Known for its golden sandy beaches and clear blue seas, the Algarve is a popular haunt for those seeking a relaxing beach holiday. We’ve been on holiday to Portugal a few times over the years and had a ball over there, so I thought I’d pull together my top 5 beaches in the Algarve including the best places to sunbathe and the most idyllic beaches.

1 // Praia da Marinha, Lagoa

Praia da Marinha

With its golden sand, clear water and stunning caves, Praia da Marinha is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. Thanks to its remote location (you can only access it via steep steps that go down the cliffside), crowds are kept at bay, ensuring you can enjoy the beauty away from the masses! It’s a popular destination for snorkelling and if you want to get a closer look at the next-door caves, you can book a boat trip to take you over there which is highly recommended. There’s also a small beach hut serving snacks, but it’s worth taking your own food and water if you’re going to spend all day there.

2 // Praia do Ancão, Almancil

Praia do Ancão

Praia do Ancão is the place where the locals go to enjoy their time on the beach. Popular with families, this endless, golden, blue-flag stretch of sand has calm seas and most importantly a lifeguard for peace of mind if you’re holidaying with little ones. There are sunbeds, umbrellas and watersports galore, and plenty of choice for snacks and beach bars.

3 // Praia de Vale Figueira, Aljezur

Praia de Vale Figueira

One of the more remote west coast beaches, Praia de Vale Figueira is a long, wide and breathtaking stretch of whitish sand backed by picture-postcard cliffs. With nothing more than a rough, unpaved road leading towards it, it’s advisable to take your own food and water.

4 // Praia de Odeceixe, Odeceixe

Praia de Odeceixe

In the north of the region, this unique beach is definitely worth the drive. It’s located at the mouth of the Seixe river, offering something for everyone; shallow calm waters on one side ideal for families, and boisterous waves on the other. At low tide, the large sandy surface is also dotted with lagoons, which are ideal for children to play and swim in.

5 // Praia da Dona Ana, Lagos

 Praia da Dona Ana

Praia da Dona Ana is regarded as one of the most picturesque beaches of the Algarve region. The small beach is surrounded by steep, colourful cliffs and the golden sands are lapped by crystal clear waters – in a nutshell, it’s stunning! Situated within walking distance of central Lagos, Praia da Dona Ana makes for an ideal location for a day on the beach.

Do you have a favourite beach in the Algarve? If so, please comment and let me know below.

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  • Michelle Twin MumMay 14, 2017 - 6:22 pm

    Oh my word, that 4th beach is amazing, I’d love the calm tranquil side. Mich xReplyCancel

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    Gorgeous. I really must visit one day!ReplyCancel

  • Claire at Tin Box TravellerMay 17, 2017 - 10:33 am

    Oh my, these beaches are stunning. I’ve never been to Portugal but it’s somewhere I’m desperate to go to see the cities and the coast.ReplyCancel

  • Halina Vie ChoufleurMay 17, 2017 - 10:52 am

    These all look stunning! I’ve been to the Lagos beach, years ago, and it was definitely great. I’d love to go back to the Algarve soon.ReplyCancel

  • DonnaMay 17, 2017 - 4:43 pm

    Algarve beaches always look so beautiful. I’d love to take the children there one day xReplyCancel

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    Wow those beaches look amazing! I have never been to Portugal, it’s very much on the list! xReplyCancel

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A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to leave the rather predictably chilly bank holiday behind over Easter and spend a week in Mallorca’s wonderful South-West corner with my sister and her family.

Easter Sunday couldn’t come soon enough as far as the children were concerned as they had spotted the chocolate stash very early on, and were keen for their detective skills to be put to the test so that they could gorge themselves silly.

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Boden were kind enough to sponsor our Easter wardrobe, so not to boast, but it was a lovely warm morning and dressed in their Boden towelling throw-ons (good job they wash well..) the children had the perfect excuse to eat all of their treasures before they melted.  Do they ever get too old to be thrilled by the chocolate chase? I hope not, it’s incredibly sweet to see them working as a team to find all of the eggs and share them out equally. (I’m pretty sure I scoffed everything I laid my eyes on before my sister could get her sticky hands on them when I was younger?!)

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Towelling throw-ons c/o Boden

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Easter is always a bit unpredictable in Mallorca, but we were very lucky with the weather and spent our days by the pool and the sea (both FREEZING!), while the cousins played happily, oblivious to the icebergs in the water.

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Swimming outfits c/o Boden – you can find their individual outfits here – Phoebe / Jack / Bea / Teddy

Mallorca really is a wonderful island, we come here a lot and absolutely love it.  The sun shines, there are beautiful beaches and mountains and the food is delicious.  I’ll be putting up a Part 2 to this post over the next few weeks, sharing some of our favourite places on the island, including a few lesser known hidden gems, and also detailing a few fun things to keep you occupied when you’re not sunbathing such as the brilliant bike route in Palma complete with fun playgrounds en-route.

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Playsuit and statement sweatshirt c/o Boden

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Flowery dress c/o Boden

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Matching playsuitscardigans and pretty shoes (Bea / Phoebe) c/o Boden. 

A huge thanks to Boden for sending us all some lovely threads to wear on our jollies!
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    They look very cute in their Boden towels!ReplyCancel

  • KerryMay 4, 2017 - 1:12 pm

    Love your children’s outfits! I used to live in mallorca when I was little and I remember the sea was pretty much always freezing cold! xxReplyCancel

  • DonnaMay 4, 2017 - 4:17 pm

    Those throw ons are the cutest – I’ve been looking for something just like that for our summer holiday in August – off to their site to check them out. Love the stars! xReplyCancel

  • StevieMay 4, 2017 - 8:15 pm

    What gorgeous clothes and I am so jealous I LOVE Mallorca! Glad you had such a lovely time.

