Portugal is a fantastic destination for family trips, no matter the type of traveller you are. Across a relatively small country, there are natural parks, stunning beaches, great waves for surfing, beautiful mountain tops, interesting cities, winemaking regions, rural landscapes... you name it. Families out there, have you been to Portugal? If not, come over and bring your small children, teens and grown up kids!
Families with small children
Everyone knows what's the scenario when travelling with babies and young children: lots of crying, snotty faces, stains in everyones clothes, little sleep, no time to relax... Oh, wait a minute! What about the endless laughter, the communal naps, the art works, the introduction to new foods, the suntans and the overall "happily exhausted face" you get when everyones happy? Yep, it's well worth it! Travelling with young children might be hard work, but it pays off. When it comes to where to go, our top picks are Alentejo and Beiras. Both these regions are a true melting pot that will surely offer a wide array of interesting things to see and do.
Families with teenagers
Travelling with teenagers always involves a compromise, but Portugal is a great one no matter the season. Our advice is letting them know what's out there and then narrowing their choices according to their own preferences: hiking, beach, nightlife, nature, water sports, cities, etc. Then you just have to hand us all the info and we'll promise to make it work! Even though there are many options, we believe Minho, Açores and the Southwest Coast are cool and safe choices at the same time. They all have a laid-back vibe, are winners when it comes to natural beauty and are a perfect playground for fans of sports and the outdoors.
Families with grown up kids
Years of wisdom don't prepare you to ever stop feeling like a kid in the presence of your parents. But let's be honest, we all secretly like being taken care of by our parents, specially when it comes to travelling. Moms deal with the hard stuff, dads take care of the flights and we just gotta pack up and leave. Sounds dreamy doesn't it? Then picture green rolling hills, a bottle of wine, fresh seafood and birds humming. Are you all packed up already?!
Our choices for grown ups and forever young adults are Algarve, Madeira and the Douro Valley. They are three radically different destinations when it comes to landscapes, but they all combine stunning views and great food, allowing you to explore at a slow pace and indulge in the simples pleasures.
Looking for a destination for your next family trip? Roam around the Inspire Me section of our website and let us help you plan an unforgettable trip!