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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 27th October 2021

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

 

This week I have a last minute wellness break in the Algarve, winter sun in Fuerteventura, city breaks to Lisbon, a cruise around the Emirates, and a family holiday to Lake Garda for next summer. I also have a post-Christmas family break in Sligo, and an amazing offer to Mount Juliet. 
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

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Treat yourself to a luxury Wellness break in the Algarve. Flights and luxury hotels are superb value in November – like this deal to the 5-star Real Marina Hotel, with indoor pool and luxury Spa. Price for flights and a five-night stay is just €284 per person.

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Why not treat yourself or a loved one to an over night stay at Mount Juliet Estate? I found a super deal for a Sunday night stay in January. Price including breakfast at Hunters Yard is just €80 per person – the perfect Christmas gift perhaps? I stayed in Mount Juliet last summer and loved it – you can read my review here.

Read: My review of Mount Juliet 

Read: 10 Five-Star hotel deals in Ireland

View offer here

 

 

 

Best winter sun:

Get some sun before the festive season, with a week in Fuerteventura. Price for flights and  a seven-night stay in the highly rated Las Marismas apartments is just €298 per person, departing December 2nd. 

Search flights here €95pp

View hotel here €203pp
 

 

 

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If you were following me this week, you will know that I had a fabulous time in Lisbon. I have some great Lisbon deals available on my website at the moment, including a 5-star break for Valentines weekend from €278, and an Easter weekend offer from €372 per person.
 

 

 
I also have a family break over Easter weekend from €1084 including flights and a 4-star apartment – the price is even less if you can travel midweek during school holidays.

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Best family holiday:

Sirmione, Lake Garda

With airfares set to increase, now is the time to secure your family holiday for next summer! Flights to Verona are surprisingly good value – with return flights from just €190 per person on the 15th of July or €150 per person on the 10th of August.
 

 

 
There is a host of accommodation options available, from mobile homes to luxury apartments. I have selected two below that might be of interest – simply edit the dates to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 10th August €150pp

See Poiano here €1400

See FamilySPA Resort €2352
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Enniscrone Beach.

Brisk walks along Enniscrone beach are the perfect way to kick start the New Year. The Ocean Sands Hotel is ocated in the heart of Enniscrone, overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, the location couldn’t be better. Children will love Waterpoint Aqua Park too, which is only a few minutes walk away. 
 

 

 
Price for a two-night stay on the 28th of December is €422 per family – this is a large family room and sleeps up to five.

Read: 15 family breaks between Christmas and New Year

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Best early booking offer:

Always wanted to visit Las Vegas? I spotted flights with British Airways for just €335 return next September! With prices like that, why not treat yourself to a deluxe suite at Signature at the MGM Grand Hotel? Price for a four-night stay is just €375 per person.

View flights here €335pp

View hotel here €375pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

MSC Virtuosa

I spotted MSC Virtuosa in Lisbon yesterday, so thought it timely to include it in this weeks Best Travel Deals post. It is cruising around the Emirates this winter, and you can enjoy a seven-night cruise with flights, checked baggage, all meals, drinks and gratuities included, from just €1289 in February!

Visit Dubai, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dammam and Doha, before returning to Dubai for your flight home.

See more here
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 12th October 2021

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

 

This week I have a last minute five-star holiday for less than €400, Christmas lights in Malaga City, Christmas on the ski slopes, a luxury river cruise, and early booking offers to Greece for next summer. I also have a post-Christmas family break in Wexford, some Dublin hotel deals for your Christmas party this year, and an Aer Lingus seat sale.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

Luxury hotel deals in Greece

Fly off to Corfu this weekend and enjoy a seven-night stay in the 5-star, adult-only, Kairaba Mythos Palace Hotel, for just €385. Price includes return flights and hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, departing 19th October. I stayed very close to this hotel some years ago and there are some super restaurants and beach bars in the nearby resort of Messonghi.
 

 

 
If you prefer to travel at the weekend, the price is just €400 on Saturday 16th October.  Short stays of 3 and 4 nights are also available with Ryanair, just edit the search dates to suit your requirements on the hotel link below.

Search flights here 16th /19th Oct €63pp

 
View hotel here €322pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Dublin hotel deals at Christmas time

Now is the time to start planning your Christmas party nights out, but why book a cheeky overnight stay too? When you think of the cost of taxi fares, and that you can enjoy a nice cooked breakfast the following morning, its a win-win…

Prices are available from €50pp in Dublin’s city centre, and I have a choice of 20 Dublin hotel deals in this post:

Read: 20 Dublin hotel deals – Overnight Stays in December from €45pp
 

 

 

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Spend Christmas on the ski slopes! Fly off to Sestriere in Italy on the 19th of December and enjoy a seven-night stay in the Residence Tabor in Bardonecchia from €508, based on two sharing.
 

 

 
Families can enjoy a skiing holiday at the Olympic Village Apartments in Sestriere from just €1532, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing – this includes a discount of €75 by using code TDRQ9LVDP. Prices include return flights to Turin, checked baggage and airport transfers.

See more here 
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

top picks for family holidays

Greece is proving very popular with families, and with airfares set to rise next year, now is the time to secure your family holiday for next summer. I have just published a post with 20 family friendly properties, but this one in Zakynthos caught my eye today, and there is a free child place available.
 

 

 
The All Inclusive Aqua Bay Suites Hotel is located near a waterpark, and if you book a package holiday you are granted free entry to the waterpark throughout your stay. You also have access to Kids Clubs, restaurants and pools at its two sister hotels, and airport transfers and checked baggage are included in the price.
 

 

 
Family Rooms are modern with sliding doors, and you can choose to upgrade to swim-up rooms, or rooms with private pools. Price for a family of 2 adults and 2 children for seven nights on an all-inclusive basis with flights, transfers, baggage, and water park access, is €3,870. If you upgrade to a room with a private pool, the cost is €4,728, departing 26th June.

Read: 20 Top Family Holidays in Greece for 2022

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Enjoy a post-Christmas break at the 4-Star Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford. I stayed here during the summer, and they have great value family breaks from just €188. With most schools not returning until the 6th of January, this is the perfect way to finish the Christmas holidays in style.
 

