The Best Places to Visit in Portugal with Kids – Collaboration
With flight times of under three hours from the UK, Portugal is the ideal location for a truly memorable family holiday. Portugal is not only a lot warmer than the UK but despite its comparative proximity, it’s surprisingly different and you and your children will be wowed by the colourful charm and stunning landscapes of this richly diverse country.
And it’s not just the weather that’s warm, Portuguese people are friendly and welcoming, keen to show off the attractions of their homeland.
Most visitors to the country head straight for the amazing beaches of the Algarve and while this most popular part of Portugal has a lot to offer there is a whole other Portugal to be explored. So, if you are feeling adventurous, rather than staying in a beachfront hotel for your entire holiday, why not consider renting some self-catering accommodation in two or three different locations.
The Algarve is the most commercially developed coastal area in Portugal but with 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and countless gorgeous beaches, it’s not hard to see why. There’s certainly plenty to keep the children entertained: theme parks, zoos, water parks, kids’ cubs, water sports and boat trips a plenty.
When you’ve had enough of lounging on that golden sand or swimming in that warm, clear water, there’s no shortage of cafes, boutique shops and child friendly bars in which to while away the day.
There are also hundreds of miles of footpaths, if you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy some of the best-preserved coastline in Europe.
Portugal’s hilly coastal capital city may not be the first place you consider when thinking of a family holiday but a few days in this uniquely charming city will certainly be ones which you and your family remember.
Just getting around in Lisbon is a family adventure, you can rattle up the winding cobble streets in a vintage tram or how about taking a tuk, horse-drawn carriage or funicular railway. Saint George’s Castle, which dominates the city and provides amazing views, is guaranteed to fire the imagination and when little feet get tired, there are plenty of lovely parks in which to picnic or just relax.
There are puppet shows, an aquarium and even a toy museum. Lisbon is also a great base from which to make visits to local towns, villages and beaches.
One of those places which is an easy day trip from Lisbon is the World Heritage site of Sintra. This jewel is a collection of palaces, mansions and baroque churches, nestling high up amidst ‘the Mountains of the Moon’.
Children will love the extraordinary gardens of the Quinta de Regaleira with its fountains, grottoes, caves, secret paths and tunnels.
This coastal city in the northwest of Portugal is cooler and calmer than Lisbon. It’s a beautiful city of narrow cobbled streets, spectacular bridges and stunning sunsets.
Take the children to see the Livraria Lello, J.K. Rowling’s favourite bookshop and reckoned to be the most beautiful bookshop in the world.