Portugal Golden Visa 2022

Portugal Golden Visas: Eligible Low-Density and Interior Areas

**Notice: The Portugal Golden Visa Program has experienced substantial modifications this year, which has resulted in the revocation or partial modification of several property investment possibilities. Consult our guide on the changes to the Portugal Golden Visa here* for a detailed summary.

The Portugal Golden Visa program, also known as the Residence Permit Program, is highly coveted worldwide. Foreign investment has pushed almost €4 billion into the Portuguese economy as part of a five-year residence by investment plan for non-EU residents, with current interest in property investment prospects in low-density regions in Portugal expanding.

While the Portugal Golden Visa Program allows you to spend a minimum of €500K in domestic or commercial property in Portugal or €350K in restoration projects, there are certain limits on where you may do so. More crucially, prices differ depending on whether a house is located in a 'low-density' region of Portugal.

This guide will teach you about:

Portugal's real estate investment choices for the Golden Visa

What parts of Portugal are suitable for residential real estate investment

What words like "low-density," "interior area," and "280K investment" mean in legal terms

Real Estate Investments Options in Portugal with a Golden Visa

The following real estate investment avenues are possible to qualify for the Portugal Golden Visa:

  • Purchase residential real estate worth at least €500,000 in selected interior regions of Portugal, or €350,000 if investing in a rehabilitation project. A 20% reduction is applied if the residential property is situated in a designated 'low-density' region (amounting to €400K and €280K, respectively).
  • Purchase commercial real estate worth at least €500,000, or €350,000 if investing in a rehabilitation project, anywhere in the nation. A 20% reduction is applied if the business property is situated in a designated 'low-density' region.
  • Purchase residential and commercial real estate worth at least €500,000 or €350,000 if investing in a rehabilitation project on either of Portugal's independent islands of Madeira and Azores. Because Madeira and the Azores are both categorized as high-density areas, there is no choice for a 20% discount.

Are you unsure whether real estate investing is a suitable match for you? We've put together a special guide for this occasion, which will lead you through the golden visa real estate investment perks in Portugal.

What Regions of Portugal Are Eligible for a Golden Visa Investment in Real Estate?

The government of Portugal wants to encourage investment in the following areas:

Regions with a low population density

Requalification of the city

Cultural heritage

Environmentally or socially significant activities

Job creation and productivity

As a result, the Portuguese government has altered the real estate investment pathways to Portuguese residence, establishing a categorization system for which parts of Portugal qualify for property investment. The terms 'interior' and 'low-density' are used to describe these locations. But there's no denying that they're two distinct words.

Below, we break down which locations of Portugal are suitable for property investment, highlighting the subtle variations between 'interior areas' and 'low-density areas.' By the conclusion of this section, you should have a good idea of which parts of Portugal are suitable for real estate investment.

What areas count as ‘interior’?

Interior regions simply refer to locations where you may invest in residential real estate and get a golden visa residency permit. In contrast, there are no constraints on where commercial real estate may be built. That is to say, you may invest anywhere in the nation as long as the property is classed as "commercial" (licensed for business-related activities).

See our map below, which highlights the interior parts of Portugal. Property in Portugal's 'interior' regions is acceptable for both residential and commercial real estate investment. Only commercial properties, which are marked in blue, may be acquired outside of the 'interior' restrictions.

Low-density areas

The locations in light gray on the map below are classed as being in the low-density zone, as noted. Dark gray highlights areas that are not in the low-density zone.

Low-density locations decide whether or not you get a 20% discount on your investment. Low-density areas are defined as territorial units (NUTS III) with a population density of fewer than 100 people per square kilometer and a per capita GDP of less than 75% of the national average.

It's worth noting that a region might be both internal and dense. You may still buy a house in this instance, but there will be no discount.

Consider the following scenario: You've decided to invest in Algarve real estate. While the Algarve is categorized as a 'low-density' area, it is not considered part of Portugal's interior. As a result, certain areas of the Algarve are not suitable for residential property investment. Aljezur, Odeceixe, and Sagres are some of the low-density AND interior locations that are now eligible. In this instance, you have the option of purchasing a home or investing in a domestic renovation project.

