Portugal With Kids | Places to Stay & Things to Do | Travel Mad Mum (2022)

We’ve been to Portugal with kids twice now. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, its one of the most family-friendly countries in Europe, and somewhere I always recommend to people looking for a break. We’ve been twice now and had some of our best family holidays in Portugal!

On our first trip a couple of years ago, we focused on Central Portugal mixing aLisbon city break with a relaxing cultural and beach trip to Sintra. Whereas on our most recent family vacation, we explored the Algarve on the southerly coast of the country!

Both visits were quite different and could be combined into a longer road trip around Portugal with kids. Renting a car could be an amazing way to explore on an extended trip, however public transport is also quite good.

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Portugal is between a two to three hour flight time from the UK, making it an easy to reach destination for the whole family to travel. Our kids loved the trip and I personally loved the diverse experiences Portugal offers.

From exploring ancient castles, to wandering the narrow cobbled streets of Lisbon, not to mention the glorious beaches of the Algarve, there is so many things to do for all types of families. If you’ve got a lot of holiday time you can also combine it with a trip to Azores which is a pretty affordable and short flight from mainland Portugal. You can check available flights here.

By the way, we’d probably pick Lisbon for a family holiday if you’re comparing Lisbon vs Porto, because Lisbon is easier to get to and offers more options for everyone.

The Portuguese are incredibly welcoming of tourists and in particular, are great with children from our experience. Nearly every person we met took the time to chat with our kids and interact with them, making the family travel experience so enjoyable.

We’ve created this guide to Portugal with kids! You can choose to focus on one area you are interested in, or make it into 10 days in Portugal or maybe spend a couple of weeks of exploring. We’ve got it all covered from the best beach holiday in Portugal to a weekend in Portugal, happy reading!

Things To Do In Portugal With Kids

FARO, ALGARVE WITH KIDS

We started off our recent trip in Faro and stayed in one of the most family-friendly villas in Portugal. At just half an hour drive from the airport, Quinta De Lagos is the perfect place to start a trip off to Portugal with a toddler or young child.

The gated community is an expansive area filled with tree-lined promenades, walking and cycling routes, not to mention access to some completely isolated beaches.

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We stayed at Martinhal Quinta, well known for offering some of the most child-friendly holidays in Portugal, in fact, I would happily say in Europe by my experience. The villas inside the complex are privately owned, however they are managed by Martinhal and all have the same facilities and branding.

BEST PLACE FOR A FAMILY HOLIDAY IN PORTUGAL

Martinhal specialise in ‘baby’s first holiday’ and all round making it easy for families. They have a catalogue of items they can have ready and waiting in the villa. From high chairs to potties, nappies and so on. Being at Martinhal Quinta made us feel like both parents and children were catered for. Sometimes the balance can be too much in one or the other way.

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We had everything we needed inside our three bedroom villa. It was a beautiful big property with open plan living, all mod cons kitchen and of course a private swimming pool. The beautiful winding marble stairs was the most eye catching feature of all which ordinarily spells hazard with kids, however Martinhal had a gate at either end to keep little ones safe.

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If the villa wasn’t enough, we had all the facilities of a regular resort within Martinhal. The area feels residential in some ways, almost like the Portuguese version of Wisteria Lane! Pastel green Mediterranean buildings along cobbled streets with fuchsia pink flowers outside every house.

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Beyond the villas, Martinhal has a central area where there is a bar / restaurant, heated swimming pool and a trampoline play area for the kids. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool for those cooler days, maybe on a Portugal winter holiday! The kids had hours of fun and we really struggled to get them beyond Martinhal, so it was certainly a relaxed part of our trip.

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KIDS CLUB PORTUGAL

When we go on holiday we are not the type of parents to palm our kids off whenever possible, but our daughter just loves going to the kids club, especially at Martinhal. They had an amazing programme of activities, from face painting, to arts and crafts. Its such a nice way to get a break as parents, even it its just for lunch or a nice walk on the beach.

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SURROUNDING AREA

We spent our evenings exploring the local walking routes. However, you could also check out the best hiking paths in Portugal. I absolutely loved the long bridge across the estuary onto the beach. So many beaches along the coast in Portugal have board walks, ideal for cycling or pushing a stroller. There were very few people on the beach so it was just stunning wilderness as far as the eye could see.

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For Martinhal Quinta Family Resorts rates and availability click here.

PORTUGAL FOR FAMILIES

Another favourite spot of ours close to Martinhal Quinta was The Shack, it was also on the Estuary that had a man-made beach. It was such a clean and tidy area and perfect for little kids, instead of the crashing waves of the wild Atlantic. On the little beach outside The Shack were stand up paddle boards and a tonne of peddle boats in all shapes and sizes. From little cars to giant swans, it was certainly attractive to the kids.

They serve great food at The Shack and I must admit it was so nice sitting there watching the sunset whilst the kids were playing. Food is only served until 7pm, so make sure to get there on time if you plan to visit.

SAGRES, ALGARVE WITH KIDS

For the second leg of our recent Portugal trip, we travelled further into the Algarve. Martinhal arranged our transfer to their other property in Sagres. Although if you are on a road trip around Portugal, its not a long distance to travel. At only 1.5hrs away from Faro airport it’s one of the best beach resorts in Portugal.

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Sagres is on tiny peninsula at the furthest most southerly tip of Portugal. Due to its geography, the area has a mixture of both surf beaches and those a little more calm and better for families. The beach right in front of Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort Hotel is ideal for little ones. The water is calm, the beach is pristine and the views of the island right in front is the centre piece of the show making it perfect for an Algarve Holiday.

