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Family breaks with an educational element in France, Spain and Portugal

For historic towns and nature: the Algarve

Hugely popular with the family market, the Algarve is famed for its beaches, yet the area and its surroundings offer plenty of interesting, culture-rich towns, as well as nature experiences for those who like to keep active.

Lagos is a bustling historic port town, located along the Algarves western coastline, where families can enjoy leisurely walks through pretty squares, stopping to see the churches and 16th-century walls. Clients staying at Club Meds family-friendly Da Balaia property can take a half-day guided coach trip to Lagos to learn about the towns rich naval history. The trip costs £50 per adult and £41 per child under 12.

The resort also offers a guided trip that visits the picturesque market town of Tavira, with its colourful houses, crumbling castle ruins and old Roman bridge. The Algarvian Heritage trip costs £64 per adult and £55 per child under 12.

For kids who love nature, the tourist board recommends taking a dolphin-watching boat excursion from Sagres. If theyre lucky, theyll also spot whales and turtles. Trips can be booked on capecruiser.org.

Book it: A stay at Club Med Da Balaia starts from £825 per adult for a seven-night holiday, including flights. clubmed.co.uk

For marine heritage and football fans: Madeira

Madeiras quaint neighbouring island of Porto Santo is a favourite with locals, thanks to its beaches whose soft sand has therapeutic properties due to high levels of calcite. The island is either a 25-minute flight or a two-and-a-half hour boat ride from Funchal, Madeiras capital.

“Away from the beaches, visitors can explore the Christopher Columbus House Museum, where he lived during his time on the island following his marriage to Filipa Moniz,” says Costas Anastasi, product mRead More – Source