A panel of travel experts at Clickstay.com has voted the Algarve as the best destination for British tourists this summer.
52% of the in-house travel pros voted in favour of the Algarve, the South of Portugal, citing successful control of Coronavirus as one of the key factors.
“Local government has done fantastic work in limiting the spread of the virus and put in sensible measures to ensure people can enjoy their holiday safely”, said Tom Hughes, founder and MD at Clickstay.
“Their use of technology, such as the Info Praia app where tourists can real-time information about the level of occupancy of the beach, is a great example of how the government is being innovative in its approach”, he added.
The article about this study mentions that Portugal recorded a considerably lower number of Covid-19 cases than the UK, so is considered low risk by the UK government. On the other hand, the Portuguese government considers that the UK has got the virus ‘under control’ and is calling for a so-called ‘air bridge’ between the two countries, which would allow British tourists to go on holiday to the Algarve, and the rest of Portugal, without having to quarantine on arrival.
According to these travel experts, there’s a wide range of activities which you can enjoy safely, making the Algarve is the best holiday destination this summer, above other destinations in Europe.
“I usually go on a beach holiday during the summer but was a little anxious having seen some photos of very crowded beaches in the UK,” said one of Clickstay’s holidaymakers, “If social distancing is properly enforced on the beaches in the Algarve, I will definitely consider making the trip”.
Outdoor activities like swimming, kayak tours, SUP tours, and surfing are permitted and most boat tours are already running, all with hygiene andsafety protocols in place. In fact, these tours and activities are all recognized by the Portuguese “Safe & Clean” seal. This is surely another big boost for the region’s tourism prospects. According to Tom Hughes, “Many of our customers love to go surfing in their summer holidays, so being able to do that in a safe environment would be a massive attraction’.
For those looking for a more cultural experience, restaurants, hotels, museums and galleries are also already open, with social distancing protocols in place. So yes, you can enjoy some of the local fresh seafood and terraces in under the blue sky are abundant for a safe food-experience.
The research shows that the geography of the Algarve has also been a factor. In the Algarve, there are many relatively quiet places to rent a villa compared with the busier coastlines of France and Spain, which make it a good destination for those wishing to keep their distance and enjoy a relaxed holiday.
What do you think? Would you consider the Algarve for your holidays this summer?
Is it the first time you are planning to go to the Algarve and would you like to know where the most romantic spots are? Carry on reading, because in this article we listed the most romantic things to do in the Algarve.
When you are in Portugal, there is so much to see and do. The South of Portugal is famous for its golden sand beaches with spectacular sandstone rock formations, cliffs and caves. By renting a car you can drive easily to some nice places and admire the beautiful beaches and impressive rock formations while standing on the top.
At SeaBookings, if you’re looking for something special for the two of you, we, of course, recommend taking a romantic boat trip to see all the beauty of the Algarve from the sea.
Check out some of the most romantic things to do in the Algarve
#1 Admire the impressive rock formations of Ponta da Piedade
One of the places you can’t miss when you are in the Algarve is Ponta da Piedade, situated in the western Algarve. You will find these beautiful rock formations inLagos.
Ponta de Piedade has very capricious shapes due to erosion and weather influences. The coast between Lagos and Albufeira has several stretches of coastline with huge limestone rock formations but those of Ponta da Piedade is very special, especially during sunset.
The coast of Lagos lends itself very well for beautiful walks, just like the rest of the Algarve coast by the way. You can easily park your car on the large parking lot (free of charge) at the lighthouse, from where you can look down along the steep cliffs within a few minutes.
A very original and romantic things to do in the Algarve is to admire the impressive Ponta da Piedade is during achampagne sunset cruise in Lagos where you will have spectacular views from a unique perspective: the Atlantic Ocean.
#2 Explore the natural park of Ria Formosa
Do you want to escape the busy touristic places in the Algarve? Then you should definitely go to the nature reserve of Ria Formosa. When you arrive at the airport of Faro, you can already see the blue lagoons, white-sanded beaches and the green little islands.
You can visit Ria Formosa from different places. In Olhão we have for example this romantic private yacht island tour where you can discover Ilha do Farol, Ilha da Culatra up to Ponta Culatra together with your beloved one.
It is even possible to stop at a picturesque fishing village on one of the islands to eat some fresh fish for lunch. Or what do you think of a Ria Formosa boat tour on a cute little boat for an intimate and super romantic thing to do departing from Tavira?
#3 Visit Praia da Rocha
Portimão is one of the bigger towns on the Algarve coast about one hour’s drive from Faro. The beach area of Portugal is known for its beautiful red coloured cliffs. It is nice and warm in the summer and Praia da Rocha is definitely worth a visit.
At the top of the beach, there are some nice restaurants and bars where you enjoy Portuguese cuisine. You can taste the best fish dishes or just relax in the shade. On the beach of Praia da Rocha, you can rent sunbeds, so you do not have to carry them yourself.
