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We’ve only just got back from our summer holiday to Nice and already we’re looking ahead to next summer. Everyone does that, right? Where could we go next? What do we want to do when we’re there? How do we balance the needs of three teenagers? Or will the eldest want to stay at home by next year?
Two places we’ve considered are mainland Spain and Portugal. We’ve been to Barcelona before, but nowhere else in Spain. Portugal is somewhere we’ve talked about for years, but never actually been. We tried a hotel holiday this year, but villas are good as they give you more freedom with things like cooking and mealtimes – and having more space.
Clickstay has over 70,000 holiday villas, apartments and cottages in 70 countries worldwide – including in Spain and Portugal. In fact, there are 7,500 Clickstay villas in Spain from cheap villas to luxurious villas with private pools (my daughter would definitely like one of those!). There are villas small enough for a couple or big enough to take grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins away with you.
For our family, Alicante and the Costa Blanca look like a good choice. Much as my daughter likes the idea of sitting on a beach or by a pool, we always like a city to explore. While Costa Blanca has miles of beautiful beaches, Alicante offers the sort of attractions you would expect to find in cities to like Barcelona. I know we wouldn’t be able to resist climbing up to Santa Barbara Castle – with the climb and the views being every bit as important as the museum inside the castle. There’s also the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art, which includes works by Picasso – my absolute favourite artist.
Over in Portugal, Clickstay has 1,400 villas to choose from, including 960 on the Algarve – Portugal’s most popular holiday destination. Again, there is a real range of villas to choose from – from luxurious to budget, many of them with swimming pools, so there really is something for everyone.
The Algarve is warm and sunny all year round, which makes it a perfect holiday destination. It has an abundance of beaches, a lovely blue sea and watersports for the more adventurous holidaymakers. There are also plenty of footpaths and cycle paths to help you explore the region, if sitting by a pool for a week or two isn’t your thing.
You can opt to stay in busy Lagos, which combines a stunning coastline with plenty of leisure facilities and a vibrant nightlife. Or opt for one of the quieter towns on the Algarve, like Albufeira, with its traditional restaurants and bars. Olhao is home to the Algarve’s biggest fishing port, which is good news if you want to take some fresh fish back to the villa to cook (in our family, my husband would be on his own with that!).
If you’re looking to escape the more popular tourist areas, hire a car and take a drive to the border village of Alcoutim and explore the castle. If you’re feeling brave, you could even take on the world’s only cross-border zip line, which takes you into Spain and a new timezone.
Whether you’re already thinking ahead to summer 2020, or you’re not tied to school holidays and are looking for a late summer 2019 break, you can be sure to find just what you’re looking for with Clickstay. It may take us a while to decide on our summer 2020 holiday, but watch this space!
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