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Buying a building plot could be a great alternative in the current ALGARVE property market. Demand is high and there is a shortage of built properties. If the current economic climate is causing delays to your dream of purchasing a property in Portugal - buying a plot could be an alternative to riding out the economic storm, while getting your foot on the Algarve property ladder!

Monday, 01 January 2024 - Guide

Buying a building plot could be a very good alternative in the current market situation

Many people dream of living abroad and buying a property in Portugal - particularly along its cosmopolitan southern coastline in the ALGARVE province. Currently, much of the Algarve property market reveals escalating prices and a shortage of properties and in addition, the real estate sector has been shaken by uncertainty due to inflation, high mortgage interest rates and bank fees, new laws, and other international situations. Should you wait until the market has calmed down and settled again, or secure a building plot of interest now and build later?        
Not being familiar with national laws, classifications and applications for plots, can create obstacles, so we advise working with an experienced architect. There are factors to consider which you need to know before buying, such as:

What is the category of land? Is it construction land (easy), urbanization plot with infrastructure (easy), agricultural land OR ecological land (more difficult) which is divided into RAN & REN = National Agricultural Reserve and National Ecological Reserve?

We recommend speaking to a qualified architect to explain the differences between RAN or REN according to the land of interest as well as to check the latest compliances with fire regulations. The architect can give good advice when ruins on the building land are involved or cheaper pure rustic plots are for sale. These rustic plots without building permission could be located in top areas, near to other already built villas. But it could take years to finally get building permission - it all depends on the individual municipality and their future development plans.

In the current economic climate - with high inflation and interest rates, bank fees, construction material costs, possible delivery delays and less manpower of qualified construction companies, you may have doubts about the idea to buy a building plot and build later, however, below are 3 easy solutions to look for depending on budget:

  • To buy a building plot with the 100% guarantee that you can build on the plot but without any more detailed information.
  • To buy a building plot with the 100% guarantee that you can build on the plot with a pre-approved project.
  • To buy a building plot with the 100% guarantee that you can build on the plot with an architectural approved project documenting what can be built.

Togofor Homes Real Estate Agency is experienced and established since 2005 and can give professional advice as well as recommending reliable, professional architects, developers and lawyers who offer solutions to suit each individual case.

Portugal’s ALGARVE is known as one of the most desired locations to live in the world. It provides a secure and beautiful environment and it is worth investing time to explore its different regions from East to West.


If you are interested, take a look at a selection of building plots with or without an approved project in different locations of the Algarve which might be a real alternative to existing properties for sale. 

East Algarve:

Ref No. TV2046, investment with approved project to build two houses, Santa Catarina

Picturesque Plot of Land with Approved Project for Construction of 2 houses, Santa Catarina, East Algarve


Ref No. TV1693, investment, plot with ruin and outbuilding and project near Olhão

Investment Opportunity: Plot and Ruin with approved project near Olhão

Central Algarve:

Ref No. VM2173, approved project for a villa with sea views near Loulé 

Plot with Approved Project for 4 Bedroom Contemporary Villa with Sea Views in Loulé


Ref No. VM2099, approved project in Santa Bárbara de Nexe,

Plot with Approved Project in Santa Bárbara de Nexe, Faro


Ref No. VM1983, approved project in Vale Formoso,

Large Plot with Sea View and approved project, Vale Formoso


Ref No. VM1245, investment, pre-approved project in Loulé

Plot with Building Permission & Panoramic Sea Views, Loulé



Ref No. VM1075, approved building project for 2 villas in Santa Bárbara de Nexe

Plot with Fabulous Views and Building Project approved for 2 Villas, Santa Bárbara de Nexe



West Algarve:

Ref No. LG1387, final plot on an approved urbanization, between Estômbar and Lagoa

Final plot on exclusive urbanization between Estômbar and Lagoa


Ref No. LG2168, building plot with sea views and building permission in Vale da Lama, near Lagos

Urban plot of land with building permission in a perfect location with sea views, near Lagos


Ref No. LG2118, building plots with sea views near Lagos

Urban Plots in a Stunning Setting with Sea and Country views near Lagos


Ref No. LG2112, approved project near Salema and beach

One of the last plots in an elevated position with sea views and planning permission, Salema


Please see more detailed information and also other plots on our user-friendly web site or send us an email:

Our friendly and professional team will help you for all your questions. ©

Susanna Gross, Sales & Marketing Manager Algarve & Alentejo November 2023

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