A survey in 2007 by the Co-op found that 3.3million Britons were expected to spend their Christmas and festive season abroad. This year, that figure is expected to rise, with millions of holidaymakers jetting off to escape the stress associated with this time of year. Who can blame those wanting to escape the almost tragic comedy that is the office Christmas party? Or the inevitable fireworks around the dinner table when the in-laws visit on Boxing Day? The cold weather, the competition with the neighbours over who can have the most over-the-top light display, the week-long preparation for Christmas dinner... these are all factors encouraging downbeat Brits to head for warmer climes over the festive season.
Premier Holidays, a British company specialising in luxury villas, have a stunning range of Algarve holiday villas to rent throughout Portugal's beautiful southernmost tip. The Algarve is a popular tourist destination throughout the summer, but even in the slightly cooler winter months, it still boasts more sun than most resorts in Europe, making booking a villa in Algarve a great choice for those who want a change from the snow in the UK.
If you love the idea of a Christmas getaway, but don't want to forget the family values that Christmas is all about, Villa Ksenia, with it's capacity to sleep 10 people, is ideal - bring the extended family and let them enjoy the private pool and al fresco dining area. The villa is situated in the residential area of Quinta Luz, just five minutes away from the town's restaurants and twenty minutes away from the nearest sandy beach, a tennis court, a health spa and a range of shops. The interior is luxuriously furnished, with stylish leather sofas and a raised, formal dining area, perfect for your Portuguese Christmas meal.
If you'd prefer a more intimate Christmas gathering, modern Algarve Villa, Kierie is contemporary and spacious, with two bedrooms sleeping four people. Located in the highly regarded Dunas Douradas resort, Villa Kierie is well-equipped for a self-catering holiday, with a private pool and within walking distance of a lovely beach. There are restaurants and shops right on the doorstep, with additional entertainment facilities such as tennis courts and golf courses just a short drive away. Villa Kierie is perfect for a small family wishing to enjoy a secluded, private Christmas together.
For a slightly different Christmas holiday, why not gather all of your friends and jet off to Vilamoura, and the spacious Villa Oraya? As well as breathtaking views, a private pool and great access to bars, restaurants, golf courses and casinos, Villa Oraya can sleep up to 18 people, making it the ideal venue for a getaway with a large group of like-minded people who want to spend Christmas abroad. The Algarve villa has a private parking area, so car hire is an also an option if you'd like to explore the local region – the small town of Guia is just a short drive away, where the famous piri-piri chicken was first created.