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Guia is an idyllic Algarvean village nestled just ten minutes north of the popular resort of Albufeira with its well-established tourism infrastructure, shopping and nightlife.
Perhaps due to its ideal setting, close to a city yet secluded and tranquil, property in Guia has become an increasingly popular choice over the years, its villas being snapped up by mainly European expats.
If you're lucky, you could run into none other than Sir Cliff Richard in Guia. He owns not just a local villa, but a vineyard too.
See if you can rub shoulders with him at the next Festa do Frango no Churrasco, a festival held each August in honour of piri-piri barbecued chicken, a tasty treat Guia and surrounding areas are well known for.
During the rest of the year, tuck into a hefty portion of chicken or seafood at one of the 20+ restaurants in the village.
Other popular reasons for choosing property in Guia are:
► historic attractions to explore such as the Mother Church, Nossa Senhora de Guia Chapel and São Sebastião Chapel
► the proximity of Zoomarine family theme park
► the nearby Algarve Shopping complex, one of the largest in the region
► the exciting Guia Fair every year in October.
Many apartments in Guia are contemporary, bright and airy with access to pool facilities shared by the building's residents. Villas for sale in Guia are a mix of traditional and new, many boasting private pools and views towards Albufeira and the sea.