telephone 351 282 357853
We are fortunate to have many skilled expatriate artisan’s semi retired in the Algarve or actively running full time businesses. Carpenters, Painters, Electricians, Plumbers, Gardeners, Swimming Pool Maintenance Engineer’s are only a phone call away.
There are a multitude of Property Managers and Holiday Rental Companies all happy to assist, please feel free to call or email us and we will endeavour to put you in touch with someone in your area.
There are a number of independant Mortgage Brokers on the Algarve and of course the main High Street Banks, which include Barclays Portugal and Santander. You may want to contact the following for advice regarding loans and property mortgages:
Gail Seira of Blue Ribbon Finance – www.blueribbonfinance.com or email: [email protected] speak to Gail on Telephone 351 91 3040808
Anglo Portuguese Mortgages view their websie on www.angloportuguesemortgages.com
email: [email protected] or Telephone 351 282 697714 or UK 44 1749 841115
There are a number of qualified British Chartered Surveyors in the Algarve, who will be happy to quote for a structural survey, renovations, new builds, snagging and planning requirements.
Here are the contact details of two of our local Surveyors:
Ian Rostron MRICS – www.surveyorsalgarve.com telephone 351 96 5099 409
Richard Kale MRICS – email: [email protected] telephone 351 969 124 275
There is a wide choice of local Portuguese state schools and private international schooling with an excellent reputation and offering a comprehensive curriculum. Full information is available on the following websites.
International School of the Algarve, Porches – www.internationalschoolofthealgarve.com email: [email protected] or Telephone 351 282 342547
Vale Verde International School, Burgau Lagos – www.vvis.org email: [email protected] or Telephone 351 282 697205
Vilamoura International School (Colegio Internacional de Vilamoura) – www.civ.com.pt email: [email protected] or Telephone 351 289 303280
SHOPPING IN THE ALGARVE
There are many hypermarkets and supermarkets in the Algarve stocking a wide range of goods including imported produce. Excellent fresh fruit and vegetables are obtainable from the local Portuguese Markets along with a great selection of locally caught fish. Apolonia in Almancil and Gale pride themselves in their huge variety of stock geared to the expatriate market. More recently we have enjoyed the pleasures of Iceland at Guia who offer a taste of English delights, frozen convenience foods, and those luxuries missed by the expatriate resident! Online shopping is also popular with chains such as Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s and Asda all prepared to deliver to UK transport depot’s for delivery to the Algarve. Direct Transport have weekly deliveries and will bring small boxes to larger containers.
Retail therapy is a must at both the local boutique shops and the Algarve Shopping Centre at Guia, the Forum at Faro and the new shopping complexes at Portimao. Dont miss out exploring the traditional and designer shops in the streets of the local towns and cities, who often have bargains in linens, leather goods and ceramics.
We are fortunate in recent years to have a fleet of transport companies regularly delivering to and from the Algarve.
Direct International Transport – www.directtransport.et email: [email protected] telephone 351 282 313 966 or UK 44 (0)208 144 5618
Gauntlett International Transport – email: [email protected] or contact their representative on telephone 351 219 242 917
Algarve Removals – www.algarveremovals.com email: [email protected] telephone 351 289 513851 or UK 44 (0)1245 468888