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An Algarve Holiday Home Is the Ultimate Choice for Summer Beach Trips
At Algarve holiday homes, you'll experience some of the best beaches Europe has to offer in a sunny and gorgeous corner of Portugal. There's plenty for sun worshippers here, from miles of coastline to national parks. What's more, with your own Algarve holiday apartment, you can look forward to having your own pool and outside space to appreciate the long, hot days and balmy evenings. From cosmopolitan Faro to the magnificent Rocha beach at Portimão, there's a range of choices for all visitors to the Algarve.
Algarve holiday homes are the gateway to the best of the sun-kissed Portuguese coast
Get to know the Algarve region in Portugal intimately with own holiday letting. Opt for sea views and apartments just a short stroll from the beach, or city centre pads ideal for going out to party. There are superb food and history to discover for cultural travellers, too.
What makes Algarve holiday homes so special
The main draws for most visitors to the Algarve are the long summer months and miles of white sand beaches to choose from. Rocha, by the Algarve's second-biggest city, Portimão, is probably the region's most famous beach. Its range of shops and restaurants make for the perfect balance of convenience and relaxed coastal feel. Faro is the Algarve’s biggest destination, great for those looking to appreciate the nightlife at the buzzing bars and clubs. Alternatively, stay at Tavira and explore the lagoon at the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, where you'll spot storks and flamingos.
Why choose an Algarve holiday apartment or larger home?
There's so much choice when it comes to holiday lettings in the Algarve – just choose what accommodation suits your ideal holiday. Rent a large suburban villa with a patio where you can enjoy al fresco dining and a glass of wine in total privacy, or stay at an apartment or villa with pool access to swim and cool off in peace. All accommodations are within easy reach of the coast’s gorgeous beaches.
Algarve holidays for everyone in the family
The Algarve is a particularly great destination for families – with plenty of international visitors, the hospitality and facilities are top notch. English and German are widely spoken, and the area offers plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained. Aquashow Park near Vilamoura, Praia de Faro beach and the hilltop Castle of Silves are some of the things to see on a trip here. Groups of friends looking to hit the town can get large apartments with plenty of space and easy access to all the best bars in town. To top off all of these perks, many Algarve holiday apartments allow you to take your dog along, too.
The gastronomy of the Algarve region
Portugal is rightly proud of its excellent cuisine, which is heavily influenced by its large coastline. In the Algarve in particular, clams and other shellfish, feijoada (pork and bean stew) and superb Lagos wine are some things to look forward to. That said, the Algarve draws throngs of global visitors, so finding British- and German-style cafés and restaurants for familiar tastes of home is easy near the popular beaches. You can also buy your own food to cook at home, of course, to save some money and make the most of that superb balcony or patio space.
The different types of holiday home in the Algarve
Simply put, the Algarve is one of the best places in Europe to rent a holiday home, as the choice is vast. Rent a holiday apartment directly at the beach, a massive villa featuring a pool and garden, or a small cottage in a Portuguese fishing village. There's a range to choose from, from small and modern flats in the centre of Faro to larger farmhouse-style buildings as you go inland toward the countryside. Even if you do choose a flat in an apartment complex, many have access to a shared pool space. The Algarve is a great area for golfers as well, with many holiday homes set close to the best courses.
Great places to stay in the Algarve
Where you choose to set up base in the region will depend on your tastes. If you've been to the area before, you can try a new place to compare – you may find your regular family holiday destination for years to come! Faro, the most popular choice, mixes great nightlife and history with amazing beaches, and plenty of restaurants and cafés. Portimão's quieter ambience may suit families or anyone seeking a peaceful holiday by a stunning coastline. Another top choice is Albufeira, which still has a charming fishing village feel to it. Go for walks at the beach and port, or stop for Portuguese coffee and a pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tart) in the Old Town.
Reaching the Algarve
Faro Airport, which is also sometimes called Algarve Airport, is the main hub into the region, and one of Portugal’s major airports. It takes just under three hours to get to Faro from London. The airport is just 10 minutes from the centre of town by car or taxi. It's 40 minutes to Albufeira from the airport, or 45 minutes to Portimão. The region’s major destinations are very well connected to the airport, with frequent bus services and affordable taxis.
The best time of year for Algarve holiday homes
From June to September, the Algarve sees its hottest weather, often reaching 30°C or more in August. The summer is the ideal time to enjoy the water, whether at your private pool or one of the area’s many gorgeous beaches. Visiting in spring or autumn, which bring temperatures in the 20s, is ideal if you’re planning on hiking or just avoiding the summer crowds. Even in the middle of January, the weather is really quite mild, often around 15°C or so, and perfect for escaping your rainy hometown for a break among gorgeous scenery.
Get Lost in The Beauty and Wonder of Algarve, Portugal
Algarve is breathtaking in its panoramic views, fantastic weather and numerous attractions. Every day will be different with all the different places to see and things to do. There are lots of beaches on an unspoilt coastline to explore as well as national parks, art museums and historic attractions. When night falls, there are more than a few night hotspots to enjoy a drink and a night on the town. Popular attractions include:
- Faro, the capital city
- Alcoutim, a sparsely populated interior town
- Vila Real de Santo António with its fabulous shops and markets
- Tavira near the Eastern coast
- Olhao, the busiest fishing port
- Loule, a busy market town
See and do it all from your TUI Algarve Holiday Home
You can take your time and go exploring these and other places on your schedule while returning each day to a comfortable, well-appointed TUI Algarve holiday home. When you are on holiday, you don't want to be told when to wake up, have meals or be packed and gone by a certain time. You can enjoy all the space and freedom you want to explore this splendid part of Portugal in a TUI Algarve holiday home. With TUI Villas, take your pick from holiday apartments to villas and be free to go out and return when you like. Book your holiday home on TuiAlgarve.com and make the most of your holiday.
Holiday home for max. 9 personsProperty no. 1409026
+ 7 morefrom USD 1,290for 1 weekApprox. 147 m², 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, sandy beach approx. 70 m, sea/lake view, communal swimming poolThere are 7 further property types with 7 accommodations for this complex
- Holiday home for max. 4 persons, approx. 105 m², 2 bedrooms, property no. 1458453 Preview from USD 787/week
- Holiday home for max. 6 persons, approx. 114 m², 3 bedrooms, property no. 1458407 Preview from USD 1,014/week
- Holiday home for max. 6 persons, approx. 114 m², 3 bedrooms, property no. 1458452 Preview from USD 931/week
- Holiday home for max. 6 persons, approx. 115 m², 3 bedrooms, property no. 1514476 Preview from USD 901/week
- Holiday home for max. 6 adults + 1 child, approx. 114 m², 3 bedrooms, property no. 1458413 Preview from USD 963/week
- Holiday home for max. 8 adults + 2 children, approx. 147 m², 4 bedrooms, property no. 1404038 Preview from USD 2,073/week
- Holiday home for max. 10 persons, approx. 180 m², 4 bedrooms, property no. 1410851 Preview from USD 2,092/week
Sao Bras de Alportel, Algarve
Holiday home for max. 4 personsProperty no. 224696
from USD 373for 1 weekApprox. 60 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1), satellite TV, Complete Wifi coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 24 km, sauna, private pool
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