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How do you plan the best holiday to the Algarve?

Planning the best holiday to the Algarve in Portugal involves several steps to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Here's a general guide to help you plan your trip.

Decide on travel dates

Determine the best time to visit the Algarve based on your preferences and availability. The summer months (June to September) offer warm weather and lively beach scenes, and they can be crowded. Spring (April to May) and Autumn (September to October) offer pleasant weather with fewer tourists. The Atlantic always feels warmer later in the Autumn months!

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Reserch and choose your destinaions in the Algarve

Explore the different towns and cities in the Algarve to decide which ones align with your interests. Consider factors such as proximity to beaches, historic sites, natural attractions, and the type of atmosphere you're seeking (lively nightlife, tranquil retreat, family-friendly, etc.).

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Arrange accomodation as part of your plan for the best holiday to the Algarve

Look for suitable accommodation in your chosen destination(s). Options range from luxury resorts and hotels to guesthouses, apartments, private villas and vacation rentals. Consider factors such as proximity to attractions, amenities, and your budget

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What transportation do you need?

Determine the best mode of transportation for your trip. If you are holidaying in the summer months ensure you book in advance - Renting a car provides flexibility to explore the region, (we recommend having a car delivered to Villa Cascata) public transportation options like trains and buses are available. UBER is also a fantastic and highly affordable way of getting around in the Algarve. Consider your itinerary, budget, and the convenience of getting around.

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What activities and attractions will you want to do?

Research and make a list of the activities and attractions you wish to experience in the Algarve. These can include visiting beautiful beaches, exploring historic sites, indulging in local cuisine, enjoying water sports, hiking nature trails, or visiting charming towns.

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Create your holiday itinerary for the Algarve

Based on your chosen destinations and desired activities, create a detailed itinerary for your holiday in the Algarve. Allow enough time for relaxation, exploration, and any specific interests you have. Be mindful of travel times between locations and plan accordingly. You can get all of the family involved in this planning process and invite the children to choose an activity each for their holiday.

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Check the entry requirements?

Check the entry requirments for Portugal. Ensure you have the necessary travel documents, including a valid passport, and check for any visa requirements based on your nationality.

Passport validity:
If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.

Your passport must be:

Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

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Pack appropriately

Firstly, pack clothing suitable for the season and activities you have planned. Don't forget essentials like sunscreen, beachwear, comfortable shoes for walking and hiking, and any specific items you may need for activities like water sports activities.

Stay up to date

Before your trip, check road traffic to your departure airport. Have you booked your car into short/long term car parking? Check for any travel advisories from your airline, check weather conditions and local regulations, that may impact your travel plans. Stay informed and adapt your plans accordingly.

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Book in advance

Especially for summer holidays in the Algarve, you really need to book evening restaurants and restauarants for lunch in advance: If you have specific activities or attractions in mind, such as boat tours, water parks, or guided tours, it's advisable to book in advance to secure your spot, especially during peak travel periods.

Remember, this is a general guide, and you can tailor your planning process based on your preferences and interests. It's always a good idea to consult official tourism websites, guidebooks, and trusted travel resources for detailed information and the latest updates about the Algarve.