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Thinking about booking a Winter Sun getaway to the Algarve? Read on to find out about the advantages of an off peak season holiday and pick up some tips on where to stay and what to do during your stay.
Why book a Winter Sun holiday? There are so many reasons!
Whats the weather like?
In chilly northern climes, November to February or March is generally dark, grey and cold. Vitamin D levels plummet as the sun hides. Winter is the Algarve is generally mild, with temperatures averaging 15ºC and with many beautifully sunny days - perfect for golfing and walks on the beach. Daylight hours are longer too. Of course, there are no guarantees with the weather, but chances are that it is better in the Algarve than where you are!
Are there heated villas and apartments available?
Yes. Many SandyBlue villas and apartments are ideal for Winter Sun breaks as they have air conditioning to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Do the villas have heated pools?
Yes, many of our villas have pool heating, so you can enjoy a nice warm swim during your stay. Pool heating should be booked when you make your holiday booking.
Are there deals available for off peak holidays?
Yes. Take a look at our Special Offers to find a deal that suits you. Even if there isn't a discount on offer, the rates for off peak holidays are generally lower than high summer rates. Look around for offers on flights too - there are often great deals to be found, outside of school holidays. Car hire rates are lower in the winter too.
Is a Winter Sun holiday good for young families?
Yes, it's excellent! Not only do you benefit from the lower air fares when booking outside of school holidays, the mild weather is perfect for holidays with babies and toddlers. SandyBlue can provide a range of baby care equipment too - cots, high chairs, baby baths etc.
What is there to do during the winter in the Algarve?
So much! Golf is one of the big attractions in the area with over 30 world class courses to choose from. The beautiful natural scenry and great trails and pathways along the coast and the Ria Formosa natural park are made for biking and hiking holidays. it's easy to hire out bikes during your stay. Birdwatchers flock to the area too as the Algarve is a favourite rest area for migratory birds. There are several great tennis clubs and padel courts in the area for fun games or to brush up your skills with some coaching. Take a boat trip out to sea to look for dolphins or do some fishing. Or simply hop in your hire car and explore. The beaches are beautiful any time of year, and off peak, they are very quiet indeed.
Are there restaurants and bars open in the Algarve during the winter?
Yes. While some restaurants and bars will close for a few weeks over the course of the winter, there is always a great choice of places to eat and drink in the Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago areas. Even the beach restaurants, such as Izzys are open for beachside lunches in the sun and Sunday lunch is a great option at many restaurants such as Parrilla Natural - it goes on much longer than lunch, often with life music too.