Why we love Portugal and particularly the Algarve
The Portuguese are a friendly bunch, the weather is great, the beaches are spectacular, the food is delicious, its great value and most importantly it is only a short flight from all major airports in Ireland and the UK
With over 300 days of sunshine the Algarve offers holidaymakers the perfect climate, the winter period is ideal for golf and long stay holidays, in springtime temperatures can reach over 20 degrees and summertime temperatures can reach a sizzling 35 degrees, September- October is the ideal time to visit the Algarve and sets you nicely for the winter months at home.
Beaches and Sea
The beaches on the Algarve are possibly the best in Europe , long white sandy beaches mixed with small almost private coves , take a visit to the Atlantic coast and you will be taken back by the beautiful, breath-taking and stunning white sandy beaches. The crystal blue waters of the Algarve and the selection of beaches along its coastline makes it a clear favourite with all holidaymakers.
Each resort along the Algarve offers something different, from the lively resorts of Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Vilamoura to Lagos the old capital of the Algarve with all its old charm, the ever popular resorts of Alvor and Carvoiero and of course the sophisticated resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, each area offers holidaymakers an excellent choice of entertainment both day and night.
My favourite subject , the Algarve offers a great selection of local dishes however it is renowned for its fresh fish, try some sardines, clams, cod, prawns, squid, sea breem, swordfish or many more of the freshly caught fish all these choices makes the Algarve the ideal area and holiday destination for those looking for fine cuisine. Try the black pork from the black pigs raised in the area of Alentejao, not to be missed, take a visit to Guia near Albufeira and you will find the best choice of Chicken “PIRI PIRI “restaurants on the Algarve and finally what makes the ideal accompaniment to a morning coffee freshly baked “Pastel da Nata”(custard tarts) amazing !!!
Golf ,cycling, walking and all kinds of water sports the Algarve has it all, from east to west you have a great choice of golfing delights which will suit all budgets and standards ,the Algarve is now one of the leading golf destinations in Europe, as with all sun destinations cycling has come increasingly popular and the Algarve offers a coastline is deal for the sport, try out the choice of sailing, kayaking and all on your doorstep
Our Top family Locations and Quality Resorts
This list is based on value for money in 3 to 5 star properties based on resort facilities, family friendly locations, proximity to beach and entertainment and our own personal experiences
Prainha Village Alvor
Location is it biggest asset ,located on possible on of the best beaches on the Algarve,Prainha Village is within walking distance of the town centre , the resort is also known for its famous Atlantic pool perched on the cliff top overlooking the sea, Prainha is the perfect resort to relax without “fuss” the ideal family destination where kids have lots of space to play and meet some new friends. One of our most popular resorts.
Pine Cliffs Resort
I have to say this is one of my favourite family destination, from the moment you enter the gates of the the Pine Cliffs resort you get the feeling of “quality”. Pine cliffs is located on the beach, it has a mix of private villas with pools, townhouses, suites and a mix of 2 & 3 bedroom residence apartments. The Pirates Club on site is the perfect children’s area and offers lots to do, the kids will love it! Pine Cliffs has its own 9 hole golf course and while not a championship test it is ideal for those who want to play some competitive golf while on holidays, we would recommend Pine Cliffs as a luxury destination, service is a priority, you will love it!
Villa Leila Albufeira
This 4 bedroom villa has its own private pool and a lovely quite garden for children to play, located on the outskirts of Albufeira at the back of Olhos d’Agua on the road from Vilamoura. It is ideal for those looking for a value for money villa. The property is air conditioned and the veranda and pool area is the ideal spot to spend and evening with a nice glass of wine or maybe an early morning coffee. Book early as it is very popular. Villa Leila is a taxi ride from Albufeira however if you want some quality family time, look no further!
La Colina Village and Colina da Lapa Carvoiero
These two properties represent excellent value for money. The village offers 2 bedroom villas which will accommodate up to 6 persons and are all air conditioned and while outside the resort both offer complementary bus service to town and beach, if you are looking for family resort that offers value for money La Colina pool areas, grounds and standard of accommodation are ideal!
Vidamar Resort Albufeira
Located on the west side of Albuferia, Vidamar has it all, excellent beachside location, lots of onsite family facilities and a choice of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom villas with pools. If you like some privacy and your very own villa, Vidamar offers a great 5 star resort and location. Next door is Salgados Golf course where you can spend a relaxed evening brushing up on your golf skills while the family relax in the very fine facilities at the Hotel on the resort.
Four Seasons Fairways Quinta do Lago
An old favourite located in the resort of Quinta do Lago it still remains a firm favourite with families and over the past number of years has seen families return year after year, offering villas with and without pools a great central pool area with evening entertainment for all the family a quality product and only 5 minutes’ drive from some of the best restaurants on the Algarve Four Seasons fairways is only 20 minutes’ drive from Faro airport making it the ideal destination.
Vilar do Golf Quinta do lago
I holidayed here nearly 20 years ago and was impressed with the friendly welcome you always get from all at Vilar do Golf, the resort has a wonderful pool area, perfect for all the family, we have a great choice of 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom townhouses and villas, surrounded by one of Quita do lagos finest golf courses Vilar do Golf offers value for money accommodation in one of the best resorts on the Algarve, book early as VDG is hugely popular during high season.
Villa Bonita Albuferia
5 bedroom villa ideal for large families and groups, walking distance to beach, shops and restaurants, this villa is spotless and the owner takes great pride in its appearance, pool area is perfect and with an excellent BBQ area makes it the perfect spot to do some alfresco dinning, this property books early so if you are a large family looking for good value and don’t want to hire a car Villa Bonita is perfect!
Martinhal Quinta, Quinta do lago
Monte da Quinta has a selection of 2 and 3 bedroom townhouse with pools and 3 and 4 bedroom villas with private pools, only recently has the management of Monte da Quinta been taken over by the Martinhal group and since then all services and resort facilities have been upgraded and standards have improved immensely, the children’s facilities are excellent and great for all age groups, try some fresh bread in the morning at Monte da Quintas very own bakery, this secure location has proven very popular with all our regular visitors