A while back one of our readers complained that we didn’t have any information on long stay vacations in Portugal  for seniors, retirees and/or boomers, so today, we decided to do the research and give our readers just that.  Portugal is a wonderful vacation destination for seniors and it’s easy to book travel to Portugal on your own, with your own route and hotels or with an agency such as Merit Longstays which takes care of the travel details.  The following is mainly about some longstay vacations in Portugal, including the  Estrela Do Vau Apartments ,  an apartment in Albufeira, accommodations in Obidos on Portugal’s Silver Coast and the Aparthotel Villa d’Agua located in the Algarve.

The following senior holidays come from Merit Longstay Vacations and are a full 28 nights in length. These vacations are geared towards seniors, retirees, boomers and pensioners, like-minded people with time to spare and without the obligation of having to returning to work by a certain day.  In other words, seniors and boomers with free time and needing to escape the dreariness of winter weather. With these senior vacation packages, Merit also offers a two night extension in Lisbon  where you can discover the city of Lisbon and its culture.  In Lisbon, there is a choice of hotels including the Turim Lisboa or the Turim Europa Hotel, breakfast included and return tickets from Faro.  The cost of these extra two nights is $199 per person but your departure date must be before March 29, 2012.  Flights are from Toronto and with Air Transat.

Along the Silver Coast of Portugal, one will find the deluxe beachfront hotel named the Praia D’ El Rey Golf & Beach Resort Marriot, in Óbidos, a World Heritage Site village.  The  Praia D’ El Rey Golf & Beach Resort Marriot is a 5 star luxury resort on the beach with golf, spa services and five restaurants.  For this long stay vacation, you will have a beachfront, one bedroom apartment with a balcony or terrace, a fireplace and a kitchen.  Also included in this travel package are two cultural trips including a wine tasting tour and an excursion to Fatima.  What’s covered in the total price for this Portugal long stay vacation for seniors is accommodation, return air fare and the rental of a car for two weeks so you can get around the countryside and the beaches and discover Portugal.  All this goes for $2,249 plus taxes of $335.  If the Praia D’ El Rey Golf & Beach Resort sounds like an appealing beach resort for you and you don’t wish to book with Merit,  you can also travel on your own.  Check out and compare the online rates with HotelsCombined, the biggest search engine on the internet.  Find out the best hotel rates from all the major hotel booking sites where you can compare prices, check the current hotel prices and then book through your favorite hotel booking site.

Another best-selling resort for seniors who want to travel to Portugal is the Estrela Do Vau apartments on the Algarve.  Choose a one bedroom apartment which comes with a view of the sea, twin beds, a kitchenette so you can cook your own food if you wish and a balcony.  The  Estrela Do Vau apartments are perfect for senior travelers looking for longstay vacations in Portugal.  The  Estrela Do Vau apartments have four swimming pools, a mini market, Turkish baths and Jacuzzis in their health and wellness spa, two tennis courts and a golf course nearby for golf enthusiasts. Merit vacations offer seniors a 28 day package for $1,549 plus applicable taxes.

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The Paraiso de Albufeira apartment complex is another perfect place for senior travelers to the Algarve.  It’s close to shopping centers, markets and just a few minutes to the beautiful beach.  For $1,599 with Merit Vacations, you’ll experience an exceptional value for a wonderful long stay winter holiday in Portugal, on the Algarve.  Your hotel room is a studio apartment with twin beds and a kitchenette.  Other amenities offered at the Paraiso de Albufeira apartments include  two swimming pools, a restaurant and a bar, a health fitness club, and a tennis court.  There’s a mini market, 24 hour front desk and an ATM for your banking needs.  The Merit Long Stay includes an excursion to the Loule Market, and recreational/activity programs for you to enjoy.

Another townhouse – apartment  in the Algarve you might consider suitable for seniors travel is the 4 star Aparthotel Villa d’Agua, at the resort area of Ohlos d’Agua.  Designed on a slope towards the sea, this stunning resort  of white townhouses offers you a one bedroom apartment with a kitchen, balcony and a living room with a fireplace.  If you book with Merit, they offer a car rental in the total price of $3,700 plus taxes for 28 days.  Amenities at the Aparthotel Villa d’Agua include such conveniences as a post office, shopping, a pharmacy, a supermarket and some banks.  Group activities are also included with the Merit package.  If you decide to travel to Portugal on your own, check out HotelsCombined to compare hotel rates and find the best price for your hotel stay.

Portugal is perfect for a long stay vacation, especially as a winter getaway for seniors itching to travel. It’s a land of cultural, old world traditions, magnificent beaches and quaint villages to explore.  Portugal offers good restaurants, shopping and golf and many other activities as well as good value to the dollar.  Have a look at these apartment hotels in Portugal, perfect for senior long stay travel.

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