 

 
Price of €188 includes a two-night stay with breakfast, dinner on one evening, and a family activity pass to one of 8 family attractions, based on two adults and two children sharing, arriving the 3rd of January. Superior family rooms are available for families of five from €234. You may recall we visited Wells House and Gardens and loved it, this is one of the attractions that is included. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Christmas lights in Malaga city

Despite visiting the Costa del Sol many times, I have yet to spend some time in Malaga City. I have heard great things about this city and its Christmas lights are famous around the world. From Friday 26th November the city will be illuminated with 1000’s of lights and it is a great way to kick off the festive season. 
 

 

 
I found return flights to Malaga from €79 on Saturday the 27th of November, and a three-night stay at the 4-star Petit Palace Plaza Hotel is just €169 per person. Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, this is one of the most popular hotels in Malaga City.

Search flights here €79pp

View hotel here €169pp
 

 

 

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Flights to Thessaloniki in Greece are on sale for next summer. I just bagged myself cheap flights for my own family holiday, but this is an area that is suitable for couples and families alike. Flights are available from €55 each way in June, and there are numerous hotel or apartments to choose from.
 

 

 
The adult-only 5-Star Alia Palace Hotel is just €371 for a seven-night stay, and there are numerous self-catering options available for families. If you want to splash out, choose the 5-star Sani Resort.

Read: My ultimate guide to Sani Resort

Search flights here  €110pp 

View Alia Palace €371pp B&B
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Uniworld's SS Antoinette

Luxury river cruise specialists Uniworld are offering savings of €1,000 per person on selected European cruises in 2022. Enjoy an eight-day, five-star river cruise through Venice the Gems of Italy from €1,899, or trips through Bordeaux, Paris and Normandy, or along the Danube or Rhine from €1999.
 

 

 
Price includes all meals, unlimited premium drinks, shore excursions, gratuities and airport transfers. Excludes flights. Book by 31st October.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

Aer Lingus seat sale

Aer Lingus is having a 72 hour flash sale to Europe, with flights to Paris and Barcelona available from €19.99 each way. Book by midnight 14th October for travel between 1st November and 16th December 2021.
 

 

 
The North American sale has also been extended for sale until midnight 25th October, with flights from €149 each way, for travel between 1st November and 17th February 2022.

See more here
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 29th September 2021

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

Holidays to Alvor in the Algarve for this year and next, city breaks to Barcelona, Iceland and New York, and an amazing Caribbean cruise all feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have a super deal to Belfast, and Halloween and Santa experiences in Laois. 
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’m just back from the sunny Algarve and can highly recommend the resort of Alvor for a relaxing break. Airfares have increased over the last few weeks, but I did manage to find return flights to Faro from €157 on the 16th of October for seven nights – although you can pay up to €254 depending on the flight times you choose.
 

 

 
A stay at the 4-star Prainha Clube apartments, (next to where I stayed), is just €193pp based on a studio apartment, or €245pp based on a one-bedroom apartment with sea view.

This gives the total price from only €350 for a seven-night stay. If you choose to opt for a shorter or longer duration, simply edit the links below to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 16th October from €157pp

View apartments from €193pp
 

 

 

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Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast in the 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast for just €40pp! This super deal is valid on selected stays until 31st December and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and free parking. Stay for two nights for €75pp and enjoy a bottle of Prosecco to share 🥂.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

best family deals to the Algarve

I’ve had lots of requests for family accommodation in Alvor and I found a great deal to the 4-star Pestana Alvor Park Hotel (rated no 1 on TripAdvisor) in July. Price for return flights and a seven-night self-catering stay based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, is €2,098.
 

 

 
If you prefer to go All Inclusive, the 5-star Pestana Blue Alvor Beach & Golf Resort offers good value for a luxury hotel. It was purposely built for families and has a wide selection of activities on site, as well as three restaurants to choose from. Price for return flights in July and a seven-night stay with all meals and drinks included is €3,338, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

Search flights here 10th July from €173pp

View Alvor Park Hotel Self catering €1406

View Alvor Beach Hotel All Inclusive €2646
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

santa experiences at the Midlands Park Hotel

The 4-star Midlands Park Hotel has some great value family stays with Halloween and Santa Experiences included. Prices are available from €170 for a family of four, or €205 for a family of five, based on an overnight stay including breakfast, full access to the leisure centre, as well as a family pass to Castleview Open Farm with Santa Experience included.

See more here
 

 

 

Best City Break:

Park Guell, Barcelona

While flight prices may be high to sun holiday destinations, there is terrific value in city breaks at the moment. Enjoy a weekend in beautiful Barcelona for only €197 in November.
 

 

 
Return flights are available from Dublin for just €30 per person – yes you did read that right! You can stay in one of the most popular four-star hotels in Barcelona – Hotel Barcelona 1882, for just €167pp for a three-night stay.

This hotel offers views of La Sagrada Familia from its rooftop terrace, but if you prefer to stay close to the beach or on Las Ramblas, check out my Barcelona Travel Guide for lots more hotel recommendations.

Search flights here 6th November €30pp

View hotel here €167pp

Read: Barcelona Travel Guide – Where to stay in Barcelona, and top things to do
 

 

 

Best winter break:

winter break to Iceland from The Travel Expert

Looking for a snowy adventure this winter? Try a weekend in Iceland! Direct flights are available from Dublin airport to Reykjavik from just €176 return, and there is a wide selection of hotels and apartments available.
 

 

 
I found a good deal departing on the 6th of January – a nice way to beat the January blues, and might even be great Christmas gift idea 🤔. Price for flights and a three-night stay in a four-star hotel is just €439 per person. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

best cruise deals from The Travel Expert

Cruise the Caribbean on the Caribbean Princess! This amazing cruise departs from Florida and visits Grand Cayman, Mexico, Jamaica, as well as Princess Cruises’ own island in the Bahamas – Princess Cays.
 

 

 
Price for flights, airport transfers, checked baggage, an overnight hotel stay and a seven-night cruise with all meals, snacks, premier drinks, unlimited WiFi and gratuities included, as well as $50 on board credit, is only €1399 per person!
 

