Other popular holidays in Portugal
If you love the sound of Portugal but aren’t entirely sure where you want to go, it’s packed with resorts where cheap holidays grow on trees. Check out Madeira and Porto Santo, but if your heart is set on the Algarve, have a look at our travel guide for more information on this sunny slice of the Mediterranean. In the meantime, here are our top hotels for cheap holidays in the Algarve.
Cheap days out in the Algarve
With a fully-stacked deck of beaches that range from utterly secluded to promenade-lined, the Algarve makes having a cheap holiday about as stress-free as it gets. It’s easy to wile away your hours lounging on the gold sands, grabbing a bite from a beach bar and taking to the waves for watersports. The Algarve is also one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world, so as far as dining out goes, you can rest assured that there’s both a cuisine type and setting to cater to your budget.
Even scaled back resorts like Tavira come ready with a swathe of budget-friendly activities. Its location makes it a convenient access point to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a cluster of six inlets that’s an important habitat for birds and a top spot for hikes. Caroveiro also maintains its village face, but its boardwalk and proximity to Praia da Marinha beach – widely renowned as one of the best beaches in the world – make it on par with the best of them.
Holidays to the Algarve are all fun, all sun, no broken bank
Flights from the UK to the Algarve will have you in the air for just under three hours, which means cheap holidays in the Portuguese sun are right on your doorstep.
This popular destination is ready to accommodate holidays of all budgets, cheap included. Some of this southern region’s best assets – its beaches – are completely free of charge and renowned as some of the best in the world. Blue Flag-flying, golden sand-touting and cliff-carved, they only sweeten the deal at this eternally warm destination.
Big time resorts like Vilamoura are a top place to start when planning a cheap holiday to the Algarve, as there are a huge range of activities to suit any budget. Think watersports and beach parties, plus ancient ruins marking this former Roman village’s past. Purpose-built Montegordo follows suit with similar activities, including a scenic old school village and a popular beach, while Praia da Luz keeps things on the quieter side. Here, you’ll spend hours wandering the cobbled waterfront promenade or the Roman ruins, not to mention the especially stunning beach, after which the resort is named.
You can choose your board at this garden-set hotel – Self Catering is made easier by an onsite mini market while Full Board lends itself to an onsite restaurant. There are two swimming pools and a kids' splash pool, though Vilamoura's marina and the beach are about a 15-minute walk away. To keep you active, head to the basketball, tennis and volleyball facilities for a quick match.