Club Med Da Balaia looks out over the Atlantic Ocean, between red cliffs, white sand, blue skies and green fairways. An all-inclusive holiday with Club Med means an infinite choice of activities, including golf, tennis and archery, plus a CINQ MONDES Spa where you can lie back and be pampered!
What awaits you in Portugal
Enjoy a luxury all inclusive Europe holiday with no hassle whatsoever when you travel with Club Med. The climate in Portugal holiday destinations can vary hugely depending on when you choose to take your European break. Portugal is characterised by warm weather in summer with a wet season in winter. This Mediterranean climate benefits from refreshing sea breezes in the humid months, when temperatures can reach as high as 40°C. You can experience bouts of this warm weather even during September and October in most areas of Portugal.
Portugal is the perfect destination for family holidays with a mix of Mediterranean inspiration and beachside fun. Wander through rural orange groves, get lost in winding cobblestone streets, explore medieval ruins or simply soak up the sun on golden sands on your all-inclusive holiday.
As Europe’s oldest country, Portugal has an astounding collection of historic monuments, castles and ruins just waiting to be explored. In the North, Porto rises in tiers on the green hillsides, begging to be explored. In the south, the Algarve seduces visitors with its dramatic coastlines, family-friendly beach resorts and scenic golf courses.
Portuguese musical culture is dominated by Fado, an urban folk tradition you’ll hear echoing in streets and bars from Porto to Faro. Portuguese cuisine is full of fresh seafood, aromatic seasonings and delicious pastries. Savour a hearty plate of bacalhau a bras or a sweet little pasteis de nata followed by a glass of port wine or a light, dry vinho verde.
• Direct Flying Time: 3 hours
• Airport: Faro Airport
• Time Difference: 1 hour
• Currency: Euros
• Best months to visit: May - Sep
• Well Known for: Good food & Cultural attractions
• Languages: Portuguese & English widely spoken
Monthly weather averages in Portugal
Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe, with sunny springs and summers, perfect for enjoying the stunning beaches. The south tends to be warmer than the north, with pleasant sea breezes that provide welcome relief during the hotter months.
The best time to visit Portugal and the Algarve is between May and September when the weather is warm and dry. July and August are the hottest months, with average highs of 28°C and up to 11 hours of sunshine a day.
An all-inclusive stay to uncover all that Portugal has to offer
Fancy going back to the roots of the Iberian art de vivre? Staying in Portugal is the ideal place to do so. Dive into the Atlantic, with a fado tune in your ears and a quote from Fernando Pessoa in your mind.
From one region to another, the Portuguese landscapes are distinguished by their diversity. Savour your all-inclusive stay in Portugal, where oceanic landscapes meet Mediterranean colours. In the north, head to Porto, where the impressive amphitheatres of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, unfold before your eyes. Discover the south as you pass through its protected zones. The South-West Alentejano and Costa Vicentina Nature Park is the ideal setting for an excursion in the great outdoors. From there, travel the length of the shore to Carrapateira, a small, preserved village which has become a hotspot for surfers. The natural abundance in Portugal and the Algarve region makes it a favourite destination for golf fans who sing the praises of the Dem Pedro Golf green, just a few minutes from the Club Med Da Balaïa resort.
The Algarve isn’t only known for its golf courses. The region, which enjoys a mild and sunny climate all year round (17°C average temperature in winter), also seduces its visitors with its cultural and natural heritage. Take a stroll through the back-country and the hidden picturesque villages, including Alcoutim on the banks of the Guadiana river. Further to the west, discover Lagos, a bustling seaside town. Continue your all-inclusive stay in Portugal and head for the Ria Formosa, a natural park which is unique in Europe, made up of lagoons and small beaches. Tranquillity becomes a way of life…
While a trip to Portugal has to include the countryside and beaches of the Algarve, your first priority should be the capital. From the Jeronimos Monastery, with its Manueline architectural style, to the tower of Belem, ready to face the waves, Lisbon is full of treasures. Grandiose and rooted in legends, these marvels will send the imaginations of children and adults alike into overdrive! If you fancy discovering Lantau Island, you’ll love the “Hong Kong Getaway” tour. And while Fado music has accompanied your trip so far, these Portuguese songs will soon turn into flamenco melodies as you arrive in the Andalusian city of Seville, just 2 hours from your resort Club Med Da Balaia.
Things to do in Portugal
Your family holiday
in pursuit of the charms of Portugal
Whether on the Atlantic coastline or at the heart of green lands, your holiday in Portugal is like an adventure straight from the tales of the great explorers.
How could you spend a family holiday in Portugal without stopping by Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site? From the discovery of the medieval Vila Nova de Gaia neighbourhood to a wander up to the Clérigos Tower, passing by the impressive cathedral, Porto is sure to seduce you. On the banks of the river Douro, 4 hours and 30 minutes from the Da Balaïa resort, experience the gentle lifestyle by taking the kids on a boat tour.
During your all-inclusive stay in Portugal, leaving the small picturesque village of Carrapateira, you’ll find one of the country’s most famous beaches. As spacious as it is beautiful, the beach is only partially built on, with a lot remaining unspoilt. It proves be the ideal spot for a getaway to enjoy the great outdoors as a family and to bask on the beach, at less than an hour away from the Da Balaïa resort.
To the far west of the Algarve, 1 hour and 10 minutes from the Da Balaïa resort, enjoy Sagres and its landscapes that make you feel as though you’re at the world’s end. Far away from it all, you’ll find yourself in an international surfing hotspot. Spice up your all-inclusive stay in Portugal by trying your hand at the sliding sports (surfing, body-boarding, paddle-boarding...) which founded the site’s reputation. Or, if you’re after a calmer experience, enjoy the magnificent scenery from Cape Sagres and its 50 metre high cliffs…
1 hour and 30 minutes from the Da Balaia resort, between land and sea, this nature reserve, unique in the country, has forged the Algarve’s reputation. With exceptional flora and fauna, the lagoons are the perfect backdrop for a canoe adventure with the kids. Far from the crowds of the Algarve, head for the Marim Environmental Education Center, before continuing onto the Quinta do Lago beach. Wait until you see the grace of the pink flamingos!Ria Formosa