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Algarve Holidays

Located on the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, in the south of Portugal, the picturesque and mesmerizing Algarve is easily distinguished from the rest of the country. Because of its peripheral location, Algarve has always remained a special tourist destination. Algarve holidays are even more fun due to its geography. Covering six percent of Portugal’s total expanse, the Algarve is blessed with beautiful and charming beaches. Over the years, Algarve holidays have continued to attract foreigners and locals alike! With a rich history, holidays to the Algarve are a must-do for history fans. The place has remained a jewel for Portugal – conquered several times by invaders. The credit for bringing Algarve on the world map goes to the Algarvios, who despite having faced great problems showed determination to reconstruct and reform this important part of Portugal into a world-famous tourist spot. And accordingly, Algarve holidays are quite sought after by people from the world over.

Mesmerizing Algarve

To Algarve’s north lies the Alentejo. To its east lies the Guadiana River, which separates it from Spain; and on the west and south, the Atlantic Ocean bathes the Algarve in its sparkling waters.

Villas in Algarve offer the ultimate relaxation and recreation for all types of visitors during their Algarve holidays. The Algarve is known as a true haven for golfers, with the numerous championship courses in the area and the wonderful climate attracting many visitors each season, and the area home to many golf villas well-suited to avid enthusiasts on their Algarve holidays.

The hilly terrain of the Algarve, rich valleys, small islands, picturesque landscape, serene beaches, ample entertainment opportunities have all made it a tourist hub. For its location bordering the Atlantic Ocean, away from the buzzing world, Algarve boasts to be one of the cleanest places on earth, bereft of any kind of pollution. During January and February, the coast is painted with white flowers. In March, the mixed aroma of orange blossom and acacias rules over Algarve holidays. During April, a number of wild flowers become host to many colorful birds whose delightful music resonates on the coast and surroundings. The beauty of the bare barks of stripped cork trees don the months of May and June, while cherries, strawberries, and melons decorate July. Grapes, figs, and almonds are found in plenty during August and September. November is celebration time, when the gathering of chestnuts begins to mark the national festival of São Martinho. Algarve oranges are picked from December until March. All months are special in the Algarve; therefore, you can go for holidays in Algarve any time of the year. In fact, Algarve holidays are quite popular throughout the year.

General Etiquette in Algarve

As service charge is not included in the hotel or restaurant bills in Algarve, tipping assumes importance. It is usual to leave a 10% tip depending on the quality of service of the staff at the hotel. Even taxi drivers can be tipped, which is usually 10% of the fare. The Portuguese are very polite people and hardly get into harsh communication with others and expect the same behavior from tourists on Algarve holidays, therefore avoid using harsh words on the street to save you from those stares.

Try and learn some Portuguese words such as “bom dia” for “good morning”, “boa tarde” for “good afternoon/evening”, “boa noite” for “good night”, and many other such affectionate words! Try not to snap your fingers or shout at the hotel staff, as that might have a negative effect on the service – there are chances that you might be ignored for a while. Locals in Algarve are extremely helpful and are always on their toes to offer help to tourists; in fact, their living depends heavily on tourism, so leave no stone unturned when it comes to offering hospitality for those on Algarve holidays.

Though English is widely spoken, it is courteous to first ask “Fala ingles”, meaning “Do you speak English?” Try not to speak to the Portuguese in Spanish, as it might sound offensive to them for historical reasons. If you know French, you will be welcome with open arms, for French being the second language in Portugal. The Portuguese are so honest and helpful that if you ask any one of them a way to some street, it is quite likely that you will be dropped at your destination by that stranger.

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