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Portugal is one of our favourite and most popular family holiday destinations – it’s where many of our staff take their kids year after year.
The allure is simple: it’s much quieter than other European sun destinations, with beautiful (often empty) beaches, tranquil countryside and authentic cities. And most importantly, it’s fantastic value and an easy hop from the UK.
In the south, we love the Algarve’s sun-drenched beaches, perfect for bucket & spading. Visit them from this chic rural hotel, this friendly eco retreat or stay in a stylish self-catering resort with a beach and restaurants.
Inland, the unspoiled Alentejo region has whitewashed hilltowns, sweeping savannahs for hiking, biking and horse riding, and awesome surfing. This laid-back hideaway is a perfect base.
In the northern Mountain Beiras region, this collection of stone cottages is ideal for older kids (castles and mountain-biking trails, plus a gourmet restaurant), and outdoorsy children love the fresh-air activities from this cool hideaway (plus there’s a spa for tired mums!).
See all of our Portuguese accommodation, and visit the ‘Kids’ page on each review to find out what’s available (from baby cots and highchairs to games and bicycles), nearby family activities, and other useful information such as babysitters and whether the pool is fenced.