Portugal's Algarve region is one of the best winter sun destinations in Europe, drawing thousands of sun-seekers from chillier climes to its shores for much-needed weekend getaways. Tourists looking to plan a winter sun vacation in Portugal should consider coinciding their trip with the Loule Carnival (or Carnaval), a colourful celebration that takes place every year around the time of Shrove Tuesday. Featuring costumes and masks, dancers, acrobats, fireworks and giant floats, the parade is a lively and fun-filled event that brings the small city of Loule to simmering life. What better way to beat the winter blues than to hop on a plane to the Algarve region, where the weather is always fine, and to join the locals in festive celebration? A wide range of low-cost carriers offer cheap flights to Faro Airport in the Algarve region, meaning that with just a little saving, you can ensure that your winter ends on a delightfully upbeat note.
Date: 19-21 February 2012