Congratulations, you've made it through the school year. We reckon it’s time to start booking that family holiday!
The Algarve area region of Portugal is the perfect location for single travellers, couples and families to chill out and relax. And with prices starting at only €172 per person with Abbey Travel, you don't have to worry about replacing your need for sun with a need for a loan.
Flights go direct from Dublin with a flying time of approximately three hours. From the airport, you can make your way to one of the Algarve's top class hotels, traditional guesthouses or family-friendly self-catering apartments.
Once you've unpacked, it's time to throw on those sunnies and do some exploring. Want to start planning now? Here are our top suggestions for families visiting the Algarve this summer.
What to do in the Algarve?
The Algarve, the most southern area of mainland Portugal, averages between 25°C and 48°C during the summer months. Aim to take advantage of the fabulous weather by lining up some of the great outdoor activities
the area has to offer. The region has several towns and cities, each more quaint and inviting than the next. This is a great place to find interesting souvenirs and artisan pottery worth squeezing into your suitcase.
For those of you who love being out and about in nature, you'll love exploring the hilly walking trails. The coast is dotted with incredible viewing points from which you can admire the traditional terracotta roofs and the stunning sea. Or how about taking a dip in the balmy sea or one of the many swimming pools in the area?
For the golf obsessed, you’re in luck. The Algarve boasts some of Europe's top golf courses. Some, like the Roma Golf Park
are great for little golfers. Who knows, your kid could be the next Rory McIlroy!
Where to eat in the Algarve?
Restaurants in the Algarve are plentiful, so prices and quality are competitive. Enjoying a three course dinner in a good restaurant can set you back as little as €15 per person. Restaurante Luar Da Fóia is a customer favourite that can be enjoyed on a budget.
For special occasions, Gusto by Heinz Beck in the Conrad Algarve Hotel is a great choice. The soul of Portuguese cuisine is about simply using great quality ingredients. The area is famous for its fresh seafood and sun-ripened fruit and vegetables. Not to mention the amazing wine lists!
Desserts and sweets are delicious and often use local ingredients like almonds, oranges, figs and carob beans in exciting ways. Stopping by a cafe for a midday coffee is a must-do. The coffee in the area is great quality and enjoying it al fresco with a freshly baked pastry is a great way to unwind mid-afternoon.
What's in the Algarve for kids?
One of the best things about the Algarve is that it is so family friendly. Most of its tourism comes from families young and old, so the area has a fairly wholesome feel to it.
The majority of accommodation resorts will have a range of child-friendly facilities like playgrounds and paddling pools. Or why not go further afield and take a boat trip to a private island for a sizzling barbeque?
Kids will love the adventure of riding the waves and can even play co-captain by helping hoist the anchor on board. If it gives your kids a taste for sea life, don’t miss a trip to Zoomarine
And if that's not enough aqua action, the brand new hydra slides in Aqualand
are sure to cause a, quite literal, spash!
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