Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated 31 August 2020

While the government travel advice remains as avoid non-essential travel and even though some destinations are included in the Green List of destinations, we are working with all our customers to help them with their holiday plans, so please be patient we will be in contact with you.

The safety and wellbeing of our customers will always remain our top priority.

The Green list – things to know

  • Destinations will be updated by the Government at any time
  • Countries can come off the green list if they do not meet the criteria set out by government
  • People returning from a Green List country, do not have to self-quarantine, however they are asked to restrict their movements
  • If you book a holiday to a green list destination and should it come off the green list while you are there or before you are due to travel – we will contact you and offer assistance
  • Please refer to the following link for an up to date list of countries included in the Green List

I am booked to travel to a destination included in the Green List, can I still go?

Government advice for countries included in the Green List is currently to avoid non essential travel, however you may still travel if wish to do so. We will be contacting all customers regardless of the destination they are travelling to and will discuss what options you have.

I am booked to travel to a destination that is not included in the Green List?

We will contact you and discuss your options as you would be travelling against government advice. Travel Insurance may not cover you, so it is essential that you check your travel insurance policy.

I am due to travel from September onwards

A lot of flights are operating albeit on a reduced frequency for September and beyond. If you are due to travel in September we will contact you and discuss all options with you. We will be contacting people in order of travel date, so bear with us we will get to you.
We are prioritising all rebooking’s based on travel date.

I am due to pay the balance of my holiday, but I’m concerned
We will do our very best to work with you in this regard. On some selected destinations we may be able to delay the balance due date. Please contact our sales team regarding your booking.

I want to change my holiday, what do I do?
Depending on when and where you are travelling to, we will assist you where we can but please bear in mind our focus is on September holidays at the moment.

You are welcome to contact our office during our normal office hours of 9.00am – 5.00pm Mon-Fri. You may also email and one of our team will get back to you.

I’m still worried, can I cancel my booking?
If your flight is still operating and you choose to cancel your holiday, then this would be subject to our cancellation policy as per our booking conditions.

I want to book a new holiday but I am concerned I will lose my money?

  • You can book your holiday in complete confidence with Sunway
  • We are an Irish Family owned and operated holiday company, taking Irish holidaymakers on holiday for more than 53 years
  • Sunway Travel is licensed and bonded with the commission for aviation (TA 0731 and TO 101) Do not take chances with unlicensed travel companies

I hope the above information has helped answer some of the queries you may have. Finally, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the kind words of support you’ve shared with me over the past few weeks. These are really tough times for Sunway and the Travel Industry of Ireland, but we look forward to planes flying soon so we can take you on holidays.

I remain convinced that, when we do return to the skies, we will be both stronger and better than before.

Let’s all look forward to travelling again soon!

Warm regards
Mary Denton

Algarve, Portugal Holidays


Algarve, Portugal Holidays

The Algarve is one of the most unique places in the world, a coastal strip just over 150 kilometre.

Things to do in Algarve, Portugal

  • Fantastic family friendly resorts & accommodation
  • Three exhilarating water parks in Vilamoura, Albufeira & Carvoeiro
  • Stunning 100km coastline with sandy beaches
  • Experience Fatima, Lisbon and Seville on one day tours
  • Lively local markets
  • Boat trips and water sports
  • World renowned & championship golf courses

The Algarve is mostly considered a beach destination, ideal for nautical sports, with some of the best beaches for sailing, surfing and windsurfing. But it has many other hidden gems like its rural traditions and villages, popular for country walking and hiking. The region is also known for its many and popular golf courses

You can also choose to enjoy unique sightseeing towns like Tavira and Lagos, sunbathe on the beautiful white sandy beaches near Albufeira, enjoy birdwatching and boating among flamingos in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, or feel the calm of an inland city and the weight of history in Silves

Algarve is the perfect relaxing experience; a region known for its slow cities movement philosophy. A relaxed pace of life and exquisite gastronomy, with affordable prices for anyone who decides to visit. You will get to know the different municipalities and cities of the Algarve region, get a glimpse of the main tourist attractions and unexplored gems, as well as tips and useful information that will help you plan your stay and routes efficiently.


Spending one day at one of the Algarve water parks is sure a fun day; both for kids and for adults. There are plenty of slides, tunnels, free falls (almost), inflatable mattresses, giant buoys, wave pools and fountains. Everything is a reason to refresh the body and enliven the day.

Aqualand: One of Portugal’s biggest water parks, Aqualand is the perfect location for an unforgettable day out. Enjoy attractions for all ages such as Kamikaze (95 meters high), Crazy Race, Banzai and Mini Park.

Aquashow: The biggest water coaster in Europe is in Aquashow. Featuring attractions like, White Fall, White Snake, Waves Pool and a Water Rollercoaster with a trip of more than 740 meters in and out of water

Slide & Splash: The Entertainment Water Park Slide & Splash was inaugurated on June 10, 1986. It currently occupies an area of 16.000 acres and it’s considered one of the biggest and best in Europe.

Tourist Attractions: What to See and Do

The Algarve is a garden, as its own name translation from Arab (al-gharb) suggests, and it's one of the favourite destinations for the Portuguese and by many tourists. The main attractions are its beaches, with small rugged coves on the west coast, and large beaches on the east coast and the water is mostly warm throughout the year. But the region is also full of history marked by old bridges, charismatic churches, important castles and city walls.

