It's easy to find great deals on cheap holidays to the Algarve throughout the year, and these great holiday deals as well as the Algarve's lovely weather means it has become a well-established and popular tourist destination. The coast is just jam-packed with spectacular beaches and pretty towns, and if you hire a car from Faro Airport there are plenty of other treats in store too - such as quaint villages like Alte and the stunning views of the Serra de Monchique.
There is a huge range of package holidays in the Algarve which are offered by a wide range of travel operators. You can find a holiday package to the Algarve with flights from London, Stansted, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is also possible to make your own arrangements for a cheap holiday to the Algarve by arranging your cheap flights to Faro with, for example, a cheap hotel in Albufeira, or a cheap hotel in Vilamoura.
Wherever you want to end up, the main airport for all cheap holidays in the Algarve is Faro, so expect this air hub to be the start of your holiday. There are a variety of ways you can travel onwards from here, with trains, buses, shuttle coaches and taxis all available as well as a wide range of car hire options from Faro Airport.
Algarve holidays are the most popular with us Brits at the height of the summer with July and August seeing a huge influx of visitors to all the resorts. If you're after a cheap holiday in the Algarve in these peak times then it's best to a) use our search tool b) start looking early c) make sure you book a great deal when you see it - don't presume it will stay around forever! But if you want to be a little easier on your bank balance, don't despair as the Algarve boasts some of the best weather in Europe, so it's a great year-round destination. In fact, it was even where the Romans used to travel to to see out the cold European winters. If you're looking to save money then why not try spring or autumn travel? March, April and May are much quieter, meaning that you'll be able to find a cheap holiday to Algarve AND go up a little when it comes to the luxuriousness of your accommodation. For an ideal combination of good weather and kinder prices also look out for offers in September and October when the sun shines and the sea is still warm but thoughts of holidays to the Algarve in Portugal have left most peoples' minds.
With such a huge range of cheap holidays to the Algarve available, you'll have the luxury of deciding where you want to go, which is probably going to be based on what you want to get up to whilst you're there. If you're after a traditional package holiday then look at the resorts such as Lagos and Albufeira. Here you will find plenty of beach space, lots of all inclusive hotels, and a great range of bars and restaurants with plenty of ways to while away your nights into the wee hours with a drink or three. Daytimes can see you enjoying a range of watersports like banana boats too. If you want to venture to the east of Faro you will find a completely different experience. This stretch of the coastline is much quieter with fewer resorts and those that are there being much smaller and quieter. Here you will find plenty of charming little fishing villages, quaint towns and picturesque places to wander.
If you want to see a little more of Portugal whilst you're on holiday in the Algarve then make sure to get your hands on car hire from Faro Airport so you can head inland. Here you will find everything from stunning mountain views to pretty villages upholding the Algarve traditions.
One thing's for sure in the Algarve, which is that the beaches are some of the best in the world, so we've put together a list of our favourites - fancy visiting them all?
Praia de Marinha, Lagos has plenty of cool rock formations that are characteristic on the Algarve coast. The beach is not very big, but as it's reached by a fair number of steep steps, it doesn't get the sort of visitor numbers you would expect. It's great for snorkelling, and you can also catch boats that will take you on a trip exploring the coastline.
Praia da Arrifana, Arrifana sits on the Atlantic coast and is a haven for surfers all summer long. There's not a large amount of space on this pretty beach, so you might have to think about getting a spot staked out nice and early. Alternatively, visit the nearby Arrifana Fort, have lunch and then head down in the afternoon to relax and wait for the sunset.
Praia do Ancão, Vale do Lobo is a sheltered beach surrounded by sand dunes in Vale do Lobo, popular with the Algarve's wealthiest residents. It's not the easiest beach to get to, but once you do you'll be able to soak up the sunshine in this blissful spot.
Praia do Vau, Vau is renowned for being the favourite holiday spot of former President Mário Soares. This beach boasts a winning combination of beauty and space, so don't be afraid to walk a little way in search of your own spot - it will definitely be a rewarding endeavour.
Praia da Marinha, Lagos is consistently rated one of the world's top 100 beaches. It's got all the quintessential Algarve good looks, with craggy rocks, aquamarine sea, and rocks that dot the water. Expect it to be packed in peak season, but be careful near the cliffs as they are suffering from erosion.
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