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Friday, 29 November 2019

Holidaying in Portugal with Children

Portugal is a beautiful country with beautiful sightseeing locations and plenty of activities to take part in. It's also a really family-friendly country thanks to the culture and the wonderful locals.

The weather in Portugal is mild throughout the year, so there are no restrictions on which days you should visit and which ones you should not. Cities like Lisbon have beautiful streets with various trams whose primary purpose is to transport people from one location to another. It is so far one of the main reasons why people love visiting Portugal. 

What makes Portugal so special? 
Despite having a complex history, Portugal has grown to be one of the most admired countries on the planet. It boasts beautiful and colourful streets, impressive landscapes, spectacular beaches with turquoise waters, and mouthwatering cuisines. This European country also has opulent castles such as Palácio da Pena and Palácio Nacional de Sintra, which has the UNESCO world heritage status. As you walk through the cobbled streets, you will come across various restaurants that offer delicacies such as salted code, the national meal of Portugal.

The local’s slogan ‘No one is foreign’ makes you feel safe as you travel the country and make your way to some of the fancy hotels like Four Seasons Vilamoura. It is the place where you will find the Cascais, a picturesque town nicknamed the town of Kings and fishes. It is one place that gives you a different perspective of Portugal due to its architectural structures and impressive sceneries. Those are only a few of the many things that make Portugal a special country.

Advice for parents 
If you are a parent planning to visit Portugal, you need to make sure you prepare yourself adequately. The fact that you have kids requires you to be vigilant. Start by coming up with a list of places you plan to visit and, if possible, indicate the dates too.

It is also a good idea to learn a few phrases in Portuguese, enough o get around and have a basic conversation with a locals. Phrases such as Obrigado for “thank you”, Prazer em conhecê-lo for “nice to meet you” and Com licença for “excuse me”. A convenient (and cheap!) way to pick up a few terms is by using language apps, for example you can easily learn Portuguese online with platforms like Babbel.

You also need to know what to pack, depending on the weather in Portugal. You don’t want to travel with heavy clothes only to find out that the weather in the country is too hot for that.

Lastly, book your hotels early and call to confirm. You don’t want to get stranded in a foreign country with your young ones.

Where to go and what to do with children in tow 
There are plenty of fantastic recreational activities for you and your children to take part in. You can take a walk to the beach and see locals having a wonderful time soaking in the sun. If your kids are little, you should head over to Martinhal Quinta family resort or the shack, where there is a manmade beach that is not only clean but perfect for little kids.

You can also go sightseeing on the rigid-hulled inflatable boat, which gives you the best view of Lisbon from a different angle. You can travel to Baroque Convento dos Cardaes where nuns make jam with a secret recipe and supply it throughout the world. It is quite a great place to take your kids since they are going to learn a lot about jam making. Finish off at the Timeout market where you are going to enjoy remarkable Portugal gastronomy at low prices.

Portugal has so much to offer in terms of locations and activities. It is a dream destination for every parent with kids. Have you ever been to Portugal, if so, do you have any advice to spare?

Written in collaboration with Emily Jones.

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