UK’s Telegraph names Algarve “greatest place for family holiday”

Just days after featuring two Portuguese bookstores in a list of the most beautiful in the world, UK newspaper The Telegraph published another article online detailing 10 reasons why the Algarve is the “greatest place on Earth for a family holiday”.

“The Algarve is a region of hidden delights, of golden beaches framed by limestone rocks, of small, simple restaurants with fresh fish, and of a wealth of top-quality family hotels and villas at prices that compare favourably to the rest of Europe,” writes the paper’s destination expert for Portugal, Mary Lussiana.

She breaks the region down into three areas – the east, centre and west – explaining what is best about each one.

“By the fringes of the sea, in the centre of the Algarve, resorts line the cliffs – some are attractively set in lush gardens; others are soulless, concrete monstrosities,” Lussiana writes.

“But in the east it’s as though time has stood still: the wave of mass tourism that washed over much of the Algarve has not touched this region, leaving a tranquil landscape of whitewashed villages and groves of cork and olive trees.”

She adds: “The wild, western Algarve, meanwhile, surrenders to the power of the Atlantic – it is all about nature, surfing and the sea. The excellent accommodation (like the Martinhal Resort) plays to that, rather than dominating it.”

“Whichever part of the Algarve you choose, you will find friendly, welcoming people, delicious food, and plenty of sand and sun to entertain the children.”

Lussiana then lists 10 reasons to visit the Algarve, starting with the short flight time, invitingly low prices, sunny weather, sandy beaches and abundance of water sports.

Also highlighted is the region’s potential for rock pooling, as well as its family hotels, dolphins in the wild, water parks and delicious food.

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