See more here
 

 

 

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Aer Lingus has some super offers to the USA right now, and with the travel ban set to be lifted in November, now might be a good time to book a trip Stateside! I found return flights to New York from just €297 in February, and price for a three-night stay in the popular Moxy New York Times Square from just €225 per person.

If you want to stay longer or need to choose alternative dates, simply edit the links below to suit your requirements.

View flights here

 

View hotel here

 

Read: My ultimate guide on where to stay in New York
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 20th July 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include summer holidays at home and abroad, winter breaks, half price river cruises, and early booking deals for 2022.

 

With international travel back on the horizon, now might be the time to plan a trip abroad.  I have a last minute deals in Greece, flights to the South of France for just €50 in September, all inclusive in St Lucia for just €1099, half price river cruises, ski holidays, and family offers to Lake Garda and Disneyland Paris. I also have a last minute deal to Kerry for this weekend, and a family staycation in Cork in August.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 
Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

best travel deals to Greece from Ireland

Jet off to the Greek Island of Corfu on the 30th of July, and enjoy a seven-night stay at the highly rated Tondoris apartments for just €336. This super deal includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage.

Save a further €100 off any summer holiday if you spend over €800 in total – use promo code SUMMER at the check out. TUI also include free Covid-Cover with package holidays.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best last minute overnight escape:

Slea Head Drive on the Wild Atlantic Way

Take advantage of this glorious sunshine and spend a night or two exploring the Ring of Kerry. The highly rated Bianconi Inn in Kilorglin is just €53pp including breakfast on Sunday the 25th of July. Price for a two night stay is €125 per person. The reviews are excellent on TripAdvisor, with the term ‘hidden gem’ being used on multiple occasions!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best September sun:

The South of France is always a good idea! Spend a week in Nice exploring the Cote d’Azur from just €380 per person. Ryanair is offering return flights on the 7th of September from just €50! The Vendôme Hotel is a good choice if you are looking for a good base without breaking the bank.
 

 

 
The hotel is well located, close to the beach and the town centre, and is very well priced at just €355 for seven nights. However, there are many more options to choose from depending on your budget and requirements.

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Best luxury holiday:

best travel deals to St Lucia

Escape to St Lucia this winter and stay at the Soco House Boutique hotel on an all-inclusive basis for just €1099. This adult-only hotel is due to open on the 1st of September and is offering almost 50% savings! This super deal includes flights, transfers and all meals and drinks for seven days from September – December.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family deal: 

 best travel deals to Disneyland Paris

Bring the kids to Disneyland Paris for the February mid term break. Travalue is offering a three-night stay in Disney’s Santa Fe Hotel with flights, transfers and park passes included for just €484 per person based on two adults and two children sharing.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

best family staycation deal

Enjoy a two-night family break in the popular Carrigaline Court Hotel in Cork from just €416 in July or August. Price includes breakfast and dinner on one evening for adults, staying in a family room. Use code TRAVELEXPERT to save €20 off the listed price of this or any Dinner B&B deals on the SuperValu Getaway Breaks website. 

Read: 15 Dinner B&B Summer Deals with SuperValu Getaway Breaks

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Best cruise:

Uniworld River Cruise in Porto

Luxury river cruise specialists Uniworld are offering massive savings on their 2021 cruises to France, Italy and Portugal. A trip that is on my own wish list is a cruise through the vineyards and terraced hillsides of the Duoro Valley in Portugal. Enjoy this eight day river cruise on the 5-star S.S. São Gabriel from just €1679 – this was originally €3,999! Price includes meals, drinks and port taxes. Add on flights to Porto with Ryanair for €180 on the 1st of August.
 

 

 
This is just one of the many offers available on cruises from August to October 2021. Offers are not available online – please call your local travel agent or Uniworld direct on 01 9026585

See more here
 

 

 

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Spend Christmas on the ski slopes in Italy. Crystal Ski is offering a seven-night stay in the Residence Villa Frejus from just €619 per person. Price includes flights, transfers and self catering accommodation. They also have a buy one get one free offer on Lift Passes across most of their holidays for the ski season.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Family holiday in Lake Garda

Secure massive savings now in the highly sought after Poiano Resort in Lake Garda for next summer. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, and a seven-night stay in the apartments is just €2546 based on two adults and two children sharing, departing July 16th. This is a saving of €852, and, you can secure a booking with a deposit of just €75pp!

See more here
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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Family Deal to Orlando With Direct Flights & Avanti Hotel, 6th June, 10 Nights, 2ad & 2ch, €2516!

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Thinking about summer holidays already? Check out this amazing family deal to Orlando, with direct Aer Lingus flights included.

 

With twelve theme parks, four waterparks and a host of other activities on International Drive, it’s not surprising that Orlando is considered the world’s best family holiday destination. Take the kids to Walt Disney World, enjoy the parades, the fireworks and let them meet their favourite characters. Enjoy the amazing simulator rides at Universal Studios and experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it will take your breath away.

 

For the dare devils amongst you, try the world famous roller coaster rides and slide down the tallest water slide in Volcano Bay. Shop till you drop at the Premium Outlet Mall or swim with the dolphins at the stunning Discovery Cove. There is so much to do in Orlando, I could go on forever! It’s an amazing holiday for adults and kids, which what makes it such a good family holiday destination – there is something for everyone!

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June is an ideal time to travel, temperatures are milder and some children are still in school so the parks tend to be less busy. I have chosen the highly rated Avanti International Resort. Centrally located on International Drive, there are many shops and dining options within walking distance and the parks are only a short shuttle ride away. This hotel has been recently refurbished and receives great reviews on TripAdvisor. There is a large pool, a kids play area, beach volleyball, and shuffleboard court. The Avanti Pool Bar & Grille is a also great option for food after a long day at the parks.

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Fly direct from Dublin to Orlando with Aer Lingus on the 6th of June and enjoy a ten-night stay here for only €2516, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. If you want to stay longer or shorter, or change the departure dates, simply edit the dates when you click on the links below. This amazing family deal to Orlando won’t be around for long so get booking your summer holiday now!
 

 

 
View flights here €484pp

View hotel here €580

View attraction tickets here

 

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Note this posts contains affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Book Summer 2020 Family Holiday Deals Now And Secure Free Child Places!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to let you know that you can secure summer 2020 family holiday deals now with free child places!

