Steeped in history and a firm favourite with expats
Loulé sits 12 kilometres back from the coast - in terms of property you certainly get more bang for your buck here.
It is a good rule of thumb in the Algarve that any property which is located north of the A22 and EN125 will be lower in price per square meter than those on the coastal side of the roads. Properties in Loulé are no exception. For the price of a three bedroom apartment in Quinta do Lago you can buy a four bedroom, private, detached villa in the hills of Loulé.
Loulé itself is steeped in history and is a big favourite with expats looking to relocate. Its 13th century castle is built on an area previously settled by the Romans and its main church was built on the site of an ancient mosque and also dates back to the 13th century.
Loulé has also gained a reputation as the craft capital of the Algarve. Local handicrafts include ceramics, copper ware, leatherwear, embroidered linen and tableware, quilts and lace, many of which can be purchased at the colourful Saturday market.
Owning a property in Loulé gives you the option of buying a piece of traditional Algarve combined with modern living. You are just a 10 minutes drive to Almancil, there is easy access to the excellent road and rail networks, you are close to world-renowned golf courses, you have a wide choice of local leisure activities for all ages including art galleries, swimming pools and a sports pavilion, a wealth of restaurants and bars serving international cuisine, traditional markets, numerous supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, local health centres … we could go on.
If you are looking for a property in an authentic country town in the foothills of the Algarve mountains then search no further than Loulé.