Portugal oceanfront property - the climate paradox

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  1. Oceanfront property in Portugal - the climate paradox

    Portuguese oceanfront paradox

    The climate for most of the oceanfront of continental Portugal does not favor oceanfront property.
    The reasons are the exposure to the westerlies and a cold ocean current.

    Despite this, when considering only the mildest non-arid climates of the world, defined by a sum of HDD and CDD below 1300 degree days, computed using the usual base of 18.4°C (65° F) ... no other country in the world offers:
    - a larger array of such oceanfront climates, including the mildest climate in the world, around Funchal, in the south coast of Madeira Island;
    - a longer extent of linear oceanfront.

    Explaining the paradox

    The first reason are the Rivieras of continental Portugal: south coast of the Algarve from the spanish border to shortly east from Sagres; Portinho da Arrabida, 50 km south from Lisbon, which despite being not much longer than 1 km is explicitly listed here for the sake of completeness.

    The second reason are the coastlines of continental Portugal with strong Riviera features: Estoril, with south exposure and to some extent protected by the Sintra mountain; peninsula of Troia with west exposure but protected to a larger extent by the Arrabida mountain range.

    The third and most important reason are the islands: Madeira Island and the decisive element, the islands of the Azores archipelago.

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