Why choose Portugal for your winter holiday?
The Mediterranean is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for winter sun holidays
and we’re right on the coast. Up to 80% lower prices for an average family room during the
winter and there are no ques for breakfast and no ques for sun beds. Many of the local
attractions are open all year around too and the coast is still as beautiful.
Huge Selection of On-site Facilities
Our sports facilities remain open, including our Tennis facilities!
Winter Sun Food and Drink
Our collection of bars and restaurants on-site will allow you to continue to enjoy the local, fresh
cuisine we have available. With cooler temperatures in the evening you can enjoy a refreshing
beverage outside our Bar Rocha Brava or even absorb the quiet and tranquillity outside your own
holiday accommodation taking in the breath taking view as the sun descends.
Golf Courses and Beaches
There’s plenty to enjoy outside of the resort too. With award winning championship Golf courses,
ribbons of golden beaches and endless vistas of crystal clear Mediterranean water there’s an
abundant choice of things to do. We can provide you with discounts for the myriad of Golf courses
that surround the resort as well as provide plenty of information on the best beaches to visit.
These are only a few of the beaches within easy reach of Rocha Brava Village Resort. We can also recommend the beaches of Benagil, Marinha, Armação de Pêra, Caneiros, Pintadinho and Praia da Rocha.
With 8 different types of on-site accommodation all exquisite in taste and style there’s something for
everyone. From apartments with a terrace through to large detached villas complete with private swimming pool our selection of properties are wide and cater for all. You’ll also benefit from a large
variety of amenities, features and additions depending on the property you choose as well as 6 day
cleaning service, linen change every week and two towel changes a week. Everything you need to
enjoy a fantastic winter stay in the Algarve.
Quieter and Calmer
During the winter months it’s noticeably quieter so you can also benefit from fewer neighbours and
calmer surroundings at the local attractions such as the golf courses and beaches. Nevertheless you
can continue to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful surroundings without worrying about queues
Winter weather in the Algarve, Portugal
During December, January and February the average temperature in the Algarve is between
18°C and 16°C. That’s 9C higher than the average in the UK over those months! Add to that 2
hours extra a day of sunshine over those months that’s even more reason to come to Portugal
to get some winter sun. Warmer sunshine, for longer, no ques and 80% cheaper prices for a
family room than during the summer – book your winter sun holiday with Rocha Brava today!
(image source: http://www.holiday-weather.com/algarve/averages/)
ALT text: Winter weather in the Algarve – high temperatures
Winter Long Stay in the Algarve
If you’re looking to escape the British weather for longer or want to stay in the Algarve
for an extended holiday then Rocha Brava is an ideal candidate of choice. From a few
weeks to several months to long stay holidays throughout the whole winter we can
accommodate you and your family throughout. Choose from a selection of holiday
apartments available for long term or long stay rental as well as all the regular services and amenities that come with that. Enjoy the excellent food, drink and Golf throughout
the whole winter period with a long term holiday at Rocha Brava Village Resort.
5 things that will make your trip to the Algarve in the winter
As specialists in the Algarve, we have chosen our 5 reasons we think you will love a winter holiday in the Algarve! Traveling through the countless messages on forums and advice sites, there seems to be a recurring theme. People asking what the temperature will be like and what there is to do. Let’s cover one of those straight away; the weather. From September, temperature fluctuates around the mid to high 20’s, so you’ll still be able to parade the shorts and t-shirt. Expect the odd shower, but don’t forget that happens in the summer months too. This makes for perfect strolling and a comfortable temperature. Perhaps not the full 8-hours on a sun lounger, but you’ll still get a taster. Lastly, don’t be surprised if the locals are fairly wrapped up, what Brits consider warm in temperature will feel cold to year-round residents.
Visit Castelo de Silves
During the winter months, walking and exploring becomes much more bearable and of course more enjoyable. Take a trip to Castelo de Silves and you’ll soon see the impressive red sandstone castle dominating the skyline. The castle and the Cathedral situated beside it are the first buildings you see as you approach Silves, as they sit high up on the hilltop above the town. As you may expect, the castle offers spectacular views from its eleven towers, complete with gothic doorways. There is plenty to see and do, so you’ll be pleased to know that this is not the only architectural abode in the Algarve. The charming café in the Castelo is open for business all year round.
Not forgetting, by October, areas that looked a bit dry and dusty have started to turn green again and wild flowers have started to be visible.
More attention from the staff
Have you got time for a story? Do you want to know more about the local culture? Then winter is the perfect time to visit. As many of the local staff will have a less demanding service to contend with, often they don’t mind stopping by for a chat and speaking with you about the local area. It’s like having your own personal tour guide to give you every trick of the trade.
Space on the beach
Okay the weather may not be scorching, but at least you won’t have to battle the crowds before breakfast in order to reserve that sun lounger. Winter holidays are a lot more relaxed and reserved. You’ll have no issues with a well-deserved lay-in, followed by breakfast (which there will be no queues for) and then a casual stroll to set your stool out for the day. No need to worry about your accommodation being what seems overcrowded and under prepared.
