Squirrelled away in the southeast of the Algarve close to its border with Spain, Monte Gordo is a tranquil and unspoiled option for the holidaymaker keen to enjoy warm weather, luxurious beaches and a laid-back opportunity to explore its trademark wide streets and cobbled pavements.
The width and vastness of the area is reflected in its name, which translates as ‘wide mount’. The town centre is especially notable for its spaciousness, with its streets lined with quaint shops and buildings and ideal for exploring on foot. Perhaps more than anything, what keeps people on the lookout for cheap Monte Gordo holidays all year round is the leisurely nature of the town.
Whatever time of year you visit Monte Gordo, you can expect a favourable climate and mild to very hot temperatures, although it can get a little wet during the midwinter. By contrast, rain between June and August is very scarce, and temperatures are often above 30°C during these months.
Even if you’re the type who sometimes struggles with particularly hot weather, it’s worth remembering that the costal location ensures a regular Mediterranean breeze. Aside from this, there are plenty of ways to cool down, whether it’s through splashing into the sea or sipping a cold beer or cocktail in a Monte Gordo bar.
Like much of the Algarve, Monte Gordo has its roots in fishing, but tourism is now the main driver of its economy. An enormous campsite in the town reflects the popularity of the resort, with plenty of options available for those on a tight budget.
Aside from taking the time to bask on the beach, engage in watersports and tee off at the golf course, be sure to make the short trip to Cacela Velha to see the charming village in its full splendour. Another relaxing option is to enjoy a walk alongside the Rio Guadiana, which acts as the border between Portugal and Spain.
Of course, a bonus of cheap Monte Gordo holidays is that they appeal to those who enjoy a spot of ‘country hopping’, since Spain is just a half-hour drive away.
Some of the region’s most delicious seafood comes from nearby Cacela Velha; a picturesque and hilly area from which hauls of squid, clams and oysters are sent to eateries all around the Algarve. Those who leave without trying it are missing a real treat!
If you’ve had your fill of seafood, there are also some excellent Thai, Indian and Japanese offerings, and the number of ex-pats here means you’ll never be far from the home comforts of a pub lunch.
Monte Gordo is described as a ‘freguesia’ (translating as ‘parish’) and there are plenty of ways to sample its Portuguese flavour with the nightlife. The best way to do this is to stroll along the beach, taking in the bars and cafes en route. Those looking for a wilder time may want to head out of the family location for a while and experience the likes of Faro and Albufeira.