With short flight times and year round sun, Portugal is a fantastic choice for a family holiday. Travelling with little ones can be a bit of an act. From finding the best family friendly accommodation to packing all the right things, it takes a lot of planning and organising. At Sovereign, we are well aware of those challenges and we are here to help you choose the perfect spot for your ideal family holiday.
Family holidays in Portugal - The Algarve
Portugal has long been a major player among Britain’s favourite destinations and is especially suitable for families with kids of any age. Whether you book a summer break during peak season or in October for half term, you’ll find plenty of sunshine as Portugal officially ranks among the sunniest countries in the world.
Head to the west coast for ideal conditions for surfing lessons and your teenage kids will thank you for this amazing experience. The Algarve boasts some of the world’s finest water parks with the most thrilling kamikaze rides that promise endless fun, and not only for your little ones. For family-friendly accommodation, we have selected the Pine Cliffs Hotel; a luxury resort located by the fabulous Praia da Falesia. It features child friendly meals and daily sports and activities at the kids’ club, so you can take a well-deserved break and enjoy a relaxing drink at The Beach Club Pine Cliffs by Olivier while your children are well taken care of.
Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
The Kids’ Club at the Hilton Vilamoura is the perfect place for kids to keep active and make new friends during the day and offers incredible entertainment and activities such as themed days, arts and crafts, treasure hunts and much more.
Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort
The hotel won Europe’s Best Family Resort in 2016 and offers a huge range of activities for younger guests. There is a tennis academy, water sports, a pirate’s ship and even a children’s village for kids aged 6 months to 8 years. There is also a children’s pool and a Junior Club.
Climb on the pirate’s ship, splash in the children’s pool areas, run and play in the gardens or enjoy the safe sands of the beach. There is also a Kids’ Club for younger guests, and a tennis academy, golf academy and so much more.
The Portuguese island of Madeira, west of the African coast, is also a good choice for a splendid family holiday. The island offers countless child-friendly activities and attractions that are within easy reach of each other. You can hop on a kayak or even swim with dolphins – the kids will love these spectacular adventures. Take little ones to the Toy Museum in Funchal, Madeira’s capital, and they’ll quickly change their minds about boring museums. The quality exhibitions are a delight not just for kids. Take them on a ride on one (or both!) of the island’s cable cars and enjoy the mesmerising views of the city and its surrounding landscapes.
Stay at the Belmond Reid's Palace and enjoy their lovely, extra spacious family suites. This glamorous hotel even offers special family discounts and a fantastic kids’ and teens’ club where your little ones can make new friends while you enjoy a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment in the The Spa at Belmond Reid's Palace or a day on the green, at one of the nearby golf courses that offer special discounts to hotel guests.
Belmond Reid's Palace
Run and play through the beautiful botanical gardens of the hotel, book older children in for golf lessons and games or simply watch the children splash in the swimming pool. There are also hiking and boat excursions on offer, as well as scuba diving, tennis and so much more.
To the west of Lisbon is a stretch of coastline which is often overlooked, but is absolutely stunning. Bustling fishing villages, sandy coves, and the beach towns of Cascais and Estoril make this a great choice for a family holiday.
Pestana Cidadela Cascais
The restaurant caters to children, and there is a swimming pool for kids to splash and play in. Activities include tree climbing, body boarding, parasailing, hiking, cycling and even tennis.
The onsite restaurants offer something for everyone, even fussy eaters, and there are rooms and a range of suites to suit your family’s needs and comfort. Older children will also enjoy the golf course.
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