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Family Holidays to the Algarve – My Top Picks on Where to Stay

family holidays to the Algarve

Self-catering apartments, All Inclusive resorts and luxury five-star hotels, I’ve hand-picked the top properties for family holidays to the Algarve. 

The Algarve is one of my favourite holiday destinations. I have visited many times, both with and without children. I particularly love the beaches there – there are over 100 of them stretching 150 km of coastline. There are not many destinations where you’ll instantly know the location from looking at a photograph of the beach, but owing to the unique rock formations hugging the Algarve’s golden sands, it is easy to identify where you are. However, the beaches are only one of a range of factors that contribute to the popularity of family holidays to the Algarve.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The combination of family friendly resorts, extensive accommodation options to suit every size and budget, as well as its short flying time and transfer times, ensure many families return to the Algarve annually. The advantage of being located along the Atlantic Coast means that that temperatures, even during the peak summer months, remain bearable – something that parents often look for when choosing a family holiday in the Algarve during July or August. 
 

 

 
There are also many family friendly activities available. The marine theme park Zoomarine, is one of the Algarve’s top attractions. There are numerous waterparks to visit, while car lovers will enjoy karting at the Algarve Motorsports Park. Of course with 150km of coastline, the possibilities for water sports are endless. A boat trip to Benagil Caves is one of the most popular excursions with families.

Benagil Caves, Algarve

So with all that in mind, I’ve put together a list of my top picks for family holidays to the Algarve to suit all tastes and budgets. Note some of the links below contain affiliate links where I receive a commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

Family holidays to the Algarve in Self Catering Apartments

 

4-star + Eden Resort, Albufeira

Family holidays to the Eden Resort, Algarve

The Eden Resort has been highly recommended to me by numerous followers and clients over the years. The combination of the traditional style apartments with plenty of green areas, along with the superb family-friendly facilities, have made it one of the most popular choice for family holidays to the Algarve.
 

 

 
Although the Eden Resort is situated in a quiet area, it has the advantage of being close to the lively resort of Albufeira – a free shuttle bus is available. There are one and two bedroom apartments available here, as well as two-bedroom villas. Onsite you will find three swimming pools, a restaurant, bar, pool bar, tennis and football courts, kids club, as well as a Spa. 
 

 

 
If you still need convincing, the Eden Resort is one of the top recommended family resorts in the Algarve, according to TripAdvisor.

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3 & 4-star Prainha Village / Prainha Clube, Alvor

family holidays to the Algarve staying at Prainha, Alvor

The old fishing village of Alvor is one of my favourite resorts on the Algarve, I have stayed here many times and plan to return this year. It is one of the few resorts on the Algarve which has developed over the years, but has managed to retain its charm and village feel. The beaches are superb here too, and contain the typical Algarve rock formations. 
 

 

 
The Prainha Village is the perfect option to explore the nearby resorts of Alvor and Portimao. There are many accommodation options available. The 4-star Prainha Clube has one and two bedroom apartments, while Prainha Village has a huge choice of large houses and villas – many of which are privately owned.

There is no shortage of amenities to keep families occupied, with outdoor pools, kids pools,  playgrounds,  bars, restaurants and tennis courts. These are all surrounded by fabulous, landscaped gardens ensuring it never feels busy or crowded.
 

 

 
If you can tear yourself way from all this, take the elevator from the cliff top location of the Prainha Village to the sandy beach below – you can also take the steps! Make sure you pre-book lunch or dinner in Caniço, This restaurant is built into the cliff and boasts one of most dramatic settings on the Algarve. 

cocktails from Canico bar on the Algarve
View from terrace at Caniço

The apartments, townhouses and villas are all traditionally designed and vary in size from one-bedroom apartments to  four-bedroom villas and townhouses with private pools. Many of the houses and villas are managed by private hosts, so descriptions, standards and facilities may vary.

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4-star Aparthotel Alfagar, Albufeira

family holidays in the Alfagar, Algarve

Located on the outskirts of Albufeira, the Aparthotel Alfagar is one of the most popular choices for family holidays to the Algarve. The wide range of facilities on offer contribute to the high number of repeat guests. Among these are the impressive outdoor swimming pools, heated indoor pool, waterslide park, playground, and babysitting service. For beach days, you can access Santa Eulalia beach directly from the apartments.
 

