If you’re planning where to take the kids this summer, then one destination that provides everything you need for a great family holiday is the Algarve in Portugal.
The Algarve attracts millions of tourists every year, and with its stunning beaches and beautiful coastline it’s easy to see why. The warm climate all year round makes it the perfect setting for outdoor activities and sports. If you enjoy this kind of thing then you will definitely be well catered for.
There’s a huge choice of golf courses and tennis courts in the area, but activities such as walking and cycling are also popular. If you’re after something a little more extreme then down on the beach you can find places to dive, go sailing and windsurfing. Bordering the Atlantic, many of the Algarve dive sites include shipwrecks which can be fascinating for experienced divers to explore.
If you’re not afraid of heights, it’s also possible to see the Algarve from above by booking activities at paragliding centres and skydiving clubs. Although not for the faint-hearted, these can give you a fantastic view of the area. A slightly more sedate way to enjoy the Algarve from the sky is to take a hot air balloon ride.
There’s a huge choice of accommodation and different resorts to choose from. There are plenty of campsites and guesthouses available if you want to stick to a budget. But if you enjoy your comforts you won’t be struggling to find a good hotel or apartment. For example, if you stay at the Alfagar apartments Abufeira, you can choose between self-catering, full board or half board accommodation. Whichever kind of accommodation you choose, you’ll still be able to make use of all the facilities like the swimming pools and kids’ clubs on-site.
Other attractions include waterparks and if you head inland, it’s possible to book a quadbiking session so you can enjoy the varied terrain that the Algarve has to offer. Of course, if you enjoy hiking, there are plenty of beautiful trails to follow.
The lively atmosphere of the Algarve means there’s always something going on. Events run all through the year so it’s likely you will catch something during your stay. There are plenty of festivals, beach parties and open-air concerts to keep you entertained and add something a little different to your holiday. With so many events, it’s worth having a look to see what will be going on during your stay.
The Algarve offers a great choice of activities, but if you enjoy just taking it easy on the beach or by the pool, then that’s easy enough to do there too. There are plenty of options when it comes to dining out and accommodation, whatever your preferences or your budget. You’re certain to meet an eclectic mix of people, whether it’s the range of tourists who visit every year or the friendly locals. Given the area’s beauty, it’s no wonder so many people decide to head to the region for family holidays year after year.