The Locations




Today’s seniors or retirees are mostly independent, active individuals who seek to retain their independence and autonomy for as long as possible. The accommodation and lifestyle solutions they seek must match their personal situation, preference and approach to life.

Algarve Senior Living is a premier provider of permanent, long-stay and winter accommodation for seniors, and a leader in relocation services for retirees. For our customers and guests, this means access to a range of options, across a variety of locations, a range of activities and specialist retirement and related services through our extensive partner network. Most importantly, our exclusive focus on the senior or retiree demographic means that your accommodation options are suitable and well considered for the senior market. From locations within walking distance of amenities and transport, to accessible, single floor properties or apartments served by elevators, to environments within existing multi-lingual, expatriate communities, we have made it easier to find and occupy a new home.

Customers should understand that the term "senior living” is not interchangeable with "old age home” or "assisted living”. Nor does the term "senior” or "retiree” or "50+” automatically imply an exclusive focus on dependent customers. On the contrary: 90% of our clients, seniors typically aged 50 or more, are mostly independent, active individuals, although we also have access to assisted living, domiciliary care, and full-time care solutions. We are thus able to cater for a range of customers at any stage of their pre-retirement or retirement.

Our business has access to a range of accommodation and real estate options covering the entire Algarve from the Spanish border at Vila Real de Santo António, to the very west near Sagres. Our most popular options (from west to east) include Lagos, Portimão/Alvor/Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Albufeira, Vilamoura/Quarteira, Vale do Lobo/Almancil, Loulé/São Brás de Alportel and Tavira.

In Lisbon, we focus on anything from historical districts such as Lapa, Bairro Alto and Chiado, the modern Expo area, the new suburbs of the city (Avenidas Novas), and west to Restelo. Further west, we offer excellent coverage of the "Linha” extending to the ever-popular Estoril and Cascais neighbourhoods.

On the Silver coast our options are concentrated around the popular locations of Peniche, Caldas/Óbidos/Foz do Arelho, São Martinho do Porto and Nazaré. Although we have access to traditional properties, our focus in this region is increasingly on modern, comfortable options, well prepared and insulated to deal with the windier Atlantic climate.

The locations which we have selected allow you to experience the country, lifestyle and people before making a permanent move. Even if you cannot or do not yet wish to move abroad permanently, you can spend one or more months every year at your home away from home. Our extensive rental-based options give you flexibility and peace of mind. Stay with us if you have your heart set on buying a property but are just not sure where and how, or want to spend some time experiencing what life will be like, before taking the plunge. It is important to set client expectations correctly, namely that in Southern Europe, the concept of a "senior living village” is in its infancy and that "communities” are created, not by seniors living in the same condominium "village” but in selecting villages or towns where like-minded people live. The community is thus built by the interaction of people sharing similar interests or activities.

Below you will find a non-exhaustive list of some of the main destinations we cover, as well as information about each, including examples of rental properties and properties to buy. Where possible, we have pointed out our suggested try-before-you-decide location, which allows you to live in your own serviced accommodation (apartment or small villa/cottage) while you explore the respective region.

Lagos and Praia da Luz


Long considered to be one of the most authentic cities of the Algarve, Lagos retains a unique balance between the traditional and historical, embodied in the cobblestoned Old Town and the original city walls, and the modern, as evidenced by its stunning marina and the city’s contemporary sporting facilities. Probably the city in the Algarve which best achieves a balance between a residential and tourism "feel”, the city is a year-round home for both Portuguese and expatriate residents. While calmer during the winter, the city’s diverse residential population ensures Lagos remains active all the time. From apartments, villas, cottages and townhouses, with sea or countryside views, and even refurbished properties within its centuries-old city centre, Lagos and the surrounding area offer a wealth of accommodation choices.



Portimão and surrounds


Algarve Senior Living selected its third location in response to customer demand for a site which did not require a car and which was within walking distance of a range of amenities. The river view location is an excellent choice for anyone visiting the Algarve and wishing to explore on their own, without a car, to be shown some of the Algarve Senior Living locations by the team, or who cannot stay for the initial one month minimum required at most other locations.





The first Algarve Senior Living locations selected are set in a uniquely beautiful setting on the outskirts of Carvoeiro, with both sea views and expansive country views stretching all the way to the modern bridge over the Arade River and the Monchique mountains.





Near the most authentic city in the Eastern Algarve and the location of greatest cultural and population importance beyond Faro, Algarve Senior Living clients will find a choice of both independent and our recommended care location.

Specifically targeted at customers who require care or assistance, our partnership with this modern, purpose-built site is one of the best examples of the way in which we are moving to an end-to-end offering for the senior market, even if the requirement for care only occurs in a small minority of situations.



A Glimpse of our Independent Rental Options

Many of today’s seniors continue to thrive on being independent, active and autonomous, and wish to choose a location which is consistent with their preferences and interests. As a result of increasing requests from customers, Algarve Senior Living has compiled what we believe is one of the broadest range of independent long-term or permanent rental options in the region.

Choose from 1 and 2 bedroom sea-front and city centre apartments, through single-storey bungalows in quaint locations or typical Algarve villages, to 3 bedroom villas where family can visit. We also offer options for those with pets, and specialist options such as accommodation on golf courses or properties which allow eligible future residents to apply for the tax-free Non Habitual Residence status.

If you do not find something among our broad range of options, or if you are new to the Algarve and do not know in which region you wish to rent, we offer a fixed-price multi-region visit and property viewing service. This means we work for you to find the most suitable alternatives. Contact us for the broadest possible range of options.



A Sample of Properties for Sale

Algarve Senior Living’s range of options now include a variety of apartments, townhouses, cottages and villas located across the Algarve. Our focussed and personalised search capability has also meant that we have located investment and even refurbishment opportunities, for those who intend to remain active in their senior years in the sun.

Our extensive range of partnerships with owners, developers and local agents provides customers with a one-stop solution for their long-stay or permanent retirement needs.

As a result of this broad network of alliances, Algarve Senior Living also has a range of properties for sale in Lisbon, the Cascais/Estoril coast, and the Silver coast, north of Lisbon.

Future Senior Living villages

For those planning for retirement in a few years, or who are considering a move from an existing retirement village or holiday village, either in the Algarve or abroad, a landmark senior living project, located in Silves, has already received investment from a large foreign investment group. This project will be incorporated into the Algarve Senior Living network when it is built. It is expected to be one of the first rental-based bespoke retirement villages in the region. Due to its ambitious scope and size, it is expected that planning, which has been underway for several years, will still take several more.

Considered as one of the best winter microclimates in the Algarve, Silves will be the setting for a planned ground-breaking project.


Algarve Senior Living is also working with several potential sites (including Lagos, Portimão, Carvoeiro, and São Brás de Alportel), either in an advisory, design, marketing or future management capacity, to ensure that we remain at the forefront of senior living options over the medium to long term. Any investors or partners involved in this area should feel free to contact us to discuss potential synergies.



Algarve Senior Living Future Plans


Algarve Senior Living continues to adapt to you, our customers. New locations. New services. A continuous move towards independent living. A balance between personalisation and helping as many potential clients as possible. Whether you are already an Algarve Senior Living customer or are thinking of becoming one, let us have your views, ideas and suggestions. We don’t promise we will implement them all, but we’ll certainly get to the best ones as quickly as we can. And thank you for your valuable suggestions which are helping us to shape our business!