Portugal tucked away in the west of the Iberian Peninsula sometimes gets overlooked compared to its more well-known neighbours like Spain and France. However, the Algarve, the southernmost region in mainland Portugal compares extremely favourably for quieter beach holidays in Portugal. Undoubtedly, Algarve Portugal is the most popular destination in Portugal, especially in spring, summer and autumn. Surrounded by rich valleys and undulating hills and blessed with temperatures that almost never drop below 0 degrees even in winter, Algarve villas are the most sought after among Portugal villas for rent.
For the discerning traveller wishing to skip the crowd and heat, spring is a great time to explore the Algarve, when the countryside is at its most verdant. Spoilt for choice among a traditional holiday cottage in Algarve Portugal, a pretty Algarve Portugal beach house or a grand Algarve villa you can be assured of incredible Portugal holidays with a real experience of the rich Algarve culture and Portuguese heritage. Make a beeline for the Portuguese festival, particularly Carnival in February or March, and also a week before Easter in March or April.
The days of Algarve Portugal being the Iberian Peninsula’s best-kept secret may have gone but still it is not difficult to escape the crowds. Even from the busiest hubs or towns in the Algarve it only takes a quick bus ride or a walk into the countryside to come across rarely visited places filled with the old fashioned charm of Portugal. Getting here is easy, with the capital city of Algarve Portugal, Faro, having a well connected international airport. Accommodation options range from apartments in Vilamoura, which has a large purpose built resort and marina, to villas in Albufeira Portugal, a principal city and beautiful coastal destination in the region.
Vilamoura is actually the name given to an area rather than to any particular town. It is one of the largest single tourist complex in Europe occupying over 2.000 hectares of land covered with pine forests and marshland, making it a unique resort community with a relaxed pace of life, sun filled days of sports, family activities and vibrant night life. On the other hand we have the Albufeira old town steeped with culture and history. Pretty cobbled streets lined with cafes, bars and restaurants compete with its lovely sandy beaches for your attention. The beautiful marina is a starting point for most of the popular activities here like boat trips, fishing trips and diving excursions. The marina’s long promenade is a favourite spot to pass the sunny days, soak in gorgeous views and spot the fishermen going about their daily business. Albufeira Algarve holidays are indeed one of the most romantic holidays you could hope for!
Portugal holidays can be great fun for your family, too, as it is a developed country with a good standard of living and a convenient lifestyle. The land within its borders has been continuously settled since prehistoric times. It grew to a big international power as its sea power grew in the 15th and 16th century. The Portuguese empire was the world’s first global empire that had interests in Africa, Oceania, Asia and Americas. The early traders spread the language and culture to all parts of the world and brought back influences, ideas and music along with products. Travelling around Algarve Portugal, one is constantly reminded of this rich and multicultural glorious past which has contributed to a unique Portuguese identity that is preserved to this day, be it the distinctive Portuguese late Gothic architecture also known as Manueline, the melancholy music of the Portuguese guitar also called Fado or the world famous cuisine and wines.
Modern day Portugal is a part of the European community and has assimilated many waves of immigrants as it has modernised. However, as you travel deeper into the country and experience the simple life in Algarve villas, the centuries seem to roll back, and the timeless beauty and soul of Portugal is seen to be still intact. Algarve holidays offer a chance to experience the Portuguese identity, soak up the sun on pristine beaches, immerse yourself in local festivals and music, sample delicious time tested recipes, sip world famous wines and explore untouched gentle country life. You can enjoy fun filled moments with your loved ones in an Algarve Portugal beach house, make all your dreams come true making it your most unforgettable holiday in Portugal ever…Algarve holidays await you in all their glory and splendour!