It’s time to get travel excited again. Because with the school holidays coming to an end, so do the ridiculous prices.
And while it might be easy for me to say this, given that I’m relatively free to travel considering both my children aren’t tied into a schooling system yet, I don’t think it means those with school aged kids can’t escape for a bit of late winter sunshine.
With the rest of sunny Europe on our doorstep and flight prices starting to creep down, September and October are the perfect months to start planning some little breaks away. Whether that’s for a week or a weekend.
Portugal as a destination has a little something for everyone, particularly with the offerings from Martinhal Family Hotels And Resorts.
Lisbon, the capital city has old world charm and sophistication. With beautiful cobbled streets and their iconic trams, it’s the place to wander and get lost in the back streets (whilst eating numerous pasteis de nata’s), but it also offers the chance to experience historic Sintra and enjoy some coastal fun.
Martinhal has two family resorts that make Lisbon an ideal family stop. Giving you the option of city centre accommodation or staying in Cascais on the Lisbon coast, it means you can decide how to spend your time in the Lisbon district.
Martinhal Chiado, is their city centre offering.
With family friendly apartments with all the amenities, plus a family concierge for all those extras you might need- such as sterilisers and bottle warmers, this accommodation takes the hassle out of travelling with small children to a city destination.
With a kids club available for children from 6 months, it means mum and dad can head out to a bar, an amazing restaurant or even check out a museum that would normally make any child temper tantrum through boredom.
Or for the family wanting a bit more than just city, Martinhal Cascais is the happy medium.
Located between two golf courses, close to historic Sintra and near the coast, this resort offers families a great chance to explore Lisbon but also enjoy staying out of the city centre.
With a spa on site, the use of three different pools and a complimentary kids club, this resort gives a more relaxed out-of-city vibe.
But if the idea of a city escape doesn’t excite you, there’s always the Algarve. Again Martinhal have two family resorts to consider. Martinal Sagres and Martinhal Quinta.
Martinhal Sagres has more of a village feel to it, meaning everything you could want is right there. So if pure rest and relaxation is what you’re after, this is the place for you. Sun loungers at the ready or just throw a towel on to the beach and soak up the sun. With complimentary activities it’s the perfect resort for those with a range of age groups token entertained from tots to teens.
Martinhal Quinta offers you the chance to live in your own villa with your own pool to enjoy. With an aqua park near by you can enjoy a flume filled day out of the resort or you can enjoy the fun water features and water slides that the main pool at Martinhal have on offer. And if golf is your thing, this particular resort is in the middle of one of Europe’s premium golfing destinations. With a kids club again and Michelin star restaurants in the area to explore there’s a happy medium for all types of holidayers.
Do you ever take advantage of the late summer deals?
Disclosure: Pictures not my own.