Why the Algarve should be your next budget winter holiday

Popular for its beautiful sandy beaches and hiking trails, the Algarve is one of Europe’s top winter sun destinations. A consistent favourite with budget travellers looking for a bit of sun, the region has an average temperature of 19°C – 22°C in November with around 6-8 hours of sunshine during the day.

Even during the darkest winter months of December to February, temperatures reach 16°C with six hours of sun per day. With such a balmy winter climate, an Algarve winter holiday is perfect for anyone wanting to get some sun on a shoestring budget.

Why go to the Algarve?

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Image by Bengt Nyman (Flickr/Creative Commons)

The Algarve literally translates as ‘the west’ and is situated in south-west Portugal, where the sun shines all year round. Whether you’re going to explore the historic towns of Carvoeiro and Praia Do Rocha, go surfing in Lagos or boutique shopping in Vilamoura, the Algarve is a budget friendly destination that has it all.

It’s a photogenic region too, with its lovely whitewashed homes and terracotta roofs – so much so it’s become a popular destination for photographers and artists.

Winter sports in the Algarve

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Image by Ollie Harding (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Due to the warm weather, the winter months are just perfect if you want to go kayaking, surfing and hiking across the Algarve countryside. With less tourists around, you can go kayaking in relative peace without the huge summer crowds ruining the spectacle.

Hiking trails around Lagos

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Image by muffinn (Flickr/Creative Commons)

The Algarve hiking route is popular with backpackers from all over the world. Lagos has an earmarked route from the peak of Praia do Canavial to the Praia dos Estudiantes, which is located only a few minutes away from Lago’s Old Town.

Completing this trail will take you about 3 hours. It’s the perfect way to explore the region’s empty beaches and take a closer look of the romantic arches of the Algarve.

Where to stay in the Algarve

Try something different this winter and book a budget Algarve holiday with HostelsClub to get the best deals and prices for a sunny winter escape. We have excellent availability across the region and if you want to sleep cheap, then find out where you can stay here and get a tan without breaking the bank!

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