land of surfing, seafood and cinematic scenery - is the perfect
destination for families with young explorers in tow. Whether
you're letting off some steam on an exciting tobogganing adventure
(you too parents), enjoying a family surf lesson or stuffing your
faces with a freshly baked batch of Portugal's famous pastel de
natas (egg-tarts), there is oodles of family fun to be had in this
No luxury family holiday in Portugal is complete without a visit
to the country's vibrant capital, Lisbon.
Spot the many azulejos (decorative Portuguese tiles) adorning the
buildings and then create your own at a crafty workshop (avoid
white clothing at all costs). After your arty adventure, it's time
for a gastronomic one. Have a go at making the famous pastel de
natas yourself and then take a tram ride out to Belem to devour the
original custard tarts. After the kids are full of sugar, take them
to the fabulously ornate Jeronimos Monastery (or maybe swap these
two around, after all hyper kiddos and quiet churches aren't the
best bedfellows). For food besides natas, go to the Mercado da
Ribeira, Lisbon's main food market that houses an eclectic mix of
restaurants, bars and local market stalls.
Another must-visit destination is the Alentejo,
a charming region of undulating plains, white-washed villages and
deserted beaches in southern Portugal. Take a day to explore the
UNESCO World Heritage town of Evora, an enchanting medieval town
with narrow winding lanes, striking architectural works and a good
selection of restaurants serving up hearty Alentejan cuisine. The
flat landscape makes this region ideal for hiking, cycling and
horse riding (especially for your little adventurers with their
little legs) and the rugged coastline is well suited to surfing and
rock pooling. For accommodation, our top pick for a luxury family
holiday is an ancient estate surrounded by olive groves and
vineyards; offering a range of activities from wine tastings and
picnics to archaeological guided visits and bicycle rides, there is
something here to delight the entire family.
For surfing, The
Algarve - Portugal's southernmost region - is the place to go.
Endless stretches of sandy beaches, warm waters in every shade of
blue and consistent waves make this place a paradise for long
swims, family surf lessons and water sports. Explore the region by
foot, bike or boat and visit the whimsical whitewashed fishing
villages and rugged coves.