Portgual, Madeira & Azores

Portugal, Madeira & Azores customer reviews

We are very proud of the feedback we get from our trips and are pleased to share reviews from past travellers. We aim to keep these as up-to-date as possible. Please do read the reviews to get a real sense of the kind of experience that you might have on a family trip to Portugal with Stubborn Mule Travel. And ring us if you’d like to talk through your plans.

swimming with dolphins in the Azores

Swimming with dolphins in the Azores

Griffin Family (with children aged 15 and 17)

Travelled to the Madeira Easter 2022
Hi Liddy. Just wanted to provide some feedback on the holiday, which we all really enjoyed. A massive thumbs up for Roberto who was amazing for us over the week. He’s an amazing guide and really knowledgeable and couldn’t have done any more for us. The hotel was great – they messed up our rooms as we ended up with the original booking (kids shared a double) but the rooms were lovely. Loved the pool! One thing for improvement would be to mention beforehand to take some warm clothing for the walk. It was cold up on top and we didn’t have the proper gear as hadn’t thought to take our walking stuff. Small point as thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.

Family L (with children aged 13 and 15)

Travelled to Madeira Easter 2022
Hi Claire. We had a fun holiday. I would definitely recommend (your guide) Roberto and his contacts for the activities we did – we really enjoyed all the activities… Thanks so much for your help in organising it for us.

Cocca Family (with children aged 8 and 12)

Travelled to the Azores Summer 2021
Wow! What an amazing holiday. Stubborn Mule has done it again. We had an absolutely awesome time! We were lucky to see close up a curious whale and its calf which just loved circling our boat. We swam with dolphins. I will never forget seeing a dolphin stare up at me in the deep blue sea before darting away. It was amazing to hear the dolphins communicate with each other. We rode bikes around a crater and paddled kayaks across a crater lake. We visited a lighthouse half buried in volcanic ash and learned all about volcanoes as we walked inside a lava tube. One night we lay on the ground staring at the clear night sky watching shooting stars and listening to the Cory Shearwaters with their distinct calls swoop just above our heads.

We climbed Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain, (2,351m), and enjoyed relaxing evenings eating fresh fish and unwinding by the pool. We hiked through amazing landscapes formed by volcanic lava flows. We relaxed in volcanic hot spring pools and learned to cook ‘cozido’ with a local chef. Our stew cooked for 5 hours in the ground by volcanic steam. We swam in waterfalls and spent an evening surfing as the sun set. We watched our 8-year-old overcome his fears as he leapt from 8m high into the deep blue sea on our coasteering adventure.

Throughout our guides were magnificent making sure that we had the best time. It was truly a holiday to treasure with some amazing memories. Thank you Stubborn Mule!

Barnes Family (with child aged 15)

Travelled to the Azores Summer 2020
We really loved our time in the Azores. We had quite mixed weather – some glorious sunny days but a bit of rain too, although I understand that this is completely normal summer weather. The activities were just what we were looking for – the whale-watching was incredible and we saw a blue whale which was a particular highlight for M. She’s now decided that she wants to do a PADI course so she can explore underwater a bit more!

The hiking was superb and we did a great trek around Sete Cidades. Our guide Juan was hilarious and kept M going the whole way with his Portguese version of Dad Jokes. The day of canyoning was also brilliant. This was our least good weather day and in fact it really didn’t matter at all, and we loved it anyway.

Cooking the cozido stew was fun although as a some-time vegetarian it was a bit meaty for me. But it was fun to understand how it cooks in the ground and the others loved it.

All in all, really fun and totally different to anything else we’ve ever done in Europe. A great suggestion, thank you!

Bernard Family (with two young adults aged 20)

Travelled Summer 2020
Thank you so much Liddy for arranging our trip at such short notice. Portugal was perfect for a family celebration with our 20-year-olds. Lisbon was a terrific way to start the holiday. It was lively, upbeat, and friendly, just what we’d hoped for. We loved the cafe culture, the circular tram trip, the museums etc and heard some traditional Fado music too. The cycling in Alentejo was fun and the beach blissful, as you said it would be. Such a stunning coast with great swimming and we all tried the SUPs and kayaks. Really appreciate everything you organised for us.


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