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SuperSaver - The Algarve Coast
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SuperSaver - The Algarve Coast

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Stretching across the southernmost tip of mainland Portugal, the Algarve is famous for its year round superb climate, fantastic beaches, dramatic landscape and quaint villages.

The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, with modern resorts offering every amenity a holidaymaker could wish for, as well as historic whitewashed towns and fishing ports, full of tradition and atmosphere. The resorts offer an abundance of great bars, shops, cafés and restaurants, while trips to colourful local markets provide an entertaining and rewarding pastime.

*Please note, this holiday does not include excursions.

Note:For the tour departing on the 27th December, a New Year’s Eve dinner is included in your hotel on 31st December.

 

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 requirements. 
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 delicious food matched with beautiful local wines at incredibly reasonable prices. Try the local specialities Piri Piri chicken or 'Cataplana', and really fresh seafood, complemented by tasty, ripe vegetables and fruity olive oil. Vinho Verde is a refreshing, slightly sparkling white wine which is light in alcohol and a pefect match for grilled fish dishes.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €2.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.00
  • Light lunch: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.30
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Breaking Tracks by Sally Hope Johnson

The Drifters by James A. Michener

Spice & the Devil’s Cave by Agnes Hewes

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.

Monchique Mountains 

The Serra de Monchique  is a thickly wooded mountain range that separates the Algarve from the neighbouring Alentejo Region. The mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to many of the views along the Algarve coast.

Traditional music

The Algarvians love to welcome visitors with a display of traditional music and dance.  At festivals and entertainment venues, troupes of colourfully costumed folk dancers twirl and spin to the infectious rhythms of the ‘Corridinho’.   For a quieter form of musical entertainment, seek out a ‘Fado’ house and listen to the soulful songs of the Fado genre, performed by solo singers and accompanied by Portuguese 12 string guitar. 

Beaches

There are about 100 attractive sandy beaches on the Algarve’s Atlantic coastline, with rust-hued cliffs and rock formations forming an impressive backdrop to many of them.  Due to the maritime shelf and water currents the sea temperature is surprisingly warm.   Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales, which can often be spotted on this coast.

Food Markets

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

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 requirements. 
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 delicious food matched with beautiful local wines at incredibly reasonable prices. Try the local specialities Piri Piri chicken or 'Cataplana', and really fresh seafood, complemented by tasty, ripe vegetables and fruity olive oil. Vinho Verde is a refreshing, slightly sparkling white wine which is light in alcohol and a pefect match for grilled fish dishes.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €2.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.00
  • Light lunch: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.30
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Breaking Tracks by Sally Hope Johnson

The Drifters by James A. Michener

Spice & the Devil’s Cave by Agnes Hewes

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Portugal

Full Day

Travel to Portugal

Upon arrival in Faro, you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport before being transferred to your hotel.

Evening

Dinner

This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner if you are staying the hotels Santa Catarina, Boa Vista or Da Aldeia hotel, on Half board basis.

Days 2-7 - At Leisure

Full Days

At Leisure

The next 7 days are free to spend at your leisure, take time to discover on your own the highlights of the Algarve coast. We suggest that you take a trip into the centre of your resort and pick up some souvenirs or visit one of the small bars that line the streets, and enjoy a cool drink while you watch the world go by. A trip to one of the magnificent beaches that dot the coast is another must-see. 

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Day 8 - Return Home

Time to bid farewell to the Algarve. Transfer from your hotel to Faro 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

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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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.

**Complimentary 1/2 Bottle of wine per person**

*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 Do Cerro 3 Superior

This long established, family-run hotel has a scenic hilltop position in Albufeira, overlooking the Old Town and the sea.  With a quirky layout and home-from-home style, it offers panoramic terraces where guests can sit back and relax while enjoying the views, as well as co... read more read more read more

This long established, family-run hotel has a scenic hilltop position in Albufeira, overlooking the Old Town and the sea.  With a quirky layout and home-from-home style, it offers panoramic terraces where guests can sit back and relax while enjoying the views, as well as cosy indoor sitting areas.    A continental breakfast and buffet dinner are served in the hotel’s restaurant.

The location is ideal for discovering Albufeira’s great choice of cafes, restaurants and shops as well as its superb beaches.

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 Do Cerro
R. Samora Barros, 8200-178 Albufeira, Portugal
Portugal

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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