Take a trip to Tavira
If you want to do a bit of adventuring on your trip, then head over to Tavira. A unique fishing town where you’ll find yourself immersed in the history and authenticity of this quiet retreat, safe from the grasp of modern day tourism. Soak up the wonderfully untouched architecture whilst sipping a coffee on the river. This picturesque setting will give you a real taste of Portugal. There is also a selection of shops and a fabulous island beach. This is our secret hideaway!
Grab yourself a taste of luxury on holiday. Removed from the traditional Algarve setting, Vilamoura is a wonderful tourist area centralised around the 1,000-berth marina, complete with golf courses, restaurants, bars and more. Often frequented by the rich and famous, Vilamoura is a glamorous attraction for day time strolls and an area bustling with that all important night-time atmosphere.
Let’s not forget that the Algarve is a stunning holiday destination come rain or sunshine and summer or winter. There is plenty to see and do, and the local culture bursts with welcoming and polite people. The winter is an excellent time to make the most from your trip and try a different type of holiday.
Five of the best winter sun golf courses in the Algarve
Don’t let a little thing like a season get in the way of improving your swing and lowering your handicap. Just because the winter brings cold, dark, damp conditions to some countries, like the UK, in other parts of the world, the sun rarely stops shining even in the coldest season – and one of these places is in Portugal. Welcome to the Algarve; home to some incredible golf courses and beaches too – so forget about getting out of the sand entirely.
Why not enjoy a winter holiday in the sun this year? Think of us like your holiday caddie. We’ve teed up five of the best winter sun golf courses in the Algarve, so you can’t possibly miss.
Monte Rei Golf and Country Club
Vila Nova de Cacela
You’ll struggle to find a bad review about Monte Rei. Widely considered the finest place for golfing in the Algarve, the unique championship Jack Nicklaus Signature course is breathtaking; more than a thousand acres of lush green countryside, with incredible views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains while you step up to putt. It feels like a private course in a posh but welcoming club, but it’s actually open to the public.
Located in the Eastern Algarve, there are many small but lively towns nearby for you to visit near Monte Rei. On route back west, take a boat trip to the Culatra and Farol Islands – part of the encompassing Culatra Island, and be sure to stop by the quaint fishing village of Santa Luzia, and check out the cute Portuguese water dogs in Castro Marim.
Quinta do Lago Country Club(North and South courses)
Combining three award-winning courses into one country club is a dream for golfers. The North course was named ‘Best New Golf Course in Europe’ at the 2014 World Golf Awards, and it’s no surprise to anyone who has played 18 on the South Course that Quinta do Lago has long been a favourite with the European Tour professionals.
Just off the coast, you can enjoy the gorgeous beaches after you’ve put your clubs away. On the drive back to your apartment, you could even meet up with the family at Zoomarine Algarve marine park.
Vilamoura is one of the most popular tourist spots for those seeking sun, sea and sand, and also those after greens, fairways and…sand (in bunker form). That’s because it’s the home to Oceânico Golf – the oldest and best golf club in the area. There are seven championship courses here, including Oceânico Victoria (host of the Portugal Masters since 2007), Oceânico Old Course, Oceânico Pinhal and Oceânico Laguna.
When you’ve finished your round of golf, there’s plenty to do in this part of the Algarve. Relax at the stylish Vilamoura Marina, or get your adrenaline pumping with an ATV off-road tour!
Pine Cliffs Golf Course
Being such a beautiful region, just about every golf course in the Algarve is picturesque. The Pine Cliffs Golf Course in Albufeira, though, has a unique location amongst the beauty; amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean from some 200 feet above the sand. The 186-acre course is a joy to play, and it’s one of Portugal’s most distinctive too. The Par-3 sixth hole is a standout – you’ll have to hit 198 metres over some cliffs to reach the narrow green.
After golf in Albufeira it’s time to hit some of the many fantastic beaches, including Praia da Coelha, Praia da Marinha and Praia dos Pescadores.
San Lorenzo Golf Course
Quinta do Lago
When you’ve got it, you’ve got to flaunt it. That’s certainly the motto of the San Lorenzo Golf Course in Quinta do Lago, which claims on its website: “if the dress code were white here, you’d think you were in Heaven.” Arguably one of the Algarve’s most well-known courses, San Lorenzo has been named a ‘Top 30 Golf Course in Continental Europe’ by Golf World, and a top 100 course for 25 straight years. You can’t argue with those results.
It’s a brilliant and beautiful course that even the most well-travelled golfers will adore. Playing alongside salt water lagoons and the Ria Formosa Estuary is a real thrill, and the Bermuda grass fairways are world class.
If you’re planning a winter sun golf holiday this year, you won’t be disappointed! Check out our ideal apartments and villas, make a reservation, and get your favourite clubs ready for the plane!
Spend your winter holiday in the Algarve at the Rocha Brava Village Resort – Book today!