So you have decided that your next summer holiday is going to be to the sunny Algarve in Portugal? We have to say, you are making a wonderful choice. Whilst the Algarve is best known for its world class golf courses, it has so much more to offer from beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine to excellent water parks and water sports facilities.
If you are getting ready to book your holiday to the Algarve but have a few details to agree on, feel free to use our tips below to help you with your planning.
Set a Budget
No matter where you are going on your summer holiday, it is always a good idea to set yourself a strict budget. This should cover your accommodation, flights and spending money (which you can break down into smaller budgets if you prefer). Once you have decided on a budget, you will be able to start looking at hotels and villas in the Algarve and compare their rates.
Decide Where You Want to Stay
The next thing you will need to think about is where in the Algarve you want to stay. There are so many beautiful resorts including Quinta Do Lago, Albufeira and Vale Do Lobo. Most have great facilities close by and are located a short walk away from the beach.
Hotel or Villa?
Another important decision you need to make is whether you want to stay in a hotel or villa. If it’s a family holiday or group holiday you are planning, we actually recommend choosing a villa in Algarve, as you will have much more space to relax.
Algarve villas vary in price but with budget and luxury accommodation to choose from, you’re bound to find something to meet your requirements. We suggest trying to find a villa that sleeps a similar number of people to your party size and they are usually charged by the week, rather than per person.
Check Out the Pool Information
Having a good swimming pool is likely to be crucial to your holiday. Before booking your villa, find out if you have your own pool or where the nearest shared pool is located. It’s also worth finding out whether it is heated and whether there is a shallow end (particularly if you have younger children).
What do you Want to do on your Holiday?
Are you planning on having a relaxing holiday, where most of your time is spent on the beach or by the pool or are you looking to have a more active holiday? If you want to go on a few day trips and excursions in Algarve, it is highly recommended that you do a little research before you go. This will enable you to see what sort of activities you can get up to whilst you’re there.
It’s also worth checking ticket prices and finding out whether it is cheaper to book in advance.
Algarve villas are usually self-catered, so it’s important to check that the accommodation you are booking is well equipped with all of the kitchen appliances you will need. It’s also important to check that there are plenty of restaurants and café bars close by for you to dine at if you fancy a change.
These are just a few pointers to consider and questions to ask when booking your summer holiday to the Algarve, Portugal. We’ll leave you with one last tips and that’s to check the ratings and reviews of the villa you are looking to stay in. They will be great for getting honest and unbiased information about the accommodation and holiday experience.