The Algarve is also the ideal place for golf and water sports with some of the best golf courses and beaches for surfing and windsurfing. For family fun there are several water parks in Algarve, including Aqualand, Slide and Splash or Zoomarine. You can also visit one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal: the Ria Formosa -
● a protected area where you can experience great nature tourism activities and tours.


Usually time is the only constraint “so much to see, so little time” so I’ll give you a heads up of some good scenic spots to start with; then it’s up to you to find your way. The best way to move around is to rent a small car, a GPS and get lost through roads and paths… At the end of the day list all the places you’ve been to and mark them on a map so you can plan the next day adventure. The recommendation is to see as much as possible; you will find every little bit of it delightful.

Theme Parks are a perfect place to spend some fun time with all the family in any warm and sunny day! And although seems contradictory to go to the Algarve and hit a Theme Park instead of the beach, it's the perfect option for those "today I'm not in a beach mood" days. But remember, the sun burns equally strong anywhere in the Algarve, either in a Theme Park, in a cloudy summer day, or at the beach.

FIESA is a mega exhibition of sand sculptures held by Prosandart since 2003 in Pêra, Algarve. The festival is unique in the Iberian Peninsula and is considered the largest sand sculpture festival in the world.

Zoo Marine Located in Guia, just a few kilometers from Albufeira, you can watch presentations with dolphins, seals and sea lions, with tropical birds and birds of prey.

Ria Formosa Natural Park

Wetland of international importance, the Ria Formosa is a maze of canals, islands, marshes and barrier islands, stretching 60kms along the Algarve coast, between the beaches of Manta Rota and Garrão.

If you like sun and sea, you will find the paradise in the Ria Formosa Islands. From East to West, a succession of beautiful places like Faro Islands, Barreta, Culatra, Armona and Tavira, with long sand coasts. To cap the tour, visit Cacela Velha, a white village with a remarkable heritage. Climb the fortress, and look around. The landscape that blends the blues of the lagoon, sea and sky, is breathtaking.  But there are also plenty of alternatives for those who do not play golf: high-quality trading, luxury spas, sports of all kinds, restaurants, casinos and nightclubs, sightseeing and fascinating beaches that provide a bronze envy

Algarve and Golf

The Algarve is considered one of the best golf destinations in Europe and an elite product for the practitioners of the sport. The mild climate, with over three hundred days of Sun per year, allows the golf season to extend for several months, bringing in players from everywhere around the world. It was the legendary golfer Sir Henry Cotton who put the Algarve in the World Golf Route, having also designed several classic golf fields, stretching along 240 kilometres on the Atlantic coast and connecting Sagres in the West with Vila Real de Santo António in the East. Almost 60 years later, the legacy of Sir Henry Cotton still lingers. Find at your disposal a network of excellent hotels, apartments and resorts, marinas, good restaurants and a variety of nightlife establishments.

Most golf courses are around 30 minutes from Faro airport, around Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura Marina, where you will find all the services you need to enjoy a perfect holiday. However, there are hidden treasures yet to be discovered, both to the West along the rocky coast and all the way to Sagres, as well as to the quieter East, among whitewashed villages and globally recognised natural reserves full of wildlife.

Not only is the Algarve an obligatory passage for the amateur golfer, but also has attracted, with the quality of its golf courses, the world's largest professional sports and major tournaments such as the World Cup 2005 and the Portugal Masters 2007 and 2008. All this gives greater credit to golf in the region. Whatever you are looking for on your golf holiday, the Algarve will likely have itThe fields, mostly designed by international architects, along with the fantastic landscape where they lay in, meet the requirements of the most demanding fans, marking the region as a premier destination for the sport. Depending on where you're going to stay, you have a wide range choice of golf courses.

Algarve Golf Courses

Western Algarve Golf Courses -Golf courses between Sagres and Portimão, are part of the Western Algarve.

Portimão,  Monchique,  Lagos , Aljezur, Vila do Bispo

Central Algarve Golf Courses
● The area between Lagoa and Faro has the highest number of Golf courses.

Faro, Loulé,  Albufeira, Silves, Lagoa

Eastern Algarve Golf Courses
● Between Vila Real de Santo António and Faro, also called the Eastern Algarve region.

São Brás de Alportel,  Olhão, Tavira,  Castro Marim, Alcoutim, Vila Real de Santo António

12 Best Golf Courses in the Algarve

Several times considered the best golf destination in the world by magazines and associations form of specialized tour operators, the Algarve does justice to this distinction maintaining quality proof.

4 Best Golf Courses in Western Algarve

Boavista Golf Course,  Palmares Golf Course, Penina Championship Golf Course,  Morgado do Reguengo Golf Course.

4 Best Golf Courses in Central Algarve
● Oceânico Victoria Golf Course,  Oceânico Old Course, Quinta do Lago North Golf Course, San Lorenzo Golf Course

4 Best Golf Courses in Eastern Algarve
● Quinta da Ria Golf Course,  Quinta de Cima Golf Course, Castro Marim Golf & Country Club,  Monte Rei Golf & Country Club.



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