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Christmas in The Algarve
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Christmas in The Algarve

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A traditional Christmas isn’t for everyone, and if you’d like to get away from it all this December, this trip could be perfect for you!

Known for its year round mild climate and beautiful scenery, the Algarve is the perfect place to relax, unwind and let us take care of the Christmas preparations.

The resort offers an abundance of great bars, shops, cafés and restaurants, while trips to colourful local markets provide an entertaining and rewarding pastime.

Visit historic whitewashed towns and fishing ports on three great excursions, discover the local traditions and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle.  

Please note that some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
WET (Western European Time)
Passport

A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.

Climate

The Algarve enjoys a temperate coastal climate, with mild and sunny spring and autumns with average temperatures between 18c and 24c. Summer months are typically sunny and warm with little rain and winter is mild with cool evenings.

Food & Drink
While in Portugal you can enjoy fresh, delicious Mediterranean food, matched with beautiful local wines at incredibly reasonable prices. Try the local speciality Piri Piri chicken, really fresh seafood, or bean dishes complemented by tasty, ripe vegetables and fruity olive oil.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €2.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.00
  • Lunch: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.30
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

Lagos

Located in the western Algarve, Lagos is full of historical interest. The 16th century walls still encircle part of the old town with its pretty cobbled streets. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy in the modern part of the town before taking a walk down to the Ponte da Piedade to admire the views of Lagos Bay.

Food markets

The buzzing food markets in Lagos are a feast for the senses. Stalls are packed with fresh fruit, vegetables, freshly caught fish, nuts, olives and honey.

Seville

The capital of Andalucia is a warren of medieval streets and pretty squares, filled with museums, galleries and stunning architecture. The city is famous for its tapas bars so be sure to leave some time to stop for a quick bit to eat accompanied by a glass of wine or beer!

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
WET (Western European Time)
Passport

A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.

Climate

The Algarve enjoys a temperate coastal climate, with mild and sunny spring and autumns with average temperatures between 18c and 24c. Summer months are typically sunny and warm with little rain and winter is mild with cool evenings.

Food & Drink
While in Portugal you can enjoy fresh, delicious Mediterranean food, matched with beautiful local wines at incredibly reasonable prices. Try the local speciality Piri Piri chicken, really fresh seafood, or bean dishes complemented by tasty, ripe vegetables and fruity olive oil.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €2.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.00
  • Lunch: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.30
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Portugal

Morning

Travel to Portugal

Upon arrival in Faro you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. You will have the remainder of the day to relax, unpack and explore.

Day 2 - Lagos & Sagres

Morning

Lagos

This morning you will travel to charming Lagos and take a guided tour of this seaside town. You will have some free time to sightsee at your own pace and explore the shops and markets. 

Afternoon

Sagres

This afternoon you will travel to Sagres, the most south-westerly point of the Algarve. Sagres is a tranquil town with many beautiful beaches, in keeping with the rest of the Algarve. Fisherman and surfers can be seen in the water off the town's harbour at Baleeira. Sagres is best-known as the site of Henry the Navigator's school of navigation. 

Day 3 - Silves & Christmas Eve dinner

Morning

Silves

This morning, visit the well preserved historic town of Silves, an inland gem filled with beauty and history, with its Moorish castle and cathedral. Along the way, you’ll travel through the Algarvian countryside and will discover some of its most beautiful and traditional villages. The afternoon is free to spend at your leisure.

Afternoon

Christmas Eve dinner

This evening there will be a Christmas Eve dinner at your hotel, to start the festivities.

Day 4 - Christmas Day

Full Day

Christmas Day

Spend your Christmas day at your own pace. After a leisurely breakfast you might like to take a walk along the coast before enjoying dinner at your hotel. 

Day 5 - Seville

Full Day

Seville

This morning you will be met by your local guide and travel to the beautiful city of Seville, the Moresque Capital of Andalucia. You will take a guided tour of highlights such as the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Jewish Quarter, Maria Luisa Park, and Spanish Square.  In the afternoon enjoy free time at leisure to visit the Old centre and explore the typical shops, cafes and tapas bars.

Day 6 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today, you will have a day free for shopping and sightseeing at your own pace. Don't forget to ask your local guide for advice on what to see and do.

Day 7 - Celebration Dinner at Xerém

Evening

Celebration Dinner at Xerém

You will have the morning to spend at your leisure. That evening you will take a guided transfer to Xerém Restaurant (6km), for a three course dinner. 

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Today, you will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Grande Real Santa Eulália Hotel 5

Just 100m from Santa Eulália beach in Albufeira and only 3km from the town centre, the Grande Real Santa Eulália Hotel is ideal for those looking to escape the world and relax in style.  In a garden setting overlooking the beach and sea, the hotel has a resort-type atmospher... read more read more read more

Just 100m from Santa Eulália beach in Albufeira and only 3km from the town centre, the Grande Real Santa Eulália Hotel is ideal for those looking to escape the world and relax in style.  In a garden setting overlooking the beach and sea, the hotel has a resort-type atmosphere. Guests can take it easy at the outdoor pool area or spacious viewing terrace, while sipping a cool drink from one of the bars and cafes.  The Real Spa Thalasso offers rejuvenation in the form of a variety of treatments, including hot stone massages. 

Standard (non-sea view) rooms are included at this hotel.  Sea view rooms may be requested, at a supplement. Please contact us for details.

Hotel address
Grande Real Santa Eulália Hotel
Rua Mario Sa Carneiro
6 RC | 8200-372

Albufeira
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Hotel Boa Vista 3 Superior

This hotel rests high on a hilltop in Albufeira, with stunning panoramic views of the Old Town and the ocean from its pool and terrace. Century old artefacts and vintage furniture decorate many parts of the hotel, adding to its quaint appeal.  Holidaymakers looking to sit ba... read more read more read more

This hotel rests high on a hilltop in Albufeira, with stunning panoramic views of the Old Town and the ocean from its pool and terrace. Century old artefacts and vintage furniture decorate many parts of the hotel, adding to its quaint appeal.  Holidaymakers looking to sit back and unwind may take advantage of the hotel’s spa facility, where there is a variety of treatments available (charges apply).  Breakfast and simple, rustic evening meals are served in the sea-facing restaurant. The location is ideal for discovering the charms of Albufeira’s town centre, with its great choice of restaurants, as well as the wonderful beaches of the area.

*Please note that this is an adults only hotel and does not admit children under 16 years of age.

Due to its position and varying levels within the hotel property, this hotel is not suitable for guests with restricted mobility. Please contact us if you require further information.

Hotel address
Hotel Boa Vista
Rua Samora Barros, nº 20,


Albufeira
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Hotel Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa 4

Located in the lively resort of Albufeira and close to its superb beaches, this hotel is in a great position for those who are looking to relax and enjoy the sun, as well as explore the many shops and entertainment venues. In warm weather, guests may choose to take advantage of a... read more read more read more

Located in the lively resort of Albufeira and close to its superb beaches, this hotel is in a great position for those who are looking to relax and enjoy the sun, as well as explore the many shops and entertainment venues. In warm weather, guests may choose to take advantage of a cool swim in the hotel’s impressive outdoor swimming pool. If the sun is too much or the weather is a little cooler, the heated indoor pool provides an ideal alternative. The Wellness Centre* is an excellent way to seek further relaxation, through a Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath, or a satisfying massage. Guests can also unwind at one of the two hotel bars, which offer a variety of drinks and cocktails. 

*Charges would apply for some services at the Wellness Centre 

Hotel address
Hotel Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa
Rua Do Municipio. Lote 26


Albufeira
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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