Portugal for Families
Posted: 10 June 2016
1. Brilliant Beaches
Famed for its rugged coastline, golden sands and attractive seascapes, Portugal is fringed with fabulously inviting beaches, perfect for a day on the sand. The pristine, clean nature of Portugal’s beaches, together with the long days of sunshine and sparkling sea, are the ideal setting for any luxury beach holiday but many of our luxury Portuguese villas and luxury hotels and resorts are located within walking distance of some of Portugal’s best family-friendly beaches and even some quiet coves. There’s nothing like the feeling of finding a secluded beach just for you, so why not stay true to the famous Portuguese pastime of exploring and uncover this captivating country’s more exclusive beaches for a sense of castaway meets Magellan?
2. Time Saving Transfers
When you finally choose a fabulous destination for your luxury family holiday, you of course just want to get there! One of Portugal’s biggest advantages for families is the short-haul flight time, which parents with young travellers can attest is a real asset. Similarly, our most popular luxury villas in Portugal and many of our esteemed luxury resorts have transfer times of around twenty minutes by private car transfer, giving you more time to play in the pool, enjoy a sun-soaked cocktail or enjoy a round of golf on one of Portugal’s world-renowned courses.
3. First-Class Children’s Facilities
Portugal’s reputation as a world-class family-friendly destination is not limited to the warm and friendly hospitality, but extends to exemplary childcare facilities and action packed children’s clubs. Our luxury family hotels and resorts feature the finest facilities and an invigorating array of activities to keep children of all ages entertained whilst parents indulge in some much deserved alone time. From sports activities, to creative pursuits with plenty of fun and games too, your young explorers are sure to make amazing holiday memories to treasure. Similarly, many of our luxury villas feature games rooms, state-of-the-art entertainment facilities, private pools and children’s play areas to ensure a fun and exciting holiday, in the privacy of your own stylish villa.
4. All Star Accommodation
As experts in luxury travel, we understand that the key elements of a fabulous family holiday is plenty of activities for all and stylish, spacious accommodation to relax in. Many of our luxury resorts feature generously suites and inter-connecting rooms to ensure everyone enjoys the privacy and luxury they deserve. Our featured luxury family hotels in Portugal also feature many additional amenities that ensure a seamless, stress-free experience for all. From exclusive children’s concierge services to in-room entertainment, you can enjoy first-class service and a truly tailor-made luxury holiday, exclusively designed with your needs in mind. For those who’d prefer more privacy and seclusion during their stay, our exclusive collection of Portugal’s finest family villas are as rich in luxury as they are space and style. With enough bedrooms to give everyone space to play and state-of-the-art amenities throughout, our fabulous villas are a luxury home-away-from-home guaranteed to add the essential finishing touch to any luxury family holiday to Portugal.
5. Food Glorious Food
Another key element of an unforgettable family holiday is fabulous food. In Portugal, food is yet another example of the country’s renowned hospitality and service coming into its own. Our resplendent resorts and luxury hotels feature an alluring array of elegant eateries, many of which enjoy vibrant and flavoursome children’s menus, to ensure family meal times are a fun and satisfying event! Whilst we’re sure you’ll enjoy dining in any number of the resorts’ delightful dining destinations, we always recommend venturing out to nearby towns and marinas to get a true taste of Portugal’s rich flavours and captivating cuisine. Guests choosing to enjoy the facilities of our luxury villas are sure to enjoy dining at nearby restaurants, where the selection of freshly caught fish, high-quality meat and carefully prepared meals are a real treat. It goes without saying, of course, that Portugal is home to an impressive wine culture and would-be sommeliers can sample a sumptuous selection with every meal!
6. Wonderful Weather
Whilst Portugal’s high temperatures and bright sunshine in the summer months are a definite attraction for families seeking a luxury beach holiday, the climate remains warm and inviting all year round. This is particularly inviting for families seeking a sunnier setting for late summer or holidays in the October half term. Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira is made for families, offering everything from dolphin-watching to jeep safaris, for a truly luxurious family holiday. Boasting an unrivalled array of outdoor activities, there are endless ways to enjoy the picturesque setting and beautiful sunshine – with a slathering of suncream of course!
7. Exciting Events, Fabulous Festivals
For families seeking some cultural entertainment during their luxury holiday, this summer promises to be one of Portugal’s most action packed! Along the Algarve coast and in and around the most popular resorts, there is sure to be something to tempt you away from the pool for a few hours. Portugal’s prestigious food is celebrated with the Olhão Seafood Festival, taking place in the Eastern Algarve this August. One of the biggest food festivals in Europe, the event attracts over 60’000 guests each year and showcases the region’s vibrant array of freshly caught fish and seafood with convivial carnival style celebrations. Music lovers can’t miss Festival Med ’16, a celebration of the arts and creative culture wtih 75 hours of music arranged into 55 concerts across 8 stages! A fabulous addition to any holiday agenda this exemplary event is uplifting, invigorating and colourful! Finally, Game of Thrones fans can enjoy a medieval-inspired adventure on the Med at Silves Medieval Fair. Be entertained by jugglers, acrobats, jousters and musicians as you peruse the medieval marketplace and dine on themed food. A must for Horrible Histories fans, your family is sure to enjoy the lively and inspired nostalgia of this unique event.
8. Outdoor Adventures
There’s certainly no shortage of adrenaline-inducing activities available on the Algarve and beyond. Portugal’s proximity to the world-class waves of the Atlantic Ocean makes it a something of a watersports wonderland. Windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing are readily available on most public beaches and professional lessons for beginners and families are an ideal option for those seeking to turn a typical beach day into something more memorable. Equally, sports aficionados can enjoy tennis and golf facilities at most of our featured luxury resorts, and a short distance from our luxury villas. Portugal is a perfect playground for the active family. Portugal is particularly praised for its substantial golf facilities and the Algarve in particular has a reputation for world-class fairways and the greatest greens. Our featured resort, Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort is particularly popular with those seeking a thrilling round with impeccable views.
9. Supersized Sandcastles
Put your sand shaping skills to the test this summer in the home of the ultimate sand sculpture. Now in its 13th year, Portugal’s famous Fiesa festival attracts the world’s most talented sand artists to showcase their stunning designs in Pera, Algarve. Using over 40 tonnes of sand, artists expertly sculpt show stopping designs including iconic landmarks, celebrities and other incredible motifs; some of which are up to 12 meters in height! Sure to be a hit with your family, especially aspiring architects, and inspire some very creative days on the beach!
10. Endless Exploring
The enticing array of amenities and facilities available at our luxury resorts are sure to keep even the most active guest occupied but there is no denying that Portugal is a fascinating country, made for exploring. From quaint fishing villages boasting elegant eateries to lush national parks and that iconic coastline, there’s much more to Portugal than sunshine and pool days. In between fun days at the children’s club or relaxing spa treatments, be sure to peruse Portugal’s regional attractions and local highlights to really make the most of your luxury holiday and return home with the satisfaction of having seen the best of Portugal – in style!
To discuss any of our Portugal highlights, or for further information about any of our featured resorts, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 771