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Out of all of the places we’ve visited, Martinhal Sagres, is one of the best family resorts in Portugal and one of our all time favourite places, probably in the world when it comes to child friendliness. The reason being is it’s literally beachfront, meaning we didn’t have along walk to get there. Likewise all of the facilities were just perfect for families.

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BEST PLACE FOR A FAMILY HOLIDAY IN PORTUGAL

It’s a much larger expansive resort than the other Martinhal properties but had everything you could possibly want. We stayed in a villa with two bedrooms. It had stunning ceiling to floor glass sliding doors with a balcony to take in the views. With one side facing East, and the other West, we had our own little haven to catch both sunrise and sunset.

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There was also a supermarket on site so we could stock up and make our own meals if we wanted to save a little on eating out. That said, Martinhal Sagres has all the usual benefits of a hotel, with breakfast, half board and an all inclusive family holiday in Portugal as options.

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We did half board so it allowed us to go out and explore during the day, returning back in the evenings when the kids were too tired for much else. Every corner of the property has a playground, or a sand pit, not to mention the iconic trampoline.

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There were a tonne of amazing restaurants, a bar and even a pop up BBQ. For every space in Martinhal Sagres, you will find something for kids. Whether its a playground or an area with someone to supervise the kids whilst you finish your meal, they have thought the place through so well.

For rates and availability at Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort Hotel, click here.

THINGS TO DO AROUND SAGRES

Sagres is a small town that attracts families and surfers. There are many more beaches than just the one in front of Martinhal and a great way to spend a day trip is cycling around the coast. We rented bikes from the store at our hotel. We would have ideally liked a carriage but as we went on holiday to Portugal in April, it was high season and they were all booked out.

We took some child bike seats instead, all up with two adult bikes, the seats for kids, water bottles and helmets, it cost 50 euros for the day. We didn’t get very far as we couldn’t help but stop every few minutes to take in the stunning views. The Algarve coast is so beautiful with some impressive cliff side views.

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We cycled to the fortress in Sagres and onto Cape St Vincent, the landscape is just stunning and for this reason one of the best holiday destinations in Portugal. It was a little windy which is why I would have preferred a carriage for the kids so if you plan to cycle book one in advance. There is a supermarket and a few cute cafes along the way to pick up a picnic or stop for an ice-cream.

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If cycling is not your thing, or maybe you don’t intend to rent a car, the hotel also has a free shuttle service to and from the centre of Sagres, making it easy to pick up groceries from the larger supermarket or maybe explore a little more of the local area on foot.

LUXURY FAMILY HOLIDAY IN PORTUGAL

When we weren’t exploring the local area, we were generally chilling at Martinhal. As you know they have a kids club and they also have a spa! The perfect combo for getting some nice rest and relaxation in on a family holiday. I had a 50 minute ‘relaxation’ massage at the Finnestra Spa and it was utter heaven. Similar to our time at Martinhal Quinta, it was hard to pull the kids away from all of the amazing facilities.

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Usually we have to run away from our meals on holiday due to their impatience and excitement or tiredness. One of my favourite things about the trip was always having someone on hand with a game or colouring in so we could finish our meal when the kids were done.

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We spent 5 nights exploring Quinta De Lagos and the Sagres area. If you are planning a longer trip to Portugal, maybe your next stop could be Sintra or Lisbon? There is a train from Sagres to Lisbon that takes about three hours and the drive time is similar to the rail journey. When we road trip with kids, three hours is usually manageable.

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SINTRA WITH KIDS

If you do decide to do all of these destinations in one road trip, I recommend doing Sintra next. The reason being is you won’t want to take a car into Lisbon. I feel it would be a pain with parking and traffic.

Sintra is the capital of stunning castles and a place that is easily accessible from Lisbon. It’s also coastal meaning you can enjoy the beach, city and some beautiful architectural wonders all rolled into one! Cycling is an ideal way to explore and Pena Palace is a must see in Portugal.

Based on the top of this hill it can be seen from Lisbon on a clear day. The pastil colour painted element of the building and the stone carving around doorways make it look and feel like a real life Disney palace.

In theory it’s probably the ideal place to have a guide to really make the most of the history and understand. Get Your Guide are fabulous at tailoring trips to families with kids to make it equally as interesting for them.

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Luckily for us Sintra had yet another one of our favourite family friendly hotels in Portugal. We are a little Martinhal obsessed, I must admit. Martinhal Cascais Resort Hotel is close to Sintra and ideal location to combine a trip with Lisbon. We spent three nights there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed our time.

We explored a local fishing village, the beaches and exploring the castles. The hotel had all the same facilities as the Martinhal above. Kids club, outdoor playgrounds, a spa, restaurants bars and bike hires, yet another luxury Portugal holiday destination with little ones.

For rates and availability at Martinhal Cascais Family Resort Hotel click here.

LISBON WITH KIDS

Last but not least, one of my favourite cities in the world is Lisbon and really should be incorporated into a short break to Portugal with children. There is so much to see and do in this historical city, even with kids. I was so surprised at how much enjoyment we got from visiting with a toddler.

We went to places like the electricity museum, the aquarium and took a ride on the cable car. I was actually heavily pregnant at the time so wandering the streets which are very hilly was a little difficult at times. Lucky for me, there were tuk tuts at the ready, so we did a tour that way.

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Likewise we took a ride on the iconic route 28 tram that meanders through the streets of Lisbon. It gets a little busy so doing it first thing in the morning is my top tip to make the most of it. The food in Lisbon is great and I just loved the tiled walls, the beautiful colours, not to mention the lookout points from so many positions around the city.

Lisbon is the ideal destination if you only have a weekend in Portugal. Two to three nights is a good amount of time to explore. We stayed at Martinhal Chiado Family Suites in a central location, not too far from the Time Out Food Hall!

