Everyone who follows my other blog knows that the Algarve in Portugal is one of my favorite travel spots. It has enough breathtaking beaches, stunning coastlines, and fresh seafood to make a vacation here a stunning one. The Algarve is also one of the cheapest destinations to visit in Europe. If you are looking for budget holidays in Portugal, my insider Algarve travel tips will help you save money on your vacation.
Algarve Travel Tips To Save You Money
1. Save Money With The Algarvepass
The Algarve Tourism Board offers the algarvepass to help tourists save money on local products and services in the Algarve. The best part is that each time you use the card, you collect points. At the end of your trip, you can exchange the points for local products. This is a great way to save money on your trip to the Algarve.
2. Buy Groceries At The Markets And Cook Or Have A Picnic
This is one of my favorite Algarve travel tips to follow to save money. By buying your groceries at the lovely markets such as the Loulé market, you not only save money, you also get to try some of Portugal’s best cheese, olives, and fruits and vegetables. If you have a kitchen where you are staying, don’t miss the fresh fish. And whatever you do, don’t miss the gorgeous cakes and desserts. If you are eating out, look for the small family-run restaurants usually found away from the main tourist areas. Also, remember if you are eating out, avoid those small bowls of olives, cheese, breads, and meats the restaurant sets on your table. These appetizers aren’t free, and you are charged for them. For more on food in the Algarve, click here.
3. Look For Activities That Are Free
One of the best ways to save money in the Algarve is to look for free things to do. In the Algarve, there’s plenty! Going to the beach, walking around and exploring the beautiful architecture, or watching the sun set are all spectacular things you can do for free in the Algarve.
4. Visit In Off-Season
July and August are the busy months in the Algarve, and prices are usually higher. If you visit in the off-season, you won’t just save money, you will also avoid the crowds and the hot weather.
5. Use The Buses And Trains For Transportation
The buses and trains are very inexpensive in Portugal. You will save a ton of money by using public transportation rather than an expensive car rental. Buses and trains also connect all the main areas in the Algarve, also making them a convenient option.
Do you have any Algarve travel tips for saving money? Let me know in the comments below!