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Thinking about holidays in Algarve? Well, for family and couples summer holidays alike, you couldn't pick a better spot. Long, hot summer seasons, vast golden stretches of sand backed by orange cliffs and fantastic resorts with all the amenities and activities you could ask for are waiting for you on this southern sun-drenched coast of Portugal.

For beach lovers searching for Algarve holidays, the list of family-friendly resorts goes on and on. The popular hotspots of Albufeira, Vilamoura will keep holidaymakers entertained from dusk till dawn, and both resorts are handily located for the airport in Faro. A little further along the coast, Praia de Roche has a fantastic golden beach with a fun zone for kids, a huge variety of watersports on offer and a buzzing nightlife.

 

Algarve holidays boast a plethora of charming towns and villages just a stone's throw from the main resorts too. Alvor is known for its superb seafood restaurants, while Ferragudo is so picture-perfect that you'll be scrabbling for your camera! From the lively marinas, vibrant towns and beautiful bays lined with alfresco restaurants to the mix of world-class golf resorts and spas, holidays in Algarve are perfect for all ages. Summer months (June to September) enjoy the high season in terms of the touristy crowd, while spring (April and May) and autumn (October to November) are the best times to visit Algarve for water-based activities while the sea water is still warm. The winter months (December to March) are the best time of the year to grab amazing deals on hotels without breaking the bank. Every season comes with its advantages - the golf courses are open all year round too. 

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Family Holidays in Algarve

 

 

Family Holidays in Algarve

Whether you're staying in the popular resorts of Albufeira, Vilamoura, Praia de Luz or Lagos, the Algarve has a host of family friendly attractions to enjoy. Spend your days on the beach and enjoy watersports including sailing, surfboarding, jet skiing and plenty of boat trips, or stay on dry land and embark on an exciting jeep tour, tee off at one of the gorgeous golf courses or take the family to the great go karting tracks. Finish your fun-filled days with equally energetic evenings at waterfront restaurants and bars across the resorts.

Algarve Beaches

 

Algarve Beaches

The Algarve is one of the most popular destinations for summer family holidays thanks to its famous beaches. If you're looking for long expanses of soft golden sand you've come to the right place! There are secluded coves backed by ochre-coloured cliffs and rolling sand dunes around every corner. Whether you're holidaying with the kids or taking to the coastline as a couple, spend a day on these fabulous sands and you'll see why the Algarve has some of the best beaches in the world. Must-see stretches include Meia Praia, Praia do Amado, Praia Três Irmãos, Praia da Marinha, Ilha de Tavira, Praia de Roche and Galé Beach – so don't forget your bucket and spade this summer!

 
Natural Beauty

 

Natural Beauty

Whether you want to explore the many rockpools, swim in the stunning and sheltered coves or just take long walks across the powder-soft sands with the Algarve's famous burnt orange cliffs as your backdrop, this coastline has some of the most beautiful views and seascapes Portugal has to offer. Numerous boat trips, kayak tours and snorkelling excursions will enable you to explore this wonderful marine paradise. Better still, these beautiful beaches are on the doorstep of most of the main resorts so you can hit the sand and savour the wonderful beaches just steps from your hotel door.

 
Nightlife

 

Nightlife

Beside the golden beaches, spectacular seafood and elegant whitewashed villages, the Algarve offers night owls a whole lot of fun. With stylish cocktail lounges, bustling beach bars and clubs offering entertainment into the early hours, there are plenty of places to let your hair down. Praia de Rocha's No Solo Agua Beach Club runs beach parties during the summer, Vilamoura marina lays on live music at the 19th Hole, Jazz Club and Figo's Bar, while Albufeira's strip and Lagos' lively centre offer nightlife lovers even more great drinking spots.

 
Surfs Up!

 

Surfs Up!

The whole family can give surfing a try as the Algarve has some of the best surf spots in Europe and great schools for newbie surfers. Learn to stand up in the waves in just one day. The many surf schools offer lessons for beginners and are perfect for adults and youngsters. To marvel at even more marine life head to the largest artificial reef in the world – the Ocean Revival Underwater Park - or for more leisurely snorkelling make a splash in the calm bays near Carvoeira, Praia De Marinha, Alvor and Ferragudo.

 
Boat Trips

 

Boat Trips

If you're planning to holiday in Portugal this summer, a great way of soaking up the Algarve's natural beauty is by sailing out to sea on a catamaran cruise. Board one of these luxurious boats from Vilamoura Marina and sail past Albufeira's stunning scenery, visiting several of Europe's largest caves and some amazing beaches. Don't forget to stop for a refreshing dip in the azure waters and explore more of the caves in a dinghy or by paddleboard! If you're looking for a lively evening, book onto one of the sunset party cruises that run out of Albufeira and Alvor. Enjoy great music and colourful cocktails as the sun sets and you drift along the western coast of the Algarve.

 
Visit Faro

 

Visit Faro

Faro is secret gem and the Algarve's fantastic capital. This town offers lots of Portuguese flair and a beautiful old town. Its delightful marina, well-kept parks and plazas and great restaurants will be a surefire hit for all. The well-preserved medieval quarters house Faro's museums. Cocktail lovers can sip on chilled drinks on the terrace at the Columbus Cocktail & Wine Bar, and beach lovers can potter around Praia de Faro's wide stretch of sand.

 
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Sightseeing

Whether you choose to hire a car and drive the coast roads towards Sagres, venture inland on your own or explore the rural countryside on a jeep safari day trip, the Algarve is a place of inescapable beauty. Head for the hills and walk up Fóia Peak for panoramic views of the countryside and stop at one of the huts serving piri-piri chicken on the way up (yum!), look out for lagoons in Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, or wander through the whitewashed cottages of charming Cacela Velha.

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