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The suites are self catering and have the added benefit of hotel facilities onsite. They of course have a Kids club, well known for their evening PJ parties where they give the kids dinner, play games and watch a movie whilst mum and dad get to enjoy the city for a couple of hours. You couldn’t ask for much more on a city break with kids.

For rates and availability at Martinhal Chiado Family Suites in Lisbon click here.

PORTUGAL HOLIDAY DEALS

There are quite often cheap deals to Portugal if you keep an eye on flights. We found groceries quite affordable in Portugal. Martinhal is on the pricier side, however it’s a very comfortable and fun choice for the kids. Having the option to be self catering balances the costs out. Don’t rule out the less well known areas either, there is plenty to do in Évora, Portugal as well.

I find using the Hopper app a good way of monitoring flights, they send you a notification when the flight is at its lowest predicted price. You can also set reminders up on Kayak and save your extra money for the child friendly resorts in Portugal! Of course if you prefer package holiday to Portugal there are a couple of companies I found online. They offer Martinhal as part of their Portugal family holiday packages.

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FUN PORTUGAL FACTS FOR KIDS

I thought it would be fun to throw some interesting facts about Portugal into the mix. When I did some research, I loved learning all about Portugal’s cultural facts, Portugal’s geography and traditional Portuguese practices.

  • Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe. Its border was defined in 1128.
  • There are 15 UNESCO world heritage sites in Portugal.
  • Portugal is one of the leaders in the world for renewable energy. This doesn’t surprise me considering how many wind farms we saw!
  • Portuguese is the official language in 9 countries, can you guess them?
  • Portugal is home to longest bridge in Europe.

Have you got any other fun facts about Portugal? Let me know in the comments!

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Disclaimer: Our stay in Martinhal was complimentary in return for an honest review on our Portugal with kids post. As always, all views expressed are entirely my own.

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FAQs

Which part of Portugal is best for families? ›

The Algarve is the most popular location for families and most visitors stay within the western region between Albufeira and Lagos, which incorporates Praia da Rocha, Carvoeiro and Praia da Luz. Within the region are many popular family activities including the Splash and Slide water park and the fantastic Zoomarine.

Is Portugal a good place for children? ›

Portugal is one of Europe's best destinations for a family holiday, suitable for parents travelling with babies and toddlers all the way through to teenagers and young adults. There's so much to see and do, making Portugal the perfect place for all ages.

Is Porto or Lisbon better for kids? ›

By the way, we'd probably pick Lisbon for a family holiday if you're comparing Lisbon vs Porto, because Lisbon is easier to get to and offers more options for everyone. The Portuguese are incredibly welcoming of tourists and in particular, are great with children from our experience.

Which part of Portugal is best for holiday? ›

Best holiday destinations in Portugal
  • Albufeira.
  • Loule.
  • Tavira.
  • Alvor.
  • Praia da Luz.
  • Lagos.
  • Praia del Rey.
  • Lisbon.

Is Portugal expensive to visit? ›

Portugal is considered one of the least expensive destinations in Western Europe, with an average cost of €68-115 per person per day, you will find it stacks up well as a holiday destination and is less expensive than many European options.

Is Algarve child friendly? ›

The Algarve is a fantastic holiday destination for you and your family. It is a safe and family-friendly holiday destination, that boasts modern tourism facilities, beautiful sandy beaches and a glorious climate. Along with the stunning beaches, there is a huge variety of activities for children of all ages.

Which part of the Algarve is best for families? ›

Top 10 Places in Algarve For Families To Go
  • Lagos. Lagos is a chilled and pleasant city where families can enjoy great scenery on the cobbled streets and high rise walls. ...
  • Portimao. Portimao is well known for the rocky beaches that border the coastline. ...
  • Tavira. ...
  • Albufeira. ...
  • Sagres. ...
  • Carvoeiro. ...
  • Luz. ...
  • Almancil.
Dec 10, 2018

Is Portugal safe for families? ›

Portugal's low crime rate

In the 2020 Global Peace Index, Portugal is third out of 163 countries when it comes to overall safety. In Europe, Portugal comes second out of 36 countries, sitting right behind Iceland.

What is the most beautiful beach in Portugal? ›

Praia do Portinho da Arrábida

Portinho beach is considered one of the most stunning, thanks to its fine white sand and crystal clear sea – and it tends to remain relatively quiet, due to its location away from the city.

Is it cheaper to fly to Lisbon or Porto? ›

Porto: If the one-way metro ticket prices didn't tip you off, Porto is generally cheaper than Lisbon — except for flight costs. Lodging, activities, transportation, food, and drink all cost less here than in Lisbon, though growing tourism to Porto may cause an increase in sticker prices.

Is it better to stay in Lisbon or Porto? ›

Lisbon has more tourist attractions, sights, and museums

While Porto has some worthwhile cathedrals and sights (like the Harry Potteresque bookstore), Porto is more about enjoying the city, strolling the streets, taking in views, and tasting Port wine at the Port lodges.

What is the best time to travel to Portugal? ›

Spring and fall offer the best combination of good weather, long days, and plenty of tourist and cultural activities — particularly during Holy Week, Lisbon's series of June festivals (which peak on St. Anthony's Day, June 13), and Porto's celebrations of St. John's Day (June 23–24).

What is the prettiest part of Portugal? ›

10 most beautiful places to visit in Portugal
  1. The beaches in the Algarve. ...
  2. The palaces and castles in Sintra. ...
  3. The wineries in the Rio Douro valley. ...
  4. The Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela. ...
  5. The vibrant capital, Lisbon. ...
  6. The Venice of Portugal, Aveiro. ...
  7. The nine islands of the Azores. ...
  8. The boulder village of Monsanto.
Jul 1, 2022

Which part of Portugal is the warmest? ›

The Algarve is the warmest and southernmost region in Portugal.

