Last week we published an article on our blog about the changes in the Golden Visa Portugal, because the Portuguese government has restricted the golden visa for investment (minimum € 500,000) in the cities of Porto and Lisbon and their respective metropolitan areas. This change in the law will come into effect from 2021 and aims to promote the promotion of investments in areas of low population density and the poorest, as well as encourage urban requalification in cultural heritage or activities of high environmental and social value.

From the beginning of the Golden Visa Portugal until the end of 2017, 71% of the total golden visas were granted in the metropolitan area of ​​Lisbon and in the Algarve area and only 1% in Porto. As we can see, the bulk of the investment was for the capital, although in recent years investments in Porto have increased due to the high prices of Lisbon.

The measure, that was approved last week by the Portuguese executive, will not be applied immediately. According to the government itself it will be from 2021, so as not to alter the investments that are already underway. Most likely, this announcement will increase investments in Porto and Lisbon pending the entry into force within a year.

Oriol Molas, CEO Orience International

The 22 @, within the district of Sant Martí, is the technological neighborhood par excellence of Barcelona due to the number of corporate offices, companies and start-ups that we find.

Anyway, this could change in the coming months, as the Barcelona City Council plans to enact a license suspension with the aim of reformulating residential uses and raising more protected housing.

On the one hand, neighbors and associations are satisfied with the news, while the economic sector remains in expectation and understands that a successful model recognized by experts from around the world is being put in check.

The City Council initiative proposes to triple the percentage of roof planned for housing, which would go from a reserve of 10% to 30%, which would mean between 5,000 and 6,000 new floors, and guarantee the mix of uses.

On the other hand, the economic sector of the city is restless before a possible suspension of licenses that consider it would create more legal uncertainty. At this time, the City Council has decreed six license suspensions that affect specific streets of the city, neighborhoods or, in the case of activities such as gas stations or betting houses, all districts.

And we can not forget that the 22@ is, in the eyes of investors, the area par excellence of the city where to host offices and new corporate buildings are built.


Likewise, the document for a new 22 @ also intends to review the special Industrial Heritage plan of Poblenou. This rereading wants to preserve the industrial historical heritage seen as a whole of the Poblenou neighborhood, not as isolated and decontextualized pieces. Moreover, a program of historical memory of the neighborhood has been claimed to help disseminate heritage values ​​and lost identity due to the 22 @ construction process.