  

Whether you want self-catering in the Algarve, half board in Spain or an All Inclusive holiday in Greece, there are thousands of summer 2020 family holiday deals to suit everyone! There are free child places available in TUI’s most popular family resorts even in July and August! Remember all TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage, with no hidden extras! And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure.

TUI have selected some of their favourite summer 2020 family holiday deals below, all with great reviews from previous guests. These are priced for two adults and one child for seven nights in May, but free child places are available for larger families too, throughout the summer months. I have indicated below some of the properties that will sleep families with three, four and even five children! Simply change dates, durations, or number of people travelling to suit your requirements, by selecting ‘Edit Search’, once you click on the links below.  

 

 

Summer 2020 Family Holiday Deals – Self Catering 

 

Turkey: 4* Club Aida – Selected rooms can hold up to 6

The Club Aida are located in one of my favourite Turkish resorts, Marmaris. With a modern marina, a pretty old town and some great nightlife, Marmaris has got it all. The Club Aida are one of the most popular complexes in the resort, just check out the reviews on tripadvisor and you will see what I mean!

Although just five minutes from the beach, you may find it difficult to leave it’s massive swimming pool! Kids will love the children’s pool too, which comes with water slides. There is a kids club and plenty of activities available during the day, as well as a mini disco and live shows in the evening time. If you fancy some quiet time, indulge in the spa which has a Turkish bath!

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Algarve: 4* Cerro Mar Garden – Selected rooms can hold up to 6

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. The Cerro Mar Garden aparthotel is located in the lively resort of Albufeira. This is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation, with a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants close by. Highly rated on tripadvisor, there are some great on-site facilities including a spa, gym and whirlpool. Kids will love the bowling alley, games room and large swimming pool, and there is a separate splash zone for little ones too.

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Tenerife: 3* Parque Santiago – Selected rooms can hold up to 6

A firm favourite for many years, the Parque Santiago in Tenerife is sure to please everyone. There are two complexes side by side and you can enjoy the facilities of both. There are two huge swimming pools plus a splash zone for kids with six waterslides. You will be spoilt for choice in the evening with five restaurants to choose from and a nightly entertainment programme. It is situated right next to the beach and just a short drive to one of the world’s best water parks, Siam Park. 

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Majorca: 4* + Protur Bonaire Aparthotel 

This is one of the best family apartments in Majorca. We spent a week here a few years ago and the kids loved it. It is located just a few minutes from the beach and the centre of Cala Bona, where there is an ample choice of restaurants and bars. If you want to venture further afield, the larger resort of Cala Millor is about a thirty minute walk.  

You don’t need to venture outside the resort though as the facilities on-site are excellent. There is a children’s splash park with a giant pirate ship and there is day and night time entertainment, including a mini-disco in the evening. Kids are spoilt for choice with kids clubs and a multi-sports court, there is also a crèche for children under 3 years. You can choose to go self-catering, half-board or All-Inclusive. This price is based on half board, which includes breakfast and evening meal each day. If you want to go self-catering or All Inclusive, simply click on the ‘edit search’ button and select the board basis that suits you.

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Salou : 4* TUI Family Life Avenida Suites – Selected rooms can hold up to 5

TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, but the TUI Family Life Avenida Suites are one of my favourites and had to be included in this list of summer 2020 family holiday deals. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and within easy access of the town centre and Port Aventura, they are superbly situated.

Suites are bright and modern and come with mini-fridges and microwaves, which is ideal for families with young children. There is a large swimming pool as well as a kids pool with a slide and a host of on-site activities for all the family to enjoy. Kids will love the kids club and mini-disco, teens have their own ‘Hangout’, and there is also a baby club for little ones. Breakfast and evening meal is included in the cost and the reviews of the food are excellent on tripadvisor, in fact this complex is rated the 2nd best out of 92 hotels in Salou.

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Ibiza: Sirenis Cala Llonga Resort  

Located just 20 minutes drive from Ibiza Town, this peaceful resort is worlds apart from Ibiza’s buzzing capital. Ideal for a quiet family holiday with a good selection of restaurants, shops and bars, this is chilled-out Ibiza at it’s best. Perched on a hill overlooking a delightful cove beach, it has wonderful views as well as facilities. With two restaurants, five bars and three pools, including a splash zone for kids, this is a great choice for a family holiday. There is daytime activity programme and entertainment every night, as well as a gym, sauna, whirlpool bath and adult-only chill out zone! With all meals and drinks included in the cost, this is superb value for a family holiday.

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Costa del Sol:  Splashworld 4* Globales Playa Estepona – Selected rooms can hold up to 7

 SplashWorld or waterpark holidays guarantee lots of pool time and TUI have 18 different SplashWorld Resorts to choose from. When you book a SplashWorld holiday you will enjoy the advantages of an all inclusive resort, with all meals and drinks included in the price, as well as having free access to a waterpark throughout your stay.

This has to be one of the best summer 2020 family holiday deals and they even have rooms that sleep up to 7! Some Splashworld resorts have waterparks on site, others are close by. The highly rated Globales Playa Estepona has a waterpark on-site, as well as numerous sports activities, kids clubs, day and night time entertainment and it’s own beach club restaurant. Younger children have their own spray park and mini slides in a pirate-themed area. The hotel is situated close to glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre. 

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4* + Holiday Village Tenerife 

TUI’s Holiday Villages are the ultimate family holiday resorts so it is great to see TUI offering free child places for summer 2020 in all of their resorts. Expect aerial adventure courses, expert run swimming academies, stage schools, football camps and ’round the clock’ entertainment. Kids clubs are available for all age groups, so whether you have babies or teenagers, they will be well catered for.

The Holiday Village in Tenerife has all this and more. With a choice of three restaurants, a cinema, bowling alley and a choice of swimming pools  – what more could you want? Let the kids enjoy the waterslides while you chill out on Balinese beds at the quiet pool, or better still, enjoy a massage at the spa. The Holiday Village in Tenerife is an All Inclusive resort, so all meals and drinks included in the cost!

