Castelo Holidays – A tucked-away treasure
The Algarve is mainly known for its glorious beaches and top-class golf courses, and justifiably so, but it is also an area of tranquil, hidden coves and beautiful scenic walks. A holiday Castelo is a perfect combination.
This peaceful resort, hidden from the main tourist gaze, takes its name from the ruined castle that sits on the headland and which has been converted into a restaurant. Comfortable hotels and private villas welcome mainly families and those looking for a respite from the everyday world who want a base to relax in but also to discover the beautiful Algarve.
The series of cove beaches are a magnet to children, who love exploring the grottoes, blowholes, and weirdly wonderful rock formations. The fine sands shelve gently into the sea, so the beaches are safe for swimming, and there is plenty of shade. If you need to stretch your legs, there are lots of beautiful scenic walks along the headland.
When to go to Castelo
Are you trying to escape the British winter gloom or are you looking for a burst of summer heat? Either will dictate when you go to Castelo, as will, do you want a crowd free holiday but with plenty to do, are you looking for disco nights and mellow-time on the beach days, or is it a family holiday with plenty to do for the kids, or a peaceful couple orientated vacation? You may not get all of these in Castelo, but you will certainly get them within a very short drive of the resort. In other words, the best time to go to Castelo is when the weather are activities are right for you, and with this being one of the most popular holiday areas on the Algarve you can always be sure of plenty of places being open for you to enjoy your stay.
Weather in Castelo
One of the joys of the Algarve is that with very low rainfall and exceptional levels of sunshine it is the ideal European holiday destination. While Britain is wrapped up in cloud and mackintoshes in April, Castelo will be enjoying eight hours of sunshine a day, with temperatures of around 19º. As the months progress through May and June, the countryside comes alive, with July and August basking in temperatures of the upper twenties, occasionally peaking at 30+ degrees. Autumn is sublime, and perhaps the best time to be here, although the occasionally blustery day of winter, still with eight hours of blue skies on average, can be a wonderful release from the ice and snow of northern Europe.
Getting the best deal in Castelo
Castelo is small, and though it is very popular with families it is also seen as a bit of a retreat from the main tourism bustle of the Algarve. Because of this you may not find it easy to find a good deal – but that’s not to say you won’t! Most of the all inclusive offer is near Castelo beach, so not only do you have exceptional holiday value you are nothing more than a casual stroll from the sands. A golden rule in these small resorts is to book early. Don’t wait for that deal that will shave a few pounds off the overall cost if it means that you won’t get you preferred holiday destination. Why penny-pinch when a holiday in Castelo can be so lovely?
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Airport and travel need to know
The combination of bus and trains that you need to get to Castelo from Faro airport is so convoluted that you will:
a. spend half your first day getting there
b. be frustrated and tired from carrying your luggage around, and
c. wonder why you bothered, when a taxi would have cost less.
With Faro airport being the only international airport serving the Algarve, you have an enormous amount of on-line transfer companies looking for your business. A quick on-line search will soon find one that is recommended by other travellers. You can book anything from a four-seater car to a full bus, but most people travelling in a group will draw the line at a mini-bus. (It’s worth checking out the sites that offer shared transfers if you are travelling as a couple.) Expect to pay around 44€ (£36) for a metered taxi, plus a 20% surcharge if you have a weekend or late flight.
You will have no problem at all getting a flight to Faro during the summer, with up to ten airlines flying from twenty plus UK and Irish airports. Both these figures can fluctuate considerably, as flights are cut for the winter and other airlines add this popular route to their programmes.
Best beaches in Castelo
If your hotel is only a few metres walk from the beach you can safely say that that is the best beach, unless it is rubbish strewn and shoulder-to-shoulder jammed. But you will certainly not find either of those in the Algarve, where the beaches are pristine and most of them so big that you would have to shout pretty loud to invite your nearest neighbour to share a sand-filled sandwich.
Castelo has the benefit of being pristine, and may be just that bit more busy, but you are more likely to be disturbed by someone snoring under their sun shade than throwing a Frisbee around. If you do feel like a bit more beach bonhomie, Praia dos Pescadores at Albufeira, with its beach babes and fishermen tending their nets, is only a couple of kilometres away.
Praia da Oura, with its sub-aqua school (open to everyone, from experienced divers to novices with a snorkel), and more water sports than you can shake wet suit at (including windsurfing, parasailing, pedal boats and banana boat rides) is only a ten minute ride away, and is the nearest beach to Albufeira’s shopping, eating and dining area known as ‘The Strip’.
Areias Sao Joao
Armacao de Pera
Praia da Falesia
Praia da Luz
Praia da Rocha
Praia de Oura
Quinta do Lago
Vale de Parra