Following recent news reports that 2011 was one of the three hottest years since 1931 and confirmation that annual temperatures are consistently rising above the average for the last 18 years, 2012 in the Algarve looks set to be a scorcher. With temperatures rivalling far-flung destinations, the European resort is a cost effective alternative to long haul holidays, making it vital to book early to avoid disappointment.
Whether you’re looking to soak up some culture, enjoy a few weeks on the beach or want an adventure-packed trip, the Algarve offers something for everyone. It was recently named by both TripAdvisor and the New York Times as a top destination for summer 2012, meaning there’s plenty to keep the whole family. Premier Holidays self-catering Algarve holiday villas offer the perfect base from which to explore all the Algarve has to offer this summer and as many properties include private pools, enjoying the sun-drenched days in total luxury is as easy as reserving your own sun lounger.
Several resort areas form the Algarve, all of which are popular holiday destinations in their own right with plenty of amenities and attractions for ages, tastes and budgets. For golfing holidays, the Algarve also boasts two stunning picture-postcard greens within easy driving distance of many of Premier Holidays self-catering villas. The Valle do Lobo holiday villas in particular occupy a prime location with many villas within walking distance of the golf club house.
Water sports are also easy to come by along the Portuguese coastline. Several Premier Holiday’s Algarve villas are within walking distance of a selection of water sport areas, marine tours, inviting beaches and a multitude of beachfront cafes and restaurants. With a buzzing nightlife, the beautiful villages of Lagos, nestled amongst the craggy Portuguese coast is a top choice. The beautiful Villa Nikita offers the perfect combination of coastal views, modern interior and a fantastic large terrace with a barbeque area for al-fresco dinning. Overlooking the small town of Luz, Villa Nikita is only a short distance from historic Lagos and the quaint fishing village, Burgau.
Slightly closer to Lagos is a wonderful older style Portuguese villa with picturesque views of the old walled town of Lagos and popular beach Praia da Luz. Sporting open plan interior design with comfortable furnishings and a fabulous pool area, Casa Ventana is a great option for large family groups.
If golfing and water sports aren’t your cup of tea, the extent of Algarve activities doesn’t end there. The modern, stylish villa of Casa Potes is not only comfortably situated near both of the pristine golf courses but is within easy walking distance of the well-respected Tennis Academy and the hustle and bustle of Vale do Lobo’s main square, La Praca. For beginners and advanced players, the Tennis Academy offers and lessons for all ages and levels. Host to the Masters Senior Tennis Tournament each summer it is always recommended to book early.
Situated within easy driving distance of the Lagos, Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo areas lies the small town of Guia with the Zoo Marine theme park. Perfect for wiling away a hot summer’s day, the marine park offers a range of rides, sea-life shows and a wonderful opportunity to swim with dolphins.
Conveniently located just outside the Vilamoura area and within a short driving distance of the Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lobo resorts are several eye-catching villas. Villa Almendra is just one of many great self-catering options for a family holiday, within easy reach of several water parks as well as a selection of beautiful beaches.
For more information about any of these properties and to browse the full range of Algarve holiday villas from Premier Holidays, visit http://www.premier-holidays.com or tel 0800 047 0400.