With October half term just around the corner, why not escape the chilly UK weather with a break in the Algarve, where temperatures can still reach 25 degrees. A haven for families, you’ll find a wide range of activities to enjoy – and we have plenty of tempting deals for your last-minute getaway.
‘Putt’ your way to victory
In the very heart of the Algarve, Monte da Quinta rests between a plethora of golf courses, parks and lakes. Whilst you enjoy a round or two on the fairway, the children can spend the day making friends, running around and letting their imagination run wild. With a kids’ club, playground and daily activities, you can rest easy knowing they’re in safe hands with the resort staff and mascots, Koko, Kiki and Boo.
If you’re a golf fan, then share your passion with your children at the Quinta da Lago mini golf course, which has been created to resemble some of the world’s famous courses.
Make a splash
Sitting next to the Victoria Golf Club (home to the annual Portuguese Masters), The Residences at Victoria is conveniently located for nearby attractions. Whether your children want to spend the day running in and out of the water as they dodge the waves on Falesia Beach, or splash around and enjoy the thrills at the Aquashow Park, it’s all just a short drive away.
Then, as the sun goes down, turn in for a relaxing night at the resort Tiki bar, or go for a moonlight swim in the heated indoor pool.
Dive into the crystal waters
Just a quick drive from a selection of beaches, the Martinhal Quinta Resort is the perfect spot for a week lounging by the ocean. Spend your days on the golden sands as your children build the mightiest of castles, or take a walk along the coastline, dipping your feet in the shallow clear water of the sea.
If you fancy a bit more excitement there are plenty of water activities for the daring adults, from windsurfing and jet skiing, to scuba diving and banana boats. For families, pedalos and canoes are available, so you can take the little ones out into the open water for a closer inspection of the local sea life.
Fine dining and pirate battles
Resting on the red stone of the cliffs, the Pine Cliffs Villa Camilla resort looks out across the stunning greenery of the local woodlands and out into the ocean. If you’re looking for relaxation, treat yourself to the state-of-the-art spa for a stress-relieving massage, or revitalising steam. While you’re away working on your wellbeing, your little ones can discover life as a pirate at the supervised Children’s Village; sporting two full-size ships anchored and ready to be explored.
With a great selection of restaurants nearby, you can dine on the finest international cuisine without travelling for more than 10 minutes. Whether you want authentic Portuguese dining, casual bites, or a smoky steak house, they’re all suited for children – and many serve high quality cocktails for the grown-ups to sip alongside their meal.
Escape the noise
Escape the stress of the daily grind and treat the family to a relaxing holiday in the secluded mountains of the western Algarve. Lined by woodlands, the Macdonald Monchique Resort and Spa is offering families a unique ‘kids go free’ opportunity this half term. With a supervised kids club, low depth pool, and easy driving distance to local water parks like Zoomarine, there’s lots of ways to spend your week together during your stay.
After you’ve had your fill at one of the four resort restaurants, take your family for a relaxing stroll through nature. Whether you want to stop by the ocean to watch the dolphins swim by, or admire the natural beauty as you make your way to the city of Monchique, the resort offers guidance and tours so you can absorb the local culture.
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