It is soon going to be summer and we all know what we can look forward to! Hopefully, each of us will manage to find time to soak in the summer sun on golden sands with friends and family on the beach, and enjoy wearing sunglasses and suntan lotion, sipping wine with lovely strains of music wafting through the air and all the great pleasures of summer! With the temperatures warming up already in the UK, one can’t help but start thinking about summer holidays, spending quality time recharging one’s batteries and storing up enough sea, sand and sunshine to last through the year. It is about time now to start planning your summer retreat. Given all the political unrest in Libya, Egypt, Bahrain and places around, and the extremely unfortunate natural disaster in Japan, perhaps it might be safest to stick to Europe this summer. Certainly, you have many options ranging from the all time favourite Spain holidays to the exotic France holidays to the ‘yet to be discovered’ natural beauty of Portugal holidays. If you are looking to spend quieter time with loved ones, yet within the awesome backdrop of the ocean, then Algarve Portugal would be a good getaway! Already, Algarve holidays, are beginning to increase in popularity, but Portugal is large enough with all kinds of varied landscape to suit different holiday makers!
After listening to past experiences of other travellers over the years, one can rightly conclude that nothing beats a dream summer villa holiday in Portugal spent with close friends and family. Besides, Portugal is a perfectly located country, not too far away, bordering both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean with just the right climate for a summer holiday or in fact a holiday any time of the year. Since Portugal is not as over-subscribed as France and Spain for holidays, it is still possible to find a relatively secluded beach house in Algarve Portugal, to spend private time with friends and family. For the culturally inclined, Portugal holidays are a treasure trove waiting to be discovered, with centuries of multicultural influences visible everywhere, amidst great ruins, monuments and historical sites in small Portuguese villages and towns yet to be explored. In fact, a major attractive feature of a Portugal holiday is that you can enjoy both the glorious seaside along with exploring the traditional way of life and influences that have shaped Portugal’s history. On the one hand is the delicious Portuguese food and wine, the lovely Portuguese Fado music and simple carefree life and on the other are state-of-the-art spa resorts, with golf courses and other interests to suit life today. Basically, one can easily enjoy the luxuries of modern life, together with a taste of traditional Portuguese life and philosophy, all within the driving perimeter of comfortable Portugal villas for rent.
The Algarve region, to the south of Portugal, is probably the best place to start when on a Portugal holiday. It has some of the best holiday villas and cottages, beaches and protected natural areas full of wildlife and birds, set amongst the most stunning natural landscapes. Simultaneously, Algarve Portugal has great tourist resorts with golfing, adventure sports and water sports set near lovely countryside, old towns and villages waiting to be explored. The southern most part of Algarve Portugal has a rich history and culture and if you just wander around you discover traces of the past even today. A good idea is to start from the Pedra do Alagar dolmen then follow the Roman road to Sagres, which was the departure point from where the discoverers sailed off in the 15th century. You can stand here facing the sea and imagine yourself back in those days watching a ship sail off to discover India or America.
Admittedly, a beach holiday in Portugal, in a luxurious Algarve Portugal beach house, with a breath-taking view of the ocean would make it difficult for you to leave the seaside. Yet, it would be an equally enriching experience to spend some time exploring Algarve’s capital, Faro, towards the south east of Portugal. In fact, you could plan to spend the first or latter half of your trip exploring Faro, as that would be the natural airport for you to land or leave from. There are lovely holiday villas in Faro close to the town which would make your journey into Algarve Portugal far more fulfilling. You could choose to start your day with a cup of coffee among the cafe terraces and then take a stroll on the narrow cobbled streets making your way under arches and bridges around Faro past its churches, government buildings and pretty city hall ending, finally, at the marina. If you have time and interest, you will find a great wildlife sanctuary located near your apartment rental in Faro, called the Ria Formosa Lagoon. It is a natural haven for bird-watchers!
Another great town to explore in Western Algarve Portugal is Lagos, which has a history stretching back over 2000 years. Lagos is famous for its great nightlife, vibrant party scene and gorgeous beaches. It would be ideal to find beach rentals in Lagos near the Dona Ana beach, which is one of the most popular ones. Lagos town is also worth a closer look, with a museum housed in an old fortress and the St. Anthony church which is covered in gold inside. Interestingly, Lagos was the place from where the first slaves entered the European market and where the first slave market was held. It’s not really something to be proud about but while wandering about Lagos, one gets to witness reminders of the past, and recreate in one’s mind the hustling and bustling activity in the ports and markets of Portugal. Undoubtedly, your beach villa holiday in Lagos Algarve will reveal Portugal’s natural and historical best kept secrets!
So, moving from Faro in Eastern Algarve to Lagos in Western Algarve, it is time to speak about another fantastic location in the middle, in Central Algarve. Your trip to the Algarve Portugal would not be complete without discovering Albufeira Algarve. The beautiful beaches of fine white sand and clear warm sea, are the crowning glory of Albufeira, and if you plan to rent an ‘apartamentos Albufeira’, overlooking the resplendent expanse of the Atlantic, simply gazing at the extraordinary hues of the rising and setting sun can leave you in a trance! Albufeira Portugal is one of those laidback places that instantly puts your mind at ease, making you reach out to your glass of Portuguese wine, listening to the strains of the soulful Fado music. It is when you are in this state of utter bliss with your mind and body totally relaxed and peaceful; you begin to appreciate the serenity of nature from the comfort of your beach villas in Albufeira Portugal.
Finally, if you have already begun dreaming of your summer Portugal holidays, whether action packed with sporting activities or leisurely lying on your beach chair beside your private pool soaking in the sunlight streaming through your Algarve Portugal beach house, sipping a cool wine, then its time to give wings to your fancy! Save money by making your flight and holiday rentals in Portugal bookings as soon as you’ve decided, in advance. If you prefer last minute deals on Portugal villas for rent, stay tuned in to the special deals at the website which is part of the world’s largest holiday rentals company, Owners Direct Holiday Rentals. Owners Direct offers high quality accommodation such as beach villas and holiday homes in Portugal directly from the owner, without charging any intermediary commission, to give you the best value for your money!