- Algarve Luxury holidays
The Algarve covers 5,000 square kilometres of southern mainland Portugal, although its name derives from the Arabic 'Al-Gharb', meaning 'The West'. This ever-popular tourism hotspot offers hundreds of kilometres of coastline, with postcard-perfect sandy beaches and limestone caves, some of which are best accessed by boat.
The Algarve - Europe's playground
The Algarve has been popular with British visitors since the 1960s, and later it grew in popularity among Irish, German and Dutch travellers too. At the height of summer, the number of people in the region doubles from around half a million permanent inhabitants, to over a million including visiting tourists. Head to the Algarve at the peak of the season to be a part of this influx of holidaymakers, and soak up the atmosphere, or schedule your trip for out of the main period if you want to experience a slower and more peaceful pace.
The Algarve - a home from home
Like many of the most popular long-term tourism destinations, the Algarve has adapted to cater for its British visitors. This means during your stay, you should be able to avoid using your phrasebook, as most people you encounter will speak English. There are even local publications in English, allowing you to keep up to date with world news, and you may meet quite a large number of British expats living in the area, as it is part of the European Union.
If you are partial to a round of golf, then the Algarve is a particularly good destination, with some world-renowned courses available to choose from. Golf tourism is a major attraction of the area in its own right, with over 25 courses built to the highest of standards, and designed in collaboration with some of the most recognisable names in the sport from years gone by.
When should I visit the Algarve?
The Algarve is relatively warm all year round, with winter temperatures only very rarely dropping below zero, although the average of 12-15°C in the winter months is eclipsed by the heat of the Algarve summer. From May to September, daily averages creep past 20°C and towards 25°C, while the record highs are closer to the 40-45°C range. In general, expect a good 5-10 degrees warmer than UK temperatures at the time of your visit.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in the Algarve should be all about doing exactly what you want to do. If you feel like sipping champagne while the Atlantic laps at your toes, it won’t be a problem. If you want a room overlooking a pristine, sandy beach, your luxury hotel will make sure that’s what you get. Your luxury holiday should be everything you dreamed of, which is why it’s worth paying a little extra to make sure you’re experiencing the very best the Algarve has to offer – and remember that it’s completely up to you how much pampering you receive. While you may not have the amenities of a bustling city during your stay, you will have one of Europe’s most stunning coastlines on your doorstep, as well as the warmth and hospitality for which the Portuguese are so well known.