Portugal Family Holidays
Hugging the western coastline of Europe, and staring out over the Atlantic, Portugal features sun-dappled beaches, gorgeous historic towns and remote windswept islands. Family holidays in Portugal will include lazy breakfasts overlooking a cork plantation or olive farm. They will involve delicious plates of custard tarts that will revive you as you explore the backstreets of a city. And there will be wonderful evenings spent overlooking ocean, a glass of port in hand.
There is a mass of history and the towns are a delight of cobbled streets, fairy tale palaces, and exuberant neighbourhoods. The food is incredible and the people are wonderfully welcoming. And as for the beaches, there’s something for everyone here. Some will love secluded coves accessible only by sea. Others will prefer remote cliff-backed stretches that are buffeted by giant Atlantic waves. Or you might like the long crescents of white sand on the Algarve, lined with cafes and restaurants.
Portugal family holidays are also not just about the mainland. Sailors from this maritime nation explored far and wide. Over time they settled on the gloriously fertile island of Madeira as well as the dramatic volcanic shores of the Azores. Today these both make for an exciting destination for families. You can find other-worldly scenery and a profusion of marine wildlife.
Why take the kids?
Some of our favourite activities on a Portugal family holiday include:
- Wandering the backstreets of Lisbon
- Exploring the fairy-tale castles of Sintra
- Soaking up the sun on the beach
- Cycling along remote trails in the Alentejo
- Canyoning and coasteering on the Azores
- Whale-watching and swimming with dolphins
- Hiking in dramatic volcanic landscapes
- Wild-camping on a remote beach
A family holiday in Portugal is always going to be popular with children. On the mainland, the beautiful countryside, sensational coastline, and beguiling towns are an understandably winning combination for kids. Throw in plates of delicious seafood and a glass or three of port and the parents will be equally happy! See our blog post on holidaying in Portugal with kids for more ideas and photos.
Self-drive holidays are very easy in Portugal. They are also ideal for families because of the flexibility that they offer. Roads are well sign-posted and in great condition. We’ll be able to recommend off-the-beaten-track beaches that are ideal for a picnic. Or perhaps we can arrange bikes for you to stop and take a ride through the countryside. We’ll suggest good walking routes through the cities and great ice cream shops to keep kids well-fuelled.
Adventures in Madeira and the Azores
Further afield, the islands of the Azores and Madeira are just as enticing. The islands here are packed with adventurous activities that will keep children happy for days on end. There are opportunities for kayaking and scrambling along rocky coastlines. You can cycle through incredible scenery and hike to rocky peaks. And top of most children’s lists, you can swim with dolphins and search for whales.
Example family itineraries in Portugal
To get an idea of a typical family itinerary, see our Highlights of Portugal trip where you visit Lisbon, Sintra, Evora, Alentejo, go wild camping on an Arrabida beach, and enjoy some downtime on the Algarve coast. If you are taken with the idea of experiencing volcanic islands in the Atlantic, see our 8-day family trip to the Azores or our 6-day family trip to Madeira.
All of our Portugal itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific family. Although it’s a small country, there is masses to see in Portugal. We’ll be able to suggest an itinerary to suit your family. We’ll take into account what kind of balance you want between adventure and relaxation as well as your budget and the ages of your children.
Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.
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From our blog
“Portugal was perfect for a family celebration with our 20-year-olds. Lisbon was terrific… lively, upbeat, and friendly, we loved the cafe culture. The cycling in Alentejo was fun and the beach blissful as you said it would be.”