Portugal is an excellent destination for families, with budget-friendly prices, beautiful natural environments, hundreds of miles of pristine beaches, and unique heritage. Many hotels have begun to include extra services for families so that everyone relax and enjoy their holiday. Here are a few hotels throughout Portugal that are worth looking into if you’re traveling as a family.
Sintra is easily one of Portugal’s most beautiful towns, with a charm that can mesmerize most visitors, no matter their age or interests. After all, who can resist a town filled with castles, palaces, gardens, and mountain forests? And the Casa da Pendôa is located in the middle of everything, just a five-minute walk from Sintra’s National Palace and a 10-minute walk from the curious yet beautiful Quinta da Regaleira. From the rooms, guests have mountain views, and there are extra perks like apartment suites with kitchenettes, baby beds, free wifi, and fresh bread delivered every morning.
The Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites are in the middle of Baixa, Lisbon, within walking distance of all of the area’s popular landmarks and tourist sights, restaurants, and traditional cafés. Specifically catering to families with babies and young children, the hotel provides services such as bottle sterilizers and warmers, and a playroom with activities for kids up to nine years old. As parents sometimes need a night for themselves, the kids’ club is on hand: it’s like a babysitter and playroom in one, with supervised services both day and night.
The Martinhal Resort chain has plenty to offer, and families heading to Algarve’s wild west coast should consider booking a room further off the beaten path and staying at the five-star Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort. It’s known as a fishing village, and surfing is a primary attraction for visitors, so it’s a fairly quiet and remote area, especially when compared to other parts of the Algarve. Activities are designed to keep kids busy and include face painting, arts and crafts, and outdoor treasure hunts.
The Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is modern, bright, and tranquil and is located amidst pine forests and near the southernmost border with Spain. CNN named it one of the best new boutique hotels in 2014. Close to the beach and with a hotel restaurant available, there may be no reason to leave, and the family suites even come with panoramic views of the stunning surroundings. Families can also avail themselves of a kids’ corner, picnic baskets, horse riding, movies, and much more.
Guests may feel as if they’ve entered a wormhole between Africa and Portugal at the Muxima Montes Ferreiros Guest House. Expect decor and surroundings as different from a stereotypical hotel as possible, with many decorations collected during the owners’ time participating in humanitarian efforts around the world, and a location in the middle of the southwest Alentejano and Costa Vicentina Natural Park. In addition to private suites and bathrooms that are perfect for two, Muxima Montes Ferreiros Guest House provides colorful and fully equipped family suites and access to Muxima’s Secret Corner, where smaller guests will find books, toys, and games.
If you’re the kind of family who wants five-star luxury, friendly kids’ services, and pet-friendly accommodations, look into The Yeatman Hotel in Vila Nova da Gaia, just a hop and skip from Porto. Not only is there a kids’ club that’s free to guests, but parents will be able to book a sitter before heading out, perhaps to the nearby wineries to sample Porto’s finest. The 83-room hotel has two pools on site, and pet-sitting services. Being close to Porto, just across the Ponte Dom Luís I Bridge, also means that it’s conveniently located for sightseeing.
Located in the Algarve, the Be Live Family Palmeiras Village Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the nearest beach and a short drive from Albufeira on one side and Portimão on the other side. Family rooms include views of the sea and the Better Together Family Room is designed completely with children in mind, from the colorful decor to the child-friendly amenities.