The hub of Portugal's resorts are mainly centred on the Algarve to the south, and around the Estoril coast west of Lisbon. However, numerous other Portugal resorts are increasingly opening up, including resort bases on the Setubal Peninsula and around Troia, and further south along the Costa Azul 'blue coast'. Top Portugal family holiday resorts include old favourites such as Albufeira, Quarteira, Vilamoura and Montegordo on the Algarve. For a more bohemian surfing resort vibe head west on the Algarve to Lagos and Sagres. Praia da Rocha on the Portimao coast, with one of the Algarve's best beaches, also remains a resort favourite.
The Estoril Coast, long a holiday leisure area and a booming Portugal golf region offers some superb Portugal resort bases at Cascais and Estoril.
Top Family holiday Algarve resorts in the centre and to the East include Albufeira which has a choice of family attractions including nearby Aqualand and Zoomarine, plus great sheltered family beaches. Both Vilamoura and Quarteira also offer a host of family holiday entertainment including bustling family beaches and a choice of boat trips and excursions from Vilamoura Marina.
Albufeira makes a good base for Algarve family golf holidays, combining a choice of Algarve golf courses in its surrounds with great family holiday attractions and beaches. For families with very young children choose the all inclusive self contained Algarve resorts of Albufeira, Vilamoura and Monte Gordo. If you've older children, consider basing yourself around Tavira or Faro.
Move to the west and Montegordo is a popular Algarve resort choice for families, with its superb sheltered endless sandy beach and great family holiday resort facilities.
Base yourself in either Vilamoura or Quarteira for perfect golf family holidays which again combine a choice of family holiday attractions such as great beaches with numerous watersports, a bustling marina at Vilamoura offering a choice of boat trips and nearby waterpark with a huge number of luxury golf courses not just around Vilamoura but also furthe rdown the coast around Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Largo and Almancil.
The huge expanse of golden sands that make up Praia Da Rocha, one of the Algarve's most popular bustling beaches, pulls in the holiday crowds in peak season. You're in Algarve top beach resort territory here at Praia Da Rocha with everything from windsurfing, horse riding and numerous boat trip excursions all close to hand. Praia da Rocha nightlife is one of the liveliest on the Algarve, with a choice of discos and bars, plus a casino with nightly shows in peak summer season. The main lively resort strip for Praia da Rocha is Avenida Tomas Cabreira up above the beach. A choice of holiday shops, restaurants, bars and hotel accommodation is all up here.
Other superb West Algarve resort bases include bustling Lagos with its stunning 9 beaches and marina offering boat trips and watersports galore.
For a smaller, cosy family holiday resort hotspot on the Algarve, choose Carvoeira or Armacao de Pera, both of which have a good choice of family beaches and a choice of activities and excursions.
The Estoril coast, incorporating holiday hotspots like chic Cascais, and surfing meccas Ericeira and Carcavelos, offers the best of several holiday worlds. Great beaches and a choice of historic sights and resort activities combine with the Estoril Coast's close proximity to Lisbon City Centre.
The choice of outdoor leisure sports around Estoril won't disappoint, with everything from golf, tennis and surfing on the menu. Cascais, with its modern marina, plays host to worldclass sailing competitions. There's also a huge choice of restaurants in the Estoril area. Checkout the Visit Estoril weblink/restaurant section for details on choice here.
The Costa de Caparica is the Costa Azul's main hub, with its 8km stretch of sandy beach. Costa Da Caparica is easily reached from Lisbon centre via ferries (from Cais do Sodre) and buses. Not surprising then that this north west coastal stretch of the Setubal Peninsula gets crowded with Lisboans crossing the river. Surfing and windsurfing are both on the menu here, as is general beach activities. Top surfing spots include Sao Joao da Caparica, Praia da Sereia and Praia da Mata. During peak summer months a mini train runs the length of the beach, so you can hop on and off at your leisure.
Most visitors to Funchal choose the western hotel zone for its better access to beaches like Praia Formosa. The Luxury 4 star Pestana Bay hotel is situated right near Pria Formosa (see listing on this website), plus is near 2 golf courses in the area and has regular free transport into central Funchal.
Funchal Madeira is a character capital indeed, with a compact centre easily explored on foot. A host of attractions including castles, convents, botanical and tropical gardens, numerous museums and a telefericos cable car ride up into the hills for the brave are all here in Madeira's capital. Funchal is a lively capital and certainly the centre of the action. It's quite possible to see a large part of Madeira from Funchal, with the cable car taking you inland and up to historic Monte with its tropical gardens, and a choice of Madeira excursion companies offering walking, sailing, birdwatching tours and more all based here in Funchal, particularly at Funchal Marina for Sailing, Diving and Watersports.