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Throughout 2021, property prices continued to rise across the country. While the most significant increase was in the Madeira archipelago and Greater Lisbon (13.6% and 10.9%, respectively), the cost of houses in the Algarve also increased by almost 10%.

According to the price index published by the Portuguese real estate website Idealista, at the end of December 2021, buying a house in the Algarve cost the buyer €2,602 per square metre, a significant increase when compared to April last year (read more).

Overall, the price of property in Portugal rose by 8.3% between December 2020 and December 2021. In the Algarve, that number stood at 9.9%. In quarterly terms, prices rose by 3%.

The biggest increases in the region were registered in Olhão and Alcoutim (15.1% in both cases), followed by Silves (12.5%), Portimão (12.3%) and Castro Marim (10 .9%). Lagos saw a 10.4% rise and Albufeira 10%.

Meanwhile, property prices also increased in Vila Real de Santo António, by 8.8%, and Lagoa, by 7.8%, while the only drop in the region was registered in Monchique, by 2.7%.

Currently, the most expensive municipality in which to buy a house is Loulé (€3,157/sqm), followed by Lagos (€2,894/sqm) and Lagoa (€2,791/sqm). At the other end of the scale is Monchique (€1,662/sqm), São Brás de Alportel (€1,992/sqm), Vila Real de Santo António (€2,115/sqm) and Silves (€2,135/sqm).

In November, the same property site recorded a two-year high in house prices (see here), despite experts forecasting a significant drop following the end of the moratoriums at the end of September 2021 (read more here).

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