How long is the flight to Portugal? ›

How long do flights to Portugal take?
Departure airportDestination airportAverage flight time
London (LHR)Lisbon (LIS)2h 25m
Birmingham (BHX)Faro (FAO)2h 55m
London Southend (SEN)Faro (FAO)2h 55m
Manchester Aiport (MAN)Faro (FAO)3 hours
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How many days are enough in Portugal? ›

Any Portugal travel itinerary should be a minimum of seven days long to ensure you can immerse yourself in the local culture, customs, and traditions. Those with more time can enjoy traveling further afield or staying longer in one destination to scratch beneath the surface.

What is the cheapest time to travel to Portugal? ›

Travellers on a budget should visit Portugal outside the summer months and major holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. During these particular times, when most people plan their long weekends and vacations, flight and hotel costs soar, even outside the major cities.

Which part of Portugal is the cheapest? ›

The top cheapest places to live in Portugal in 2021 are:
  • Bragança.
  • Viseu.
  • Braga.
  • Covilhã
  • Torres Vedras.
  • Portimão.
  • Évora.
  • Faro.
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Where can I take the kids in the Algarve? ›

Best Family Activities in the Algarve
  • Get out to sea with Dolphin Driven. ...
  • Sail on the Dream Wave Algarve. ...
  • Swing like a monkey at Parque Aventura. ...
  • Get match-ready at the Valo do Lobo Tennis Academy. ...
  • Meet the animals at the Krazy World Zoo. ...
  • Get wet at the Slide and Splash waterpark.

What is Albufeira like for families? ›

Albufeira. Despite being famous for its street “the Strip” with a lot of bars and clubs, Albufeira still conserves a family friendly vibe, particularly in the Old Town. With plenty of beaches, child friendly activities and family focused attractions, Albufeira is an excellent place for some overdue family holidays.

Is Spain cheaper than Portugal? ›

Despite the lower purchasing power, Portugal is actually more expensive than Spain for a lot of things including essentials like cars, electricity, and fuel.

What is the most beautiful town in the Algarve? ›

Tavira. Tavira is one of the main towns in the Algarve, as well as one of the most beautiful. It's situated along the banks of the River Gilão and has a great historical legacy left by first the Romans and later the Arabs.

Is Lagos or Albufeira better? ›

The Difference Between Lagos and Albufeira. In general, Lagos is better when you're looking for a more authentic feel in Portugal. Lagos is much smaller than Albufeira and has a more laid-back vibe. Albufeira is tourist-focused, and you'll see that right away when arriving in the city.

Is English widely spoken in Portugal? ›

English is widely spoken, especially in parts of the country that are very tourist-focused like The Algarve, Lisbon, Porto, and Madeira, or that have a large number of expats.

How do I stop pickpockets in Portugal? ›

Summary:
  1. Tips and Tricks to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Lisbon. ...
  2. Wear a money belt. ...
  3. Leave the costly stuff at home. ...
  4. Maintain a strategic distance from crowds. ...
  5. Pack Smart. ...
  6. Always zip your packs. ...
  7. Keep cash and credit cards in a mixed bag of pockets. ...
  8. Photocopy indispensable documents.
Jan 12, 2019

Do you need a Covid test to enter Portugal? ›

To enter in Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), it is no longer required a proof of a negative COVID test or to present a COVID-EU digital certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries, accepted or recognized in Portugal.

Which has better beaches Spain or Portugal? ›

The verdict. Deciding which country has the best beaches for you really depends on what you're looking for. Whereas Spain is graced by the warmer waters of the Mediterranean and the chilled-out beach life that comes with it, Portugal benefits from the lively waters of the Atlantic and some truly epic scenery.

What is the best beach town in Portugal? ›

Portugal's 10 Most Beautiful Seaside Towns
  • Cascais. ...
  • Nazaré ...
  • Lagos. ...
  • Azeitão. ...
  • Azenhas do Mar. ...
  • Peniche. ...
  • Aveiro. ...
  • Viana do Castelo. Rich with opulent mansions in Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque styles, Viana do Castelo lies in a beautiful setting on the Lima estuary.

Which part of Portugal has best beaches? ›

1. Praia de Tavira, Algarve - best beaches Portugal.

Which part of the Algarve is best for families? ›

Top 10 Places in Algarve For Families To Go
  • Lagos. Lagos is a chilled and pleasant city where families can enjoy great scenery on the cobbled streets and high rise walls. ...
  • Portimao. Portimao is well known for the rocky beaches that border the coastline. ...
  • Tavira. ...
  • Albufeira. ...
  • Sagres. ...
  • Carvoeiro. ...
  • Luz. ...
  • Almancil.
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Is Portugal a good country to raise a family? ›

Family Activities in Portugal

Raising kids in Portugal has a lot to offer if you're a keen explorer and the best of it all, it's a very safe country. In the bigger towns and cities, groups where you can take your baby to play while you get to know other parents, are often bilingual.

Is Portugal safe for families? ›

Portugal's low crime rate

In the 2020 Global Peace Index, Portugal is third out of 163 countries when it comes to overall safety. In Europe, Portugal comes second out of 36 countries, sitting right behind Iceland.

Is Lisbon a good place for children? ›

Lisbon makes for a great destination for families who are seeking a child-friendly city break location. Lisbon is very welcoming and supportive of families, while the city boasts a varied selection of sights and activities suitable for children of all ages.

Is Spain cheaper than Portugal? ›

Despite the lower purchasing power, Portugal is actually more expensive than Spain for a lot of things including essentials like cars, electricity, and fuel.

What is the most beautiful town in the Algarve? ›

Tavira. Tavira is one of the main towns in the Algarve, as well as one of the most beautiful. It's situated along the banks of the River Gilão and has a great historical legacy left by first the Romans and later the Arabs.

