Want to beat the winter blues? Looking for a great place to spend a family holiday? Perhaps you should rent your own self-catered villa on the continent and relax in the Mediterranean sun. A recent news article even indicated that holidays abroad can actually work out cheaper than staying in the UK, so now there’s no reason not to jet off!
Renting a self-catered villa is a great option for families because there’s enough space for young children to enjoy themselves in and you’re in a secure environment. So while some family members can choose to go clubbing or shopping in the local area, others can spend time with the kids while relaxing by their own private pool.
There are currently some fantastic deals on villas in the Algarve, a region which not only boasts stunning landscape and friendly locals, but is also steeped in culture and brimming with activities for the whole family to take part in.
You can rent Portuguese villas in many of the villages and towns up and down the Portuguese coastline, which is not only famous for its beaches but also for its fantastic fresh seafood and wonderful local wines and ports. In small village markets you can choose from a variety of jewellery, souvenirs and leather goods handmade by local artisans.
You can even buy fresh local produce and cook up your own Portuguese feast in the comfort of your villa in the evening and enjoy some well-deserved family time. For party animals, the nightlife in Faro on the Algarve or in the capital Lisbon is hard to beat, whether you choose to listen to the traditional Portuguese music fado or join the fashion jet set in the capital’s trendy bars and nightclubs.
The stunning Mediterranean paradise of the island of Corfu offers a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as snorkelling at Avlaki beach or the chance to sample some delicious seafood in one of the many restaurants in Kassiopi harbour.
There are also some fantastic deals on villas in Menorca. Menorca is a stunning Spanish island which holidaymakers return to year after year. The best way to view the island is to hire a bike and cycle along Menorca’s stunning coastlines and explore its many traditional fishing villages. Menorca’s waterparks will ensure your little ones have a splashing good time pelting down the waterslides. And when the sun goes down, Menorca’s Mahon Harbour is a great nightspot, where you can let loose at one of their famous seasonal fiestas and leave your English reserve at the door.
Menorca is also a great place for shopaholics that will lose themselves in one of the island’s many different markets. Why not treat yourself to a pair of traditional Abarcas sandals – there are thousands to choose from!