November 13, 2017
By Beacon_PR

New for 2018: Sociable Singles’ Holiday in Portugal

Leading singles holidays company Friendship Travel has a new Portugal holiday for 2018. It is based in the coastal town of Olhao within Portugal’s Ria Formosa Natural Park.

This is ‘the other side of the Algarve’: instead of driving west from Faro airport, as most holidaymakers do, Friendship Travel’s guests will be transferred a few miles east to an authentic fishing port on the spectacular tidal estuary.

The package is Hosted by a Friendship Travel team member, and during each seven-night holiday guests enjoy four included excursions: to Faro’s historic centre; to the town of Vila Real de Santo Antonia on the Spanish border; a local cookery school demo; a boat trip around Olhao’s tidal estuary and islands.

Olhau is a wonderfully unspoiled destination. The old town is a warren of cobbled streets lined by 18th century townhouses. There’s a quayside fish market (designed by Gustave Eiffel) and a commercial harbour protected from the Atlantic by a chain of low-lying islands offering beautiful sandy beaches and a haven for wildlife.  A couple of islands are inhabited, with beach bars and watersports for day visitors, with scheduled ferries providing easy access.

Friendship Travel’s groups will be based at the contemporary Real Marina Hotel in ‘new’ Olhau, yet still only 500m along the seafront from the market complex, which means the town’s bars and ice-cream parlours are an easy stroll away.

The sea-facing hotel has a first-floor heated outdoor pool and sun terraces with superb sea views, there’s a spa and indoor pool, a couple of bars and restaurants and 144 rooms.  Friendship Travel guests enjoy sole occupancy of a double room, with free WiFi, air-con and everything you’d expect of a modern four-star.



Dates in May, June, September and early October are offered, with prices from £1135. This includes flights from Gatwick (up to 27 other UK/Ireland regional departures available possibly at a supplement), transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation in a smart double room for sole occupancy, with breakfast each day, two lunches and four dinners with wine, four planned excursions and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211,

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays


Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Beacon PR.




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