Is Lagos or Albufeira better? ›

The Difference Between Lagos and Albufeira. In general, Lagos is better when you're looking for a more authentic feel in Portugal. Lagos is much smaller than Albufeira and has a more laid-back vibe. Albufeira is tourist-focused, and you'll see that right away when arriving in the city.

Is healthcare free in Portugal? ›

Universal Health Coverage: Portugal provides healthcare free of charge to children under age 18 and adults over 65. If citizens do not meet these requirements, and unless they need urgent care or have a unique situation, the NHS offers healthcare to them at a low cost.

Do people speak English in Portugal? ›

Portugal is the seventh most proficient country in the world when it comes to speaking English as a second language, according to the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), which analyses data from 2.2 million non-native English speakers in 100 countries and regions.

Why are people moving to Portugal? ›

Ninety percent of surveyed expats said they enjoy the weather in Portugal, 89 percent were happy with the air quality and 93 percent said they believe it is easy and safe to travel by bike or get around on foot. Portugal is now the cheapest country in Europe to live.

What is the best time of year to go to Portugal? ›

Spring and fall offer the best combination of good weather, long days, and plenty of tourist and cultural activities — particularly during Holy Week, Lisbon's series of June festivals (which peak on St. Anthony's Day, June 13), and Porto's celebrations of St. John's Day (June 23–24).

How do I stop pickpockets in Portugal? ›

Summary:
  1. Tips and Tricks to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Lisbon. ...
  2. Wear a money belt. ...
  3. Leave the costly stuff at home. ...
  4. Maintain a strategic distance from crowds. ...
  5. Pack Smart. ...
  6. Always zip your packs. ...
  7. Keep cash and credit cards in a mixed bag of pockets. ...
  8. Photocopy indispensable documents.
Jan 12, 2019

What is the hottest month in Portugal? ›

July has an average maximum temperature of 28°C (82°F) and is the warmest month of the year.

Can children go in bars in Lisbon? ›

Children are not allowed to stay in night clubs or bars. A person have to be 16 years of age to enter a disco or bar.

Our selection of best things to do in Portugal with kids. Not a typical guide, rather all kinds of different yet fun family-friendly experiences in Portugal

This is a selection of all kinds of fun things to do in Portugal with kids that don’t involve swimming, playing on the beach, visiting zoos, aquariums, or other traditional family activities.. Best experiences to have in Portugal with kids:. So if you are traveling to Portugal with kids, make sure you take them for a tuk-tuk ride.. You will find them in Lisbon, Porto, and Sintra.. However, Portugal has some amazing places, especially the monasteries, that any kid will love to explore.. Our kids love visiting markets.. They love exploring new places at night!

Planning a family vacation to Portugal? Check out some of our favorite places to visit with your family whist on holiday in Portugal.

Everything about it is fascinating, for kids especially.. Unsurprisingly, the castle was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and given the name “Cultural Landscape of Sintra.”. Apart from exciting tours inside and the time inspecting gorgeous grounds outside, children are also fascinated by the overall appearance of the fortress.. Lagoa do Fogo , or the Fire Lake, is a crater lake within the Agua de Pau Massif stratovolcano, right in the middle of Sao Miguel island.. That is, of course, where Fire Lake got its name.. Looming over the gardens is the Monte Palace Madeira Museum, where you will get to enjoy rare exhibitions and explanations about the wildlife here.. Monte Palace Madeira was constructed and perfected over many years, and the families usually spend a lot of time inspecting the animals and the greenery.

Wondering what are the best activities to do with children when visiting Porto Portugal? Here are my top 11 things to do in Porto with kids.

Wondering what are the best activities to do with children when visiting Porto Portugal ?. If you love city family travel then I am confident you will enjoy your time in Porto area with kids.. The Gaia cable car is not only fantastic for the views but it will save you a lot of time going down and up the steep hills for the Porto wine tasting area.. But the promenade is also worth the walk and sightseeing if you have no plans to do Porto wine tasting with kids.. The tower provides amazing 360 degree views of Porto but there are 240 steps to climb to get to the top .. Besides the tour you also have entrance to the Clérigos church and its exhibition.. Kids love riding in these vehicles, and the tour we took used 100% electric cars with no noise or pollution.. The thematic ride at World of Discoveries.. In the park you will find beautiful gardens and a variety of plants and trees, relaxing walking paths and the treetop walk offering great views of the area.. If you want to visit this store check my Lello bookstore visit guide to avoid crowds and make the most of your visit.. Look at Porto is a 5D experience, about a hundred meters away from the museum World of Discoveries museum mentioned above.. And these are some of my top tourist attractions in Porto Portugal for a family traveling with kids.. Have you been to Porto?

Heading to Portugal with the kids and need to keep them entertained? Here's how to do it with water parks, puppets, and plenty more.

Many of the tickets also include a free port wine tasting at one of the cellars afterward, and typically cost 12 to 15 euros for adults, and around half-price for children.. Tickets to the permanent exhibition cost 15 euros for adults, 10 euros for children aged 4-12, and free for those three and under.. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs 39 euros.. Lonely Planet / Lonely Planet Images / GettyImages. For something completely different, check out the Puppet Museum in Lisbon, located in a former convent in the historic downtown neighborhood of Santos.. Adult tickets cost 8.50 euros, and children under the age of 12 are free.. Tickets cost 29 euros for adults, 19 euros for children five to 10 years old, and free for kids four and under.

Exploring Lisbon with kids, including what to do in a 2-3 day itinerary and where to stay to enjoy a kid-friendly hotel: Martinhal Chiado.

