Portugal for a family holiday
Portugal is great destination for a family holiday and provides numerous suitable activities, exceptional value and fantastic, safe beaches. Visitors to Portugal will be pleasantly surprised by the level of service and care offered to families, especially when travelling with young children, as the Portuguese core values revolve around the importance of family life. Portugal is a very safe country, no matter what the media portrays, and is perfectly suited for families. This guide will provide tips for families traveling to Portugal and details of the best locations for a holiday.
General Tips for a family holiday to Portugal
The summer months can get very hot, with day time temperatures exceeding 35°C and a punishingly intense sun. For very young families try to avoid the months of July and August, the spring and early autumn have as equally pleasant weather, just slightly cooler. For those families who are limited by school holidays always book well in advance for the best prices for accommodation and flights – hotels in the Algarve do completely sell out during August.
The average weather of Lisbon
Most family holidays either centre around the coastline on the southern edge of Portugal, known as the Algarve, or the coastline around Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. There are three airports in Portugal; Lisbon, Porto and Faro, which serves the Algarve.
Public transport throughout Portugal is reliable and inexpensive therefore it may not be necessary to hire a rental car. Driving in the Algarve is very easy but the cities (Lisbon and Porto) are notorious and best avoided. For all car hire there will be additional “extra” insurance to waiver the massive excess (+€700).
The most popular resort towns of the Algarve cater for a range of visitors, with busy centres and nights continuing into the late hours. These resort are perfectly suited for families but it is always suggested that the location of the hotel is slightly out from the centre of the resort.
When choosing a hotel always ensure that there are children friendly facilities, eg clubs swimming pools, play areas etc. Most hotels that are designed for children will happily boast about the features on either their website or broachers and always check for reviews.
Best Location for a family Holiday to Portugal
The capital of Portugal offers are a wide range of children friendly tourist activities and there are many good beach resorts in the Cascais-Estoril region. The advantage of being based near Lisbon is that a relaxing beach holiday can be combined with the numerous sights of Lisbon.
Inside Lisbon Aquarium
Lisbon aquarium is regarded as one of the best in Europe and is set in the Parque das Nações, with water based exhibits and cable car. Also in the area is the Pavilhão do Conhecimento (Pavilion of Knowledge) science museum which is designed for children. Most children enjoy riding the trams, ferries and there is an excellent zoo (Jardim Zoológico).
The Algarve is the most popular location for families and most visitors stay within the western region between Albufeira and Lagos, which incorporates Praia da Rocha, Carvoeiro and Praia da Luz. Within the region are many popular family activities including the water park of Splash and Slide and the fantastic Zoomarine. Albufeira and Praia da Rocha are the larger “busier” resorts that boast excellent beaches while Lagos is a more tradition and historic city.
The beautiful beaches near Lagos