Portugal is a stunning location for your family holiday. With tranquil beaches and caves to explore, a rich culture and history to discover and delicious food to sample, it’s ideal for those who love to experience something new on their trips away.
Discover the stunning beaches
Portugal has a beautiful coastline featuring lush beaches everyone can enjoy. For example Praia da Rocha beach based in Lagos is a great place to stop for the day. Considered one of the quieter beaches in the area, you and the kids can take some time to explore the caves and snorkel in the ocean all day long without having to avoid a plethora of beach towels and frisbees.
Embrace the rich history
Portugal has a rich, resounding history that lives on in its architecture and tourist spots dotted throughout the country. If you and the kids enjoy exploring ruins and castles, you’ll enjoy Portugal: it’s laden with medieval monuments and ancient Roman architecture just waiting to be discovered.
Notable locations include Castelo de Almourol, a medieval castle built by the Knights Templar and is located on the Tagus river. The Carmo Convent is also a great place to add to your ‘must see’ list. Its ruins are now used as an archeological museum, but it’s open for the public to explore.
Visit on a special holiday
Portugal is home to many traditional and special holidays throughout the year. Over Easter, Portugal becomes a stunning place of colour and dance with The Portugal Carnival taking place just before lent begins, lasting for three weeks. Take the kids to see the parades and dancers in the main cities in the country and enjoy the non-stop party atmosphere.
Indulge in the local cuisine
Portuguese food is some of the best in the world. The country is famous for its fresh fish dishes and its delicious sweet egg custard tarts – known as Pastel de Nata – making it the ideal location for families looking to try a cuisine that’s a little different to British dinners! Skip the all inclusive at the hotel and head to the nearest traditional family run restaurant. Try ordering in the native language and enjoy a truly authentic Portugal dining experience.
Seek out the family friendly resorts
Portugal is a country with a tourist industry that caters to families, so look for holiday operators such as tots too who offer exclusive getaways to family friendly resorts that ensure everything is thought of.
Get moving in the national parks
If your family isn’t a huge fan of the beach, or would prefer not to laze around by the pool all day, head to one of Portugal’s stunning natural parks. The parks are designed to protect the wildlife and nature residing in them and offer the perfect location to camp and walk witin. Montesinho is a firm favourite with visitors and home to the Iberian Lynx, a species reintroduced to Spain recently and once on the verge of extinction.
There’s so much to discover in Portugal. In 2014 Portugal topped the polls for the best place to go on holiday by 2,000 holidaymakers, with voters considering it a paradise. France finished bottom of the poll, with the score tainted by the poor welcome its residents offer tourists!