Portugal has everything you and your family could wish for on holiday — beautiful beaches, stunning nature, enchanting architecture and themed amusement parks for fun days out. From bookworms to adrenaline-lovers, there really is something for everyone. Here’s our pick of top family-oriented activities.
The whole country stretches along the coast, which means there’s a wide range of stunning beach options. Which beach you choose will depend on your kids’ ages and temperaments. Favourites among local families include Tavira Island Beach, Comporta Beach at the base of the Troia Peninsula, Praia da Franquia and the Praia da Mira, between Figueira da Foz and Aveiro. From gathering seashells to trying watersports like surfing and kitesurfing, there are activities for everyone.
Sintra, a fairytale town dotted with castles, palaces and enchanting woods, is a must-visit for families. Step inside buildings such as the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira and descend into its enigmatic caves and tunnels. Or wander through the historic Pena Palace, which resembles a Disney palace with its turrets and different colours. The centre of town is also worth exploring, and the traditional sweets are a must-try.
Tip: Although this is a fun and unique experience, the high walls lack side barriers/protective rails, so it’s best to go with older children who are more likely to pay attention to their footing. It may also not be the best activity for anyone with vertigo.
This list only scratches the surface, and it’s best to decide which area to visit first before making a plan. Here are more suggestions in the Algarve, parks to see around Lisbon and country-wide road trip ideas.
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