Green light for Singles Holiday in Portugal

Singles specialist Friendship Travel is delighted to be able to operate its planned Hosted holiday for single travellers at the five-star Real Marina hotel in Olhau, departing 13 September.

Olhau is an authentic fishing port in the less-touristy eastern Algarve in the Ria Formosa Natural Park where the fabulous tidal estuary is sheltered by low-lying sandy islands like Culatra.

The town’s best-known landmark is the Gustav Eiffel designed fish market on the attractive quayside. Baroque facades and cobbled streets make the old town a delight to explore on foot.

The 144-room Real Marina Hotel faces the spectacular estuary and has a superb rooftop pool. It’s a 500m level stroll along the waterfront to the market and old town.

The holiday includes excursions and activities on four days of the seven night stay. These are:

  • A guided walking tour of Faro with a local guide.
  • A half day boat trip around the islands to enjoy the wildlife and swim from Culatra’s idyllic beaches.
  • A morning in cookery school, learning how to cook local dishes, and eating the result for lunch.
  • A full day trip by rail to Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

The price: Seven nights departing 13 September costs from £1290 to include flights from Stansted to Faro, transfers, a standard double room for sole occupancy, breakfast every day, four dinners with wine during the week, the excursions and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout.

Friendship Travel is operating ‘sociable but socially-distanced holidays’ for single travellers, following WHO recommendations with seats 1m apart at meals and for sunbeds around the pool. The operator’s ticket wallet includes two disposable masks for the flight, as well as a travel-size bottle of sanitising gel.

All Portuguese Covid-19 protocols are being followed by the hotel and transfer company.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211,