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WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE SOUTHERN PORTUGAL YOUR NEXT VACATION

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Revealed: ‘Cheapest holiday destinations for 2017 are in Europe’

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/revealed-cheapest-holiday-destinations-for-2017-are-in-europe-a3440576.html

UK holidaymakers seeking a cheap break this year should look no further than Europe, a study has found.

Increases in the cost of food and drink overseas due to the weakened pound can be minimised by booking short haul trips, according to Post Office Travel Money.

The foreign currency seller compared the cost of tourist staples such as a three-course meal, a cup of coffee, suncream and insect repellent in 44 resorts or cities across the globe.

 

The seven cheapest destinations were all found to be in Europe, while far flung places are more expensive – even without taking into account the cost of flights.

Top ten cheapest holiday destinations for Brits in 2017

1. Algarve, Portugal

2. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

3. Costa del Sol, Spain

4. Marmaris, Turkey

5. Prague, Czech Republic

6. Paphos, Greece

7. Budapest, Hungary

8. Tokyo, Japan

9. Sliema, Malta

10. Corfu, Greece

Portugal’s Algarve was named as the best value location for UK visitors, followed by Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach, Spain’s Costa del Sol, Turkey’s Marmaris and the Czech Republic’s Prague.

The only long haul destination which featured in the top 10 of the annual holiday money report was Japanese capital Tokyo, at number eight.

Cape Town in South Africa was at 11 on the list, ahead of Cancun, Mexico at 12 and Bali, Indonesia at 13.

Dubai was found to be the most costly location for a trip, with prices more than six times higher than in the Algarve.

The Caribbean island of Antigua was the second most expensive destination, followed by Washington D.C. in the US

Sterling plummeted after the UK voted to leave the European Union, with its value against the euro down by more than 11%.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “Holidaymakers can do little about sterling’s value but they can do their homework and plan trips to resorts or cities where prices for meals, drinks and other tourist staples are low.

“Europe is looking unbeatable value with nine of this year’s 10 cheapest destinations, not to mention local price falls in half the European resorts and cities we surveyed.

“Further afield, Tokyo and Cancun are good bets for bargain hunters but don’t discount Cape Town or Bali. If the rand and rupiah fall in value, low costs on the ground could make these great choices too.”

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perfect place to live Portimão Algarve

Portimão is located in the district of Faro, in the Algarve region. Many British expats have moved here to start a new life and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This area is mainly known as a popular tourist center with fabulous beaches and stunning rock outcrops. Its attraction lies in the amazing diversity of tourist-friendly establishments and countryside. The beaches in this area feature water sports facilities, golden cliffs, bars, restaurants, and plenty of animation.

This city offers a unique mix of modern apartment blocks and late 19th, early 20th century buildings in the older part of the town. Portimão covers a total area of 182.06 square kilometers and has 55,818 residents. It is the biggest city in the western Algarve. Its main beach – Praia da Rocha – attracts tens of thousands of tourists and holidaymakers every year. Other local beaches include the Marina Beach, Praia de Alvor, Beach of the Three Brothers, Praia do Vau, and Beach Careanos.

Locals and tourists who visit this town can indulge in various water sports such as diving, sailing, and windsurfing. They can also go fishing or play golf. Portimão is a place where people live in communion with nature without having to give up the comfort of living in a cosmopolitan area.

The area where the city is now located was settled in prehistoric times. Archaeologists have found vestiges of the Celtic, Greek, Phoenicians, Roman, Visigoth, and Moorish occupation. The present town was founded by King Alfonso V. The city was conveniently placed to enjoy the fruits of the boom in international trade. Many local products, such as olives, figs, fish, wine, and oil were regularly exported in the port of Portimão.

The town suffered damaged following the 1755 earthquake, but was reconstructed in the next few years. In the 20th century, Portimão become populated by chalets and houses built for tourists.

The city features a large number of museums, theaters, art galleries, shopping centers, cafes, and restaurants. It also offers a complete sporting agenda throughout the year, including windsurfing competitions, kite surfing, yachting, Formula 1 speed boats, and the world famous Dakar rally.

Locals can also visit the marina, which boasts designer shops and international restaurants. If you love art and culture, head over to the Museu Municipal Manuel Teixeira Gomes, Fortaleza de Santa Catarina, or Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Conceição. These cultural attractions reflect the city’s past and offers valuable information about its history and traditions.

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