Perfect Porches: The Authentic Algarve Holiday

Situated on the south coast of Portugal, the Algarve is a popular region known for its pristine beaches. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to relax quietly with the sound of the ocean sweeping in or a livelier beachfront with bustling family-friendly tavernas, the Algarve has it all. In this blog, Dan Walker shares his thoughts on his recent trip to Porches in the Algarve, featuring culinary delights, family adventures, and top-class facilities at Vila Vita Parc.
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Algarve

If you’re searching for some of the best beaches in Portugal, look no further than the Algarve. From quiet bays with soft sands and calm crystal oceans to days of fun in the sun, including water sports galore, the Algarve is a beach lover's dream destination.  

Families are in for a real treat with Algarve holidays offering sensational family festivities. Kids can run wild on the beaches, soaking in the best of the water sports. For parents looking for some downtime, the range of luxurious spas and gorgeous golf courses await at the luxury Algarve resorts, but more on that shortly.  

One of the best places for families to get some downtime is in the sleepy village of Porches. Here, you can explore the wealth of Portuguese culture, local arts, and carefully crafted cuisines at the family-run cafes.  

Porches holidays allow you to explore the more authentic side of Portugal. While most enjoy the relaxing seaside with some of the best paddling conditions, sun loungers, and parasols, there is a true sense of history and culture as you make your way through the town.  

Hiring a car for your Algarve holiday is best. You can drive down the coast, taking in the gorgeous scenery, while stopping along the way at the many tavernas with some of the freshest local seafood. Small fishing villages and coves await to be explored, with some true hidden gems.  

To the north of Porches lie exquisite natural landscapes with olive and orange groves, hiking trails, and forests. This is ideal for nature lovers who want to explore the more natural side of Portugal. But if relaxing seaside with spa treatments and sensational food is on the agenda, the wonderful resorts and hotels of Porches have got you covered.  
 
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Vila Vita Parc

Situated on a beautiful clifftop among subtropical gardens in the village of Porches, Vila Vita Parc invites you to relax in style with the whole family. The beautifully manicured gardens between the deluxe rooms inspired by the Algarve seaside are the ideal place for families to get in some quality time while enjoying the modern amenities.  

As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, it is no surprise that Vila Vita Parc offers some of the best restaurants in Porches. From local specialities to world-class favourites, your tastebuds are in for a journey at the 11 onsite restaurants. Dan Walker and his family particularly looked forward to breakfast, where the heavenly food and sensational views had them dreaming of breakfast the next morning.  

The first-class facilities are out of this world with the luxury Vila Vita Spa by Sisley Paris waiting to transport you to relaxation central. If you’re a wine lover, the onsite wine cellar is where you want to be with the perfect pairing of wines and cuisine within the unique gothic wine cellar. Alternatively, for a little adventure and romance, one of the hotel’s exclusive luxury yachts awaits to take you on the sunset cruise of a lifetime.  

For parents, a little alone time is within reach with the phenomenal onsite kids’ club where the little ones can enjoy a range of fun age-appropriate activities. For the very small guests, the creche is available, giving parents some much-needed downtime throughout the day. If you’re looking to get your toes wet, the four adult-only swimming pools are the ideal place to relax in style.  

For family fun in the sun, there are three kid’s swimming pools waiting for young adventurers to dive in. If the golden sands of the Algarve begin calling, Vila Vita Parc offers direct access to a secluded sandy beach. Alternatively, there is a shuttle to Armação de Pêra where a water sport extravaganza awaits.  

What sets Vila Vita Parc apart is the outstanding service, something Dan Walker and his family truly appreciated from the moment they arrived. The service here is personal, friendly, and out of this world. Whether you’re looking for nearby activities or planning something special, the team at Vila Vita Parc is superb.  
 

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