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Choosing Where To Stay On Holiday In Portugal

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Portugal is a popular holiday destination for loved up couples, culture vultures and busy families looking to get away from it all. The beaches of the Algarve are a major attraction for tourists of all ages, while the colourful architecture and super cool cultural scene.

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Choosing where to stay can be a tricky choice, especially if you are travelling with children or with lots of people who all have different budgets. So here is a brief summary of your options.


Camping has many advantages in that its cheap and cheerful and it’s great fun, especially if you have children. Before you book your flights to Faro, be sure to check out the many camping sites in Portugal, as camping is very popular in the area. Once you’ve landed and arrived at your chosen camping site, you can pitch your own tent or rent a holiday home.

The Cabo de Sao district in the West of the Algarve is the perfect place to spend a few days on the beach and relax in the sunshine.

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A Hotel Stay

Hotels can be expensive – especially for families – but if you want to splash the cash, you can spend a few days in a luxurious hotel. If you’re travelling with a family, consider Faro as it’s quiet charm is ideal for those looking to spend quality time together without breaking the bank.

Whilst in Faro, take a trip to Faro Old Town Market for some of the most authentic street food you will come across. Visitors simply must try Pastel de nata, an egg tart pastry sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. It’s the perfect reward after a day of sightseeing! Or, take a day trip to Tavira Island and spend a day lying on its white, sandy beaches whilst over looking the bay.

House Swap

There are many websites which offer home owners a platform in which they can rent out or even swap their homes for the weekend whilst they see the city. This is a great option if you are on a budget, or if you are travelling with the family and you need a home away from home rather than the confines of a hotel or caravan.

When thinking about where to stay, plan carefully, anywhere central is going to be expensive but you could save on public transport costs. The Western Algarve is a great choice for couples as they are slightly more remote and haven’t been taken over by tourists, which makes it ideal if you are looking to soak up some local Portuguese culture.

By Samantha

Images by Inspired Camping; and  Caroline, shared under a Creative Commons Licence

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