From the Chiado neighborhood, the historic Alfama neighborhood or the Bairro Alto neighborhood, you’ll be central to most sights.. Taking a tuk tuk tour through Lisbon’s winding, narrow streets can be a great way to get your bearings and have fun doing it.. A good hotel concierge can reserve a tuk tuk tour for your family, or you can simply head to any attraction or square in the city and easily find one for hire.. Kids and castles tend to go nicely together.. Since your kids will spot this one from most overlooks, they’ll want to go sooner rather than later.. A trolley is a main form of transportation in Lisbon, and you’ll see trolley tracks criss-crossing most city streets.. The highlight is the Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an example of Manueline architecture, but if you ask kids, the real highlight is probably Pastêis de Belém, the original seller of Lisbon’s most delicious custard tart treat.. Next to the monastery is Lisbon’s museum of archeology, worth a visit in its own right.. You can buy tickets for just the monastery or combined tickets inside (this line was only 30 minutes).. The Time Out Market, however, is one of the city’s main food courts that holds everything from traditional meals to trendy treats and bakeries.. Tip: Consider the Lisbon pass if you think you’ll be visiting most attractions in the city, as you’ll save money and gain some transportation options on the metro as well.. This Lisbon neighborhood is the oldest in the city, and worth exploring as a destination in its own right.. You’ll be stopping often to take photos.. You’ll find any number of wine bars and rooftop bars (we recommend Park Bar, located at the top of a parking garage with excellent patio views) and dining options ranging from street food to upscale restaurants.

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This post on visiting Portugal with kids contains affiliate links, but all opinions are 100% my own.. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission if you click my link but does not change your price.. It felt like such an easy destination to travel with little ones.. However, most restaurants will not provide tap water, even when asked, so either plan to purchase drinks or bring your own water bottles.. We stayed in central areas in both cities, so we could walk most places.. It was also super easy to take the train between the big cities.. It would’ve been easier if we’d still had our car, and given us more flexibility to stop at other sites.. We tend to fluctuate between staying in the heart of things for easy accessibility, and staying further out in a more residential area for a more local feel.. Portugal felt much less sites-and-museums-intensive than other places we’ve been.. Another option if even the standing-room line is long is to hop on a stop or two after Martim Moniz – while the conductor didn’t let more folks on at the start, he let several people on at each of the next several stops.. Portugal had some of the worst lines for big sites of any place we’ve visited in Europe.. The line for the city pass was almost zero in several places we went!. I recommend this anywhere you go, but especially in Portugal.. Loving these tips on traveling to Portugal with Kids?

See our ten favourite things to do in Portugal with kids. From wild camping and hiking to whale watching, it's jam-packed with activities.

See Portugal’s stunning coastline from a sea kayak, a family favourite from Arrabida to the Algarve, not to forget Madeira and the Azores. Wander through the picturesque back streets of Portugal’s capital and take a tram to the hilltop castle. Older children and parents will be fascinated by this UNESCO World Heritage site.. Truly fun for all the family.. Whether you hike between mountain peaks, along the levadas or on coastal paths, the views are spectacular. Dolphins also make the waters around the Azores their home and you’ll not only see them on a boat tour (watch out for flying fish darting across the boat’s bow) but go swimming with them as well.

Moving with children to Portugal is a big step, but will be hugely rewarding if you're well prepared. Find out about the local lifestyle, as well about the domestic and international education system.

Moving with your children to Portugal could be the best thing you ever do as a family.. So plenty of people do believe that moving with children to Portugal is a good choice.. But while moving with children to Portugal doesn’t mean they’ll become immune to the attractions of social media and Love Island , the lifestyle of kids in Portugal is more “outdoorsy”.. Obviously, a key concern about moving with children to Portugal is their education.. Young children should be fine within Portugal’s state education system and integrate beautifully into local life.. A move with children to Portugal is a big step, but luckily there are plenty of quality options for pre-school, primary and secondary school.. Longer days are common as well, with children remaining at school until around 16.45 once they’ve finished their primary years.. Many people who move with children to Portugal take advantage of the local state schools.. If you choose to send your children to an international school, the curriculum may differ.. Here are a few examples of the kind of international schools you will find if you move with children to Portugal:. Aljezuer International School , in the inland west Algarve, is an example of a slightly more affordable international school option.. Moving with children to Portugal certainly requires some detailed planning.. The Portugal Buying Guide is designed to support you through each stage of buying property in Portugal, providing relevant, up-to-date information and tips from Portugal property experts and expats who have been through the process themselves.

Learn why Central Portugal should be on your radar for your family holiday and what is has to offer families. With a 7-day Central Portugal itinerary to help you start planning your trip, you’ll soon be enjoying all this region has to offer.

To really explore Central Portugal, you will need a car.. That said, summer time is also a great time to visit Central Portugal, although during July and August will be hot, with temperatures generally in and around 30C.. Central Portugal is beautiful no matter what time of year you visit.. Day Five : After checking out of our AirBnB, we hit the road and started heading south towards Lisbon.. Day Eight: Before leaving Lisbon for the Algarve, we checked out of our AirBnB and headed to Lisbon Zoo.. Day 3 – Depart Lousa and head to Nazare, visiting the beach upon arrival.

This fun-filled 3-day itinerary for visiting Lisbon with kids includes tips, lodging recommendations, and 12 great things to do in Lisbon with children.

