Easter Getaway ideas for the Algarve, Southern France and Marbella

Easter Getaway ideas for the Algarve, Southern France and Marbella
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By mid-April, spring is well under way and in Portugal, Spain and the south of France, our villas are basking in the sun – and you could be too! With Easter just around the corner, here are some of our top tips for perfect, first class getaways…
Luxurious villas in the sun
We have lots of exquisite villas in some of the most gorgeous holiday destinations, from the Algarve, southern France and the Loire Valley, Spain and Ibiza. All of our villas have pools, maid service and are luxuriously decorated. They’re hand-picked and located in the most idyllic settings. When you take a holiday at a Palmer & Parker villa, you know you’re getting the best there is.
Easter in the Algarve
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For many people, spring is the best time to visit this lovely part of Portugal. The almond trees are in blossom, the delicate scented flowers creating a burst of colour and scent. Joined by the velvety fragrance of orange blossom, it definitely invokes a feeling of happiness that the winter is well and truly over.
Deep blue skies, lush vineyards, the golden sands of the beaches and whitewashed buildings of villages reflect the warm sun. Not too hot to cycle or hike, it’s the ideal time to take up a sport and there’s lots of choice in the Algarve including the new The Campus state of the art multi sports complex at Quinta do Lago. With temperatures around 20-25˚C, it’s also wonderful weather for dining al fresco.
It’s a relatively sleepy time of the year before the tourist crowds arrive but there’s still lots going on and at Easter there’s loads to do, from flower festivals to boat trips and of course shops filled with delicious chocolate and sugared almonds.
Inspired to visit Algarve at Easter? Take a look at our fabulous villas in Portugal
Easter in southern France

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By April, the south of France has warmed up considerably. Vineyards are flourishing, the beaches are enticing, the countryside is filled with the scent of blossom from cherry, almond, lemon and orange trees.
Shops and patisseries are filled with drool-worthy sweet things like edible works of art. Chocolate bells are popular – in France chocolate is bought not by the Easter Bunny – but by flying bells! Church Bells are not rung in France between Good Friday and Easter Sunday as a mark of respect for the death of Jesus. Children are told, the bells have gone to Rome and return bearing chocolate.
Visit the south of France before the crowds to discover the authentic charm of Provence and the French Riviera. The markets are bustling, restaurants and cafés that closed for the winter now tempt you to while away an hour or two simply enjoying the atmosphere whist you watch the world go by and soak up some rays. The average temperature is usually between 16-20˚C in April and gets progressively warmer through the month.
If we’ve inspired you to discover the gorgeous south of France for yourself, check out our holiday homes in France from chateaux to villas…
Easter in Marbella
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In Spain, Marbella comes to life in Spring but it’s a tranquil time of the year before the summer crowds arrive to enjoy some of the finest beaches and weather in Europe.
As trees and flowers bloom, the sun starts to heat up the sand and beachside restaurants become vibrant and buzzing with visitors.
This is the perfect time to visit for golf, hiking, tennis and all manner of activities including boat trips round the port. If you’re after a more relaxing break, why not enjoy a picnic on the beach or a drive into the mountains to admire the sun baked houses of Andalusian villages such as Casares and Gaucin or the village of Benahavis, which is truly charming but also a gastronomic paradise.
Easter brings parades galore to the area. Holy images are carried through the streets, sometimes followed by exuberant crowds, other times powerfully sombre. Even tiny villages hold parades and it’s a great way to experience the authentic way of life in this popular holiday destination.
Shops close on national holidays and everyone eats out to enjoy the day off, so book in advance if you have a favourite restaurant in mind and enjoy great Spanish tapas. With more than 1,100 restaurants to choose from in the Marbella area, there’s room for all and a whole lot of choice.
Have we whetted your appetite for Marbella? Check out our absolutely stunning villas in Marbella.
Spring and Easter are just around the corner and there are lots of flights available for a last minute break. We love to help make your holiday dreams come true….

Algarve Beach takes top spot in Trip Advisor Beach Awards

Algarve Beach takes top spot in Trip Advisor Beach Awards

The 2019 ‘Top beaches in the world’ table as voted for by followers of Trip Advisor revealed that Falesia Beach is the number one beach in the Algarve. It’s also in the top 12 beaches world wide and the third best beach in Europe.

Praia da Falesia is a long, long strip of golden sand backed by stunning red cliffs, topped with dark green pine trees which contrast beautifully with the blue sky and turquoise waters of the Atlantic. Its exceptional beauty isn’t marred by holiday apartments but has been kept in its natural state.

There are miles and miles of beach to enjoy, stretching from Vilamoura in the east all the way to Olhos de Água (near Albufeira) in the west. Praia da Falésia actually means Beach of Cliffs and the startling beauty of these monumental, colourful formations is astounding.

Relax on the soft silky sand and take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water. Or you could walk along the beach with the waves lapping your feet, it takes around two hours to do the whole 6km. Or perhaps you prefer to take the hiking trail from the top of the cliffs from where the views are spectacular (only do this on dry days, when it rains the trail can get slippery).

A tale of two beaches

Alfamar beach on the eastern side towards Vilamoura is enormous with shallow waters. It’s an especially good beach for families with kids. You can do lots of water sports here, from surfing to diving and paragliding. Vilamoura is a stylish resort town with lots of facilities and a marina complex.  And, there are some great bars and restaurants there – for a fun beach atmosphere Beach Club, rua da Falesia, is super…

The cliffs are lower here but as you make your way west towards Albufeira the cliffs get higher and the beach gets narrower. Parts of the beach are very secluded, perfect for a tranquil day of swimming and relaxing.

A former fishing village, Albufeira is now a thriving tourist destination with lots of shops, bars, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, and of course, a lovely sandy beach…

Book your villa near Portugal’s No. 1 beach: We have some truly gorgeous, luxurious villas near the beautiful Praia de Falesia beach, search our villas in Vilamoura here, and villas in Albufeira here – we aim to help make your holiday truly special…