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The Algarve for families: where to stay and what to do

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

So you're traveling with your family to the Algarve and have no idea where to stay? Well, I can definitely help you with that. I have a whole lot of experience with traveling to the Algarve and have stayed in a lot of different places. With this blog I want to share my knowledge about my favorite places to stay in the Algarve with you

I've listed everything you want to know about staying in the Algarve with your family. This beautiful, modern and safe holiday destination could potentially be the perfect destination for and your family to spend some quality time together under the warm Algarve sun.

What's in this blog?

The best towns to stay for families

The best time to travel for families

Things to do with you family

The Algarve for families
Vila dos Piscos, Carvoeiro

The best towns to stay for families

There are so many beautiful picturesque beach towns that are perfect for you and your family to stay. I've listed my favorite ones for you and why! 👇


A 45 minute drive from Faro Airport, you'll find the small beach town of Carvoeiro. This town is a cluster of whitewashed houses with a beautiful sheltered bay located on the typical Algarve coastline with its large rocky cliffs. The Scenery here is absolutely stunning with its beautiful sandy coves and with clear blue waters. You'll find lots of nice restaurants, kids friendly resorts and beautiful fairly priced villas for rent in this town. There is something to do here for all ages and it's the perfect place to stay if you're a beach lover and enjoy quality time outdoors!

Looking for the perfect family villa with a stunning ocean view? Make sure to check out Vila dos Piscos in Carvoeiro.

The Algarve for families
Praia do Carvoeiro, Algarve

Caramujeira (Praia da Marinha)

The town of Caramujeira is a small town in the central Algarve about 45 minutes from Faro Airport. The town is located about the 10 minutes from the cute town of Carvoeiro and is right near Europes most beautiful beaches like Praia do Benagil and Praia da Marinha. You'll find many absolutely beautiful villas for rent around this town and a hand full of cute (mainly) fish restaurants. My family (parents, uncle, aunt, brothers and cousins) and I always stayed here in fall from when I was 3 to 15 and we all always loved it! There was always something to do for all of us!

where to stay in the Algarve with families
Praia da Marinha, Caramujeira

Praia da Luz

Praia da Luz is a populair and beautiful beach resort close to the larger town of Lagos. It's very kids friendly and there is something to do for all ages. The large sheltered beach is perfect for hanging out with the whole family and spending quality time. The town, situated on a beautiful bay with its big black rock formation called Rocha Negra, is known for its beautiful coastline and beach. Praia da Luz also offers lots of kids friendly accommodations and many facilities and restaurants!

Where to stay with your family in the Algarve
Praia da Luz, Algarve


This is absolutely one of my favorite towns in the Algarve. It's not too big, has a beautiful sandy beach and offers a hand full of cute bars and restaurant. The winding cobbled streets with colorful houses take you right down to the clear water cove with a cute beach restaurants where you can enjoy your morning coffee. It's a great place to stay with younger kids as it's pretty quiet and peaceful and offers all the facilities you need within walking distance from the town centre.

The accommodation options are limited and have to be booked quite a bit in advance as this town is so popular because of its convenient location and unspoiled character.

The best place to stay with families in the Algarve
Burgau, Algarve


An hour drive from Faro Airport you'll find the beautiful beach town of Lagos. It's one of the bigger towns in the Algarve. Lagos offers something to do for all ages like boat tours, surf lessons, coasteering trips and Jeep tours. The town is famous for the stunning viewing point Ponta de Piedade and its steep wooden steps to the sandy cove of Praia do Camilo. Explore the beautiful old town with many restaurants, bars, shops, surf schools and boat tours. There is lots to do here for the whole family! With many kids friendly accommodations and facilities this is the perfect town to stay for families with kids of all ages. There is so much to do here and I've written down my favorites for you. 👇

the best towns to stay in the Algarve fo families
Ponta de Piedade, Lagos

The best time to travel for families

The Algarve is beautiful year round. It offers 300 days of sun and pretty stable weather trough out the year. However, winter can be a little windy and colder. It's still super nice comparing to Northern European weather, but doesn't offer guaranteed beach weather, the ocean is rough and it's too cold for swimming.

Personally, I like to avoid big crowds and enjoy the lovely temperatures of Algarve sun in spring and fall.

Summer is lovely but can be busy and hot. I would recommend to stay more west in the Algarve as the weather is slightly milder and there are less big crowds.

These are my favorite months to travel to the Algarve:

​18-21 degrees (much warmer during daytime)

22-24 degrees (usually feels lots warmer during daytime)


25 degrees


27 degrees


23 degrees


Things to do in the Algarve for families

There is something to do for every age in the Algarve. I've been coming here since I was 3 and loved it every phase of my life. From beach picknicks, hanging out by the pool to surfing and long hikes, we always found something to do here for me, my cousins and parents.

Here are some of my favorite activities to do in the Algarve:

Have a look at to book your favorite activities (for Dutchies 🇳🇱).

The Algarve for families
Shell searching, Algarve

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