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Algarve Hotels and Apartments
Hotels and Apartments the Algarve
The Algarve is positioned in the south-western corner of Europe and this means that is basks in glorious sunshine for most of the year. The region is home to a number of beach resort towns which attracts holidaymakers from world over, for cheap holidays on beach. Algarve is the best place to find all kinds of hotels in Portugal. You can book cheap Algarve hotels online for best prices. If you book your accommodation in Algarve well in advance, you can also secure a 4-star luxury stay at the price of a budget hotel. You can find various Algarve apartments, ideal for young groups and families with kids and if you wish to cook on your own. There are many Algarve hotels located in Albufeira that range from reasonably priced to rather costly and there are a number of golf resorts that offer the ultimate in luxury throughout Algarve. Whatever you are looking for, accommodation in Algarve is aplenty and you can really find cheap Algarve Holidays.
About the Algarve
The Algarve has still managed to retain a lot of its character as it has not been developed like other European countries. This means that the main towns and villages such as Faro, Quarteira, Vilamoura and Albufeira are joined by quiet roads and small inland villages making it feel quaint and cared for. The land is lush with vegetation inland and that is why it is known for its world class golf courses although the blazing sunshine does help their famous oranges and cork trees to grow exceptionally well. The coastline is a spectacular site with fiery red cliffs that hide and protect tiny, barely untouched coves and bays. The Algarve has some upmarket areas where the rich and famous can be found and areas where partygoers can party all night long, giving it a real eclectic mix of tourists.
Where to Stay in the Algarve
The resorts of Albufeira, Vilamoura, Olhao, Carvoeiro, etc. are bustling with upscale Algarve hotels. These luxury hotels in Algarve are ideal for lifestyle travellers and offer a wide range of facilities with excellent services. Accommodation in Algarve Portugal are varied and suitable for every taste. Cheap hotels in Algarve Portugal are available in the resorts of Quarteria, Alvor, Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Lagos. These resorts offer a wide range of options for budget travellers looking for cheap hotels in Algarve. Due to a large number of beach resorts, Algarve is one of the preferred destinations for finding accommodation in Portugal. Albufeira really is the tourist hotspot and this is great for a wide range of people and this is where you will find hotels in Algarve that will cater for all budgets.
What to See and do in the Algarve
Once you have finished searching for cheap holidays to Algarve, you can plan and decide what you want to do. The Algarve has so much to do and see that you will run out of time. There are many boat trips that run out of Vilamoura Marina, so whether you like deep-sea fishing, diving or exploring the caves and coves there is something for everyone. Zoo Marine is the perfect family day although it is perfect for everyone. Dolphin shows, sea lion shows and a wide range of animals can be seen while all can enjoy the sprawling pools and rides.
Of course, a trip to the Algarve should include a trip to the beach and you are spoilt for choice. Right across the coast there is mile upon mile of beaches that are perfect for all. Sit and watch the Atlantic rollers break on the shore on the long sweeping beaches or simply have a little privacy on a quiet cove.
Night Life in the Algarve
The great thing about the Algarve is the fact that both a laid-back night life and a fun-filled night life work well side by side. Head to Vilamoura Marina and you will find a huge range of bars that are all family friendly. However, after a certain time, they then begin to pick up and this is where the partygoers can be found. There is an exclusive feel to the nightlife, especially those who like to party until the early hours. The Kadoc nightclub in Loule has been known to host some of the world’s biggest DJ’s while Bliss in Quarteira is tucked away and so, celebrities often frequent it. In the likes of Vale do lobo, a laid-back atmosphere can be found where live music plays and families can sit around and really absorb the vibe. The hotels in Algarve also become a lively spot for nightlife where you can enjoy cocktails with rocking DJ music and tourists from everywhere.
What to Eat in the Algarve
There is plenty to choose from when it comes to eating in the Algarve because you can find every cuisine you could imagine. You must try their famous sardines which can be bought very cheaply and their Piri Piri Chicken cannot be replicated anywhere else. In the likes of Vilamoura Marina and Albufeira you can find a huge choice that ranges from Italian to Indian to Mexican and Steakhouses. You will find many local restaurants that do not are far from stylish from the outside but once inside you will sample some of the best-grilled meat such as veal and steak you have ever tasted. If you have booked one of the hotels in Algarve, you can savour delicious local cuisine at the onsite restaurants as well. Some of the upscale Algarve hotels offer international cuisines too.
Shopping in the Algarve
The Algarve has some great shopping centres. In Faro, there is a large shopping mall known as Forum Algarve that houses many well-known stores while the likes of Vilamoura and Albufeira have more traditional shops that sell authentic Portuguese souvenirs and such. There is a large shopping mall located in Guia where you can find a wide range of famous brands at reduced prices and when it comes to markets there are many dotted around the area with the Quarteira Market offering cheap goods such as leather belts, wallets, cheese and fruit. You can easily find cheap apartments in Algarve, close to the shopping areas in the heart of the resorts.
How Much Spending Money Will you Need?
Unlike other areas of Europe, the Algarve is slightly more expensive and that is down to the fact that it is not as commercialised or developed like other holiday destinations. However, having said that, meals out are not going to break the bank, as a meal for two will cost just over 30 Euros. A large local beer will cost around 3 Euros while a coffee will set you back 2 Euros which is not expensive. Taxis are priced at 3.45 Euros to begin with and the cost increases by 50 cents for each KM.
- Nearest airport: Faro Aairport
- Direct flight time from Dublin to Faro: 3 hours
- Transfer time from airport to Algarve: 10 minutes
- Currency: Euros
- Language: Portuguese