Cheap holidays to the Algarve

Budget breaks to Portugal’s most beautiful region


Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert


Fisherman's Beach, AlbufeiraWith diverse and beautiful landscapes laden with sunshine, there’s nowhere better for budget breaks than in the Algarve. Whether you fancy spending a week lazing on the beach or getting to grips with Moorish history, there’s something for everyone in this pristine part of Portugal. Those seeking a sun-soaked Mediterranean break will love coastal cottages found along Sagres, whilst those looking to explore the Algarve’s more authentic side will prefer the quaint villas Silves. For adventurers, meanwhile, Serra de Monchique is the natural choice, scattered as it is with seemingly endless hiking and cycling trails.

Wherever you fancy staying in the Algarve, you’ll soon find it’s a great choice for those on a budget too. Cheap flights can easily be found from a variety of airlines, and Algarve accommodation is some of the cheapest in the country. Whilst there, you’ll find food, fun and frivolity is also reasonably priced, but there are plenty of free activities and attractions to keep you entertained. So why wait? Read on for a rundown of our favourite Algarve destinations.

 


 

Top five destinations for cheap holidays to the Algarve


   

Albufeira Cheap Albufeira holidays

Regarded as the gateway to the Algarve, Albufeira is a fantastic choice for cheap holidays along the coast. With access to over twenty spectacular beaches, you can easily spend every day simply discovering new shores! From long, sweeping swathes to rocky, cliff-backed coves, there’s a beach to suit all tastes. Of course, for those seeking history and culture whilst away, Albufeira’s also a great bet: its old town is a labyrinthine area of winding streets and white-washed houses, and a number of beautiful buildings remain which resisted the earthquake of 1755. When it’s time for lunch, make sure to try the grilled sardines!

 

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Lagos Cheap Lagos holidays

If Albufeira is famed for its beaches, then Lagos must surely be too: offering some of the most beautiful shores in the Algarve, it’s home to the famous sands of Praia de Dona Ana, Meia Praia and Sae Roque. Swimming, sunbathing and building sandcastles is certainly going to take up your time, but scuba diving’s another suggested activity: snorkelling might prove a little cheaper, though! There’s plenty to see and do if you do decide to venture inland: get chatting to the locals in the fishing village of Luz, where you can explore the remains of a Roman villa, or discover the delights of medieval Albadeira, home to excellent golf courses.

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Loule Cheap Loule holidays

 

If you’re seeking traditional Portugal, then Loule’s a great choice when considering cheap holidays in the Algarve. A rural market town littered with stalls selling local arts and crafts, it’s a shopaholic’s dream. Of course, like the rest of our Algarve destination listed here, Loule has more than one string to its bow: historical sites such as the 13th century Church of Sao Clemente will appease those looking for culture, whilst the huge number of golf courses will keep sports lovers entertained. Natural landmarks include the spectacular caves at Alto Fica and the rocks at Rocha de Pena, and there are plenty of blissful beaches.

 

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Tavira Cheap Tavira holidays

With a history dating back over two thousand years, Tavira’s a fascinating destination for Algarve breaks. It’s awash with Roman ruins amidst spectacular, deserted beaches, and vast areas of unspoiled land scattered with fig, almond and orange trees. Simply strolling around the countryside will unearth all manner of wonderful sights! If you fancy and can afford a day trip, consider taking a boat to the island of Ilha de Tavira, where you’ll find a wonderfully secluded cove, ideal for swimming. Afterwards, head back to the fishing villages of Pedras del Rey or Cabanas, where you’ll find traditional restaurants serving the catch of day.

 

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Portimao Cheap Portimao holidays

From its golden beaches to its dramatic, rocky outcrops, Portimao’s an ideal spot for cheap holidays in the Algarve. You can easily spend your days simply enjoying your beautiful surroundings, but there’s plenty to keep you busy if you do get bored of the beach! Praia de Rocha is your first port of call if you fancy trying water-sports or renting a boat, whilst Alvor will appeal to those of you who fancy exploring a Neolithic settlement! Indeed, Portimao’s a great choice for history buffs: sites from Roman, Moorish, Gothic and Crusader periods can all be found. When not soaking up sunshine, you’ll find no shortage of things to do.

 

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Cheap Accommodation in Algrave

Luxury Linked Villa in Praia da Luz /Lagos

This lovely villa is situated in a small luxury development of private villas in Praia da Luz with a shared pool and small children's pool Please always phone for discounted offers out of season . There are security gates and private parking area...

Lovely 5 bedroom town house, walking distance to the beach

Lovely 5 bedroom house with large outdoor patio, situated within the urbanization of Audiencia, next to Praia Verde, in the unspoilt East Algarve, 15km from Tavira and 8km from Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The house has three bedrooms and living r...

Superb 6 Bed House With Private Swimming Pool, Near To Beach

Superb 6 bed property with 4 bathrooms located on the outskirts of the pretty town of Vila Nova de Cacela 12 km from Tavira and 12 km from Vila Real de Santo Antonio and only 1.5 km from the wonderful beach at Manta Rota. The house is within walki...

Apartment/ flat - Manta Rota

(Text automatically translated) Ranked accommodation. Very peaceful, Ideally located, Large terrace of 80m2 (front and rear terrace with barbecue). Going to the beach on foot. The prices quoted are inclusive of VAT in force.

Apartment/ flat - Manta Rota

(Text automatically translated) Ranked accommodation. Very peaceful, ideally situated, nice terrace. Going to the beach on foot. The prices quoted are inclusive of VAT in force.

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