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Bulgaria: 4* SplashWorld Aqua Nevis Club hotel – Selected rooms can hold up to 5

The Aqua Nevis Clubhotel has been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. The waterpark is huge and is on-site. There is a family friendly lazy river and wave pool, an Adventure Island for younger children with mini slides and water sprays, as well as slides to keep thrill-seekers happy too! Located within walking distance of the town centre and beach, but the hotel also has a free shuttle bus if you are too tired after a day at the waterpark! Family rooms are great too with sliding doors separating the bedroom from the living area, they also have rooms that cater for families with three children.

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Greece: 5* Holiday Village Atlantica Rhodes 

Expect non-stop activities, a great selection of dining options and lots of pool choices at this five star Holiday Village.  There are four outdoor pools, one indoor pool and an adventure splash park with waterslides and a lazy river. There are three à la carte restaurants to choose from, as well as a huge buffet restaurant. Various kids clubs are available from 3 to 15 year olds with a crèche facility for infants. Activities are not run of the mill either – try kayaking, raft building, aeroball (basketball on a trampoline) or the aerial adventure course. There is even an astro football pitch! Kids from age 3 can learn to swim with qualified instructors and the football academy has qualified UEFA coaches, teaching 5-15 year olds some of their skills.

If this all sounds like too much, you can chill out on the beach, just five minutes away, or relax in the plush spa. Entertainment goes on until late at night with live music, shows and a mini-cinema. There is a wide selection of rooms available including family rooms with a games console, swim-up rooms, or suites with a private pool. The Holiday Village Atlantica Rhodes is Travellers Choice winner on tripadvisor – if you are looking for an action packed family fun holiday – look no further.

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Hopefully one of my summer 2020 family holiday deals will suit you. Remember to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling simply select ‘Edit Search’, once you click on the links above. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

 

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10 Great Family Holidays in July & August With Free Child Places

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you my top ten family holidays in July and August with free child places.

  

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Cyprus, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have family holidays in July and August with free child places to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure. 

 

 

Best in Spain:

Did you know TUI feature 9 different regions in Spain for next Summer? Choose from mainland Spain’s popular destinations of Costa Dorada and the Costa del Sol, the Balearic Islands of Majorca or Ibiza or the year round favourites, the Canary Islands. These are my top Spanish family holidays in July and August with free child places.

 

 

 

 

Tenerife: All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Villa Mandi & Siam Park

This highly rated All Inclusive resort, the Villa Mandi, offers free access to Siam Park, one of the world’s best water parks,  throughout your stay. You will also receive free kids entry to Loro Parque, which was voted the worlds best zoo by tripadvisor in 2017.  The pretty Villa Mandi complex is like a Mediterranean village with four swimming pools, kids clubs and plenty of sports activities on site. Although all meals and drinks are included in the cost, the apartments also come with a kitchenette and microwave, which is handy for families with small children.

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Salou: 4* TUI Family Life Avenida Suites, Half Board

TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, but the TUI Family Life Avenida Suites are one of my favourites. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and within easy access of the town centre and Port Aventura, they are superbly situated. Suites are bright and modern and come with mini-fridges and microwaves, which is ideal for families with young children. There is a large swimming pool as well as a kids pool with a slide and a host of on-site activities for all the family to enjoy. Kids will love the kids club and mini-disco, teens have their own ‘Hangout’, and there is also a baby club for little ones. Breakfast and evening meal is included in the cost and the reviews of the food are excellent on TripAdvisor. target=”, in fact this complex is rated the 2nd best out of 92 hotels in Salou.

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Majorca: 4* + Protur Bonaire Aparthotel, Half Board 

This is one of the best family apartments in Majorca. We spent a week here a few years ago and the kids loved it. It is located just a few minutes from the beach and the centre of Cala Bona, where there is an ample choice of restaurants and bars. If you want to venture further afield, the larger resort of Cala Millor is about a thirty minute walk. We walked in to Cala Millor a few times during our stay. The promenade stretches right along the seafront so it is ideal for an evening stroll.

You don’t need to venture outside the resort though as the facilities on-site are excellent. There is a children’s splash park with a giant pirate ship and there is day and night time entertainment, including a mini-disco in the evening. Kids are spoilt for choice with kids clubs and a multi-sports court, there is also a crèche for children under 3 years. You can choose to go self-catering, half-board or All-Inclusive. This price is based on half-board, but if you wish to include all meals and drinks, just edit the search when you click on the button below.

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4* Globales Playa Estepona, All Inclusive SplashWorld Resort

As well as a brand new waterpark on site,the Globales Playa Estapona has numerous sports activities, kids clubs, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The waterpark has a space bowl, tube slides, body slides, a multilane number and a kamikaze slide – all are suitable for children 120cm and over. Younger children have their own spray park and mini slides in a pirate-themed area. The hotel is situated close to Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre. This is a great option for holidays for families with 3 or 4 children, as all meals and drinks are included in the price. Some rooms even hold up to 7 so if you happen to have a large family, this should tick all boxes!

 

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Best in Algarve:

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two family holidays in July and August with free child places, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and an All Inclusive property in the pretty village of Alvor.

4* Cerro Mar Garden, Self-Catering

Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation. Highly rated on tripadvisor, there are some great on-site facilities including a spa, gym and whirlpool. Kids will love the bowling alley, games room and large swimming pool, and there is a separate splash zone for little ones too.

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Algarve: All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia

The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on TripAdvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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Best in Greece:

I brought my children to Corfu and Zakynthos and we loved them both! The scenery, laid back pace and excellent value for money, makes Greece an ideal alternative if you want to try something different this year. From self-catering to All Inclusive resorts, TUI offer both in abundance. I have chosen two family holidays in July and August with free child places, a great value self catering option and the All Inclusive family property, where we stayed a few years ago.

 

Kos: Self-Catering, 3* Mayflower apartments, self catering

These family run apartments are situated in the pretty resort of Tingaki. Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor they are the perfect choice for families who are looking for a relaxing Greek holiday, but within easy reach of Kos town.

