Sea view tax
It is worth noting that from the start of 2017, some foreign buyers looking to purchase a home in Portugal that has unspoilt sea views or faces the sun will be hit with a 20 per cent increase in purchasing tax. However, the new rule will affect only those homes with a value of 250,000 euros – a relatively small fraction of the Portuguese property market.
Fun facts about Portugal
• The Portuguese Empire was the first global empire in history and one of the longest-lived colonial powers, lasting for almost six centuries. At its height, it included what are now 53 different countries.
• Portugal has had the same defined borders since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe.
• Portuguese is the official language of nine countries: Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Principe, Sao Tome, and Equatorial Guinea. There are estimated to be over 236 million Portuguese speakers worldwide.
• Portugal and England have the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world. The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance was signed in 1373 and is in force until this day!
• The westernmost point on mainland Europe is found in Portugal - the Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca).
• Over half of the world's cork is produced in Portugal.
• The highest temperature ever recorded in Portugal was 47.4oC in Amareleja, Alentejo on 1st August 2003. The coldest was -16oC in the mountain village of Penhas da Saúde – one of the country’s only winter resort. This record low has been recorded twice – in January 1945 and February 1954.
• The 10.7 mile-long Vasco de Gama bridge in Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe.