Get everything included for a low price on an All Inclusive holiday to Portugal
Fly from the UK to Portugal in just under two and a half hours and a kaleidoscope of landscapes and sightseeing awaits.
With average July temperatures sizzling at around 25°C, a break to Portugal comes with the promise of blue skies, lazy beach days and a host of activities.
The Floating Garden Island otherwise known as Madeira has green valleys and waterfalls with a sprinkling of family-run tavernas and cafe-lined squares in the capital, Funchal.
Madeira’s little sister island, Porto Santo is a tranquil alternative to other Portuguese destinations. With a rugged coastline, 10-kilometre long stretch of beach and a volcanic interior there’s scope for picturesque picnics and active hikes.
But, for the ultimate in beach holidays the Algarve is certainly up there as Portugal’s premier beach destination, boasting an array of good-looking beaches, stylish resorts like Alvor and chic shopping malls.
In the Algarve there are a host of beaches to choose from, many of which have the coveted Blue Flag status for cleanliness, facilities and safety. Alvor is a popular spot with a stretch of sands with loungers and beachfront shops.
Beaches on Madeira are different from what you’d expect on the mainland. The island’s volcanic origins can be seen in the unusual black sand beaches such as Prainha. The biggest stretch of shoreline is Praia Formosa, close to Funchal, which offers a mix of pebbles and sand edged by a cafe-lined promenade. Or for an escapist vibe head to Doca do Cavacas with its volcanic pools and rustic natural beauty.
Porto Santo’s capital, Vila Baleira, has an impressive stretch popular with both visitors and locals. And on the other end of the scale, escape the crowds in Praia do Penedo, a relaxed spot that still has a beach restaurant on hand for refreshments.
What's included in your holiday
When you book an All Inclusive holiday it generally means that all your transfers, buffet meals, locally produced soft and alcoholic drinks and plenty of entertainment is included in the upfront price of your holiday. All the essentials are paid for before you set foot on the plane and sometimes sporting activities are included too. There could be an additional fee to pay for some activities so it’s worth checking what’s included in your package when you book. And have a look at the All Inclusive hotels below for full descriptions of what they cover.
Other All Inclusive holiday destinations
If you’re not sure yet, there are many more destinations that offer excellent All Inclusive deals. The Caribbean is a classic choice offering endless blue skies, swaying palms and ivory coloured beaches. Sunny Cyprus is a popular mainstay or the Cape Verde Islands are an up and coming destination offering sunshine and beaches.
However, if Portugal sounds like the place for you check out our travel guide to start planning your trip. Here are a few hotels to start you off.
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The beachfront Vila Gale Santa Cruz is a smart hotel with an inviting poolside cafe and contemporary interiors. The main restaurant serves a selection of buffet or set-menu meals and there's also an a la carte restaurant available for an additional fee. Between May and October guests can expect live music on selected evenings and there are three bars to unwind in. Families can take advantage of the children's pool and hotel-run kids' club.
The 5* Pestana Porto Santo Hotel certainly has the wow factor, providing two huge pools, modern rooms and a beach within footsteps of the property. All Inclusive meals are served in Mares buffet restaurant with an Italian and Japanese restaurant also available for an additional fee. The poolside snack bar and beach bar are on hand for refreshments and light snacks. Active guests can head to the gym or multi-sports court and work up a sweat with volleyball, table tennis, basketball or football.
With the nearest beach just a few minutes' walk away, and several more within easy reach, the delightful Be Live Family Palmeiras Village is a popular choice. The action-packed activities programme and pretty swimming pool area provide a good balance between relaxation and active pursuits. The two buffet restaurants serve international breakfast, lunch and dinner with three themed restaurants also available. But you can head to the gym or multi-sports court and take part in an aerobics session to ward off those holiday kilos.
The Alvor Baia is sleek, modern and provides a host of facilities as well as a free shuttle to the beach. The large pool, surrounded by terraces and sunbathing areas, is the highlight, with a pool bar open between 10am and 11pm. Guests can take part in dance lessons, table tennis, aerobics or water polo. You get your three meals a day at the buffet restaurant, with kids' buffet available, and the lobby bar hosts a range of entertainment including folk shows, quizzes and live music.