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Zakynthos: All Inclusive 4* Alykanas Beach Village

Thishighly rated All Inclusive resort has a splash park for young children, kids clubs and a great entertainment programme for everyone. There is also a quiet, adults only pool beside the beach if you fancy some quiet time! (I spent many afternoons there)! Visit Shipwreck Beach or swim with the turtles, Zakynthos is a beautiful island with lots to do for all the family.

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Like Greece Holidays? – See my Top Ten Family Holidays in Greece here

 

 

 

Best in Italy:

Lake Garda is a superb destination that caters for all the family. With superb scenery, great lakeside activities and GardaLand / Peppa Pig Land theme parks on your doorstep – need I say more?.

4* Poiano Apartments, Lake Garda

The Poiano offer the best of both worlds, you can enjoy the advantages of staying in a 2 bedroom family apartment, but also have the benefits of hotel facilities. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is also a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa at the Hotel Poiano, with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away.

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4* SplashWorld Aqua Nevis Club Hotel, All Inclusive Resort

The Aqua Nevis Clubhotel has been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. The waterpark is huge and is onsite. There is a family-friendly lazy river and wave pool, an Adventure Island for younger children with mini slides and water sprays, as well as slides to keep thrill-seekers happy too! Located within walking distance of the town centre and beach, but the hotel also has a free shuttle bus if you are too tired after a day at the waterpark! Family rooms are great too with sliding doors separating the bedroom from the living area, they also have rooms that cater for families with three children.

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Like Waterpark holidays? See My Top Waterpark Holidays for 2019 here.

Have more than 2 children? See my top picks for summer holidays for families with 3 or 4 children here.

 

I hope you enjoyed my top ten family holidays in July and August with free child places, and that you found something to suit you. Remember you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’ once you click on the links above.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 23rd December but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.
 

 

 
Sarah

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Family Holiday to Puerto Rico, 9th June, 2 adults & 2 children, €1229!

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Check out this amazing family holiday to Puerto Rico in June! Priced at only €1229 based on 2 adults and 2 children in the highly rated Terrazamar Suites – you can’t afford to miss it!

 

Originally a small fishing village, Puerto Rico has been transformed into a lively holiday resort and has all you need for a fun filled family holiday. Purpose built, Puerto Rico is set into the hillside so sea-views are available from most apartments. There is a stylish marina, a sandy beach, three shopping centres and a wide choice of bars and restaurants. It’s famous beach offers lots of water sports, including surfing and scuba diving. If you want to relax why not take a boat trip to see the dolphins or take a stroll along the coast to the upmarket resort of Amadores.

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The resort comes alive at night time with a wide selection of bars and clubs. If you fancy a quiet night, you can always try Europe’s only permanent open-air cinema. Enjoy the latest movie with wood-fired pizza and a selection of drinks, as you relax in their comfy sofas. If you fancy some fun filled adventure, there are numerous water parks and even a wild west themed amusement park, which are sure to please. And for those who don’t want to venture too far, Puerto Rico offers water taxis to the nearby town of Mogan. Often described as ‘little Venice’, this is a must see while you are there.

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I found a great deal to the popular Servatur Terrazamar apartments. These family friendly apartments are one of the most sought after in the resort and are rated very highly on tripadvisor. Ideally located in the heart of Puerto Rico, they are only 300 meters from the shopping centre and approximately 12 minutes walk to the beach. On site there is an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant, tennis courts and a children’s play area. The apartments are very well equipped inside too, with satellite TV’s and sun loungers on the balcony or terrace.

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Fly from Dublin to Gran Canaria on the 9th of June and enjoy a seven night stay for only €1229 based on 2 adults and  2 children sharing. This is exceptional value for such a popular apartment complex, so don’t delay – get planning your family holiday now!

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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Last Minute Family Holiday Deals in July & August – 2ad & 2ch from €1474!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing last minute family holiday deals in July and August. Here are my top picks!

 

** USE PROMOCODE AUGUST100 AND SAVE €100 OFF ALL TUI AUGUST HOLIDAYS OVER €1000***

 

Whether you want self-catering in the Algarve or an All Inclusive holiday in Majorca, a lively holiday in Salou or a relaxing break in the Canary Islands, I have something here to suit you! All holidays have good reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July and August, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.

Best in Salou 

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, Salou on the Costa Dorada ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or right beside Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura, I have options on both. With Barcelona and Tarragona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

17th July: 4* Caribe Hotel, Half Board & Free Access to PortAventura,  2ad & 2ch, €2790

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Stay in one of PortAventura’s hotels and get unlimited access to the park for your entire stay. Don’t worry about missing the fireworks or night parades, you can pop in at your leisure any time! If you fancy staying in the hotel, the Caribe has 2 giant pools, a manmade beach, mini-football, a kids play area, and the all important – kids disco!

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17th August: Hotel Belevdere, Half Board, 2ad & 2ch, €2302

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One of Salou’s most popular hotels, (no 6 out of 93 hotels in Salou on tripadvisor), the Belvedere is an ideal hotel choice for a family holiday. There is a large pool on site which has day time activities including aqua-aerobics, but if you fancy some quiet time you can relax in their whirlpool or Turkish bath. Guests speak highly of the food and the children’s buffet is particularly popular. The Belvedere is located close to the beach and only a ten minute walk to the centre of Salou, so you can choose to relax and enjoy their live entertainment, or pop down into the town centre at night time.

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Best in Majorca

Majorca has been very popular with families for as long as I can remember!  TUI have a wide choice of accommodation to choose from. I have selected two properties, an All Inclusive property with a water park on site, and a self-catering option in Santa Ponsa.

13th July: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €2498

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The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

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15th August: Portofino Sorrento, 2ad & 2ch, €1474

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Located right in the heart of Santa Ponsa with the beach on your doorstep, this is the ideal choice if you are looking for a lively family holiday, with no frills. The Portofino Sorrento boasts bright modern interiors, 2 swimming pools, one with a separate kids section and is great value for a week away in the sun.

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Best in the Algarve

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two properties, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and a an All Inclusive resort in the quieter resort of Alvor.

 

29th July, All Inclusive 4* Alvor Baia, 2 ad & 2 ch, €3494

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One of my favourite resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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16th August, Cerro Mar Garden, 2ad & 2ch, €2465

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Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation, without entertainment programmes or pool games. Highly rated on tripadvisor there is a spa, gym and whirlpool on site as well as some sports activities and a children’s pool.

