- Portugal Family holidays
Taking up much of the south-west corner of mainland Europe, family holidays in Portugal take you to a destination that is generally very well liked among those who have been there. Probably its most famous region is the Algarve, which runs along the southern coastline, but Portugal as a whole also takes up most of the western shore of the Iberian Peninsula, with a small spur of Spain at its north-west corner. Together, the two countries - and tiny Gibraltar - form the peninsula as a whole, and offer some of the best beach holidays anywhere on the continent.
The Algarve and the Atlantic
Move along the Algarve coast from east to west and you go from the narrow entrance to the Mediterranean Sea along to Europe's south-westerly limit, with the beaches facing south across the Atlantic Ocean. From the bottom 'corner' of Portugal, there is a further shore up the western side of the Iberian Peninsula, and the beaches here face out to the west across the vast width of the Atlantic. These resorts are perhaps less well known than those of the Algarve, but are still excellent options for a cheap family holiday to Portugal.
Portugal shares an L-shaped land border with Spain, including the spur of Spain that occupies the north-west corner of the peninsula. Here, where the two countries meet, the border travels a short distance inland to the east, before turning southwards in a fairly straight line until it reaches the coast. This gives the country a well-defined rectangular shape, and makes exploring quite easy during family holidays in Portugal, as if you hire a car you can head north or south and get a good idea of the lay of the land without going far from a straight course.
Finally, mainland Portugal is not the only territory owned by the country, and as such, family holidays in Portugal could technically include trips to Madeira Island, located to the south of the mainland, or even to the Azores in the North Atlantic Ocean. Each destination has its own unique characteristics - not to mention its own climate, such as the warming effects of the Gulf Stream on the Azores, giving them summer temperatures of around 25°C for a very mild atmosphere despite them being positioned quite far north in the ocean.
Why Portugal is so great for families
The Portuguese love children and are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that younger visitors enjoy themselves just as much as their parents. Family holidays to Portugal area all about enjoying the sun and sea, from the stunning beaches of the Algarve to the islands of Madeira Island and the Azores. This diverse country is also home to a variety of world-class kids' attractions. All of this, coupled with Portugal's distinctive, laid-back culture, means that weary families can start to relax as soon as they get to this beautiful destination.