Algarve Holidays

Algarve Holidays

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Overview

Imagine gorgeous beaches, quiet sandy coves, quaint cobbled villages and glorious hospitality, and you’ve summed up Portugal's prime holiday destination the Algarve. Recent reports in 2016 have shown that the Algarve is the cheapest holiday destination in Europe, with low prices for flights, hotels and food and drink making it the perfect holiday hotspot.

Cheap holidays in the Algarve are perfect for families, couples and groups of all shapes and sizes. Boasting golden sands including Falesia beach and Praia de Benagil, white-washed walls, bright blue skies and luscious greenery, the Algarve’s paint-by-numbers setting is not only rich in flora and fauna, but bursting with character too.

The breathtaking Ponta da Piedade is a group of rock formations along the Lagos coastline and promises a great day out as well as an insight into the geography of the resort. You’ll also find the magnificent lighthouse here and a selection of wild orchids in full bloom in the spring.

Largely untouched in the way of over-development, unlike many other popular holiday destinations, the Algarve has managed to steer clear of garish complexes and man-made resorts in favour of more traditional looking hotels and villas. From the riverside views at Tavira and vineyards at Lagoa, to the plentiful golf courses dotted up and down the coastline - including the championship course of Quinta da Logo - Algarve Holidays have more than enough to occupy your time, even if you’re not a sun-worshipper.

A hit with couples and families because of the many activities and tame nightlife, the capital city of Faro has its fair share of bars and clubs including the beautiful Old Town but elsewhere the harbours tend to provide the liveliest environment when the sun goes down. For those who love to cool off at a fun-filled waterpark, head to Slide & Splash in Lagoa or for a more scenic view, visit the Alvor Boardwalk.

The perfect place to holiday when you need to cater for a variety of interests and inclinations, Algarve holidays are the ultimate all-rounder. Evening entertainment in the Algarve comes in all shapes and sizes, and you can spend your nights sampling local wines and dining on fresh fish, hedging your bets at Vilamoura’s famous casino, browsing the stalls at Loule market or dancing the night away, courtesy of Albufeira's vibrant bars and clubs.

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Top Algarve Hotels

Eden Resort

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Paraiso Albufeira

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Monica Isabel Beach Club

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Albufeira Jardim I y II

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Oura View Beach Club

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Auramar Beach Resort

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Clube Humbria

Olhos De Agua, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Vila Recife

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

Vilamoura, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Olympus

Vilamoura, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Balaia Mar

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Da Balaia Apartments

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Tivoli Marina Portimao

Praia Da Rocha, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Aqua Pedra dos Bicos

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Aquashow Park Hotel

Quarteira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Alfagar Village

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Clube Praia da Rocha

Praia Da Rocha, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Luar

Praia Da Rocha, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Sol e Mar

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Falesia Mar Beach Resort

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Ouratlantico

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Apartments Algarve Gardens

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Da Aldeia Hotel

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Clube Praia Da Oura Apartments

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Solaqua Apartments

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Alfagar 2 Aparthotel

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Salgados Palace

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Choro Mar

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Vilanova Resort

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Monte Santo Resort

Carvoeiro, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Algarve Weather

If you’re a fan of tropical temperatures and sunshine from dawn ‘til dusk, Algarve holidays won’t disappoint. Temperatures in July and August remain at a heady height of 28degrees, and even in winter, average temperatures rarely fall below 15degrees - let alone reach the zero mark like they do in Britain. If you don’t fancy breaking into a sweat the moment you step outside, it’s best to visit between October and March where the odd spot of rain will help to cool you down, or set up camp near the mountains where the weather is more versatile, but generally cooler and wetter. Either way, you’ll find the constant sea breeze that rolls off the Atlantic is a welcome addition to the summer heat.

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Things To Do on Algarve Holidays

Renowned for its golf courses (there are around thirty to choose from), if you want to improve your handicap, golf holidays in the Algarve will see you spoilt for choice. From Vilamoura’s Old Course, Tavira’s Colina Verde and Carvoeiro’s Gramacho Course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to dabble in a full round or a game of pitch and putt. And when you’re ready to retire from your day on the green, there’s always the chance to sample some local wines or saunter through the sleepy coastal towns, where life continues to centre around the seafront. If, on the other hand, you consider yourself something of a daredevil, don’t be fooled into thinking activities here are always slow-paced. You can go off-road in a jeep adventure, take a high-speed water safari around the coastline, or divulge in a selection of water sports - whether it’s surfing, sailing or paragliding. Even the little ones will be in their element thanks to the spotless stretches of sand and numerous aqua parks, including Zoomarine Stare, where you can watch water mammals perform their magic every day of the week.

Culture

The Moorish influence is still present throughout the Algarve, in particular when it comes to the architecture where narrow streets and lace-patterned chimneys are the norm. But it's not just through structural artefacts that the locals like to express themselves as food (think freshly-caught fish, peri-peri chicken and super-sweet afters), and dance have their part to play too. In fact anyone holidaying on the Algarve should make it their mission to experience the ‘corridinho' - a traditional folk dance that stems back to the nineteenth century.

