The southern sun-soaked corner of Portugal is home to the famous Algarve, an area that has been a firm family favorite with holidaymakers for years. Maybe it’s the dazzling beaches that bring them to this glorious corner of the world or maybe the succulent seafood on the menu. Or it could be the striking scenery or the all-year-round sunshine. Chances are it’s a hypnotic collection of all of these things and more, which attracts so many holidaymakers.
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Along the sizzling stretch of coastline meeting the Atlantic Ocean, the seas are choppier than in Mediterranean countries which can be a haven for those surf lovers and water sport enthusiasts. There is a wide range of accommodations and facilities on offer to suit all tastes and budgets, from self-catering apartments to luxury spa hotels, and golf resorts to villas with private pools.
Car hire is a good idea for getting around and exploring the area although there are good bus services that operate around the resorts to take you to various beaches and towns up and down the coast. However if you fancy exploring a little further afield, a car is a great option.
Holidays in Algarve are perfect for families. The popular resort of Albufeira offers families a fantastic holiday with a great selection of bars, shops and restaurants, an array of beachside activities and water sports on offer as well as a nearby water park and Zoomarine theme park featuring a dolphin lagoon – something to keep the little ones happy!
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There are many fun festivals and carnivals held throughout the year that families enjoy. Festival Med is held in June in the town of Loulé, this highly regarded music festival attracts international acts – a great time to be in the Algarve! Between May and October, Fiesa is held, a contest which sees people build spectacularly impressive sand sculptures, well worth seeing to be believed!
Enjoying year round sunshine, this beautiful region of Portugal is a real gem – offering more than meets the eye with a wealth of attractions, giving it a special place in the hearts of many British holidaymakers.