I visited Lisbon with a 4-year-old, which may be the most challenging age to travel to Lisbon.. Instead, this Lisbon itinerary details things you can do in Lisbon with kids, and gives you a real account of the family-friendliness of top attractions.. We spent a total of 3 days in Lisbon, but you could spend much longer in the capital and take some of the more popular day trips from Lisbon .. Day 1 in Lisbon with kids Explore the historic Alfama district Castelo de St. Jorge Lisbon Cathedral Lunch at Praca do Comercio Rua Augusta Carmo Convent Rossio Square. Entrance to the cathedral is free, and while it is the oldest church in Lisbon and one of the most prominent Lisbon landmarks, touring the church doesn’t take much time.. The Lisbon Cathedral or Sé Cathedral is an easy quick stop in Lisbon with kids.. One of the main and most popular squares in Lisbon , Praca do Comercio, or Commerce Square, is an easy stroll from Lisbon Cathedral.. So if you have 3 days in Lisbon, and choose not to do a day trip to Sintra on one of the days, the Lisbon Aquarium is a fantastic alternative.. Booking.com As with any city Lisbon has it’s issues, but from our experience Lisbon is a safe and fun city to visit with kids.

Discover the best activities, attractions & sports to keep your kids entertained all holiday and find out why the Algarve is a perfect holiday destination for the whole family.

Without a doubt, one of the best activities to do with children in the Algarve is to spend a day in one of the water parks in the region.. With green spaces and specific areas for picnics, the Algarve’s water parks are among the most popular activities for children.. Grotto Trip The seas of the Algarve are the ideal place to go on a Dolphin Boat Trip and watch these magnificent animals.. Lagos Zoo is the ideal place for the whole family to enjoy a relaxing day.. Due to its unique climate and calm and safe sea, the Algarve remains one of the best places to try sailing.

Porto is a great destination for families! Discover the best activities in Porto for families with kids as well as my family tours in Porto.

Travel agencies and magazines keep bragging Porto for its nightlife but the city is a great destination for families with kids, too.Here’s my Top activities in Porto for families with kids, plus some family restaurant recommendations.Don’t forget to also check my articles about the best family hotels and the best apartments in Porto as they are life saviors.. To go there is definitely one of the best activities in Porto for families with kids!. 🙂Gaia Biological park also has replicas of typical rural houses, granaries and barns.At Gaia Biological park it isn’t possible to make picnics, but they have a cute little restaurant for reasonable prices.Spending the day at Gaia Biological park is definitely one of the best activities in Porto for families with kids!. Tickets for Gaia Biological park: Free entrance for children <6 Children [6-17]: 1€ Adults [18-64]: 3€ Adults >65: 1€ There is also a family ticket for 7,50€ that covers the entrance of up to 6 people, it’s really worth it!. With this in mind, I have a few easy solutions for families with kids in Porto, so that you can see most of the city and its attractions in one go!An amazing option is this ticket to a city train tour, river cruise and wine cellar visit .. At Zoo Santo Inácio there’s also a tropical greenhouse, a reptile house and an Asian lion tunnel.It’s for sure one of the best activities in Porto for families with kids!You can get an online ticket to Zoo Santo Inácio , but you need to print the voucher.. One of the greatest activities in Porto for families with kids is to visit the interactive museum The World of Discoveries.. Taking the 6 bridges cruise in the Douro river is something that I do a lot during my family tours in Porto, precisely to give the kids a break from the historical walking parts or from the Port wine tastings.After all, for them it is much more fun to be up on the river waving to the people on the other boats, watching the waves breaking the boat or simply learning about all the beautiful buildings on the river banks.You can buy the online ticket to the 6 bridges cruise in Porto , and then you just need to print it and show it when you go on board.. Going to Foz neighborhood is one of the best activities in Porto for families with kids, specially on Summer days.Foz is the neighbourhood where the douro river joins the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s the ideal place to ride a baby stroller.. Therefore, one of the best activities in Porto for families with kids is to go to the swimming pools in Matosinhos.I already wrote extensively on the best beaches and swimmings pools in Porto , you might want to take a look there.. Prices of Piscina das Marés: Monday to Friday:Adults and teenagers: Full day 7€ | Half day – 5€Children [2 – 13]: Full day 4,5€ | Half day – 3,5€. Weekends and Holidays: Adults and teenagers: Full day – 9€ |Half day – 6€Children [2 – 13]: Full day 5€ | Half day – 4€. Prices of Piscina da Quinta da Conceição: Monday to Friday:Adults and teenagers: Full day 6€ | Half day – 4€Children [2 – 13]: Full day 3,5€ | Half day – 2,5€. Weekends and Holidays:Adults and teenagers: Full day – 8€ |Half day – 5€Children [2 – 13]: Full day 4€ | Half day – 3€

15+ amazing things to do on your family holiday in Portugal. Includes a host of unique, kid-friendly activities that you won't find anywhere else!

Just perfect to let the kids explore on their own.. Taking a cruise on the Douro River in Porto is a fun-filled activity that you must do on a family holiday in Portugal.. And then we took a 1-hour guided tour of the stunning Douro Valley on a Rabelo boat.. For A, Portugal dos Pequenitos was the most exciting of all the things we did in Coimbra .. There are some stunning countryside views to enjoy during your walk.. After A started getting involved in our trip planning, we had to make sure we had at least one tower to climb on every trip!. The Azulejo Gallery at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon – A unique addition to your family tour in Portugal Honestly, by the time I had explored the azulejos of Porto , Coimbra, Batalha, Lisbon, and every other place we visited in Portugal, A was sick and tired of azulejos.. This is another really offbeat experience we had in Lisbon – walking over an aqueduct.. Visiting the Discovery Monument in Belem is an interesting addition in every Portugal itinerary .. This is something really interesting that my 6-year-old discovered in our first church visit in Portugal.. Whether you traveling to Portugal with a toddler or teenager, you must visit the secret initiation well at Quinta da Regalaria in Sintra.. The National Coach Museum in Belem is another lesser-known gem in Lisbon that you would not find in the usual Lisbon itinerary.. When we went in September 2019, there was a large collection of miniature cars depicting over 100 years of automobile history.. Beaches, food, museums, towers, cruises, miniatures, and much more!

