Tavira – March 2016

March 2016

I returned to Tavira with a planned stay of two weeks with the main objective of exploring more about the house we had seen in February. I also wsardinesanted to see what other properties were on the market in case this house didn’t make the grade.

Tavira still lived up to our first impressions. Everyone was so friendly and there was a warm atmosphere everywhere generated by the locals. Even though I’m used to travelling alone in different countries with my previous work I felt exceptionally comfortable exploring and eating out alone in the many good restaurants.

I met an excellent architect with whom I shared my initial ideas of how the property could be transformed. I learned from her that unlike many other countries you can approach the local Camara (Council Chambers) in Portugal with a planning proposal before you purchase the property. This means you can know what is or isn’t possible before you go ahead and purchase. If approved you get a building licence which is valid for one year.

The length of time it takes to get a decision from the Camara varies a lot depending on the district but Tavira is good, committing to a decision and an answer within 20 working days.

Our architect suggested that she made a preliminary meeting with the Tavira planning office to discuss our ideas before putting in the formal proposal to reduce our financial outlay before we knew their thoughts. This was a good idea and we agreed for her to go ahead.

I’m extremely supportive of the East Algarve’s government policy which is to preserve the tradition and aesthetics of the area by not allowing any radical changes to old buildings or allow over development or high rise buildings. Not only does this preserve the beauty of the area but it also gives confidence to prospective buyers that the area will remain much the same.

Our architect couldn’t get an appointment until after the date I returned to Norway so I reluctantly left Tavira in mid-March with a plan to return the following month.

Author: Denise

My name is Denise. Having spent over 30 years in an international career in Organisational & People Development I am now putting down roots in Tavira in the East Algarve, Portugal. I'm a female Brit, married to a Norwegian, and I find it hard to believe I'm in my early 60's when I don't feel it and have so many more things to do and achieve. I became an expat when I left the UK in 2001. Since then I've lived in Norway, Singapore, Malaysia and now Portugal. I love to travel, enjoy the company of good friends and cooking. But my life time passion is property. As the daughter of a builder I love imagining what any old or dated property can become and managing the transformation process. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to do this many times and am excited to be doing it again in Tavira as well as helping others realise their own dreams.

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