According to the recent multi-generational travel survey by ARRP*, 98% of people who’d been on a multi-gen family holiday said they’d definitely do it again. Which is great news, and might sweeten the finding that almost all the holiday planning always falls to one person. Don’t worry; top priority for respondents to the survey was spending time together, European destinations were very popular, and over 75% liked a bit of personal space and downtime too.

Which basically means, if head-holiday-planners pick the right place, then find somewhere nice and roomy to stay, everything else should fall into place. So here are six enormous family villas in some of Europe’s greatest locations, each one carefully designed to take the pressure out of multi-gen holiday planning.   

The Algarve

With hundreds of beautiful beaches, sunshine from March until late October, fantastic golf courses, and an easy balance of coast and countryside, the Algarve is Europe’s great all-rounder for multi-gen family holidays.

1/6  Villa Quinta Riad Alamos, Guia, Algarve

Sleeps up to 11, from £1769 per week

Surrounded by open countryside and just a short drive from the coast, this five bedroom villa is thoughtfully planned for larger family groups. It sits in an enclosed garden with a lawn for playing, its own private pool, an outside dining terrace, brick BBQ and a games table for older kids.

  • Five bedrooms, five bath/shower rooms
  • shaded outdoor seating area
  • Private pool, enclosed garden, games table
  • WIFI, Bluetooth speaker/iPod Dock, aircon throughout
  • 15 minutes drive from beaches and Albufeira

About the area

There are several good restaurants five minutes drive away in the historic town of Guia, known locally as the birthplace of Chicken Piri-Piri. Lively Albufeira is just 20 minutes from the villa by car, and Galé and São Rafael Blue Flag beaches are closer still.

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