Sintra has got to be one of the funnest and most unique places that you can take your kids. Castles galore (but all very different from one another,) lots of places to run around and expend energy, and a huge variety of sights in a fairly condensed area.

Pin it!The challenges with Sintra are the crowds and the sheer amount of walking.. It is not like destinations where you can walk by and take in the sights any time you want.. Well once you start planning, you will find that many visitors stay in nearby Lisbon (approx 50 minutes by train) and head to Sintra for the day.. Sintra is all hills, so something can appear to be very convenient and close to attractions on a map, but actually be a steep hike from everywhere, and that is no fun with kids!. We preferred the views and ambience of being in the old town, and while the train station is about 15 minutes on foot, it is a beautiful and safe walk, and also the flattest walk you are likely to do in Sintra!. Grocery stores in the town are expensive, difficult to find, and limited in selection, so we would shop in Lisbon when we were there.. There are plenty of Ubers in the area during the day so you can schedule a ride between sites whenever you need one.. For the kiddos that are still smaller, this is definitely a trip where you want to bring a stroller.. Another walk in the rain, thanks to yours truly.. When I went before kids, 2 days was too little.. I would not plan on doing more than two in one day, and Pena Palace in particular, is probably best explored in a day of its own.. One night we simply went to the food court at the mall I mentioned earlier by Oriente Station, and then grocery shopped.

Plan the best family road trip when you visit Portugal with our new Drive to Discover itinerary. 6 stops the family will love. Read more now!

This year we took the family on a spring road trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Alentejo province.. My family is Portuguese and I speak the language – so we usually spend time in Portugal on our trips.. Driving ItineraryDistanceDriving TimeLisbon to Montemor-o-Novo63 miles1 hour 5 minutesMontemor-o-Novo to Evora19 miles30 minutesEvora to Monsaraz33 miles52 minutesMonsaraz to Costa Vicentina130 miles3 hoursCosta Vicentina to Aljezur14 miles27 minutesAljezur to Sagres23 miles35 minutesSagres to Lisbon198 miles3 hoursTotals:481 Miles9h 29m Read on to Drive to Discover the Best Things to Do in Portugal with Kids. We spent the night at Monsaraz, climbing up the ancient road to the walled hilltop town that has guarded the border with Spain for centuries.. This is an inviting and beautiful medieval village, with a castle and fortifications to challenge all comers.Today the walls are more welcoming to the Spanish, and the kids loved exploring the cobblestone street, climbing the ruined walls, and dining on roast lamb and pata negra pork.. Instead, you need to follow the EN 268 that runs near the coast and plan out where you want to go, and then head down the road to the west to get there - we did that checking out some very nice beaches and had lunch at a tiny fish place - Azenha do Mar.We ate at the local restaurant of the same name in this tiny fishing town perched on a sea cliff.. Next, we went to Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel , a seaside hotel designed for families - here one of its "cool" factors is that the hotel offers surfing for kids and families.. The Alentejo, a great road trip for families!. Jayme and his family often travel to Europe spending a lot of time exploring Portugal.. If you’d like other things to do in Portugal, check out our Road Trips in Portugal , and if you’d like to see how much you can save on your next trip by bundling your hotel reservation and car rental, give our travel specialists a call toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 .

Planning your family trip and wondering where to stay in Lisbon with kids? Find out our top 5 areas, plus family-friendly accommodation suggestions.

A stone’s throw away from Chiado, Alfama and a small tram ride to the castle, Baixa is where you want to be if you’re planning on walking (almost) everywhere.. WHERE TO STAY Hotel: The most child-friendly hotel is located in Chiado, where you’ll find Martinhal Chiado Family Suites.. Airport Transfer A taxi journey from the airport costs around €12.. WHERE TO STAY Hotel: My choice of hotel in Avenida da Liberdade is without a doubt the iconic Tivoli .. Not only is it an affordable 5* hotel, it’s also home to one of the few inner city hotels with a pool which is a huge plus when you visit in the summer months.. TRANSPORT + Airport Transfer: The AERO bus has a shuttle between Avenida da Liberdade and the Airport.. The ticket price is €3.50pp A taxi journey from the airport costs around €9/€10 (depending on traffic).. WHERE TO STAY Hotel: My favourite family hotel in the whole of Portugal is located in Cascais – Martinhal Family Resorts .. The restaurants have child and baby menus (all home made and wholesome), there’s a kids club, rental bikes to explore the nearby trails and lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around.

Cascais, Portugal, on the coast roughly 20 miles west of Lisbon, is the perfect spot to explore with young kids. The draws of this beautiful town are its rich and interesting past, pedestrian-friendly center, sandy beaches and ideal location.

Chasing shadows on the walking trail at Guincho BeachWe based our vacation out of Cascais, on the coast roughly 20 miles west of Lisbon, which was the perfect spot to explore with young kids and would be a great base for families with older kids as well.. Cascais, originally one of Portugal’s largest port towns, is the place that started the beach tourism boom when King Luis I chose it as his summer home.. Enjoying the unique scenery of the Guincho Beach area Cascais has multiple stretches of beautiful, sandy shoreline — some with outstanding waves for surf lessons, others with calm water perfect for new swimmers.. Having a driver handy to whisk you from spot to spot makes for an efficient day of exploring this beautiful area.. Photo by Sheraton Cascais Resort There are a few different areas of Cascais that make a great base for exploring with families.. We stayed at Sheraton Cascais Resort , which was perfect for enjoying the area with a toddler.. For families who prefer staying closer to the town center, Pousada Cascais is an interesting property in the Art District.. Relevant Links Editor’s Note: Katie received a media package from Visit Cascais in order to review the area and accommodations for families.

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