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Portugal

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Too much of coastal Portugal has been covered in enormous resorts but there are still one or two gorgeous, wild corners for you to enjoy.

For families, we have two superb beach resort options in the Algarve:  Pine Cliffs, and the slightly more sophisticated (and expensive) Martinhal Beach Resort

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Useful information

flight times

From London: 2 hours

currency

Euro

time difference

GMT +1 hour

visa requirements

Not Applicable for EU Citizens

Weather

Located on the Atlantic coast Portugal’s weather is affected by this vast body of water. With long, hot summers and temperatures reaching well in to the 40s you are almost guaranteed sun throughout the Summer. Winters tend to be milder and due to the Atlantic rain is not uncommon, but you can still expect many warm, sunny days. Definitely T-shirt weather, even in December.

When to travel

Destinations

Salgados Beach at Vidamar Algarve Portugal

Algarve

The Algarve region in southern Portugal is the perfect place to visit all year round.  With warm temperatures even during the winter months, there are...

Cascais Portugal

Cascais

Cascais, just 30 minutes west of Lisbon, has morphed from sleepy fishing village to much-loved summertime playground of wave frolicking lisboêtas ever since King Luís...

Costa Vicentina

Costa Vicentina

The so-called "Costa Vicentina", the western coast of the Algarve stretches over more than 60 km from Cape St.Vincent, the south-westernmost corner of the European...

Sailing through Douro River at Six Senses Douro Valley Portugal

Douro Valley

The Douro Valley is situated in northern Portugal and is home to the country’s second largest city, Porto. This stunning region is comprised of terraces of...

Panorama view of Penha Longa, Portugal

Sintra

With richly hued palaces, mist-covered forests and the ruins of a craggy Moorish castle overlooking a sleepy village, Sintra is like a page torn from...

Programmes

Where to stay

Casa Carvalho Algarve Portugal

A charming and comfortable villa set in sheltered gardens, Casa Carvalho is just a short walk from Praia do Carvalho; one of the Algarve’s many...

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Villa from: £974
Panoramic view at Martinhal Resort, Portugal

The recently opened Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has ambitions to be recognised as the finest luxury family resort in Europe....

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Sharing from: £568
Mirador Champagne Bar at Pine Cliffs, Portugal

Pine Cliffs is located in the most southern region of Portugal, the Algarve, famous for its almost constant sunshine and long sandy beaches. Perfect for...

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Sharing from: £499
Main pool at Cascade Resort Algarve Portugal

Enjoying a gorgeous cliff-top location on the beautiful Algarve coast, Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort is an excellent 5 star hotel offering luxury accommodation and...

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Sharing from: £362
Waterfall at vilara thalassa resort portugal

The experts at Longevity have found a beautiful new beach-side home at Vilalara Thalassa Resort for their highly regarded wellness programmes....

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Sharing from: £1878

Epic Sana offers an excellent selection of wellness programmes from its beautiful cliff top location overlooking the spectacular Praia de Falesia beach....

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Sharing from: £499
aerial view of vila vita parc hotel portugal

Set in over 50 acres of wonderful, mature sub-tropical gardens, this 5 star family resort over-looks a dramatic rocky coastline and benefits from one of...

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Sharing from: £699
Villa Balbina Algarve Portugal

Sitting just above a glorious semi-private sandy beach, 5 bedroom Villa Balbina provides luxury accomodation, great entertaining space and lots of facilities to keep all...

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Villa from: £6465
Banner of Balcony and swimming pools at Vidamar Madeira

The beachside townhouses at Vidamar provide the perfect combination of an independent villa holiday with easy access to the facilities and services of a family...

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Sharing from: £906
Casa da Filipa Algarve Portugal

Set right above and with direct access to a wide sandy beach, this large 9 bedroom villa was purpose built for entertaining by a member...

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Villa from: £6631
Casa Algodao Algarve Portugal

With views down to the bay, 3 bedroom Casa Algodao is a sweet villa, perfect for a relaxing holiday. And just 1km from the beach,...

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Villa from: £1468
Sandy Bay Cottage Algarve Portugal

With painted roof rafters, cool tiled floors, and gorgeous coastal views, there's a real 'beach house' feel to this airy little 4 bedroom cottage....

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Villa from: £1487
longevity cegonha country club at longevity vilamoura and medical spa algarve

Longevity Cegonha Country Club is set to be a fabulous new addition to the Spa and Wellness offerings on Portugal's beautiful Algarve coast....

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Sharing from: £344
Swimming pool view at Monchique Resort Portugal

Nestled amongst peaceful rolling hills, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa is a great value option for a health and fitness holiday - or to simply...

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Sharing from: £311
Pool view at Palacio Estoril, Portugal

A testament to understated 1930's elegance, Palacio Estoril is located on the Portuguese Riviera, surrounded by manicured gardens and with magnificent sea views....

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Sharing from: £595
Outdoor view of hotel at Monte Velho, Portugal

A colourful hilltop coastal farmhouse, in Costa Vincentina National Park and surrounded on all sides by beautiful rolling hills, with awesome views of the ocean...

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Sharing from: £922
Feelviana Hotel Portugal from the beach

Situated on the beach, and surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Northern Portuguese coast, FeelViana is a great hotel for those seeking outdoor action...

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Sharing from: £405
Swimming pool at Six Senses Douro Valley Portugal

Six Senses Douro Valley, formerly a 19th century manor house, has been beautifully converted into a contemporary, luxury hotel with a fantastic spa and a...

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Sharing from: £594
Quinta Matilde Portugal

An unique, contemporary villa surrounded by 8,000 sq.m of land and all the 4 en-suite double bedrooms as well as the social areas, have been...

