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The Algarve in Portugal is a favourite destination for many holidaymakers from the UK, and with good reason. Apart from any other considerations, the climate is great, with over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, and cooling ocean breezes which reduce the heat of summer to a comfortable level. The Algarve is also easy to reach from the UK, Faro being just a two-and-a-half-hour flight. There is also a modern, fast motorway network when you arrive. 
For much the same reasons, many UK residents choose to retire to the Algarve when they have said their goodbyes to the workplace, because they can live in the sun, and yet it is easy to take a trip back to the UK to see friends and relations. 
 
In the Algarve, the locals are friendly and welcoming, and many of them speak English. There is also a fairly large expat community composed of people from many European countries, with over half of them being either British or Irish. The cost of living is fairly reasonable as well, with property prices in the Western Algarve being cheaper than Spain, and wages overall are lower than in Northern Europe. Locally produced beer wine and spirits, along with food, are also relatively inexpensive. 
 
A lot of cheeses are produced in the Algarve as are cured hams and olive oil together with the famous acorn-fed black pork. Olives, grapes, citrus, pine nuts, almonds, and figs are all locally grown as are many seasonal vegetables. There is also a wide choice of different wines, and of course, there is always port. In addition, there is always plenty of fresh fish caught in the Atlantic, including sea bass, stone bass, bream, oysters, clams, and mussels. 
 
If you are a golfer, the Algarve is Paradise, with 35 golf courses including some of the best in Western Europe such as the recently re-designed 27-hole course at Palmares. On the west coast there is surfing, sport fishing, windsurfing, water skiing, sport fishing, scuba diving, sailing courses, and yacht charters. There are great facilities for tennis, squash, bowls, mountain biking, blo-karting and microlite flying. There are theme parks, a zoo, and a petting zoo for children, while the Sagres peninsula is superb for bird-watching and is at the western end of the Rota Vicentina which is a 300-kilometre long walking trail. 
 
The Algarve has a lot of wide, open spaces with no large-scale agriculture or industry. The air and water are clean, and the population is low, and so is the traffic. 
 
Portugal also has a free national health service much like ours, and the cost of prescriptions is subsidised and also tax-deductible if you are working in the country. Dental and veterinary care are also of a high standard and reasonably priced. 
 
If you are going to move to the Algarve in Portugal, you will need our service at Movers International for Algarve removals to Portugal. For small items we have a regular run to Portugal every two weeks, and they can be included on the next one. Full-house removals are different, and you may very well need a whole removals van, depending upon what you plan to take. This is no problem, wherever you are going, and we can take care of everything for you, from packing everything up at this end securely so that it all arrives in one piece to delivering it to your new home. 
 
Our Algarve removals to Portugal service is designed so that you never have to worry about anything. Just leave the whole thing to our capable team at Movers International: we have been doing this for over 30 years, so we know how to move you without any stress or worries. 
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