The regions of Portugal shown on the map below are eligible for either:

Property investment in non-interior locations with a high density (commercial only)

Investment in non-interior low-density real estate (commercial only)

Interior property investment in high-density regions (residential and commercial, but no discount applies)

Investing in low-density properties in the interior (residential and commercial, 20% discount applies)

Areas of real estate opportunities

Are you seeking to renovate a historic building in the Douro Valley? Maybe you're looking to acquire a commercial shop location in Lisbon. Or maybe you like the notion of owning a seaside property in the Azores. The good news is that the Portugal Golden Visa program is a beneficial plan that provides investors with a variety of real estate investment opportunities. Let's take a look at some of the important locations where you may want to put your money.

Residential Real Estate, Interior and Low-Density

It is completely conceivable to purchase a residential property in a designated interior region of Portugal that is also 'low-density.' Parts of the Douro Valley, Aljezur, and Peneda Gerês are examples of locations with significant development potential that qualify for the Golden Visa.

They offer ideal property opportunities for investors, with exceptional value for money, since properties in low-density regions are often cheaper and more spacious. For about €400K, a family may have the property of their dreams, replete with fruit trees, a decent-sized pool, and breathtaking views.

The Alentejo, Douro Valley, and Peneda Gerês are now the most favored investment areas. All of them have excellent investment potential, including prospects in hotel, outdoor tourism, and cultural and religious tourism.


Reselling opportunity

Prices per m2



Rent Returns

Tourism returns

Peneda Gerês







Douro Valley














The 280k low-density investment option for the Portugal Golden Visa

To be eligible for the €280K low-density investment option and benefit from the 20% discount, the applicant must:

Invest in a commercial restoration project in a region of the nation with a low population density.

Invest in a home restoration project in a low-density, often known as interior, sector of the nation.

The cost of investing in a rehabilitation project in a high-density region starts at €350,000. Either the property in issue is over thirty years old and undergoing renovations, or it is located in a designated rehabilitation area. It must be in an interior location if it is a residential property.

The benefits of using the Portugal Golden Visa 280k option to invest in low-density regions

There are several advantages to investing in low-density regions and receiving a golden visa.

These are some of them:

Lower investment barrier and strong rental return returns present a great opportunity.

Low-density locations have much cheaper real estate values.

Rental apartments are highly profitable in a healthy property market.

Purchase property on any of the islands

The Portuguese government strongly encourages property investment in Madeira and the Azores. Applicants for a Golden Visa may purchase real estate or invest in a residential or commercial renovation project on the islands. It's worth noting that Madeira and the Azores are only considered high-density areas. As a result, no section of the islands is eligible for a 20% discount.

Real Estate for Business

Commercial real estate in Portugal is eligible nationwide, with no limits on location. Investors wishing to purchase commercial property or engage in commercial restoration in Portugal's major cities, such as Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve, are free to do so.

  • For investors searching for a secure investment, commercial yields (long-term leasing agreements) might be a viable alternative. Office space, franchise businesses, restaurants, and deposit rooms are all examples.
  • A fantastic way to diversify your investing portfolio in terms of both physical and intangible assets.
  • Long-term plan for generating significant and regular returns, with the possibility for monthly, quarterly, or yearly income.

Commercial Rehabilitation Projects (i.e. Hotel/Tourism)

  • Commercial property rehabilitation, often in the shape of a hotel, are excellent chances since they are not confined to Portugal's interior (you can invest anywhere in the country)
  • Hotel developments enable investors to invest at a lower cost of €350K in high-density regions and €280K in low-density areas.
  • These are turnkey projects with guaranteed returns or a buy-back after five years.