It is also possible to see this beautiful beach from your own private sailing boat. The crew will serve you a delicious glass of champagne and you can enjoy your time together while seeing how the sun sets slowly in the Atlantic Ocean.
#4 Discover Benagil
You’ve probably heard many good stories about Benagil. This unique sea cave is the most famous marine cave of Portugal. Why? Benagil has an impressive skylight from above and a beautiful beach contained within.
During sunrise and sunset, the cave is bathed in sunlight which pours in from the top, this makes the rocks turn red and yellow. Doing asunrise SUP tour to the Benagil Cave does not only gives you the opportunity to see this beautiful light entering the cave, but you will also have some quality time with your beloved one before it gets really busy around the cave.
Do you have something special in mind and would you like us to help you organize the best boat tour or water sport activity in the Algarve? Feel free to contact us at any time by mailing to [email protected] and we will send you the best suitable and romantic things to do in the Algarve. For options in Potugal as a whole, check out this article. Enjoy your days in the Algarve!
If you’re planning your trip to the Algarve, the South of Portugal, holidays in Vilamoura can be a good choice. In our point of view, Vilamoura is one of the Algarve’s finest resort towns. If you go for holidays in Vilamoura, you’ll get so much more than just amazing beaches and a pleasant climate.
In the 80’s, Vilamoura was envisaged as an exclusive beach resort and elite golfing center. Today you can still feel this “exclusivity” as the town has matured into a modern and stylish holiday destination known for glorious golf courses, a trendy marina and outstanding tourist facilities.
Where to stay during your holidays in Vilamoura
We recommend you to stay within the modern marina development. In the Marina of Vilamoura you’ll be surrounded by charming restaurants, fancy cocktail bars and a chic nightlife.
In the Marina you’ll find some of the best things to do during your holidays in Vilamoura: boat tours and watersports. And from the Marina, it is only a short walk to the white sanded beaches.
Also, it’s only a short drive to the championship grade golf courses around Vilamoura. Vilamoura, and specially the Marina, has world class hotels and fine apartments.
The best thing to do in Vilamoura
Unforgettable boat tours and watersports
Most likely, your holidays in Vilamoura will mostly be spent around the Marina. Boasting a 1,000-berth marina, Vilamoura has a lot to offer in terms of boat tours and watersports!
For the ones who prefer a serene day out in the Atlantic, there are dolphin watching tours or coastal tours of a half or full day. There are super speedy jet boats and jet skis for the ones who are looking for an adrenaline boost. Sailing is also an option. Fishing tours in Vilamoura are also very popular, from shark fishing to family fishing tours.
In terms of watersports, how about enjoying a unique view over the Algarve while parasailing or you can go for the Action Pack and do several watersports with your friends for three hours.
Only a few minutes drive from the Marina of Vilamoura, you’ll find the five 18-hole golf courses that make Vilamoura one of the best locations for a golfing holiday in Portugal. Are you new to playing golf? This ultimate step-by-step guide for beginners may help you out 😉
In the Marina you’ll find agencies that rent quality clubs and provide transport to all of the major courses throughout the Algarve. There are five golf courses in Vilamoura:
Victoria (18holes – used for the Portugal Masters)
Pinhal (18holes Par 72)
The Old Course (18holes Par 73)
Millennium (18 holes Par 72)
Laguna (18holes Par 72).
All five golf courses are operated by the Oceanico Golf company. They have a worldwide reputation for the highest standards and excellent facilities.
Enjoy the beach
The beaches of Vilamoura are stunning. You’ll find soft white sands and crystal clear sea waters that are safe for families. You can enjoy and relax on the sun loungers while the water sports in Vilamoura (jet skis, banana boats and parasailing) will entertain “kids” of all ages.
There are two main beaches in Vilamoura:
Vilamoura Beach (or “Praia da Marina”) to the east of the Marina
Praia da Rocha Baixinha to the west of the Marina
Both of these beaches in Vilamoura have sun loungers to relax comfortably and lots of fun water sports to entertain the most active ones.
There are plenty of beach bars for delicious fresh meals and refreshments. There’s a third beach if you decide to spend your holidays in Vilamoura at the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura hotel. The Tivoli Vilamoura has a private Purobeach!
Have fun in waterparks
For the days that the ocean is too rough to enjoy a boat tour or do some watersports in Vilamoura, there are many alternatives. The Algarve is great for kids and teenagers, who will love Zoomarine (a marine park in Guia) or the waterparks of Aquashow and Slide and Splash (in Quarteira and Lagoa).
Taste local culture
Holidays in Vilamoura are also interesting for those wishing a more cultural holiday. Within a few minutes drive you could visit the historic city of Faro, the capital city of the Algarve. The market town of Loulé is also a nice day tour.
Who goes on holidays in Vilamoura?
Vilamoura is great for holidays with your family. There are many excellent family hotels and in the town children will be welcomed in all restaurants, cafes and shops. Large groups who are on stag/hen do’s or simply looking for a cheap drink holiday don’t usually pick Vilamoura. For this sort of holiday Albufeira is more adequate.
