The Algarve is one of the top sun destinations from Ireland it is particularly loved by families. With over 150km of stunning coastline, dotted with some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, this destination is a little bit of heaven. But the Algarve also offers a lot of advantages for families planning summer holidays and if you have never been, perhaps 2024 is the year you visit this Portuguese paradise. Here are 5 reasons why the Algarve is great for families.

1. Short Flight from Ireland

The Algarve’s popularity for the Irish holidaymaker is evident in the number of flights available seven days a week from the island of Ireland. Dublin has the most flight options naturally, but no matter where you are located on the island of Ireland, you can easily get to the Algarve with routes operating from Shannon Airport, Cork Airport, Knock Airport, Kerry Airport and Belfast Airport. The great thing about these flights to the Algarve from Ireland is that its warmer climate is closer than you think with a flight time of under three hours. Music to parents ears, especially if you have younger little ones to entertain on the flights.

2. Excellent accommodation choice and options

From five star resorts to value for money self catering apartments, the Algarve has a huge array of accommodation options to suit every budget and every family. Below we have listed some of our most popular accommodation options in the top Algarve towns to help you narrow down the best home away from home for your family on your holiday.  

Albufeira Family Accommodation Recommendations:

  • Alfagar Village – A super family resort with slides onsite and lots of kid’s facilities.
  • Muthu Club Praia da Oura – This resort is right on the beach front. It is a large property with many kids’ facilities and a nice, lively atmosphere.
  • Grand Real Santa Eulalia Resort – This is a five-star resort made up of a hotel and also apartments with a seafront location.

Alvor Family Accommodation Recommendations:

  • Club Alvorferias – This is a great budget friendly accommodation option in Alvor that offers great kid’s facilities. This property also caters to larger families as well with their 2 and 3 bed apartments.
  • Vitor’s Plaza – This is another popular, well priced choice for families in the Algarve with modern décor throughout.

Praia do Vau Family Accommodation Recommendations:

  • Estrela do Vau –  This is one of our most popular resorts in the entire Algarve and is a fantastic accommodation choice for families with great facilities and comfortable apartments.

Carvoeiro Family Accommodation Recommendations:

  • Rocha Brava Resort – This resort is popular with families for its multiple pools, gorgeous coastal views, large range of accommodation choice and its kids club and evening entertainment.
  • Colina Village – This resort has multiple pools and excellent kids facilities

Vilamoura Family Accommodation Recommendations:

  • Pinhal da Marina is a brilliant resort that is quite spread out with various pool areas and a lot of gardens and greenery around the resort.

3. Family friendly attractions

Entertaining your family while on holidays can be stressful if there isn’t much for children to enjoy. But if your family fancies a day away from the pools or the beach, the Algarve is one destination that truly has family fun at the heart of its attractions. If you have kiddies who seek big thrills, be sure to head to the Aquashow Waterpark, one of the most exciting waterparks you can visit for a day of fun! Located in Vilamoura, Aquashow Waterpark is made up of an outdoor waterpark which opens in May for the summer season and there is also an indoor waterpark onsite. Zoomarine is another fantastic attraction for families. Meet tropical animals, enjoy theatre shows and have buckets of fun on the park’s family friendly rides and slides. For something a little more relaxing, why not enjoy a boat trip along the coastline to discover some of the Algarve’s most impressive caves and rock formations. And if you have even more time on your holiday, why not go on check out the Lagos Zoo or go on a dolphin and whale watching cruise.

4. Stunning beaches

The Algarve is known for its incredible coastline, made up of dramatic cliffs, rock formations and perfect white sand, blue flag beaches, many of which have seen the Algarve awarded best beach destination many times. A huge majority of the beaches in the Algarve are very family friendly with calm, shallow waters and plenty of sandy shores to build sandcastles and play safely with your little ones.

5. Great value for money

If we haven’t quite convinced you yet that the Algarve is a fantastic family holiday destination, the combination of all that we have discussed combined with the fantastic value for money it offers families should do the trick! This destination is great value to fly to and holidays in the Algarve are very reasonably priced. But, when you are in the destination itself, the cost of food and drinks etc. is also really affordable compared to other destinations which is always a win when you have little ones to keep happy and full tummies to be kept!

Combine all of the above with gorgeous sunshine and warm temperatures and you are sure to have the holiday of a lifetime in the Algarve with your family. For more information on holidays to the Algarve, visit our website here. Alternatively, if you prefer to speak with a member of our team on the best options for your family, you can call our five-star holiday experts seven days a week on 01-6995329.