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The Algarve with a baby: a complete travel guide for parents (including hotels)

Updated: Jan 30

Ah, the Algarve – a sun-soaked haven where golden beaches meet turquoise waters. But what about exploring this paradise with the tiniest adventurer in tow? Fear not, intrepid parents! As a young parent myself, let me share my journey with you as I share tips and tales from our Algarve escapades with a baby.


What's in this blog?

1. Baby-friendly accommodations
2. Ideal times for your Algarve getaway
3. Family-friendly Algarve beaches
4. The best car rentals
5. Making memories: Algarve edition


The Algarve with a baby: beach time
Magic moments in the Algarve

1. Baby-friendly accommodations


Navigating the Algarve with a baby begins with selecting the perfect home away from home with everything you need for your little one. Opt for baby-friendly accommodations with amenities like cribs, kitchen facilities, and proximity to essential services. Our top pick? Algarve's charming boutique hotels, family-friendly resorts, paradise villa's that seamlessly blend comfort with convenience.



Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel - for kids
Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel

1. Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel

📍Sagres


If you're looking for a hotel right on the beach and perfectly facilitated for babies, the Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel is an excellent choice. This beautiful hotel is located right on a stunning beach in Sagres and has a range of family-friendly amenitie. Besides the kids' club and children's pool, the hotel also offers strollers, babysitting service and baby safety gates. To complete the hassle free stay at this stunning resort, you can prebook baby equipment:

  • Door protectors

  • Thermometers

  • Potties

  • Bottle Sterilisers & Warmers

  • Safety Gates

  • Baby Cots

  • Baby Baths


The hotel offers luxury villas, ocean houses and hotel rooms. So whatever you prefer is there for you to stay.


Guests rate this hotel with a 8.9



White Shell Beach Villa's - hotel for older kids (12+)
White Shell Beach Villa's

2. White shell beach villas

📍Porches


Located in Porches a stone throw away from the beach, White Shell Beach Villas is a luxurious hotel that's perfect for families with kids of all ages. This place is also pretty perfect when spending a holiday with your baby. Rent one of the stylish apartments and enjoy family time and privacy whenever you like. The hotel and surroundings offers everything you need for a young family including baby safety gates and a babysitting/child services (Additional charge).


Guests rate this hotel with a 9.3.




Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa - for kids
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

3. Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

📍Porches


The Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa is another luxurious option for families. Also located in Besides the kids' club, children's pool, and playground, the hotel offers strollers (handy when you come by plane!) and a babysitting service! There are also plenty of activities for adults, including golf, tennis, and water sports.


The natural colors of the stylish interior design in this hotel are beautiful and blends in perfectly with the colors of the Algarve nature.


Guests rate this hotel with a 9.5.




The Algarve with a baby
Vila dos Piscos, Carvoeiro

4. Vila dos Piscos

📍Carvoeiro


You’ll be blown away by your stay in this luxurious seaside villa just outside of the traditional Portuguese town of Carvoeiro (Algarve), 45 minutes from Faro Airport. The light and airy villa is perfect to unwind after an activity filled day, or simply kick back and enjoy the beautiful pool, views and garden. The villa has everything you need when traveling with kids and/or a baby like an enclosed pool, baby beds and chairs and more.




2. Ideal times for your Algarve getaway


Timing is everything when it comes to traveling with a baby. While the Algarve boasts 300 days of sunshine, consider the mild temperatures of spring and fall. These seasons strike a perfect balance, allowing your family to bask in the sun without the intensity of the summer heat. If you decide to travel in summer, temperatures on west coast are significantly milder in comparison to the south coast.




Algarve with babies
Praia da Marinha, Algarve

3. Family-friendly Algarve beaches


Discovering family-friendly beaches is key to a successful Algarve adventure. The Algarve boosts some of Europes most beautiful beaches but many of them are not really easy to acces and away from facilities. Sheltered beaches like Praia do Carvoeiro, Praia da Luz, Praia do Burgau and Praia dos Três Irmãos, where calm waters and soft sands provide a perfect play space for your little one are the right places to go. Don't forget to pack a beach tent for shade and baby-friendly sunscreen for those tiny toes.


Just a few sheltered and easy accessible beaches:

  • Praia do Carvoeiro

  • Praia da Luz

  • Praia do Burgau

  • Praia da Salema

  • Praia do Martinal

  • Praia da Rocha

  • Praia do Vale de Centeanes


I've written an article about my favorite beaches in the Algarve where I rate beach acces, nearby facilities, crowds. Make sure to check it out if you're looking for the right beach. This article includes accessibility and facilities.





4. The best car rentals in the Algarve


Getting around comfortable in on your holiday is key to a stress free vacation. I've


My personal top 5 car rentals in the Algarve at Faro Airport

Based on my personal experience & reviews

Geurin

Review Discover Cars: 9.2

CAEL

Review Discover Cars: 9.2

FireFly

Review Discover Cars: 7.7

Hertz

Review Discover Cars: 8.9

Dollar

Review Discover Cars: 8.4






Algarve with a baby
Algarve

5. Making memories: Algarve edition


In the Algarve, each day unfolds like a storybook, and with your baby by your side, every page is a new adventure. Create a travel diary, capture candid moments, and let the Algarve be the backdrop to your family's tale.

Embark on this enchanting journey with your little one, and let the Algarve weave its magic on your family. Whether it's the rhythmic lull of the waves or the vibrant hues of the sunsets, the Algarve with a baby is a symphony of joy and discovery.


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