It’s hard to believe that Christmas is upon us already. 2022 has been an exciting year in the Algarve, so it’s time to see out the year in style. While the region is a popular choice for sun worshippers worldwide, the Christmas charm cannot be ignored.
In fact, we have seen higher demand for winter getaways this year than in previous years. It’s an excellent opportunity for villa owners in the Algarve to see a full calendar of bookings, improving rental income. However, tourists need to know exactly what they are getting – especially for a winter holiday.
Pulling away from normal family traditions is a big thing for many tourists, so owners need to show them that while Christmas might be different in the Algarve, it will be no less fabulous.
Setting expectations for winter guests
While the weather in the Algarve is typically dry and mild in the winter, guests already know it won’t be a hot and sunny getaway. Rainfall can occur, so property owners should always be thinking of ways to make their properties more accommodating outside of the peak summer season.
One of the biggest draws for guests is pool heating. They still want to make use of their pool, so having this option available is likely to sway guests towards your property. Another great way to support your guests is in-villa services, particularly food deliveries. Due to Christmas opening hours, our team always arrange this for guests’ pre-arrival so they will have everything they need. These small offerings make a big difference to guests.
Sharing tourist tips to get guests excited
A Christmas holiday itinerary will look very different to a summer one. While there should still be chances to enjoy the Algarve scenery, be it on foot or cycling, owners can make further recommendations on what their guests can explore.
At Christmas in particular, there are so many markets to enjoy. Share the wonders of the Vale do Lobo or Quinta do Lago Christmas markets to get into the Christmas spirits. The Quinta do Lago lights switch-on is another great event for the family to enjoy.
With so many fabulous restaurants to choose from, there are many with special Christmas menus to enjoy. It’s a fantastic time for tourists to try the local dishes, which are likely very different from their usual Christmas dinner. The key to attracting winter guests is to show them that while the Christmas celebrations will be different, there will still be magic in the air!
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas
We’re already seeing the Christmas magic here in the Algarve, so we can’t wait for the main event. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from the SandyBlue team!
Joe Mountain is founder of Algarve villa rental specialists SandyBlue.
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