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  • SarahMay 5, 2017 - 7:37 am

    I went to Mallorca a few years ago and it was lovely. Looks like you had a great time – and some fab clothes to wear while you were there too :)ReplyCancel

  • Claire at Tin Box TravellerMay 6, 2017 - 10:49 pm

    What wonderful weather for Easter. It looks like you had a lovely time and those outfits are adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • MariaJune 3, 2017 - 9:06 pm

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A few months ago I shared the news that we have very kindly been asked to be Geronimo Festival ambassadors.

If you’re not au fait with the Geronimo Festival you can read all about it here, but in a nutshell it’s the largest children’s festival in the North West that kicks off on 27th to 29th May 2017 at Arley Hall, Cheshire. You can expect a line-up jam packed with some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, including CBeebies favourites Mr Bloom, Andy Day, Justin Fletcher and Cook & Line from Swashbuckle.

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Alongside the big names, there’s also a whole host of activities for children and parents, including den making, donkey rides, circus shows, baby ballet, face painting, storytelling, a petting farm, climbing, craft workshops and much much more.

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In addition, the fun doesn’t stop when the acts do, for the first year ever families can now camp in the specially designed child friendly campsite. You can either bring your own tent, caravan or motorhome, or take advantage of the many glamping options on offer. Families can choose from a wide range of fully equipped, spacious and unique boutique tents, including Arabian Bedouin Tents, Cosy Cubes or bright, airy and affordable Tangerine Tents. With the option of booking all the kit needed to camp and the promise to be pitched with friends regardless of group size or when you arrive, all that grown-ups need to worry about is making sure they get to see as much of the Geronimo Festival as they can.

Geronimo Festival really is a children’s festival like no other and Hello Baby has teamed up with the lovely team at Geronimo to offer one lucky family the chance to win a family pass for up to four people  for either Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday admission.

For your chance to win, comment on this blog post answering the following question AND fill in the rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

Q: At which venue will Geronimo Festival take place?

A: Tatton Park

B: Arley Hall

C: Chatsworth House

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Full Ts&Cs are below.

Terms and conditions:

  1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or Geronimo Festival.
  2. The prize is one family pass to Geronimo Festival for either Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday admission. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize. Each pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 2 years do not require a ticket).
  3. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  4. Travel and accommodation are not included.
  5. The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival.
  6. The prize includes most events and activities at Geronimo but not food and drink from any stalls or bar.
  7. The prize draw starts at 12am on 10th April 2017 and closes at 12am on 30th April 2017.
  8. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post and filling in the Rafflecopter widget. Entrants can gain bonus entries by visiting Hello Baby on facebook, following @hellobabyblog on Twitter, following @hellobabyblog on Instagram, following @hellobabyblog on Pinterest, tweeting about the giveaway, following @geronimofest_uk on Twitter, visiting GeronimoFestival on Facebook and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  9. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing.
  10. Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  11. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  12. Hello Baby Blog reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  13. Once the winner has been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform Geronimo Festival of the winner’s name and they will then send on the prize. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late.
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  • Ben TurnerApril 10, 2017 - 12:14 pm
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    Arley Hall – Would love to win tickets! Thanks for the chance. We’ve been for the last two years and it’s fantastic.ReplyCancel

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    B. Arley Hall, I have never heard of thus festival but I sounds fantastic! I will definitely go this year or next year even if u don’t win xReplyCancel

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Shopping for Jack and Phoebe is one of my favourite pastimes. I have to admit I loathe clothes shopping for myself, but I could quite happily spend hours on end clothes shopping for the little ones. There are just so many pretty things!

With Phoebs turning 3 in 2 months (seriously, where does the time go?!) she is shooting up at a rapid rate and is in need of some roomier clothes for Spring and Summer, so I’ve spent the weekend perusing my favourite brands on Ladida and creating little wishlists for her Spring / Summer wardrobe.

If you haven’t heard of Ladida, you really must check them out pronto. Ladida is an American shop carrying brands from all over the world including Wolf & Rita, Bobo ChosesMini Rodini and The Animals Observatory. They have a huge selection of handpicked designer children’s clothing and offer a wide range of styles and brands to choose from, making this a great one-stop-shop for your babies and children up to age 18.

It was a nigh on impossible task pulling together my 8 favourite items for Spring/Summer, but here are my top picks:

Ladida

1 // Mini Rodini Unicorn Star Wing Swimsuit, $52.80

2 // Morley Chambray Check Finn Dress, $157.50

3 // Bobo Choses Podium Sweatshirt, $72

4 // Wolf & Rita Dans La Foret Silvia Dress, $127.60

Ladida

5 // Nadadelazos Little Dandelion Tunic Dress, $59.40

6 // Bobo Choses Flamingo Shaped Dress, $96

7 // Bonton Natural Leather Sandals, $138

8 // Bobo Choses 1968 AO Denim Short, $82

You can find all the latest news from Ladida on their Facebook and Instagram pages and to see the full range of their lovely wares, check out their website. They ship worldwide and offer FREE shipping across the United States for orders over $99.00 and FREE shipping on international orders over $199.00.

Are you a fan of Ladida? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclosure: PR collaboration

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