Short Breaks & Holidays in the Algarve
Drenched in culture and history, with golden sands that stretch over 100 miles, short breaks to the Algarve can provide the perfect getaway whatever your style. With our wide variety of flights and hotels in the Algarve, we’re sure to have something for everyone.
Algarve at a Glance
- The average flight time from Gatwick Airport to Faro Airport is 3 hours
- 29 2-4 star hotels around the Algarve for you to choose from
- We love each of the 69 Blue Flag beaches dotted along the Algarve coastline
- Enjoy a huge choice of delicious local seafood whilst gazing out across the Mediterranean
The Algarve stretches 200km along the southern coast of Portugal. Overlooking the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic Ocean to the west, the wonderful climate gives guests booking flights and hotels in the Algarve the chance for a perfect holiday experience all year round. Nature trails, theme parks, golf courses and water-sports are all highlights of what our Algarve short breaks can offer. Whether you’re looking for a private cove to relax in away from the crowds, or a vast stretch of beach to join in the many cosmopolitan parties, over 100 miles of beach means you’re sure to find your ideal spot.
Guests looking for weekend breaks to Portugal need look no further than the choice of our 29 wonderful 2-4 star accommodation options. From apartments on the golf courses of Villamoura like the Apartamento Do Golf, to hotels in the centre of Albufeira including Vila Recife, we’ll have something to make your Algarve beach break perfect. Visitors wanting to start their holiday as soon as they land can rest assured that Faro Airport’s central location is within reasonable transfer distances to all resorts, and only a three hour flight from London. For rest and relaxation, nothing beats our Algarve short breaks.
Algarve Must Dos
1. Head to Slide&Splash, one of Europe’s biggest water parks for a perfect for a family day out
2. Relax on one of the finest beaches in the Algarve, Falesia Beach
3. Algarve Boat Tours are the best way to see how beautiful the Algarve truly is
1. For great cabaret shows and evening entertainment visit the Algarve Casino
2. Albufeira Old Town by Road Train is the perfect way to sample the traditional and charming town
3. Take an evening stroll on Praia da Rocha Strip
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