Search for Golden Visa Eligible Areas in Portugal by Parish

List of Low Density Areas in Portugal Low-density counties in Portugal include:

1. Abrantes

2. Aguiar da Beira

3. Alandroal

4. Alcácer do Sol

5. Alcoutim

6. Alfândega da Fé

7. Alijó

8. Aljezur

9. Aljustrel

10. Almeida

11. Almodôvar

12. Alter de Chão

13. Alvaiázere

14. Alvito

15. Ansião

16. Arcos de Valdevez

17. Arganil

18. Armamar

19. Arouca

20. Arraiolos

21. Arronches

22. Avis

23. Baião

24. Barrancos

25. Bej

26. Belmonte

27. Borba

28. Boticas

29. Bragança

30. Cabeceiras de Basto

31. Campo Major

32. Carrazeda de Ansiães

33. Carregal do Sal

34. Castanheira de Pêra

35. Castelo Branco

36. Castela de Vide

37. Castro Daire

38. Castro Marim

39. Castro Verde

40. Celorico da Beira

41. Celorico de Basto

42. Chamusca

43. Chaves

44. Cinfães

45. Constância

46. Coruche

47. Covil

48. Crato

49. Cuba

50. Elvas

51. Estremoz

52. Évora

53. Fafe

54. Ferreira do Alentejo

55. Ferreira do Zêzere

56. Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

57. Figueiró dos Vinhos

58. Fornos de Algodres

59. Freixo de Espada à Cinta

60. Fronteira

61. Fundão

62. Gavião

63. Góis

64. Gouveia

65. Grândola

66. Guarda

67. Idanha-a-Nova

68. Lamego

69. Lousã

70. Marção

71. Macedo de Cavaleiros

72. Mangualde

73. Manteigas

74. Marvão

75. Meda

76. Melgaço

77. Mértola

78. Mesão Frio

79. Miranda do Corvo

80. Miranda do Douro

81. Mirandela

82. Mogadouro

83. Moimenta da Beira

84. Monção

85. Monchique

86. Mondim de Basto

87. Monforte

8. Montalegre

89. Montemor-o-Novo

90. Mra

91. Mortágua

92. Moura

93. Mourão

94. Murça

95. Nelas

96. Nisa

97. Odemira

98. Oleiros

99. Oliveira de Frades

100. Oliveira o Hospital

101. Ourique

102. Pampilhosa da Serra

103. Paredes de Coura

104. Pedrógão Grande

105. Penacova

106. Penalva do Castelo

107. Penamacor

108. Penedono

109. Penela

110. Pedo da Régua

111. Pinhel

112. Ponte da Barca

113. Ponte de Sor

114. Portalegre

115. Portel

116. Póvoa de Lanhoso

117. Proença-a-Nova

118. Redondo

119. Reguengos de Monsaraz

120. Resende

121. Ribeira de Pena

122. Sabrosa

123. Sabugal

124. Santa Comba Dão

125. Santa Marta de Penaguião

126. Santiago de Cacem

127. São João da Pesqueira

128. São Pedro do Sul

129. Sardoal

130. Sátão

131. Seia

132. Sernancelha

133. Serpa

134. Sertã

135. Server do Vouga

136. Soure

137. Sousel

138. Tábua

139. Tabuaço

140. Tarouca

141. Terras de Bouro

142. Tondela

143. Torre de Moncorvo

144. Trancoso

145. Valpaços

146. Vendas Novas

147. Viana do Alentejo

148. Vidigueira

149. Vieira do Minho

150. Vila do Rei

151. Vila do Bispo

152. Vila Flor

153. Vila Nova da Barquinha

154. Vila Nova de Cerveira

155. Vila Nova de Foz Côa

156. Vila Nova de Paiva

157. Vila Nova de Poiares

158. Vila Pouca de Aguiar

159. Vila Real

160. Vila Velha de Ródão

161. Vila Verde

162. Vila Viçosa

163. Vimioso

164. Vinhais

165. Vouzela

Parishes with a low population density in Portugal:


União das freguesias de Belazaima do Chão, Castanheiro do Vouga e Agadão

União das freguesias do Préstimo e Macieira de Alcoba




Gouveia (São Simão)



Salvador do Monte

União das freguesias de Aboadela, Sanche e Vázea

União das freguesias de Bustelo, Carneiro e Carvalho de Rei

União das freguesias de Olo e Carnadelo

Vila Chã de Marão


Bouro (Santa Marta)


