Variety is the spice of life, and holidays in Portugal offer all the diversity you would want on a family holiday, from sightseeing to enjoying plenty of fun activities.
Portugal is situated in south western Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. With its relevantly short flight time of 2 hours 25 minutes, compared to other sunshine destinations such as Greece, it proves a popular choice for sun seeking families with small children. Spring and autumn are pleasant times to visit Portugal with July and August being the hottest, be sure to pack your suntan lotion!
Portugal offers such a varied landscape of beauty and adventure. From the sandy beaches and breath-taking coastline of the Algarve to the cobbled streets of Lisbon with an abundance of history just waiting to be explored, there’s so much to choose from on a family holiday to Portugal.
This child friendly destination is renowned for its kind and welcoming locals. The Portuguese are very proud of their country and like to make sure that their visitors feel at home. Family is extremely important to the Portuguese people, making this county and its population extremely child friendly and accommodating to family needs.
With vast countryside within its mainland, Portugal is a perfect place for children to adventure. Why not rent a car for the day and enjoy a family expedition inland to discover the countries stunning landscape. Fantastic family activities await you here including mountainous horseback riding or biking. If your children prefer their activities in the water then head back to the beach as Portugal offers many water sports including windsurfing, snorkelling, diving and even surfing, maybe dad could have a go too!
If you fancy an alternative to the popular beach resorts of The Algarve then head to Lisbon. The capital of Portugal is steeped in History, which children will love to explore. Tails of medieval times with kings and queens can be told with a visit to St. George’s Castle.
Children will love a visit to Lisbon’s Parque das Nações with its amazing oceanarium or getting their bucket and spades out at Costa da Caparica, or one of the stunning beaches along the wild western coast, such as; at Vila Nova de Milfontes, Odeceixe, or the quiet Zambujeira do Mar. The Algarve is the most popular of the regions with families, for its mild climate, excellent sandy beaches, gorgeous coves, first class golf courses and charming resorts.
Choose from lively Lagos, and Albufeira and stylish Villamoura, set around its large port full of bars and restaurants. If you are looking for something a little more peaceful, choose Carvoeiro or Praia de Rocha. Whether it’s a sun drenched beach holiday, culture holiday or a luxury golfing getaway with the family.. you will find it in Portugal.
Algarve is very popular with families and golfers. With its mild climate, and excellent sandy beaches, it is one of Europes favourite family holiday destinations. The Algarve has plenty on offer for children of all ages.
Madeira, a sweet treat for those looking for the ideal family holiday destination
Praia da Rocha is widely recognised as one of the best resorts in the world. Also known as “Rock Beach” has everything from windsurfing, horse riding and several boat trip excursions.
Alongside Aqualand Waterpark, there are two more big family holiday attractions near Albufeira - Zoomarine and Krazy World!
Vilamoura is the biggest private tourist resort in Europe and is one of the most prestigious in Portugal.
Carvoeiro is a lively fishing village, but more like a town which has become very popular for family holidays during recent years, but still retains its local charm.
Away from the main tourist hustle and bustle, Lagos is a balance of the charm and history of the Portuguese culture.