Spring forward or fall back to the Algarve
It isn’t just the hot summer months when the Algarve sizzles. The autumn months of September and October provide the perfect base to extend your summer, and sample a slice of Portuguese living.
Spring is when Britons, tired of living under leaden grey skies, long to soak up some sunshine and relax in stress-free and beautiful surroundings. It is the perfect time to take a break because getting away from it all in April, May and June is a terrific mood booster and brings a host of other benefits.
Renting a sumptuous holiday villa from Villa Plus in the Algarve, for example, during these off peak months means your break will cost a fraction of what you would pay in summer, and car hire prices are also much cheaper. Not only that, but each Villa Plus property comes with a private pool, many of which are heated at no extra cost. The Algarve regularly tops the Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer – proof if it were needed that this celebrated area of southern Portugal is a great value-for-money destination.
In addition to a wealth of unspoilt, rock-fringed sandy bays and coves, the Algarve has a rugged interior that bursts into bloom with spring flowers, idyllic for walkers and birdwatchers. It also has some of the world’s best golf courses including the Oceânico Victoria course in Vilamoura where the Portugal Masters tournament is played. The wild Atlantic coast is perfect for surfing and at the Zoomarine theme park guests can play in a pool with the dolphins and take part in an education session about these highly intelligent marine mammals. Just off the town of Portimão there are four decommissioned navy ships, sunk in 2012, that form the world’s largest underwater artificial reef, boosting the biodiversity of local waters and now a huge attraction for divers.
The Algarve has a distinct cuisine that has its roots in historic nautical and colonial ties with Africa and India. The result is dishes with a rustic Mediterranean twist. Fresh seafood, typically brushed with a mix of garlic, coriander (known locally as cilantro) and olive oil, is best eaten in beachfront cafés, with the sea crashing below. Desserts are best enjoyed with a small glass of the locally produced spirit aguardente (“fiery water”) or its softer cousin medronho (strawberry tree brandy). The light semi-sparkling white wine vinho verde is a popular classic, along with Algarve reds and cerveja gelada (iced beer).
Most Villa Plus properties, which are not only heated inside to offset the lower evening temperatures in the spring but also have heated pools, have been carefully chosen for their location and come with a range of free added extras such as WiFI, air-conditioning and much more. Guests will find that they are perfectly placed to explore the natural beauty and local culture as well as enjoy the gentle bustle of the Algarve towns with their fresh-food markets.
For more information on the Algarve and to find and book your villa holiday, visit www.villaplus.com
Latest posts by Silversurfers Editor (see all)
- Is sleeping in separate beds the beginning of the end? - January 16, 2017
- Get back to doing the things you enjoy - January 16, 2017
- Are you a Flexitarian? - January 14, 2017
- Why you should be setting sail on an ocean cruise this year - January 13, 2017
- Streamline raspberry breakfast yoghurt - January 11, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!