While it is possible to purchase a home without physically setting foot in it, there's nothing like visiting a property and exploring the surrounding area before making an investment decision.
Besides hopping on a flight to Portugal to embark on your house-hunting adventure, here are some considerations to bear in mind to make the trip as fruitful as possible.
• Do your homework. Pre-book viewings to make the most of your time and give yourself leeway for possible rescheduling.
• Explore the surroundings. Stay in the area you're interested in to get a feel for the place. Consider what it would be like to live or retire there, or even rent out the property.
• Stay at a great property. Whether it's a villa or an apartment, rent out somewhere that closely matches your requirements to make sure your must-haves are actually aligned with your needs.
• Enjoy some downtime. While the trip may have a specific goal, you're in the Algarve! Make the most of the region and all it has to offer.