When it comes to seeking a relaxing beach holiday in a laid-back area, an apartment in Vale de Parra is well worth considering. Vale de Parra boasts an idyllic location near many of the Algarve’s best beaches. It's also only a short distance from one of the hottest towns on the coast, Albufeira. Located just four miles from Vale de Parra, Albufeira has restaurants, historical sites and a busy nightlife scene. Whether it be a villa in Vale de Parra to accommodate a group of eight or a cosy seaside holiday apartment for two in Vale de Parra, HomeAway has got it. Many accommodations in Vale Parra are equipped with modern kitchens, internet access and satellite television.
HomeAway also has many comfortable accommodations in nearby Albufeira, both near the Old Town as well as near the bustling strip. About a half hour to the east there are spacious rentals in the fashionable town of Vilamoura and in the west there are holiday rentals in Carvoeiro.
Praia de Sao Rafael:
This small and beautiful beach is known for soft, golden sand and crystal clear waters. Formations in the limestone cliffs make for an enchanting backdrop. The beach is wheelchair accessible and is only three miles from Vale de Parra.
Praia da Gale Oeste:
This beach is found in the nearby town of Gale, approximately two miles from Vale de Parra. A long stretch of golden sand dunes and clean waters characterise Praia da Gale Oesta. It's a great place for water sports, and has a beach bar that offers a variety of food and drinks.
Albufeira is one of Portugal's most popular tourist towns. The iconic clock tower and whitewashed buildings define the Old Town, and the famous strip is a hot spot for dining, dancing and drinking. Albufeira also has a number of fine beaches.
Guia Old Tower:
The Torre Velha in nearby Guia was constructed in the late 16th century and used as a defence fortress for the coast of Albufeira. The tower managed to withstand the earthquake of 1755, enabling visitors today to see this glorious structure in its original state.
This family fun centre is located about five miles from Vale de Parra and features loads of slides and pools for children of all ages. Sun beds are numerous, and there are plenty of stands selling food and drink. Up-to-date opening times are available online.
Algarve Shopping Centre:
The Algarve Shopping centre can be found about four miles from Vale de Parra. It has over 100 stores plus a cinema with original language films, a bowling alley and an extensive food court.
The warm, sunny weather in Vale de Parra makes it a year-round holiday destination, though summer is by far the most popular season with tourists. Average summer temperatures range from 28-30°C in July and August with almost constant sunshine during the day. Rain is rare, even in the "rainy" months of December and February. Winter temperatures tend to stay around the mid-teens. The fall and spring seasons are warm; temperatures average about 24°C.
Vale de Parra is located about 28 miles from Faro International Airport (FAO), which can claim service to and from most major UK and European cities. The most convenient and quickest way to reach Vale de Parra from the airport is to hire a car or take a taxi. The drive is a straight shot along the A22 or N125 and only takes 30 to 45 minutes.