Sandy beaches for the little ones, outdoor action for older kids… Portugal is ideal for family getaways. Our top 10 places to stay also include tips on where to eat and what to do
Proving that family friendly needn’t mean functional and uninspiring, the 10 self-catering rooms, studios and apartments at this hilltop retreat have been crafted from local materials – slate, terracotta, bamboo and the adobe-like taipa – to create a stylish and contemporary place to stay. There’s a playground, table tennis, playroom and DVD library for children and lots of opportunities to make friends around the crescent-shaped pool or communal barbecue. Pre-bookable meals in the poolside diner, spa treatments and babysitting service ensure this place is as much fun for parents as for children.
• From €130 a night for a studio sleeping four, including breakfast. i-escape.com/monte-da-vilarinha/overview. Nearest airport: Faro (90km)