Rich Chinese buyers are increasingly looking to invest in a second home within the Mediterranean, reports Il Sole 24 Ore (28 August 2017). Lured by enticing Golden Visa schemes, attractive quality of life offered, property affordability, and potential ROIs offered there, more wealthy Chinese buyers are becoming enamoured with Portugal, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, and more. According to, most of the prime real estate market in Southern Europe is driven by leisure, and mainlaind investors seek properties close by golf courses, ski slopes or by the coast, particularly as most Chinese buyers seek a combination of lifestyle and financial returns in the form of capital gains and rental yields. Portugal – especially in the Algarve – is a top pick for Chinese buyers due to its old-world charm, affordable living, and Mediterranean beauty. According to Diletta Giorgolo Spinola of Sotheby’s International Realty, Italy is also another potential prime market for Chinese investors, thanks to its proven track record of resilience. “Italy has always had a lot of changes in government. Our stability is different than in other European countries. Politics do not affect our trophy assets,” said Spinola. [This article was translated from its original article in Italian.]