Portugal’s Algarve is known for many reasons. Think Algarve and some people will instantly think of its golden sands and sparkling blue seas. Others will picture days spent surfing in the frothy Atlantic swells or battling the stiff coastal breezes on a windsurfing board. Still more think of taking a leisurely game of eighteen holes, developing a t-shirt sun-tan and feeling unusually relaxed even when the ball disappears into yet another bunker...
If you’ve got the kids in tow, the Algarve is hard to beat. Family holidays in the Algarve typically revolve around the bubbly coastal resorts, such as lively Albufeira with its boundless energy, plentiful beaches and long list of things to see and do. Or there’s quieter Carvoeiro, where days spent lazing on the golden sands or hiring a car to tour the surrounding area is generally high on the priority list, and Praia da Rocha - which is all about sunbathing, building sandcastles and generally relaxing. For a touch of luxury, head to Vilamoura with its gorgeous marina, pastel-coloured buildings and fashionable boutiques.
If you’re hoping to book package holidays to the Algarve, you’ll find a wonderful array of choice. Where families are concerned this is generally the best and most convenient way to travel, as your transport requirements and accommodation are all included - meaning there’s no fussing over trains at the airport or bartering with taxi-drivers. Plus, most package tour operators offer a healthy choice of deals. These might be the last-minute kind which are perfect if you’re the spontaneous type. Or if you book in advance you’ll usually find plenty of special offers on next summer’s holidays - ranging from free kids’ places to discounted hotel upgrades.
Whatever you fancy, the Algarve is certainly an A-list destination for families, sun-seekers, beach bums and just about everyone in-between.