Portugal is one of the sunniest countries in the world, averaging around 11 hours of sunshine a day and a temperature of 28 degrees in the height of summer, with one day of rain per month. Even in October you can expect seven hours of sunshine a day and temperatures reaching 22 degrees.
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The Sandy Beaches
The Algarve is famous for its golden, sandy beaches, winning the World Travel Awards in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Europe’s best beach destination. Whether you’re looking for a beach with plenty of amenities or a secluded cove, the Algarve will not disappoint. The scenery along the coast is also quite spectacular and walking trails with varying degrees of difficulty offer vantage points for stunning photographs.
The Flight Time
There are scores of daily flights from various UK airports to Faro Airport with the flight time being from 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes. Compared to many European holiday destinations and especially for those travelling with young children, this amounts to a relatively stress-free journey.
It’s hard to beat the freshness of the seafood in the Algarve; clams and cockles cooked in garlic and olive oil and grilled sardines are among the many local delicacies. Piri piri chicken and flaming chorizo appeal to meat lovers and most restaurants cater for the occasionally conservative tastes of British children, offering dishes such as fish fingers with chips.
Although Portugal is in the eurozone, it remains one of the cheapest Western European holiday destinations; in fact the 2017 Post Office Travel Money Report lists The Algarve as the cheapest of 44 European destinations. For those able to travel outside the school holidays, The Algarve is an even more attractive proposition for an affordable holiday.