Portugal is an ideal destination to visit as a family thanks to the wide range of children's activities that it boasts. Cities like Coimbra, the Alentejo region, Óbidos or Ribeira de Pena are some of the essential places in this country. If this is your first time travelling to Portugal with kids, the following tips should prove very helpful!
Since you’re travelling with kids, the best-recommended way to move around Portugal is by car hire. It is an affordableoption that will make the trip much less stressful for the adults and more comfortable for the young ones. Looking for car hire in Portugal? Check Enjoy for affordable prices.
Portugal dos Pequenitos
No visit to Coimbra is really complete without a walk through Portugal dos Pequenitos. This theme park dedicated entirely to children was built in 1940 at the request of Barreto, doctor and teacher, and designed by the architect Cassiano Branco. The objective of its creation was "to be a living portrait of the Portuguese presence in the world". Nowadays it keeps the playful spirit in a space of fun, discovery and learning, in which you can know the typical houses of each one of the regions of Portugal (continental and islands), as well as the most significant monuments of the Portuguese heritage. Everything in miniature!
Know the Alentejo in a different way
First, there’s Alvito, the 1st barony of Portugal. Enjoy the largest set of fresco murals in the country, unexpected Manueline portals and the Cante Alentejan, Intangible Heritage of Humanity, accompanied by a prolonged afternoon snack in the Papa-Borregos. A proposal to discover the town of the first barons of Portugal: Alvito, located exactly between Beja and Évora (2 hours distance from Faro and its airport). Children under 12 can pass for free.
Lake of Alqueva
You can make cruises in the heart of Alentejo. The Amiera Marina company provides an excellent offer of river tourism and therefore offers the possibility of discovering the magic of Lake Alqueva. In addition, the company has nautical activities, such as skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, inflatables and banana boat.
International Chocolate Festival
In Óbido, the castle wall is the main meeting point for chocolate lovers. The theme of the XVII Edition of the International Chocolate Festival, held from April 25 to May 5, is sport. Visitors will be surprised with their usual monumental sculptures, skillfully crafted for several months by artisans, Portuguese and foreigners.
The scenographic environment provides a fantastic experience with dozens of exhibitors, show-cooking sessions, workshops and courses aimed at professionals. The Chocolate House for Children offers children the opportunity to make their own sweets for the first time. This year there will also be great contests. Every day there will be diverse activities and national sports figures, which will be the living examples of how it is possible to reconcile health and well-being, with the balanced consumption of quality products. Every day they end up with a chocoparty!
Museu do Pão
Located in Seia, in the middle of Sierra de la Estrella, is the Bread Museum, one of the largest in the world. A complex where it is possible to make a small trip to the wonderful world of this food. It has four main rooms:
- Bread Cycle. It aims to reconstitute the development of Portuguese bread through fourteen illustrated panels.
- Art of Bread. It exposes a series of artistic objects that have inspiration in bread, in their tools, traditions and tasks: tilework, glass, sacred art, wood, old postcards, diplomas, calendars, iconography, ceramics, silver, etc. This is a whole multi secular tradition of national art that is recreated in this space. We must also highlight the paintings of the Portuguese painter Velhô dedicated to food.
- Political, social and religious bread. In this room, the history of bread in Portugal is reconstituted from the Restoration of Independence (1640) to Democracy (1974). They are about 300 years of history reproduced in hundreds of original documents of the most varied genres.
- Thematic space. A didactic and enchanting room, a place of culture and myth. Here you will find the gnomes of the tribe of the Herminios, protectors of the first inhabitants of the Montes Herminios, who will take us on an imaginary journey of the past of this product.
Natural Glamping is one advisable form of accommodation for families. In the town of Alcongosta, we find modern dome-shaped tents called Geodesic Domes. An accommodation with stunning views of the Sierra de Garduña, with a maximum capacity of four people, in which guests have a private bathroom and hairdryer, terrace or balcony, bedroom and a living room, with a modern and sophisticated decoration. In addition to the Domes, the establishment has a traditional house with an equipped kitchen. It has other facilities to complement a perfect stay where nature and glamour are combined, such as the restaurant, the garden or a children's area. There is no lack of Internet connection and a common room, as well as a reception, open all day where they provide tourist information, transfers and rentals.