A new study on the quality of life which has been compiled by the University of Beira Interior shows Lisbon as being the top city, followed by Oporto and Albufeira.
The top 30 places in the study are dominated by municipalities in the Algarve, while towns and cities in northern Portugal account for most of the bottom 30 out of the 308 municipalities assessed in this report. The study is based on the indexes of social and economic development.
People living in Albufeira are not surprised it is ranked third in this study as considerable investments that have been made in homes for the young and elderly, in basic sanitation and urban cleanliness, and in education and culture. The city has invested a lot in public spaces such as museums and art galleries and the municipal library, and the county has enjoyed good economic development thanks to tourism.
Albufeira is on the south coast of Portugal and covers an area of around 140 km². It has a population of approximately 40,000 residents, including around 4,000 foreigners. Although the area is known for its tourism, it also has a rich history and culture. In addition its renowned for its excellent food, as one of the principal activities in the region is fishing.
There are no less than three golf courses in Albufeira, and the local council has made considerable efforts to promote sports. It’s also known for its lively nightlife, and for its entertainment. There are also numerous activities available for tourists and locals alike, making it easy to see why this municipality rates so highly for its quality of life.