Given its modernity and exclusivity, some visitors may find Vilamoura devoid of Portuguese charm and character. This is compensated by its outstanding tourist facilities and services.
If you’re looking for a more traditional Portuguese holiday destination, we recommend the historic city of Lagos or the charming town of Tavira for example.
Are holidays in Vilamoura expensive?
Holidays in Vilamoura are not the cheapest destination in Portugal. Vilamoura is known for exclusivity, so is marginally more expensive than the other popular resort towns of the Algarve.
In fact, Vilamoura is popular among travelers who are looking for a refined and luxurious holiday destination, with a preference to quality over cost.
In Europe, Portugal is a comparatively inexpensive country. In general, food, accommodation and transport are much cheaper than many other established holiday destinations like the Balearic Islands or Greece.
For the season of 2017 Vilamoura is expecting a sell-out summer, following the success of 2016. So, to secure the best prices, we suggest to book accommodation, flights and other things to do far in advance.
Vilamoura has long warm summers. Spring and Autumn are pleasant and winters are mild but unpredictable. During the winter Vilamoura has an equal number of bright days as wet days.
The high season is from July through to August. During these months the beaches are packed and most hotels are sold out.
June and September tend to be popular months with couples. These months before and after the high season are outside the school holidays and you’ll find a Vilamoura without the hordes of children. Weather is usually still fantastic during these months.
To enjoy the beach during your holidays in Vilamoura, we recommend traveling from mid-May until mid-October. The two ends of the season provide great value with last minute accommodation deals and cheaper flights.
During the winter season, tourist facilities in Vilamoura close down to fully reopen for Easter.
Most restaurants and cafes in the marina complex stay open year round. However during the winter the region will feel very quiet excepting Christmas and New Year, when there is a lively atmosphere.
How to get to Vilamoura?
The closest airport to Vilamoura is the main airport of southern Portugal: Faro airport. Faro airport is located 25km to the west of Vilamoura.
Faro is a major airport with flights covering the whole of Europe. As the Algarve is a popular holiday destination during the summer time, there is frequently a shortage of seats/flights in the summer. So, we advice to always book well in advance to secure the best prices.
Unfortunately, there is very limited public transport from the airport to Vilamoura. The route requires two bus journeys and takes between 1.5-2hours depending on connections. That’s why most visitors pre-book a transfer.
Transfersfrom and to the airport can be a private transfer or shared (mini bus or coach), prices per person range from €50 for private to €25 for shared. Another option is of course to rent a car.
Holidays in Vilamoura are great if you’re looking for a real taste of Algarve luxury. Vilamoura is one of the biggest private tourism resorts in Europe and is know to be one of the most prestigious in Portugal. Even if you are not staying in Vilamoura during your holidays in the Algarve, it really is well worth a visit, just to see how much the Algarve has to offer.
Are you coming on holidays in Portugal? The Algarve, is a perfect destination to relax, do some sightseeing, do some great activities and of course for the younger generation, a fantastic nightlife in bars or on a boat party.
Albufeira is perfect place to party until you drop down. At day time, enjoy the beautiful white and sunny beaches with amazing cliffs and rock formations to recovery energy to party over and over again.
Things to do in Albufeira
For young couples, in our opinion, as you might not want the wild nightlife, but rater prefer to have a romantic holiday in the Algarve. You should choose a city as Lagos or Carvoeiro, little cities, with an amazing history and nice restaurants.
Lagos is the city known because of the world discoveries. In this city, you will have the possibility to see the most amazing beaches of Europe (Praia D. Ana and Ponta da Piedade). The most popular tour in Lagos is definitely the grotto tour. On this tour from Lagos, you will enter in sea grottoes and enjoy the view over the impressive coastline.
Boat trips Algarve – Ponta da Piedade – Lagos – Boat trips from Lagos
If you are coming on holidays with your family, we would recommend, first of all, to find a place that allows children to play and make some noise without stress. At the end, they are also on holidays. Taking this into consideration, with children of any age, we would suggest you to stay at a countryside apartment with a swimming pool.
Go to some waterparks, as Slide & Splash, or discover some beaches at the west coast.
Dolphin watching in theAlgarve
For the most relaxing holidays in the Algarve, you should go to Sagres, a very calm place to discover the best of nature. From Sagres, you have several walking or cycling tours along the coast. Or if you just want to sit down and enjoy the views, get on a Jeep Safari.
Near Sagres, you have amazing restaurants to enjoy the freshest fish ever while looking over impressive views over the beaches and cliffs.
The friendly and calm population, makes this a non-touristic but a desired place to go. Go on a boat trip from Sagres to see the most amazing high cliffs and wild dolphins.
Cabo São Vicente tour from Sagres – Cabo São Vicente – boat trip Sagres – Sagres
Are you ready now? Don’t forget to have fun and book your activities in advance to avoid disappointments.