Algarve Holidays 2024/2025

The Algarve isn’t Portugal’s most-visited region for nothing. It more than earns the title with world-famous beaches flying numerous Blue Flags, fun family-friendly waterparks and zoos, rolling green golf resorts and delicious fresh seafood. Round-the-clock warm weather doesn’t exactly hurt either.

Yet another reason why Algarve holidays are so popular is because they’re extremely affordable. Those looking for cheap holidays to Algarve are in luck, as we have tons of exclusive online discounts and Algarve holiday deals just waiting to be snatched up.

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Laying claim to Portugal‘s southern coast, the Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole of Europe. For that reason, many parts are exclusively dedicated to tourism, packed to the gills with glorious coastlines – some of the best in Portugal – waterparks and animal parks, golf courses and some seriously fabulous food and drink.

That being said there are smaller resorts where you can enjoy the charms of traditional Portuguese villages, but still be close to all the action. Quiet spots can be found at places like Altura and Tavira, close to the Spanish border.

The biggest draw to this part of the world has to be the beaches. Decked with golden cliff sides and crystalline water, many fly the coveted Blue Flag for safety, cleanliness and facilities. What’s more, the Algarve’s year-round warmth makes stretching out on these shores just that much sweeter.

Whether you’re looking for family getaways, cheap Algarve holidays, or an All Inclusive treat, the Algarve is the place to be!

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Blue Flag coastlines

There are nearly 70 Blue Flag award-winning beaches in the Algarve region, meaning that no matter what resort you choose, you won’t be far from a knock-out set of sands. Praia da Marinha in Carvoeiro is regarded across the board as being one of the most stunning beaches in the world, while Albufeira alone has 25 beaches to choose from.

With 30 kilometres of coastline to explore, we’re pretty sure you’ll find somewhere to lay your towel. Awash in golden and rusty red tones, they’re what holidaymakers come far and wide for. Most of the beaches come clad with yellowish sands and aqua blue water that’s cut into the coastline and formed craggy cliffs, caves and rock pools for exploring.

Now, we’re not saying the Algarve is only good for its beaches – because it’s not – but we really couldn’t think of a better way to treat yourself to some R&R than with one of our cheap holidays to Algarve where you can just lay out and relax on a beautiful beach. The beaches vary from utterly secluded to those with a bustling promenade and all the shops and restaurants you could want.

Parks, parks and more parks

Algarve holidays let you mix water fun and animals togther with some mega attractions perfect for all holiday-goers. Zoomarine Algarve is a super-sized park with water slides, rides and animal shows, not to mention a chance to take a dip with the resident dolphins. Tickets can be booked online for Zoomarine, and they even offer transport to and from the park which is super affordable.

There’s also Aquashow Park, one of the biggest waterparks in the Algarve. Here you’ll find slides, pools and roller coasters, as well as even more fascinating animal shows. Head to the Mammothblast to ride with your friends, take the plunge on Freefall, or hit Aquakids for a space for the little ones to splash around. There’s even an indoor park with several different pools, whether you fancy relaxing, hitting the waves or giving the adventure pool a go. Discounts tend to be available when booking online, so this can be a great way to save some pennies!

There’s a traditional zoo too, with no added water – that’s the Parque Zoologico de Lagos, home to around 150 species of animals. We can’t forget the Parque Nacional da Ria Formosa either, a massive expanse of land that’s part wetland, part lagoon and part saltpans. A number of the area’s rare animal species roam here and you get the chance to see them up close and in their natural habitat.

Seafood heaven

Algarvios are known for their affinity with seafood, as is evident by many of the menus found in the local restaurants. On the whole, cuisine in the Algarve is influenced by the groups of people that have graced this side of Portugal, plus, a hint of flavour from the Mediterranean.

You’ll find fresh, local food everywhere, from the Algarve’s Michelin-rated establishments to cosy coastal restaurants with outdoor patios. Algarvios are vigilant about ensuring only the freshest fish is prepared, of which there’s plenty due to the region’s seaside landscape. Salted cod is Portugal’s national dish, but other Algarve favourites include fish stews, rice and beans and fresh veggies, often accompanied by a fiery glass of aguardente – the local spirit.

You’ll find a range of restaurants wherever you’re staying, for example, if you fancy a swanky evening out, head to Albufeira’s marina where you’ll find several decadent restaurants, while, Praia De la Luz is a little more laid back and offers restaurants from all corners of the globe.

Even if you’re staying All Inclusive, or sticking to a strict cheap Algarve holiday budget, be sure to try the local seafood restaurants for the real Algarve experience.

Party town

You won’t have trouble finding your regular watering hole in the Algarve. Each resort has a number of fun night-time venues, from laid-back bars for a casual drink to pulsing nightclubs that are sure to keep you going long into the evening.

Albufeira is renowned as being the Algarve’s nightlife capital, which holds down the Algarvian nightlife scene with its own strip of bars and clubs, as well as a selection of classy lounges.

However, Lagos and Sao Joao are hot on its tail. Lagos is filled with nightspots the whole family can settle into, while Sao Joao houses a popular strip, packed with cosy wine bars on one end and nightclubs on the other. Head to Atlantic Piano Bar for a sophisticated night of cocktails – and sometimes even a themed night – in Vilamoura. So there really is something for everyone, everywhere.

These great vibes come with great deals for your nightlife, including everything from happy hours to club promotions. Nightlife in the Algarve is very affordable for those looking for a cheap holiday.

Malls and markets

Retail enthusiasts need not fear – just as the Algarve brims with eye-popping beaches, there’s lots of shops, markets and malls for the shopping-inclined too. Both Portimao and Guia have shopping malls, with Guia’s being the largest in the Algarve housing more than 200 shops. Cheap holidays to the Algarve are not just about sunbathing and partying, they also offer plenty of shopping opportunities too.

Almost every major resort holds at least a monthly market as well. Here you can pick up everything from textiles to fresh fruits and veggies, fish and clothing – and be sure to remember to haggle to get a good bargain!