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Enjoy a Romantic Mini Break in Faro, Algarve

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 12/31/12 -- The Christmas rush can make it difficult for couples get some alone time, but as part of your new year's resolutions, consider injecting a little romance into your life with a mini-break somewhere hot, culturally rich and exotic. The Algarve in Portugal offers all this and more. It might seem a long way off, but in fact 14 February is a little over two months away, and what better way to say 'I love you' on Valentine's Day than with a surprise trip to a holiday destination with a plethora of naturally beautiful landscapes, gorgeous beaches and even a spa town, Caldas de Monchique.

As well as the natural beauty that the Algarve has to offer, the food and temperate Mediterranean climate make it a very popular tourist destination all year round. The city of Faro itself holds multiple treasures, making it perfect for a romantic getaway for two. The village of Loule, just outside of town, is known for its stunning rooftop landscape and gothic architecture. There is a Moorish castelo to visit, as well as cobbled streets aplenty.

Once you've had your fill of urban wandering, head to Sao Bras de Alportel and surround yourself with fragrant fig trees and beautiful scenery. Charming roadside stalls ensure that you can indulge in local fare and snack on fresh figs and almonds as you wander around. Don't forget to visit some of the beautiful beaches and enjoy the surrounding coastline, which is largely untouched and has retained its rugged beauty.

Once you are back in Faro, take a stroll hand-in-hand through the atmospheric old town, stopping in any of the charming cafes and roadside restaurants to enjoy some freshly caught seafood, followed by coffee and cake before you continue to explore this very special place - the perfect romantic mini break!

Flights to Faro with Monarch start from just GBP 34 per person one way, departing from London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Leeds/Bradford airports. For more information about affordable scheduled flights to this and many other great destinations worldwide visit monarch.co.uk.

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