1. Portugal


May half term is the ideal time to gather up the troops and head to Europe – particularly the Med. It is close to the start of the season, so resorts won’t be too busy, and while you can look forward to plenty of sunshine, the temperatures will be manageable for the little ones.

Follow the links in this article to find out more about the fantastic places mentioned and get the lowdown on how to get there, where to stay, what to eat and how much it’s likely to cost...


Portugal remains a firm family favourite and its captial Lisbon is a great choice for a family getaway that is as educational as it is fun, while the Rota Vicentina trail in peaceful Alentejo offers the perfect back-to-nature spring escape for families.

The Algarve

There are plenty of unspoilt spots in the Algarve, proving that Portugal’s famous southern region is much more than Irish pubs, burnt tourists and over-crowded beaches.

The Matinhal Beach Resort and Hotel on the Algarve is a fabulous and rare combination of chic style and toddler-friendly facilities, while Monte Da Quinta offers cool family villa accommodation, relaxing spa facilities and top golf courses, as well as kids' clubs and babysitting services.