Characteristically laid back and tolerant, the Portuguese lifestyle is set at a completely different pace in comparison to the British guests that flock there, with family meals and regular church visits a must; but with a huge cafe culture and welcoming atmosphere, tourists usually slip into the carefree customs at ease. You won't find language barriers a problem either, with most Portuguese happy to switch between the local lingo and fluent English at any given time.

Covering 6% of Portugal, the Algarve has an incredibly diverse landscape with the coastline bordered by sky-high cliffs, the inland bursting with rich vegetation in the form of fig trees and orange groves, and the north filled in with their very own mountain range. To explore the entire region it's worth hiring a car or booking on a tailored tour when you first arrive.

Book a Algarve Holiday now!

If you're fed up of keeping your fingers crossed for a bit of sun in the UK, just accept the inevitable and take matters into your own hands. On the Beach has plenty of great deals on cheap Algarve holidays, where you're guaranteed great weather, fantastic beaches and a brilliant vacation. What are you waiting for?

Algarve Resorts

Albufeira

Albufeira

Albufeira is one of the Algarve's most popular resorts. It has a string of gorgeous beaches, great nightlife, lots of things to see and do, and cheap … Read more on Albufeira Travel Guide

Almancil

Almancil

Have you ever fancied living like a celebrity? Trading in your 9-5 and packed lunch for days on the beach and eating delicious meals while looking out … Read more on Almancil Travel Guide

Altura

Altura

There's nothing like getting away to a beautiful holiday destination where you can bask in the sun and stunning surroundings. Altura on the Algarve is … Read more on Altura Travel Guide

Balaia

Balaia

For some it’s a good way to ruin a nice walk, but for a large number of the population golf is the ideal pastime. The perfect way to relax and unwind … Read more on Balaia Travel Guide

Cabanas

Cabanas

Cabanas is a quiet fishing village situated just 20 minutes from Faro airport. The village has kept its charm despite its popularity with tourists and … Read more on Cabanas Travel Guide

Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro

There’s nothing quite like booking a holiday to cheer yourself up on a winter’s day. And there’s nothing quite like holidaying amongst the rich and fa … Read more on Carvoeiro Travel Guide

Faro

Faro

Faro is the main hub of the Algarve and is the perfect destination for combining culture with beautiful beaches such as Praia de Faro. Packed with Rom … Read more on Faro Travel Guide

Monte Gordo

Monte Gordo

Situated on the very eastern side of the Algarve just a couple of miles from the border with Spain, Monte Gordo is one of those sleepy villages you mi … Read more on Monte Gordo Travel Guide

Montechoro

Montechoro

What are you looking for in a holiday? Fancy restaurants? Plenty of culture? Fabulous beaches? Great nightlife? Or how about all of them? Montechoro h … Read more on Montechoro Travel Guide

Portimao

Portimao

Portimao, in the Algarve, is a flourishing fishing port which has, in recent years, become hugely popular with people who flock on holidays to Portima … Read more on Portimao Travel Guide

Praia Da Luz

Praia Da Luz

When you think of Algarve holidays you may think of nightclubs, bars and hoards of excitable twenty-somethings on wild nights out. But that’s not alwa … Read more on Praia Da Luz Travel Guide

Praia Da Oura

Praia Da Oura

Praia da Oura literally means Golden Beach so the clue is in the title as to what to expect from this beautiful resort on Portugal's Algarve coast. As … Read more on Praia Da Oura Travel Guide

Praia Da Rocha

Praia Da Rocha

Praia da Rocha has long been one of the most popular resorts in the Algarve. Algarve holidays are growing in popularity but Praia da Rocha is an estab … Read more on Praia Da Rocha Travel Guide

Quarteira

Quarteira

Quarteira, like many of the towns in the Algarve was once just a small, quiet fishing village. Of course as soon as tourists caught onto its quaint be … Read more on Quarteira Travel Guide

Quinta Do Lago

Quinta Do Lago

Quinta do Lago is renowned as one of the classiest resorts in the Algarve and that’s thanks in no small part to a little helping hand from Mother Natu … Read more on Quinta Do Lago Travel Guide

Tavira

Tavira

Algarve holidays are growing in popularity and that’s mainly down to hidden treasures like Tavira. The small town on the eastern Algarve is gorgeously … Read more on Tavira Travel Guide

Vale Do Lobo

Vale Do Lobo

Why settle for second best? If you’re looking for Algarve holidays then why not take it in the resort known as the finest in the region, and even one … Read more on Vale Do Lobo Travel Guide

Vilamoura

Vilamoura

The 2,000 acre region of Vilamoura in the Algarve is one of the most popular and significant tourist resorts in Europe, but when it comes to Vilamoura … Read more on Vilamoura Travel Guide