Sao Bras de Alportel | Portugal Special Report

At an ancient crossroads in the hills of the eastern Algarve, the town of São Brás de Alportel has a rare claim to fame in inland Portugal: its population is steadily growing. It has bucked the trend of depopulation, which has taken out many of the Algarve’s smaller villages.

São Brás is an inland municipality of some 11,000 people. A palpable sense of community, astute political leadership, and some key practical considerations have set it on a winning path. Today, its population has a growing international flair.

São Brás is not a prime Algarve beauty spot, but it has a small, scenic old quarter with a church and narrow, cobbled streets, plus it’s only 15 minutes to the sea. Discover São Brás’ little gems in this Portugal Special Report.

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