The Algarve, located on the southern tip of Portugal and basking in glorious Mediterranean sunshine for over 300 days a year, is an ideal holiday destination for those seeking some good old fashioned sun, sea and sand. The website http://www.mydestination.com/algarve – run by people who actually live in the Algarve and hence have expert local knowledge on the region – is an excellent place to start researching your trip as it offers a comprehensive guide on the area, from beaches to theme parks to restaurants.
A vital part of any holiday is where you get your head down at night. Accommodation in the Algarve is generally very good, and Algarve hotels in particular are excellent. Service 24/7 is the norm rather than exception, and if you choose an area carefully to best suit your needs (check the Regional Overview section on MyAlgarveInfo for advice) then it might just be the holiday of a lifetime.
One of the best hotels in the Algarve is the Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel, near to the charming towns of Lagos and Praia de Luz. The family run hotel boasts eight individual luxury suites and is set within 10,000 square metres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Guests have exclusive use of a tennis court, a large outdoor swimming pool (heated) and a giant chess set. The beautiful beaches that front the aforementioned towns are both less than 10 minutes’ away by car, and in addition to these you can find great golf courses, numerous walking and cycling tracks, and hang-gliding operators close by.
For those on a stricter budget, the Alba Hotel, located in Monte Gordo and just a 400 metre walk from a stunning sandy beach, offers spacious and comfortably furnished apartments, and each comes with a private balcony, a kitchenette, satellite television and a safe. Monte Gordo, which is placed in the eastern Algarve, has undoubtedly blossomed into a ‘resort’ town, yet despite this it has retained its own character and charm. The wide, pedestrianised streets, the fantastic beach with its safe swimming and the huge choice of restaurants, bars and kiosks, make this location ideal for families.
Finding accommodation is just the first step in planning a holiday to this wonderful destination. For a comprehensive guide on all things Algarve-related, including things to do, information on the best shops and detailed weather forecasts, visit My Destination Algarve for extensive and expert coverage on the region.