The Algarve, Portugal
With many low cost airlines flying to Faro the Algarve in Portugal can be a great value European destination to visit with the family. There is so much to do in the area that you may want to extend your stay to ensure you get a few days relaxing by the pool or building sandcastles on the beach, rest assured the kids will not get bored.
Our top tip for a daytrip is Zoomarine, they have seal and dolphin shows, a sandy beach with slides, a wave pool, rides and an aquarium, plenty to fill a whole day.
The Fiesa Sand Sculpture Fesival in Pêra showcases some of the best hand-carved sculptures we have ever seen. This year they are focusing on musicians, instruments and musical cultures from around the world. The annual festival runs from May to October and is great to visit in the day but really comes to life at night when it’s a bit cooler and sculptures are illuminated by colourful lighting displays. They have a free space where kids (or grown ups) can show off their creativity.
The beaches in the Algarve are pretty hard to beat, from those featuring picturesque limestone rock stacks such as Praia da Marinha in Lagoa to the impressive family activities available at Praia de Odeceixe, you could easily spend a week hunting down your favourite. Most offer amazing seafood restaurants for lazy lunches and a glass of Vinho Verde when you need a break from the midday heat.