May 19th, 2017
Great value in the Algarve
Driving another record year
Words: John Dean
The Algarve continues to exceed golf visitor records after a flying start to 2017, while it has also retained its place as the best value holiday destination for UK tourists.
The region is widely–regarded as Europe's number one golf destination with 43 courses, and it hit an all–time high for golf visitors numbers in 2016 with almost 1.3m rounds played throughout the year - an increase of more than 10 per cent on its previous record in 2015.
This growth has continued into 2017 and the sights are now set on another new record after nearly 328,000 rounds were played in the first quarter of the year – another six per cent rise on last year's figures.
Aside from the quality of the golf courses, the hospitality and the fabulous climate, golfers also know they can expect exceptional value for money as, according to the recent Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer, the Algarve is the best value holiday destination throughout the eurozone once again for 2017.
The Algarve was one of 14 beach resorts in the eurozone surveyed by the Post Office for price checks on meals, drinks and other holiday essentials, coming out on top of the pile for British holidaymakers on a budget.
Visitors know that prices for meals and drinks - one of the biggest costs for tourists – do not come any cheaper than along the stunning Algarve coastline, which can make a huge difference to holiday costs.
Instability in North Africa and Turkey will have further aided the Algarve’s course popularity with UK and mainland European visitors, but the quality of the food and fine Portuguese wines will keep the area as a winner.