The rugged, rocky landscape, soft sandy beaches, and turquoise waters are just some of the things that attract families to The Algarve, Portugal; my most favourite place in Europe – whether you are staying in a hotel, apartment or one of the magnificent villas on offer.
Vilamoura is great for golfing, but I have to say that I love it for its wonderful Marina, flash cars, amazing yachts, and to watch how the other half live. Of course, Boat Trips & Deep Sea Fishing are more affordable than renting a yacht and make a great day out!
There are so many lovely towns and villages to enjoy visiting – Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos, Alvor, Praia de Luz, Burgau, Portimao – the list is endless.
I love that on a villa holiday you can get up when you want to, have breakfast when the mood takes you and make it last all morning if you fancy it. You can relax around the pool as much as you wish without having to pack a beach bag remembering everything that you need to take with you… which of course when you have children, has to be the most enormous bag in the world and someone nearly always forgets something.
The restaurants in Portugal are wonderful and some of the fish dishes are to die for, so eating out is never a problem.
Left: Bacalhau (dried codfish).
However, you can also visit some of their amazing supermarkets, and can also cook up a fabulous feast on a barbecue and still sit around the garden and pool in a really relaxing manner without worrying whether the driver can have a glass of wine or not with their meal.
And here is another ‘taste’ of Portugal…
Of course kids need something to keep them occupied, but a pool can certainly go a long way to providing lots of entertainment and fun for the whole family.
Apartments are another great idea for a holiday, if you can’t quite afford a villa, still allowing you that self-catering option and not having to stick to the rigid timescales of a hotel. And of course some hotels even have apartments within them so if you do want to still be able to get up and make your own breakfast, dinner and tea, you can always have the option of using the hotel facilities.
The beaches are beautiful and cycling is a great way of getting some exercise and seeing those local sights…
I have also stayed in some beautiful hotels in Portugal. When I’m in a particularly lazy mood, hotels are great, as you don’t even have to make yourself a cup of tea. You can be waited on hand and foot and do either all-inclusive, half-board, or even Bed & Breakfast. Wherever you decide to stay, The Algarve has so much to offer and you will come back with some wonderful holiday memories…
So, tell me, have you been to The Algarve? What did you love about it? And what is your favourite type of accommodation? I’d love to know your views, so please do comment below.