Portugal’s Algarve – still a great value holiday destination

The recent decision by Ryanair to begin a daily flight between Manchester and Faro, starting from mid April, is a welcome indication of the continuing popularity of the Algarve as a good value holiday destination.  This brings to 13 the number of flights between the Algarve and the U.K, operated by Ryanair and this is, of course, just one of the low cost airlines operating between the two countries. There are in fact, direct flights to Faro airport from over 20 U.K. airports as well as flights from airports in Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Luxemburg and the Netherlands to name a few.

Add to this the fact that the Algarve is a relatively small geographical area with few major resorts very far from Faro airport and you can add further savings on airport transfer costs. Car hire in Portugal is also good value and the size of the car hire industry in Portugal means that there are good value deals, particularly outside the main holiday season.

A survey by the Post Office showed that Portugal is now one of the cheapest places for typical holiday spending. When considering items such as meals in a restaurant, drinks and even buying sun cream, Portugal is one of the top holiday destinations where your money is likely to last longer. This comes as no surprise to anyone who has taken a family to eat out in Portugal. Not only great food and great value, but a great welcome for children!

An average three course meal for 2 people, with wine, will come to less than €40 – €45 (£35 -£39) in most of the restaurants in Silves, where Duas Quintas is located. And there is no need to rush away at the end of your meal, often on weekend nights free music is also included.

The best that the Algarve has to offer all comes free.  Beautiful beaches, stunning rock formations and magnificent seascapes are part and parcel of an Algarve holiday. And the amazing thing is that car parking is free! Inland, there are wonderful rural villages, rivers, hills and mountains all waiting for you to explore them. Walking on the Algarve is slowly becoming less of a secret and in spring and autumn in particular more and more visitors are taking the opportunity to have an Algarve walking holiday or short break.

All of this is good news in a time when value for money is an important consideration when choosing our holiday destination.

Spectacular coastline Silves orange trees by pool in winter Country path March 2010

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