Planning a family holiday in the Algarve

When it comes to planning a holiday, there are a number of things to consider. You need to think about what to do while you’re on holiday and where to go. If you’re travelling with children, the process of planning becomes even more complex.

The first step when planning a family holiday is choosing your destination. You need to think about what kind of holiday you’re looking for. If you’re travelling with older children, a city break might be suitable (and you might want to plan a beach holiday, or perhaps something adventurous like skiing or hiking). If you’re travelling with younger children, it’s important to find somewhere safe, that has plenty of family friendly activities.

The Algarve is an ideal destination for a family holiday. Besides being a safe location to travel with children, the weather is warm, the beaches are amazing and there are lots of activities to choose from, suitable for every age group. You can make your trip as relaxing or adventurous as you wish.



Were to stay

Once you’ve chosen a destination, the next step is finding somewhere to stay. There are lots of options available, from staying in hotels, to renting holiday homes. It’s a good idea to check out the amenities offered by different places before booking: look for things like pools, restaurants, playgrounds, babysitting services and other amenities that may suit you and your family.

Quinta dos  Vales in the Algarve offers a diverse range of accommodation suited for families. With lots of open air spaces surrounded by nature, sports courts (for padel tennis, volleyball, mini-golf and others) and a wide array of amenities,  it is the perfect destination for parents to relax with a glass of wine and for the kids to enjoy the activities available in the area.



Activities for the whole family

Relaxing and playing at the beach

The Algarve is home to more than 100 beaches and some of Europe’s most stunning coastline. Albufeira, Lagos, and Vilamoura are just a few of the well-known resort towns in Portugal’s most southern region, but you’ll find a wide array of sparkling shores in every part of the region.

And while a day at the beach is a fun way to enjoy the good weather and freshen up in the ocean water, there is more to do in the area.





Another fun activity for the entire family to participate in while in the Algarve is mini-golf! Mini golf is a fun activity that doesn’t require any special skills or physical-motor abilities from the player. It brings together leisure, fun, and competition in a single location and is accessible to children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly.

Mini-golf courses can be found all over the Algarve and even in some hotels and resorts, such is the case of  The Vines (a resort in the heart of the Algarve, located inside a Wine Estate with lots of amenities and fun activities).



Dolphin and whale watching

If you enjoy contact with wild animals in their natural habitat and love the sea and its fun, then dolphin watching is a “must do” experience for you and your family. Because you never know what we might discover on these trips, there is always a element of surprise. The common dolphin is the species that is seen the most frequently. However, it also happens quite frequently to see sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and Minky whales, among other animals.

In the Algarve you can participate in these tours directly from the beaches in Lagos, Albufeira, Portimão, Vilamoura and Faro.



Water parks

Without a doubt, one of the best activities to do with children in the Algarve is to spend a day in one of the water parks in the region. Your kids will love the numerous slides and attractions at excellent water parks like Aquashow, Slide & Splash, or Aqualand. The Algarve’s water parks are one of the most popular activities for kids because they have green spaces and picnic areas.


Having an extra pair of hands on board can be invaluable, particularly when travelling with younger children, so hiring a nanny can often be well worth the extra expense. It ensures that you will be able to enjoy some alone time, dining out, or even a stroll along the beach without the kids, while still making it a family vacation.


This article was originally published in: Portugal Resident