If topping up your tan this winter sounds like a great deal, why not celebrate your time off over Christmas in true Portuguese style by booking an Algarve holiday villa and letting the good times roll?
Opting for a self-catering base is a great option if you plan on travelling with a group of friends or relatives. Booking a large self catering Algarve holiday villa means you can join in the Christmas festivities of eating Bolo Rei cake made especially at Christmas, drinking Porto wine and other traditional liquors, and tasting the wide range of sweets and biscuits, ‘azevias’ and ‘felhozes’ that Portugal has to offer with space and privacy.
Many bars and restaurants around the popular self-catering resorts of Vale do Lobo, Vilamoura and Quinta dos Alamos will stay open on Christmas Day, offering a range of local delights and typical Christmas turkey. Of course, if you want to cook, an apartment or villa gives you the freedom to turn your hand to culinary activities – great if making mince pies with the kids is a festive family tradition.
There is also plenty to do in and around the Algarve around Christmas and the new year. Holidaymakers will often find the streets and squares of the Algarve seaside towns lit up with Christmas lights and resounding with songs from street musicians. Cultural activities include a range wine tasting experiences, the Loulé Mountain Fair filled with pretty handicrafts and the traditional 9k and 3km Father Christmas walk that takes place in Albufeira. Most local tourist offices will have a special programme with details of upcoming parties, art exhibitions, musical concerts and other cultural events to keep you busy during your stay, leaving nothing but the flights and the Algarve holiday villa to book.
Although admittedly it may be a tad too chilly for a dip in the sea, it is a perfect time to explore surrounding Portuguese villages and get to grips with the local cuisine and Christmas time tipples.
For up to date availability and further accommodation options in the Algarve, call Premier Holidays on 0800 047 0400 or visit http://www.premier-holidays.com.
About Premier Holidays:
Premier Holidays is a British company specialising in luxury holiday villas and apartments for the discerning traveller looking for a different holiday experience. Premier Holidays was founded in 1994 initially specialising in high-end villa holidays to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and has subsequently grown into one of the most trusted and established villa holiday specialists in Europe.