Top five villas for an unforgettable family getaway to Portugal
A family getaway to the Mediterranean delights of Portugal is an exciting prospect for all. A ride in the iconic yellow trams of Lisbon, the taste of a crisp glass of vinhon verde (young wine), bumping into shepherds along the Serra da Estrela and lounging on the secluded beaches of Costa Vicentina. Plus the summer is officially here, which means Portugal comes alive with the rhythmic sounds of summer festivals, imagine throwing your hands in the air to the music at MEO Sudoeste in Zambjeira, or practice your air guitar to your favourite rock acts at Super Bock, Super Rock in Lisbon. There’s no doubt Portugal is the place to be. So, we’ve handpicked some of our favourite family friendly villas, available during the first week of August, to make planning your next Portuguese adventure a little easier.
This elegant and stylish three-bedroom property comes with an array of amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible, including internet, two private parking spaces, stunning river views from all the rooms and a complimentary TV. It’s nestled in the heart of the Chiado District in Lisbon, a lively and fun place filled with bars, restaurants and energetic street performers. If you wanted to discover a piece of history in this district seek out the café named ‘A Brasileira’ were the famed poet Fernando Pessoa was known to frequent, but if you’re looking for a little relaxation then you could try your hand at a round of golf, there are courses less than 30 minutes away, or enjoy the wonders of Lisbon’s botanical gardens, the Port Wine institute and the Sao Carlos National Theatre, all in the local area. And if none of that works for you the Metro station is just a three-minute walk away.
Budget doesn’t always have to mean run down, neither does it mean you have to sacrifice comfort for a better deal, take this three-bedroom property in Madeira, at just £447 for a week during the first week of August. You can awake to the musical sounds of birds chirping and a cockerel crowing, with the glowing sun warming your bedroom before you head out to start your day. The villa overlooks the funchal bay, famed for the Reid’s Palace hotel located at the head of the western bay, you can marvel at the beauty surrounding this property from the privacy of your own gaarden terrace. Plus you can make freshly cooked meals and buy ingredients from the local market. This is the perfect property to experience this lively and exciting area in Portugal, while saving the pennies.
There’s nothing better to put a worried mind at rest than a wonderful review from someone who has had an amazing time in one of our properties. This luxury three-bedroom apartment in the Algarve has been the base for many happy holiday makers, look what one family from York said about their experience:
“The apartment was very spacious and well equipped. This was our second visit to Tavira and would certainly not hesitate to recommend the area for its outstanding beauty, friendliness and history.We would also happily recommend the apartment for its space, amazing views especially at night over Tavira and its location. The walk into the centre was an easy downhill stroll. The walk back could be a challenge for anyone with mobility issues or not keen on walking uphill. The taxi service is however fast and efficient.”
There’s nothing better than a relaxing dip in a cool pool, after a hot Mediterranean day in Portugal and this stylish and highly beautiful swimming pool offers comfort and contemporary style. It’s located in one of the most prestigious areas in the country. But if you fancied the feel of natural sea water on your skin the sea is just a ten-minute drive away, with golf courses and downtown Lisbon all in the surrounding areas. Plus, a private garden to sit back and relax in at the end of a long day of enjoying all the striking sights in Sintra.
This striking three-bedroom villa is on the coast of Salema, on the west of the Algarve. The town is a small, charming place, dotted with blue trimmed houses (to ward off evil spirits). This beautiful coastal village is an unsung paradise and just what you need to get away from hordes of people at the more built up end of the Algarve. This property is a mere five-minute walk to Salema village centre and main sandy beach, plus it comes with its own private infinity pool, underfloor heating and astonishing, breathtaking views of the coastline.