 

 
The Alfagar are a great option for families who want a stress-free holiday with plenty of amenities on hand, without feeling the need to venture too far. That combined with a great standard of apartment with a reasonable price tag, make them highly sought after with families.
 

 

 
If you can stretch the budget, check out the beautifully furnished one- and two-bedroom Prestige Apartments with Sea View. Albufeira’s Old Town is just a short taxi drive away for those evenings when you want a change of scenery. 

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4-star Rocha Brava Village Resort, Carvoeiro

family holidays to the Algarve staying at the Rocha Brava

You won’t ever feel the need to leave the Rocha Brava Village Resort. Let start with the spectacular cliff top location with views out over the Atlantic Ocean. The old fishing village of Carvoeiro is 3 km away and the closest beach 1 km, but the resort is where all the family holiday memories will be made.
 

 

 
The incredible array of amenities includes three pool complexes, a kids club, crazy golf, playground, tennis courts, pickleball (a new one to me!), gym and a beauty centre. You only have to scroll through the consistently outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor to see how popular this property is. Another huge advantage to the Rocha Brava is the variety of room types available.
 

 

 
There are one- two-and three-bedroom apartments as well as houses and luxury villas with a private pool, making it the perfect option for groups of families who wish to travel together, or for large family holidays to the Algarve.

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4-star Vila Petra, Albufeira

family holidays in Vila Petra, Algarve

If you want to be close to all the action of lively Albufeira, the Vila Petra Apartments are definitely one to look at. Although located less than a 10-minute walk from the main strip, surprisingly noise is not an issue, as they are situated on a quiet street and set in extensive gardens. Considering the Villa Petra is a four-star property in a prime central location, it offers great value for family holidays to the Algarve.
 

 

 
Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools (one for adults and one for children), a heated indoor pool, playground, playroom for children, jacuzzi and tennis court. Apartments range from self-catering studios to two-bedroom apartments. The beach is a 15-minute walk from the Vila Petra, and the Old Town of Albufeira can be reached by taxi, or the resorts tourist train.

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4-star Tivoli Marina Portimão Algarve Resort, Portimao

Restaurant at Tivoli Marina, Portimao

Praia da Rocha was traditionally one of the better-known resorts along the Algarve, and many people will lay claim to the fact that it was the first resort they ever visited in Portugal. The Tivoli Marina Portimao sits in a privileged location overlooking the fabulous marina and is within a five-minute walk of the bustling resort of Praia da Rocha. Everything you need to ensure a great family holiday to the Algarve is on your doorstep.

Family apartments in Tivoli Marina Portimao

Families both small and large are catered for, with a choice of Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments spread over three buildings – some have outdoor terraces overlooking the marina.
 

 

 
There are three outdoor pools, one of which is for kids, and during high season the resort organises entertainment throughout the day for children. A highly recommended day trip to consider from Portimao is a boat trip to the famous Benagil Caves, you might even be lucky enough to spot a dolphin!

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4-star Cerro Mar Garden Albufeira

self catering family holidays to the Algarve staying in Albufeira

Located in lively Albufeira this is a great choice if you are looking for family holidays to Portugal with flights and transfers included. This apartment is featured with TUI, who organise package holidays from Ireland and the UK, and very often offer free child places. You can enjoy the advantage of paying just a small deposit to secure both flights and accommodation. This property is also available via Booking.com if you wish to book flights separately.

 

 

 
Highly rated on TripAdvisor, there are some great onsite 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. The beach is a 10-minute walk away, and there is a shuttle bus to take you to the main square.

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All Inclusive Family holidays to the Algarve

 

4-star All Inclusive Resort – Club Humbria, Olhos De Água

All Inclusive family holidays to the Algarve in the Club Humbria

The Algarve is not a destination that offers an abundance of All Inclusive resorts, however if All Inclusive is your preference, I recommend you have a look at Club Humbria. Taking the stress out of where you are going to eat each day, the All Inclusive offering includes a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. Choose to unwind at the pool bar with ice-cream and drinks during the day, and if the little ones are still hungry, the snack bar serves burgers, pizzas etc through the afternoon.
 

 

 
But this is not the only reason to consider Club Humbria for family holidays to the Algarve. The kids will love the mini aqua park, and there is also a kids club, playground, a multi sports court, as well as outdoor pools for both adults and children.
 

 

 
If you can pull the family away from all the activities, the beach is 800m away, or take the bus into Albufeira in 10 minutes. One-bedroom apartments in Club Humbria will sleep up to a family of four.

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4-star All Inclusive Resort – Alvor Baia, Alvor

All Inclusive holidays at Alvor Baia on the Algarve

The Alvor Bahia is a highly rated property that is available to book as a package holiday from both Ireland and the UK. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for All Inclusive family holidays to Portugal, with flights and transfers included in the cost. You will also have the benefit of being able to secure a booking by paying a small deposit. This property is featured with TUI who very often offer free child places, but it is also available through Booking.com should you wish to book your own flights separately.

 

 

 
There is plenty of on-site amenities to keep the kids happy, including a kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa, or take a stroll along Alvor’s stunning beach.

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Family holidays to the Algarve in hotels

 

 4-star Aquashow Park Hotel, Quarteira

family holidays at Aquashow Hotel and waterpark

If waterparks are high on your holiday priority list, consider a stay at the Aquashow Park Hotel located next to the Aquashow Water Park. The hotel is situated in a quiet area, 4km from Quarteira and five km from the popular resort of Vilamoura, with a free shuttle bus operating to both.
 

 

 
It offers the usual facilities you would expect from  top family hotels in the Algarve– outdoor pool with two mini-slides, games rooms, playground and restaurant, however, without question, it is the free entrance to the water park that is the main feature for your stay here.
 

 

 
Aquashow is not only one of the Algarve’s largest water parks, but it also boasts the largest Water Rollercoaster in Europe and Portugal’s largest wave pool. Little ones are not left out either – the Aquakids section is specifically tailored to smaller children. There is a huge selection of slides, attractions and shows to choose from that will suit everyone in the family.
 

 

 
Family hotel rooms are interconnecting rooms with four beds. Another option to consider would be a few nights at Aquashow Park Hotel combined with a stay further along the Algarve coast. 

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Luxury family holidays to the Algarve

 

5-Star Pine Cliffs Resort, Albufeira

luxury family holidays to the Algarve

A luxury Algarve holiday experience awaits you at the stunning Pine Cliffs Resort. This is a particularly popular option for larger or extended families looking for a high standard of accommodation, as the resort offers hotel rooms, villas and townhouses to suit all family sizes.
 

 

 
The standout feature of the Pine Cliffs are the spectacular views from the cliff top location, something that is mentioned on almost every review they receive on TripAdvisor. Since incredible views may not necessarily appeal to children, there is plenty on offer for them too.
 
Pine Cliffs has previously held the accolade of Europe’s Best Family Resort, earned from the array of both water and land activities available. Porta Pirata’s Kid’s Club is where children from 6 months to 8 years have their own village complete with pirate ship. There is also a junior club for 8- to 13-year-olds.
 

 

 
Adults are not overlooked either. Activities available include jet skiing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, pedal boats, banana boats, tennis courts and golf – the list is endless. And if you’re tired from all the action, why not enjoy a treatment at the resorts award winning Serenity Spa, or watch the sun set with a cocktail at the Mirador Bar while listening to live music. Pine Cliffs really does have it all.

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5-star The Residence at Victoria by Tivoli, Vilamoura

Luxury family holidays to the Algarve in Vilamoura

Vilamoura, one of the closer resorts to Faro Airport, is well known for its glitzy marina, wide sandy beach, and superb golf courses. The Residence at Victoria is the perfect choice for families looking for luxury accommodation close to this upmarket resort. These highly rated spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are located five minutes from the centre and offer a wealth of onsite amenities.
 

 

 
As well as three outdoor pools – one of which is dedicated to children, a playground, and extremely spacious accommodation, guests of the Residence can also access certain facilities at the adjacent sister property, Anantara Vilamoura, including the kids and teen clubs. Be sure to check out Aquashow Waterpark for memorable day out with the kids, just 10km from the resort.

