Living in the Algarve for about 15 years now, I know well that the exuberant, fantastic Christmas decorations which we are so used to seeing in big European cities are not only missing in the Algarve, but also in Lisbon.
There are some lights here and there and some decorations too, but none of them give you that grand sensation of festive spirit - the atmosphere is missing.
Yes, there are a few organised Christmas markets nowadays and some hotels offer seasonal parties - but overall the Portuguese seem to be unaffected by the eccentric Christmas fever – that is the norm in London, New York, Paris or Berlin.
Walking through quiet streets and watching the Portuguese people - they seemed to be perfectly happy without all the Christmas commercialism. Visiting Meia Praia in Lagos, I paused for coffee at one of the open beach restaurants and I watched the tourists, looked to the sea and drank in the view. I began to feel very satisfied and fortunate: a sensation of being grateful and lucky to enjoy beautiful weather, clean beaches and friendly people. I returned home and sat on my terrace to further enjoy the fabulous views. So what was it? Something more than just Christmas spirit – it was happiness and satisfaction. I’m so happy and content to have made the decision to buy a property in the Algarve and have no regrets.
By Susanna Gross, Sales & Marketing Manager, Togofor-Homes Real Estate.
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