Tips For A Magical Christmas Abroad in The Algarve
Christmas time is often a period for family traditions, creating
new memories amongst all the sparkly decorations and presents under
the tree. But now more than ever, the allure of a festive break
abroad is proving too tempting for some. In this article we look at
some tips for a magical Christmas abroad, right here in the
Algarve's golden triangle.
Many of us like the comfort of a Christmas at home, but perhaps
one year you have always wanted to do Christmas time in a warm
weather country to experience something different?
We all associate the festive season with memories from
yesteryear with those we hold dear. But next Christmas could be the
one where you jet off to pastures new and explore local Algarve
traditions, why not bring those you hold dear with you too for a
luxury Christmas experience like no other!
Nonetheless, why wait until next year. If you are of the
spontaneous nature, there is still time in December and the lead up
to Christmas 2023 to book your luxury accommodation in the
splendour realms of Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo or Vilamoura…
While you consider that proposition, here are some tips for you
to consider for Christmas in the Algarve:
The Christmas Presents
Planning the opening of everyone's Christmas presents can be a
task in itself. Do we open them before the Christmas dinner or
after? Do we have to wait for certain family members to arrive? Are
we going to open presents as soon as we get up in the morning (once
Santa has been)? All valid questions, with an array of different
answers depending on traditions and family ties.
For a Christmas break abroad, you could bring your presents with
you and decide when to open them in the comfort of luxuriousness,
as most of your family will hopefully be joining you on your escape
to warmer climes. Furthermore, you could even open them outside in
the sunshine in comfortable temperatures, a first for many we
Of course, you could do a spot of Christmas shopping while you
are here, which saves space in the suitcase when you arrive. You
might just have to account for a suitcase purchase for the way home
with all the gifts you will be buying!
There are pros and cons to each situation, you could even open
your presents at home before you head to the airport and jump on a
plane to paradise. The preference is really down to you and your
family, but this option at least could present two Christmas
experiences for you to enjoy and look back on in future years.
Christmas decorations for festive feel good and
What is the best way to feel all festive and homely? Christmas
decorations, of course!
We understand that your holiday rental accommodation needs to feel
festive, albeit in a new and somewhat unfamiliar location at this
time of year. However, our luxury villas provide plenty of space
for you to get creative with your decorations ahead of Christmas
Day. Again, you could pack decorations along with your presents in
your suitcase if there are special decorations that are a part of
Either way, we suggest when it comes to choosing your
decorations such as baubles, it's best to avoid traditional glass
and plastic ornaments, as these are bulky and breakable inside
suitcases. Instead, opt for a more durable design such as fabric
that is easier to transport. The same applies to tinsel decorations
which may easily make a mess in your case, a better option could be
ribbon and ultimately save on space too.
Otherwise, to avoid packing too much and limiting your luggage
allowance, The Algarve celebrates Christmas time just as much as
you do back home. Christmas trees, mistletoe and a variety of other
decorations are available in independent shops or superstores
across Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura.
The Family Christmas Dinner
Our luxury villa rentals luckily provide all you need and more
to serve up one of the most favoured traditions of the year,
Christmas Day dinner!
Benefit from local cuisine if you are curious about trying
something new, or stick to what you know and collect all the
ingredients you need to make this time of year more special than
ever before with all your family around you.
If you don't fancy cooking for a large group of people, why not
explore the plethora of best in class bars and restaurants taking
bookings during the festive season, some of which are Michelin
Explore local festive traditions
The Algarve partakes in its own Christmas traditions from
cuisine through to local events happening throughout December. It
pays to do your research before your festive break to see what ones
you want to experience. Fun for all the family!
So, if possible, immerse yourself in the local culture by
exploring further. If you're interested in learning more about
Christmas traditions and celebrations around the golden triangle,
Regency Luxury Villas are happy to recommend.
Keep in touch with those back home
If for whatever reason family members or friends you have
invited on your luxury Christmas break can't make it, be sure to
touch base with them on Christmas Day sending love from The
Make your celebrations extra special with those who might be
missing you back home with a video call at a time that is
convenient for you and them.
Spending Christmas in The Algarve with loved ones can be a lot
of fun and something different even if it's just the once, but
there are some things you need to consider. Making certain
decisions in advance, such as when to open your presents and where
to eat, will take a load off your mind in what can be a stressful
time dealing with excited children.
For an extra-special Christmas experience, discover your luxury
rental accommodation options via the website and contact
us with any special requests you may have in advance. Our team
will do our best to help you enjoy the holiday season in
On behalf of the team at Regency Luxury Villas, we take this
opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
2024 to come!