As summer comes to an end and the winter sneaks up on us, it’s perfectly normal that we start to think about exotic destinations and dream about laying on sunny shorelines. Plus, as holidays start to become cheaper after the summer break, there’s no excuse not to book a winter sun getaway. Contemplating on a suitable location? Worry no more! The Algarve is a perfect choice when it comes to fulfilling all your winter sun desires.
Portugal’s southern region is also its most popular, welcoming a huge number of tourists each year. The Algarve is home to clear waters, vast stretches of sandy beaches and large dramatic cliffs which have quickly become the symbol of the region’s coastline. Not to mention its range of golf courses too! With our cheap deals on holidays, fantastic resorts and hotels in the Algarve, you can’t go wrong with an Algarve winter sun escape!
Praia da Marinha © Algarve Tourism Bureau
As you can imagine, the Algarve has an abundance of beaches on offer. So, your hardest decision will be to pick one! Some of the region’s beaches are lined with stunning rock formations characteristic of the Algarve. Marinha Beach in Lagoa is perhaps the best example of this. Not only is it considered one of the best beaches in Portugal, but it is also regarded as one of the best in the world. The views from the top of the cliffs are indescribable as well as the beautiful surroundings they offer. Bordeira Beach in Aljezur is simply wonderful, not only is it picturesque but it is one of the best beaches to head to if you’re looking for ultimate relaxation.
Your winter sun break in the Algarve wouldn’t be complete without tasting the regional delicacies and traditional foods that it has to offer.
Seafood © Algarve Tourism Bureau
Being situated right on the southern coastline, seafood is the principal ingredient for many Algarvian dishes. The region is also the base of little fishing villages, meaning foods like grilled sardines have fast become a seaside snack. On top of that, you can expect lobster, squid and fresh colourful salads. The more inland you head, you can expect less seafood and more meat dishes like thinly sliced black pork ham, hearty stews and grilled meats. There truly is something for everyone to fall in love with in the Algarve.
Finally, a winter sun Algarve break will no doubt be an eye-opening experience in terms of discovering its rich culture and tradition.
Castle of Silves © Algarve Tourism Bureau
Stroll through narrow cobblestoned streets where you can witness the Moorish influences that have been left behind in the Algarve. Explore structures that can be traced back to the region’s Moorish era, like the Castle of Silves. Located on a hilltop, this castle provides amazing panoramic views as well as several towers. Make your way over to Arco da Vila, a gorgeous archway which leads into the old town. The amazing thing is, it’s built along with the remains of the original Moorish wall.
Overall, winter sun holidays to the Algarve never disappoint. With bundles of culture, beaches and cuisine, there’s no reason as to why the Algarve shouldn’t be your next winter sun destination.