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Best in the Canary Islands

Whether you choose Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, or Tenerife, you can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options.  I have chosen two self catering options but TUI also have a wide selection of All Inclusive resorts available.

27th July: Tenerife, 4* Colon 2, 2ad & 2ch €2326

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Located in the heart of Playa de las Americas and only five minutes from the beach, this highly rated property is a great choice for families looking for good accommodation in a lively resort.  You are also close to Europe’s best water park, Siam Park which will ensure a great day out for all the family.

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16th August: Gran Canaria, Terrazamar Suites, 2ad & 2ch, €2269

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These family friendly apartments are one of the most sought after in the resort and are rated very highly on tripadvisor. Ideally located in the heart of Puerto Rico, they are only 300 meters from the shopping centre and approximately 12 minutes walk to the beach. On site there is an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant, tennis courts and a children’s play area. The apartments are very well equipped inside too, with satellite TV’s and sun loungers on the balcony or terrace.

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I hope one of these last minute family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 21st June, but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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Top 10 Family Holiday Deals In July – 2ad & 2ch From €1648!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing family holiday deals in July. Here are my top ten picks!

 

***UPDATE – USE PROMOCODE HOLIDAY100 AND SAVE A FURTHER €100 OFF ALL OF THESE PRICES***

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.


 

Salou: Villa Dorada, All Inclusive, €2384!

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

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While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

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Lanzarote: All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach, €3072 ex Shannon; €3194 ex Dublin

Lanzarote has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years, in fact it is constantly voted best sun destination at the Irish Travel Trade Awards. You can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options. I have chosen an All-Inclusive resort but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

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Formerly known as the Holiday Village, the TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach is super family complex with kids clubs for children, teenagers and even babies. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

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Tenerife: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Villa Mandi & Siam Park, €3454

One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the world’s best water parks – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages. The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!

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This popular All-Inclusive resort offers free access to one of the world’s best waterparks, Siam Park, throughout your stay. Located off the beaten track, you can enjoy some quiet time but are also within easy reach of the lively Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. This large complex resembles a Mediterranean village and comes with four swimming pools, two playgrounds, a kids club and plenty of activities for adults and children, including a football pitch and live music shows.  The beauty of staying here is that not only are all meals and drinks included, but you have added advantage of staying in a 2 bedroom apartment, and not a small hotel room. Of course you also have free access to Siam Park which is accessible by a free shuttle bus. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is sure to please an active family.

 

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Majorca:  Self Catering Mariners Club Apartments, €1861

Majorca is very popular with families. With short flying times and family friendly resorts, it’s not surprising Irish holidaymakers flock here during the Summer months. The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

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Majorca: All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €3008

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

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Costa del Sol: All Inclusive, Globales Cortijo Blanco from €2300 ex Cork, €3095 ex Dublin

TUI have a wide range of holiday options along the Costa del Sol and Marbella is one of their most popular resorts. The beautiful old town of Marbella is full of shops bars and restaurants and you are also close to the stylish marina in Puerto Banus, if you fancy a change of scene.

The Globales Cortijo Blanco’s white washed exterior has a villa style appearance, with pretty courtyards and plenty of family friendly facilities on site. There are three main swimming pools, two childrens pools, a brand new outdoor play-zone, daytime entertainment programme, mini discos and a large open-air entertainment stage for evening shows. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and a shuttle bus ride from Puerto Banus (free of charge), this is a great value property, with all meals and drinks included

Click here for more details: €2300 ex Cork

Click here for more details: €3073 ex Dublin

 

Algarve: Self Catering Alvorferrias Apartments, €2144 

One of my favourite family friendly resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvorferrias have been welcoming Irish holiday makers for many years. Although basic, they are ideal for families looking for good value accommodation within walking distance to the pretty resort of Alvor and the beach. The on-site facilities include a kids club, two swimming pools and an à la carte restaurant.

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Algarve: All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia, €3389

The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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Lake Garda: 4* Poiano Hotel, Half Board, €2982

Lake Garda is becoming more and more popular with families. Not only is it visually beautiful, but there are many activities on the lake for families to enjoy. Gardaland theme park is  also close by which is a great day out for all the family.

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The Poiano Hotel is a great choice for a family holiday. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa as well with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away. You will be staying in a junior suite which has lake view and balcony, with breakfast and evening meal included each day.

 

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Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village Apartments, €1968

I brought my children to Corfu a few years ago and stayed in this very resort! The scenery, laid back pace, low cost of living and superb restaurants, make a winning combination. So if you are looking to try something different this year, Corfu might just be it!

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Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.

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I hope one of these family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 12th April, but are subject to change. This family holiday deals post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Family Holiday in Menorca With Free Waterpark Access, 2ad & 2ch, 14th July, €2330!

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Sheltered cove beaches, captivating harbours and family friendly resorts. Choose a family holiday in Menorca this year from €2330 and enjoy free access to the waterpark throughout your stay.

 

Still relatively unspoilt, Menorca retains all the charm and character you would expect from a Spanish island but thankfully, without the high rise blocks. The laid back atmosphere is perfect for a family holiday with cafes, bars and restaurants being the main sources of evening entertainment, rather than discos and clubs. Most of the family coves have great beach bars serving refreshing drinks and delicious snacks and with an average summer temperature of only 25 degrees, you could quite easily spend the full day on one of Menorca’s stunning beaches. The main holiday resorts also have a great choice of eateries which cater exceptionally well for families and many offer stunning sea views.

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Considering its neighbours are Majorca and Ibiza, it is hard to believe that Menorca has still managed to maintain a much slower pace of development. Recognised by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve because of the diversity of its landscape, it is the perfect mix of a cultural interior with cosmopolitan coastline. Stunning harbours combine with architectural ruins and clear blue seas, it really is a true find. There is wide selection of historic towns to explore including the capital, Mahon, the fishing village of Fornells and the old walled town of Ciudadella. The flat terrain lends well to cycling and walking trails so although the island overall has a relaxed vibe, it is also suitable for families looking for an active holiday. Water-sports are plentiful at the beaches too.

