With easy connections from all over the UK, and at great value the Algarve is a firm favourite for family holidays for all ages. A region famous for its wonderful climate and breathtaking scenery.
Dramatic seascapes and hidden beaches, with glamourous resort towns which also boasts a number of stunning villa resorts, each with its own unique charms. Nature lovers will adore the opportunity to stay within a protected natural park at the Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel, it is also a perfect retreat for active families, with watersports, cycling on quiet roads, and wonderful activities for toddlers all available at the resort. Off the beaten track in the east of the Algarve is Monte Rei, perfect for large families or groups of friends staying in large, modern villas along with full resort facilities. The golf course is reputed to be the best in Portugal and in summer the open spaces, the wide deserted beaches and the traditional local villages like Tavira offer something for everyone.
For some winter sun, intriguing culture and a taste of an older, more traditional way of life, Madeira is an ideal year-round destination, easily reached from the UK. With a tropical feel, yet close to Europe, this island between Portugal and the African coast is known for its fragrant gardens, mimosa forests, sheer cliffs offering dramatic Atlantic views and verdant peaks. Hotels on the island offer luxury combined with Portuguese tradition and style, and none more so than Belmond Reid’s Palace which is set amongst the subtropical gardens. Each beautifully appointed room features a balcony with sea views, relax in the pool and the first class spa or take walks or boat trips around the island – perfect for a long weekend or a longer stay to experience all sides of the island.
Festivals and Celebrations
The Portuguese are joyous people and hold a variety of festivals throughout the calendar year for both religious and secular reasons. It’s certainly worth timing your visit to join in with the celebrations, from the weekly agricultural Feiras and February Carnaval to the biennial Rock in Rio-Lisboa rock festival and the annual Semana Santa Easter celebrations. City breaks are potentially the best way to guarantee you’ll see some exciting festivities, but it’s still worth venturing off the beaten track to experience the charming celebrations of Portugal’s picturesque townships.