Why Portugal Should be Your Next Family Destination
If you’re looking for family holiday inspiration, look no further than Portugal. It’s no coincidence that over four million people visit the Algarve, located on the southern coast of Portugal, each year. The photos of sweeping white beaches say it all, but if you’re looking for further persuasion to visit Portugal with kids, here are six reasons why Portugal should be your next family destination.
Portugal is known for being family-friendly
Portugal is situated on the southeast coast of Europe and fly-time is below three hours to Faro or Lisbon, ideal for younger passengers. Portuguese culture is family-centric and child-friendly with plenty of fun activities for all ages. For families seeking adventure, popular family excursions include riding the tram along the colourful streets of Lisbon, discovering dinosaur tracks off the beaten path on Salema Beach, and exploring the many caves along the coastlines.
The vast selection of water-parks will appeal to little ones and parents alike – join in the fun or supervise older children from your deck chair. There is a great choice of activities on offer in Portugal for families to keep children busy!
It’s perfect for families on a budget
Portugal remains one of the most affordable holiday destinations on the continent, in terms of both travel and food costs, making it ideal for a family trip during peak season or for bigger families.
Airline comparison sites show return flights from as little as £50 per person in July with varying prices between May and October. Public transport is notoriously cheap across Portugal, but a hire car is recommended if visiting the Algarve as there are no train links from Faro airport.
For more information on how to have a family holiday on a budget, our recent blog post explores six handy ways to keep your next break purse-friendly.
Sunshine is consistent
One of the sunniest countries in the world, Portugal is the brightest location during most school holidays. The Easter holidays will see average highs of 20 degrees Celsius, while the summer months can reach the 30s, and October half term remains in the mid-20s.
Make sure to bring plenty of sun cream especially when travelling with children. Our comprehensive sun safety guide for kids is a great resource to help you keep track of how long children should spend in the sunshine and fun activities that avoid too much time spent in direct sunlight. Rainfall is infrequent in the height of summer, guaranteeing plenty of days out for the family!
Accommodation suits families of all sizes
Whether you’re a small family, a larger family, or two families holidaying together, you don’t have to look far for the perfect accommodation. If you are travelling to the Algarve with kids, the following properties are located just 20 minutes from Faro airport.
Families of four can enjoy this Lakeside Garden Apartment, with cots and high chairs available, a communal pool for splash time, and an ever popular onsite café selling ice-cream. Up to eight people can stay in this four-bedroom Seis villa, with a private pool, a cinema room for movie nights, two BBQs and access to cots and high chairs. For families with many children or families travelling together, this five-bedroom Summer Bay property features a playroom, private pool, garden, and BBQ while this generous Casa Segredo villa sleeps 12 and includes a children’s hideaway with a treasure map, gardens with a climbing frame, slide, swing, private pool, brick BBQ, local cycle hire, and children’s books. The accommodation opportunities are endless and there is something bound to suit all families.
Beach days are made easy
The many beaches offer plenty of variety including quiet blue-flag beaches, protected by sand dunes, which provide endless hours of fun for the whole family. Rockpools are widely accessible for little ones to paddle and discover starfish and shells, while the busier beaches offer extensive water sport opportunities to keep older children active. The Algarve also offers dolphin-watching excursions where it is possible to spot sharks and sea turtles. Life jackets are provided and tour companies generally offer subsidised rates for children to join the adventure.
Everyone is catered for
Portuguese cuisine is typically hearty but offers something for all palettes. While seafood is the staple in Portugal, even the fussiest taste buds can be satisfied. The more adventurous eaters will want to try the renowned salt cod, fish stew, and prawns. However, chips, piri-piri chicken, sausages and grilled meats are featured on menus across Portugal if you’re looking for more familiar flavours.
Look out for Petisco, Portugal’s answer to tapas, which offers a sharing experience or light supper for families. Common Petiscos include Pasteis (similar to little fishcakes), Presunto (Iberian ham), Pica Pau (marinated beef or pork), and Chourico Assado (cured sausage flame-grilled at your table in a terracotta dish). Children can also enjoy Portuguese pastries, such as the famous custard tarts for a sweet treat.