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 5-star Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel, Sagres

luxury houses for families in Martinhal Resort, Algarve

Martinal Sagres Beach Resort is widely regarded as one of the best resorts for family holidays in the Algarve. The choice of hotel rooms, apartments and houses means all families are well catered for. We stayed here recently and loved its understated laid back vibe and superb beachfront location.

Sagres is located at the westernmost point of the Algarve in a protected natural park, the setting will leave you feeling relaxed and free of stress from the minute you arrive.
 

 

 
There is an abundance of children’s facilities including kids’ clubs, football academy, tennis academy and swimming lessons. The Blast Room is designed for teenagers from 14 – 16 years, and in addition to the PlayStation, juke box and table games available, there is a comprehensive activity programme with kayak tours, sunset parties, and beach workouts to name a few.  Note kids clubs are only complimentary during off peak times. 

family activities at Martinhal Sagres, Algarve

Martinhal also take the hassle out of your holiday if you are travelling with babies as they offer complimentary equipment that can be pre-booked such as sterilisers, thermometers and baby baths. There is a lot to love about this resort, and it is one of the best I have seen to cater for younger children and babies.

Read: My review of Martinhal Sagres

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 5-star Monte Santo Resort, Carvoeiro

Luxury family holidays in the Algarve at Monte Santo Resort

Monte Santo is a top-class resort and has been a hugely popular choice for Irish families travelling to the Algarve for many years. It impressively offers six outdoor pools, one indoor pool, a kids club, plus lots of sporting facilities such as a multi sports court, outdoor fitness trail and bicycle hire. With an abundance of options to keep the whole family active, a visit to the Alma Spa to recharge your batteries is the perfect excuse you need.

Sports facilities for families at Monte Santo, Algarve

A 20-minute walk (downhill) will bring you to the picturesque town of Carvoeiro and the beach. Monte Santo’s one- and two-bedroom suites are beautifully furnished, there are also two- and three-bedroom townhouses with direct access to a garden area and pool. It is worth having a look at dates outside of the peak months of July and August as rates are significantly lower.

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5-Star Grand Real Santa Eulalia Hotel and Apartments, Albufeira

5-star hotels on the beach in the Algarve - Grand Real Santa Eulalia

The Grand Real Santa Eulalia’s close proximity to Albufeira, as well as its stunning cliff top location, has made it a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. It is ideal for families with a host of facilities and room types to suit everyone. Although a luxurious resort hotel, it tends to be more reasonably priced than other 5-star family hotels in the Algarve, and the self catering apartments are particularly good value.
 

 

 
The hotel offers direct access to the Santa Eulália Beach, and boasts four outdoor swimming pools, plus three for children, three restaurants, the Realito Kids Club, as well as a Thalassotherapy Spa. There are a choice of room types including hotel rooms, suites, and one- and two-bedroom apartments.

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Porto de Mos Luxury Villa, Lagos – 3 Bedroom Villa

luxury villas in the Algarve for family holidays

The historical marina town of Lagos is becoming increasingly popular with families looking for a less commercialised resort along the Algarve. And while some families are looking for entertainment and kids clubs, there are many who want the privacy and serenity that a villa holiday brings. Porto de Mós is located a quiet area just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of the town and a short walk from the famous Dona Ana Beach. 

Interior of family villa on the Algarve

The spacious open plan villa has three bedrooms sleeping up to a family of six, and comes with private pool, a garden and barbecue. The location and standard of this villa has earned itself 10 out of 10 reviews on Booking.com.
 

 

 
Unlike a lot of private villas, car rental is not essential, but I would recommend it to explore the area, which has some of the most stunning beaches and coves the Algarve has to offer. I have many more options for villa holidays in the Algarve here:

Read: 25 luxury villas in the Portugal to inspire your next vacation

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I hope this post on family holidays to the Algarve will inspire you to book a family trip away soon. Note these properties were researched on various websites and when you make a booking you do so via a third party. Attractions and hotel facilities and standards are subject to change, please check with individual properties or attractions for clarification. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you. Read more in my privacy policy.

 

Sarah

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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.

Click here for more details: €3072 ex Shannon

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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

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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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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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