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Villa from: £4855
swimming pool and terrace at Gaolosol Resort Madiera

A cliff top 4 star hotel offering excellent value for money and an amazing selection of complimentary daily health and fitness classes, plus an array...

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Sharing from: £417
aerial view of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

Hotel Alpino Atlantico is a small boutique style 4 star hotel, for adults only, perched on a 30m cliff and enjoying commanding views over the...

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Sharing from: £614
Pool at Belmond Reids Palace Madeira Portugal

Set in glorious subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the legendary Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira is the island's most luxurious hideaway....

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Sharing from: £1094
Panorama view of Penha Longa, Portugal

This regal hotel was built in the 14th century and sits in magnificent gardens surrounded by pretty lakes with breathtaking views of the Sintra Mountains....

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Sharing from: £598

Experiences in portugal

Surfing at Martinhal Resort, Portugal

If you and your family would like to include some surfing during your holiday to the Algarve, it's perfectly possible to do so. Two of our...

Sunset across sea at Monte Velho, Portugal

Portugal is ideal for a weekend getaway and you can combine surfing with horse riding, biking and hiking, and enjoy a restorative massage in the...

All of our featured resorts in the Algarve have tennis courts, but only the Pine Cliffs Resort has a tennis academy. The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy...

Relaxing area for Spa at Penha Longa, Portugal

As one of Europe’s most historical estates, Penha Longa was once the summer retreat of the crowned heads of Portugal. Located beside Sintra, 20 miles from...

Spa indoor pool at Six Senses Douro Valley Portugal

Set in the gorgeous countryside of Portugal's famous Douro Valley, Six Senses Douro Valley has a truly amazing spa... The spacious spa at Six Senses Douro Valley is...

detox algarve at longevity vilamoura and medical spa algarve

If you are looking for a professionally tailored and supervised weight loss programme, a week with the expert Longevity team at Vilalara Thalassa Resort on...

Meditating at Epic Sana Portugal

We have several yoga holiday options to recommend to you in Portugal's beautiful Algarve region... One of our favourite beach resorts in the Algarve offers yoga...

Outdoor view of hotel at Monte Velho, Portugal

There's a wonderful circular yoga studio at Monte Velho which is particularly magical in the evenings as you enjoy the sun setting over the ocean. Yoga...

Three people practising yoga against the sky at Six Senses Douro Valley Portugal

Six Senses Douro Valley offers a full spectrum yoga experience for guests, if they wish. Encompassing the highly regarded Six Senses' holistic approach to wellness, Six Senses...

Spa pool at Palacio Estoril, Portugal

Guests staying at the elegant Palácio Estoril have the added benefit of an excellent Banyan Tree Spa. The Banyan Tree Spa at Palácio Estoril takes an holistic approach...

Dusk over the pool at Vilalara Thalassa Resort, Portugal

As with all holidays, whether active or not, it is always a treat to be pampered and take some well-earned rest.  We have several excellent...

aerial view of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

The majestic island of Madeira is an excellent year round destination for snorkelling and the sea rarely falls below 18C even in the winter months. ...

yoga of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

Madeira is a wonderful year round destination for sunshine and we now have a great little hotel on the island we can recommend for yoga... Stay...

Pool view at Palacio Estoril, Portugal

On the Portugese Riviera, near Cascais, the elegant Palácio Estoril offers a comprehensive daily programme of health and fitness classes, including Pilates. Guests staying at 5* Palácio Estoril enjoy...

mountain biking at Galosol Resort Madiera

Madeira is a spectacular year-round destination for mountain biking... During your stay at Galosol (or at neighbouring adults-only Alpino Atlantico) whatever your age or experience, we would recommend exploring...

Panorama across bay at Monte Velho, Portugal

Our featured destination in the Costa Vicentina has a number of mountain bikes parked in the courtyard.  Just jump on and head out into the...

Sunset across sea at Monte Velho, Portugal

This gorgeous national park, on the wild west coast of Portugal is the perfect base for walking and hiking through the pristine countryside. Step out of...

River and boat at Monte Velho, Portugal

Very popular in the Algarve, hiking is a brilliant way of exercising whilst enjoying breath-taking sceneries of dramatic coastlines and mountainous terrain. Especially in the Spring...

Panoramic view at Martinhal Resort, Portugal

The Algarve, on the south coast of Portugal, is an excellent and easy to get to destination for a villa holiday. Whether your holidaying as...

daily programme of outdoor and indoor classes at Gaolosol Resort Madiera

Madeira is a great year round destination and offers one of our best value fitness training holiday options... As long as you're self motivated, a week...

Fitness room at Pine Cliffs, Portugal

The Algarve is a great place for those keen to increase their level of fitness.  With mile upon mile of sandy beaches, luscious green forests...

Family having fun at the pool at Vidamar Algarve Portugal

For families wishing to enjoy a great holiday in Madeira, we recommend staying at Vidamar. It is a very good value family hotel with a...

Surfing at Martinhal Resort, Portugal

We recommend these exceptional family resorts in Portugal's Algarve and a selection of superb family villas including Martinhal Beach Resort, Pine Cliffs, Vila Vita Parc,...

Dusk over the pool at Vilalara Thalassa Resort, Portugal

There are now two excellent 5 star resorts on the beautiful Algarve coast offering detox programmes - Longevity at Vilalara and Epic Sana as well...

aerial view of alpo atlantico hotel portugal

Madeira is a fabulous year round destination and we have a great little adult only option for you... Set on a cliff top overlooking the ocean, Alpino...

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