União das freguesias de Caldelas, Sequeiros e Paranhos

União das freguesias de Vilela, Seramil e Paredes Secas



União das freguesias de Arga (Baixo, Cima, e São João)

União das freguesias de Gondar e Orbacém

Castelo de Paiva





União das freguesias de Arosa e Casteiões





União das freguesias de Querença, Tôr e Benafim

Marco de Canaveses

Várzea, Aliviada e Folhada



União das freguesias de Freixianda, Ribeira do Fárrio e Formigais

União das freguesias de Matas e Cercal

União das freguesias de Rio de Couros e Casal dos Bernados



Ponte de Lima


Ardegão, Freixo e Mato

Associacão de freguesias do Vale do Neiva

Bárrio e Cepões

Beiral do Lima


Cabaços e Fojo Lobal

Cabração e Moreira do Lima







Labrujó, Rendufe, e Vilar do Monte

Navió e Vitorino dos Piães



Porto de Mós

São Bento


União das freguesias de Casével e Vaqueiros


São Marcos da Serra



Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo




União das freguesias de Além da Ribeira e Pedreira

União das freguesias de Casais e Alviobeira

União das freguesias de Serra e Junceira

Vale de Cambra






União das freguesias de Gondomil e Safins

União das freguesias de São Julião e Silva

Viana do Castelo







São Pedro de France

União das freguesias de Barreiros e Cepões

Summarising Portugal's Golden Visa

The Portugal Golden Visa Program is a five-year residency-by-investment program that provides eligible candidates with permanent residence in Portugal in return for making an initial investment in the nation. After five years of lawful presence, you may apply for Portuguese citizenship (essentially EU citizenship).

Consult our golden visa Portugal guide for additional information on the entire range of investment possibilities available under the plan, as well as program conditions.

Speak with one of our advisors

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Your personal account manager will be with you every step of the way, saving you time when it comes to submitting your application. Our staff has years of expertise and can assist you in avoiding the problems that many Portuguese Golden Visa investors face.

Frequently asked questions about Portugal Golden Visa low-density options

How to qualify for the Portugal Golden Visa low-density investment option?

Investors can opt to invest in commercial real estate in need of rehabilitation and restoration starting from €350,000 anywhere in the country.  A residential real estate rehabilitation project is also possible, but only in designated low-interior areas of the country. The autonomous islands of Azores and Madeira are considered high-density AND interior, so you can buy residential real estate here.

The property in question must at least be more than thirty years old and undergoing renovation.

A cheaper option is to invest €280K+ in renovations projects in low-density areas. These designated areas are split according to the region’s population. If the area hosts less than 100 occupants per 1,000 square meters, it counts as a ‘less densely populated area’.

Will Portugal Golden Visa changes in 2022 affect the low-density investment option?

The Portugal Golden Visa will receive an extensive makeover, starting from 1 January 2022. With regards to real estate investments, the following will apply: Properties in Lisbon, Porto, and other popular urban coastal towns will NOT QUALIFY for residential property investments under the Golden Visa scheme, only commercial real estate. Residential real estate investment in low-density areas will continue to qualify, but only in designated ‘interior areas’ of the country. Alternatively, you can buy residential property or invest in residential rehabilitation projects anywhere on Portugal’s autonomous islands (they’re not subject to restrictions).

What are considered official low-density areas of Portugal?

Low density areas in Portugal include the countryside/eastern areas in Portugal mostly, with the exception of coastal areas south of the River Lima and North of the River Sado. Madeira and Azores are also excluded.

Is Algarve a low-density area?

Yes, the Algarve qualifies as low-density, so your real estate investments will automatically get a 20% discount for the Portugal Golden Visa.

Is Cascais low-density?

Cascais is not considered low-density. It’s high-density, so no 20% discount applies to your real estate investment for the Portugal Golden Visa.

Is Faro low-density?

Faro is indeed considered low-density. This means a 20% discount automatically applies to your real estate investment for the Portugal Golden Visa.


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