It was the hottest July on record, with temperatures in the Algarve consistently hitting the mid-30ºC range. Understandably, a swimming pool is non-negotiable for many visitors and residents but, across Portugal, there's a scarce supply of properties with pools.
Only 11% of homes in Portugal have a pool or access to one, according to the latest study by property portal idealista. And those that do are, on average, 79% more expensive than those that don't.
In the Algarve, where a pool is very much a part of the lifestyle and used well beyond the summer months if it's heated, just 25% of properties on the market have this facility. And on average, they cost 21% more.
The Algarve is the region with the most private pools after Funchal, in Madeira (34%). In Coimbra and Viseu, just 1% of properties offer access to a swimming pool.
The biggest difference in cost between properties with pools and those without is in Lisbon, where apartments providing the amenity are 86% more expensive. In Porto, they're 53% more.