Portugal’s southern coast is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be right next to long stretches of golden coast, activities and attractions in abundance, and all the modern conveniences you need to make your trip a breeze.

The Algarve is the perfect all-rounder, offering something for each member of your family. Whether you’ve got toddlers or teenagers, here are three reasons why this is the place to go:

There Is Food For All The Family

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With dining options ranging from global chains to authentic Portuguese eateries, Algarve food is varied enough to satisfy all tastes. This will come as a relief if you’re planning a family trip and you’ve got picky eaters to consider.

International cuisine in the Algarve is easy to find. At the coastal resorts, you can enjoy almost any kind of food – even British, if you fancy the familiar taste of home.

From fast food to healthy eats, the choice of restaurants is wide enough to ensure that you won’t have to eat the same thing twice.

Portuguese cuisine is mostly seafood based, so waterfront restaurants are the best places to sample local dishes made with fresh ingredients. A Sardinha is an excellent beachfront restaurant near Albufeira. The menu changes based on the catch of the day, and children are always made welcome here.

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You’ll find family-friendly attractions The Algarve is bursting with opportunities for the perfect action-packed family day out. A popular attraction near Albufeira is Zoomarine. This aquatic and marine park offers daily shows and presentations, and an impressive aquarium that will fascinate the kids. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even swim with the park’s dolphin.

For a different kind of aquatic entertainment, Slide & Splash in Lagoa is the Algarve’s biggest water park. With plenty of slides and pools to choose from, the park promises an entertaining day in the water for young and old alike.

The Family Golf Park in Vilamoura is another Algarve favourite. The two 18-hole mini golf courses here are themed on ancient Rome, providing a pretty backdrop to your inter-family competition.

There are beaches to satisfy every taste You’ll find some of the best beaches in Europe in the Algarve, so whether you find a favourite and stick to it, or decide to explore new options each day, you won’t be disappointed. Ilha de Faro in central Algarve is a good choice if you’re looking for a lively beach with facilities for all kinds of watersports, from jet skiing to windsurfing.

For the classic Algarve beach experience, don’t miss out on Praia da Marinha near Lagoa. One of the finest stretches of sand in Portugal, this is perhaps the region’s most photographed beach, so you can lounge in the sun and build sandcastles with the kids in the most picturesque of settings.

What are you looking for in the perfect family holiday destination? Let us know in the comments below!

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