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Help me book for May Half Term before I go completely insane

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NancyJoan Sat 26-Mar-16 17:59:06

We want to go away next HT, me, DH and 2 kids aged 7 and 10.

I don't want to go to the Canaries, but I do want sun and temps of around 24 plus, so have discounted the Balearics as weather too risky.

Have spent hours online looking at travel agents/reviews/forums, am now more confused than ever before.

Thinking of mainland Spain, but no idea where. Please can someone recommend a hotel/resort to me before I lose it completely.

Onykahonie Sat 26-Mar-16 18:07:52

More details needed...
Airport, dates, hotel or s/c, budget? What sort of place to you like (lively, kids clubs etc, or quiet and traditional)? Do you want a package?

Costacoffeeplease Sat 26-Mar-16 18:09:55

The Algarve? We should have those sort of temps by half term - I live in Carvoeiro, happy to answer any questions

Marmitelover55 Sat 26-Mar-16 18:16:29


NancyJoan Sat 26-Mar-16 18:19:26

Sorry, more info.

Flights from Bristol or Cardiff.

From 28th May for a week.

Hotel, not lively, don't need kids club, really really don't want entertainment, but with other kids for mine to befriend. I'd like to be somewhere a bit pretty/traditional, and near places we can go and visit in a hire car. So, pretty villages, markets, etc.

Budget about £2.5k

Not fussed whether package or not, but suspect as it's school hols, a package may be cheaper.

NancyJoan Sat 26-Mar-16 18:21:53

Costa, I could be persuaded, but we did The Algarve late April one year and it rained for the first eight of our ten days, so DH a bit reluctant!

Hit me up with Carvoeiro suggestions, though, and I'll see what he says!

Onykahonie Sat 26-Mar-16 18:23:27

I'll do a bit of searching later and see what I can find. Would you consider S/C or not?

NancyJoan Sat 26-Mar-16 18:27:13

No, S/C too much like hard work for me, and actually DD needs other kids to hang out with or she gets fed up. Thank you!

Costacoffeeplease Sat 26-Mar-16 18:58:37

End of May is different to end April grinnwe had friends here for half term last year and they couldn't believe how good the weather was!

Carvoeiro is more of a self catering resort than hotels but if you get an apartment on a development with communal pools, your daughter will have company, and you've got your choice of 30-40 restaurants in the evening. Walking distance of the town are - monte dourado, Colina verde, monte Carvoeiro, parts of Quinta do Paraiso, algar Seco, Areias dos Moinhos

If you want a hotel there's the Mirachoro Praia or Tivoli Almansor - there's also the Carvoeiro Sol but it's right in the centre by the beach so could be a bit noisy

There's a thread on here that I started last summer, might give you an idea?

Onykahonie Sat 26-Mar-16 19:13:01

How about somewhere like this?
Flights to Bristol to Malaga Ryanair for £986 return for all of you on the Sunday
E206 per night for all of you AI per night (obvs less for HB or B+B)
Mijas is supposed to be lovely. Fuengirola is actually not bad either for beaches, restaurants etc and Malaga is a lovely city to visit.

Onykahonie Sat 26-Mar-16 19:58:34

I think the apartments in and around Mijas look better than the hotels, though. Take a look at and Trip Advisor for reviews.

On Thomson, I found Inturotel Sa Marina, Majorca for £563 pp HB, might be too lively.

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