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Sunway Holidays have a Menorca sale on at the moment with kids prices from €199. I particularly like the Roc Lago Park apartments because you have FREE unlimited access to the Aquarock waterpark, throughout your stay! And lets face it, if the kids are happy, so are you! The waterpark is located beside the apartments and there is a wide selection of slides and swimming pools to choose from. The Roc Lago Park’s central location ensures you are close to the beach and the resort centre of Cala’n Bosch with it’s stylish marina.

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Depart from Dublin for one week on the 14th of July for €2330, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This Menorca family holiday includes flights, accommodation, transfers, 20kg checked baggage per person and free entrance to the waterpark throughout your stay!

 

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If those dates don’t suit, click on this link for prices to Menorca throughout the summer season. This post was sponsored by Sunway Holidays  but all views, as always, are my own 😎

 

Sarah

 

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My Top Picks For Family Holidays This Summer – 2ad & 2ch from €1599!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you my top picks for family holidays from their 2018 January sale.

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in June, July and August, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’, once you click on the links below.


 

Best in Salou 

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

3* Villa Dorada, All Inclusive from €1998!

While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

Click here for 15th June: €1998

Click here for 27th July €2257

Click here for 17th August €2099

 

Best in the Canary Islands

Whether you choose Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, or Tenerife, you can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options.  I have chosen two All Inclusive resorts but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

Lanzarote, All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach from €2695

Formerly known as the Holiday Village this super family complex has kids clubs for children, teenagers and even has a baby club. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

Click here for 7th June €2695

Click here for 30th July €2833

Click here for 13th August €2848 

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Tenerife, All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Villa Mandi & Siam Park from €2629

Another excellent All Inclusive resort, the Villa Mandi offers free access to Siam Park, one of the world’s best water parks, throughout your stay. This pretty complex is like a Mediterranean village with four swimming pools, kids clubs and plenty of sports activities on site.

Click here for 8th June €2629

Click here for 20th July €3060

Click here for 17th August €2913

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Best in Majorca

The north of Majorca is very popular with families and TUI have a wide choice of accommodation to choose from. I have selected two properties, an All Inclusive property with a water park on site, and a quieter self-catering option with family friendly facilities.

Self Catering, 3* Mariners Club Apartments from €1619

The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

Click here for 12th June €1753

Click here for 18th July €1831

Click here for 10th August €1619

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All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €2489

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

Click here for 13th June €2489

Click here for 17th July €2698

Click here for 14th August €2689

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Best in Costa del Sol

All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Globales Playa Estepona from €2632

TUI have some excellent All Inclusive options in the Costa del Sol, I have chosen the highly rated Globales Playa Estepona. This four star property has a brand new water park, numerous sports activities, kids club, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The hotel is situated close to glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre.

Click here for 29th July €2699

Click here for 19th August €2632

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Best in the Algarve

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two properties, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and an All Inclusive property in the pretty village of Alvor.

Self-Catering, 4* Cerro Mar Garden from €1777

Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation, without entertainment programmes or pool games.  Highly rated on tripadvisor there is a spa, gym and whirlpool on site as well as some sports activities and a children’s pool.

Click here for 10th June €1777

Click here for 29th July €2075

Click here for 19th August €2040

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All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia from €2798

One of my favourite resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

Click here for 17th June €2798

Click here for 22nd July €2944

Click here for 12th August €3027

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Best in Greece

I brought my children to Corfu and Zakynthos and loved them both! The scenery, laid back pace and excellent value for money, makes Greece an ideal alternative if you want to try something different this year. From self-catering to All Inclusive resorts, TUI offer both in abundance. Here are my top picks.

Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village from €1619

Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.

Click here for 8th June €1619

Click here for 27th July €1799

Click here for 17th August €1699

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Corfu, All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3*+ Aqualand Village from €2639

For families looking for some adventure, the highly rated Aqualand Village won’t disappoint. With a waterpark on site and an afternoon and evening entertainment programme, the kids will be spoiled for choice!

Click here for 8th June €2639

Click here for 27th July €3284

Click here for 17th August €3063

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Kos, Self-Catering, 3* Mayflower apartments from €1597

These family run apartments are situated in the pretty resort of Tingaki. Highly rated on tripadvisor they are the perfect choice for families who are looking for a relaxing Greek holiday, but within easy reach of Kos town.

Click here for 2nd June €1597

Click here for 28th July €1772

Click here for 11th August €1730

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Zakynthos, All Inclusive 4* Alykanas Beach Village from €2878

This highly rated All Inclusive resort has a small splash park for young children, kids clubs and a great entertainment programme for everyone. There is also a quiet, adults only pool beside the beach if you fancy some quiet time! (I spent many afternoons there)! Visit Shipwreck Beach or swim with the turtles, Zakynthos is a beautiful island with lots to do for all the family.

Click here for 12th June €2878

Click here for 24th July €3266

Click here for 14th August €3125

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I hope you enjoyed my top picks for family holidays and that you found something to suit you. Remember you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’ once you click on the links above.

 

All prices are correct at the date of issue , 12th of January, but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Family Holiday to the Algarve, 20th July, 2 adults & 2 children, 1 week, €1547!

Family holiday to the Algarve

Take the kids on a family holiday to the Algarve. Check out this super deal to the popular Eirasol apartments for only €1547 in July.

 

Spend time on some of Europe’s best beaches, explore the old towns or enjoy the cosmopolitan marinas – the Algarve ticks all boxes. Take the kids to one of the many waterparks or explore the fantastic Zoomarine, complete with animal shows and a splash park. I have chosen the resort of Albufeira, which is one of the most popular resorts on the Algarve.  The old town is full of character with pedestrianised streets packed with al fresco bars and local restaurants. The new town has many modern bars, shops and restaurants, Albufeira offers something for everyone. There are long sandy beaches between both towns and plenty of options to chill out and relax or enjoy the Atlantic surf.

Family holiday to the Algarve

You will be staying at the popular Eirasol apartments which are within easy reach of all that Albufeira has to offer. Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, this is amazing value for a last minute break away. Fly from Dublin on the 20th of July and enjoy a seven night stay for €1547 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

 

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All prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change.   

 

Sarah

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