Summer is coming and it's a great time to explore all that Europe has to offer but planning a summer holiday while sticking to your budget can sometimes be difficult, especially as summer tends to be the peak travel time for beach destinations.
But preparing for your holiday adventure doesn’t have to be stressful, especially if you happen to be heading to the sunny Algarve region of Portugal, located on the country’s southern coast. Did you know Portugal is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe and you can also save money on accommodation and find plenty of free things to do.
Beaches in the Algarve
Firstly, Save Money with a Self-Catering Holiday Villa
Avoid unnecessary expenses during your holiday and enjoy relaxing time away from day-to-day stresses by choosing to have your getaway in self-catering accommodation. Algarve villa holidays give vacationers the chance to experience local life and save money by food shopping at markets. Why not cook for yourself instead of spending money on dining out at every meal? Just be sure to look up a handful of Portuguese recipes to match the region’s fine produce.
Once settled, you’ll be looking to enjoy a fun and affordable visit to this beautiful part of Europe. Here are a few ways to ensure your holiday is one to remember and that it doesn’t break the bank.
Spend Time on Some of Europe’s Greatest Beaches
One of the most spectacular parts of visiting the Algarve is roaming the region’s stunning beaches, which feature everything from long stretches of golden sand to secluded coves. Another great part about spending time at these beautiful beaches is that aside from the occasional cocktail and snack, it won’t cost you a thing.
The Algarve coast, Portugal. Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke
Explore the Old Town of Faro
Faro is the capital city of the Algarve region, and it has the most distinctly Portuguese feel of the major southern cities, perhaps because Faro’s rich history includes such landmarks as the Byzantine Towers, and the medieval Cathedral of Faro. Spend some time discovering the many treasures scattered throughout the Old Town’s winding cobbled streets and walking along the waterfront of the medieval quarters harbour.
Faro Town. Photo Credit: An en Alain
Enjoy Thrilling Coastal Treks
While trekking might not be the first thing that comes to mind when preparing for a visit to Portugal, the country is filled with spectacular landscapes and hiking paths that make for a scenic exploration. The Algarve region is best known for its coastal routes, which take walkers past serene lakes, salt marshes, atop coastal cliffs, and around lagoons. On hot days, consider hiking during the early morning and late afternoon for the most comfortable conditions.
Just because you want to book your holiday in one of the most beautiful places in the world, doesn’t mean that your trip to Algarve has to be a costly one. Begin planning your visit today, and you’ll soon be discovering all the best sites and activities the south of Portugal has to offer.
Image credits go to Oliver Clarke and An en Alain via Flickr on Creative Commons licenses
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