The Algarve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe, especially for travelers from the UK due to its close proximity. It’s ideal for a weekend trip, or even a longer stay. The area has so much to do, that it is no wonder it is consistently named as a favorite destination for those on holiday by every major travel website and publication. It is however also true that Algarve is not a cheap destination. That doesn’t mean that you should dash your hopes of a Portuguese holiday, there are a lot of great things that you can do on a budget on the southern coast. Let us take a quick look at some ideas visiting the Algarve on a budget and have the trip of a lifetime.
From small coves to pristine beaches, to out of the way pubs and cafes the area is ripe with exotic and budget friendly options for those who want to make the most out of their stay. One way to avoid a high-priced holiday bill is to steer clear of the larger cities where just about everything is going to try to grab your cash. Also on a piece of advice, don’t ask taxi drivers for guidance on where to eat, drink, stay, or enjoy a night out dancing. They are usually paid off by any number of business owners to give great reviews to tourists, especially those from the UK or the USA. The same goes for hotel concierges and desk clerks. Instead, ask the pool boy, the maid who serves your room, or even the hotel maintenance man where they like to go to relax. You will not only get a more enjoyable and real experience, but a lower priced on as well.
Beaches are after all what the area is best known for, and the beaches that you will find outside the major cities are far superior to the ones that you will find in the big towns that sold out to mass tourism years ago. The unspoiled beaches of smaller villages and town will give you a greater sense of peace and a quieter experience, but be aware that you may also find yourself on a clothing optional beach, as most of the out of the way ones in the smaller towns are, and that there may not be as many options for near beach drinking, dining, or souveniring. That being said, if you are on a very tight budget, laying naked on the beach while the sun and surf caress you isn’t too bad of a holiday anyway.
Hotels in Algarve
One fabulous hotel in Faro offers not only good nightly rates, but also a free breakfast, a very low-priced bar, and a full staff that speak fluent English. It’s a great option for those who want a bit of the more “resort” feel holiday. For those who want something a little more ethnic, there is another hotel with great rates in the heart of the Albufeira district, which offers an adult only stay, clothing optional pool and spa, free Wi-Fi and breakfast, and a staff equipped with its own tourism expert to help you get the most out of your time in the area. These are just two options, though, there are great low-priced hotels, guest houses, and other lodging locations throughout the Algrave.
Food & Drinks in Algarve
What better way to get a taste of the real local flavour of a place, than to get a taste of the real local flavours the place is known for. There are tons of little cafes and bistros in the area that offer a wide variety of good eats at reasonable prices. Stay clear of the flashy touristy spots though, ask real residents where the best food is. Seafood is the core of the diet in the Algarve region, and almost every little café that you visit is sure to have its own version of the most popular dish in the area, cataplana. You will also be able to find some nice pubs and taverns that will let you wet your whistle for far less than the ones at or near the hotels, again, just ask a local where they drink and they will be able to set you on the right way.
These are just a few of the ways that you can enjoy your next holiday visiting the Algarve on a budget. Another way is to find cheap flights to Faro airport, which can save you a lot on your Algarve trip as well. Who says that going away for a trip has to be nothing but one expense after another, sometimes the best vacation is the one that is filled with less flash and more real local culture. After all, isn’t that why you go somewhere different to begin with?