Algarve Holiday Villas
Characterised by long stretches of golden, sandy beach, crystal waters in sheltered bays, clear blue skies all year round and top-class leisure facilities, the Algarve has justifiably become Portugal’s most popular tourist destination. Located along the southern tip of the country, the region attracts thousands of visitors each year from across the UK, Europe and further afield. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the Algarve attracts holidaymakers looking for fun in the sun and is popular with couples, families and groups of friends alike. The region is surprisingly diverse, with wild nightlife, historical sites, natural beauty and fascinating culture all on offer in the many resorts and seaside towns.
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The accommodation options in the Algarve are equally diverse, with everything from camp sites to boutique hotels available for visitors to choose from. For families and groups of friends, however, an increasingly popular accommodation choice is to rent one of the many Algarve holiday villas for the duration of your stay and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of a ‘home away from home’. It is not difficult to see why this type of accommodation has grown in popularity, particularly given the recent financial crisis and the resulting cutbacks in personal consumption. Algarve holiday villas are the ideal solution for those that don’t want to give up their well-earned summer holiday but want to make their budget go as far as possible.
In contrast to hotels and guest houses, visitors choosing to stay in holiday villas in the Algarve will have access to self-catering facilities as well as lots of private space in which to relax. By preparing your own meals and snacks you can not only save money by not having to eat out every night but those travelling with children will also find the flexibility a bonus. When staying in hotels, the set meal times can unsettle children used to eating earlier, not to mention the difficulties that come with trying to get them to eat unusual foods. Self-caterers, on the other hand, can eat whenever it suits them and it is much easier to persuade the little ones to be adventurous and try some new dishes when you have prepared them yourself in a way you know they will like.
For those travelling in large groups, eating out can sometimes be difficult as many of the best local restaurants are too small to accommodate large groups, meaning you have to book in advance or eat in smaller groups. For those staying in holiday villas in the Algarve, however, the whole party can pitch in with the cooking and sit down together in their own private dining area and share a delicious home cooked meal with great conversation. The sociable nature of Algarve holiday villas extends well beyond meal times: with most villas offering lots of space both inside and out, it is far easier to spend quality time with your whole party and really unwind in your own private gardens than it is when you are all in separate rooms in a hotel.
The informal atmosphere of holiday villas in the Algarve makes it easier to explore your chosen region of the Algarve at your own pace with complete freedom to decide what to do and when to do it. You can sleep late, swim under the stars or enjoy an al fresco meal from your own private barbecue. Whilst hotels tend to be concentrated in the downtown resort centres, holiday villas can be found in much more diverse locations so you can choose the perfect combination of location, features and size to suit your group. For example, a group of friends looking for adventure and nightlife might prefer a central villa within walking distance of the nightclubs and bars, whereas a family looking for a quiet place to relax and explore the countryside would be better suited to a villa in the outskirts of a major resort, where they can enjoy a peaceful setting and natural beauty yet still have easy access to the facilities and activities of the resort centre when they want it.
If you want to base yourself right in the heart of the action, for example, Nougueira villa in bustling Albufeira would be a great choice. Just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Albufeira, renowned for its lively nightlife, top-class restaurant scene and cosmopolitan vibe, this spacious villa can sleep up to eight guests. For a slightly more laidback Albufeira break, the Gale area is well worth considering as it is just a short drive from the resort centre and boasts one of the prettiest beaches in the Algarve. Golfinho villa is within walking distance of the beach and features a large private pool and spacious outdoor terrace area.
For an insight into the more traditional Portuguese lifestyle, a holiday in the pretty market town of Sao Bras is ideal. Located in the hills north of Faro, Sao Bras offers stunning landscapes, a laidback pace of life and friendly locals, making it a fantastic choice for those that like to spend their holiday away from throngs of other tourists. For a taste of luxury in the heart of the countryside, Murta villa in Sao Bras is a wonderful choice. The sophisticated decor and rural setting will make you feel instantly relaxed and the spectacular views across the Algarve countryside will ensure that the stresses and strains of everyday life back home will feel a million miles away. Renting a car is highly recommended to allow you to really explore the surrounding region and get to know the culture and history of this unique corner of Europe.
Those looking for romance and dramatic scenery would do well to spend their Algarve break around the quaint, hilltop village of Estoi. With ancient Roman ruins, rolling hillsides and lots of character, the village of Estoi provides a fascinating insight into the history and traditions of the Algarve before the major tourist developments arrived. The aptly named Casa Oasis villa would suit small groups or families looking for peace and quiet. You will never tire of the stunning views of the countryside that this property offers, especially from the upstairs balcony and all the modern facilities you could need are provided. When choosing a holiday villa in the Algarve, decide first what sort of holiday you want to have as this will help you choose where you want to stay. With so many great villas out there, there really is something for everyone.
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