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Planning a Family Holiday to Portugal


We’re all seriously craving some sun at the moment, especially when we reminisce about last years holiday to Corfu. We made the decision not to book a holiday abroad this year as we have a few UK breaks planned and we are going to Disneyland Paris in November. So, we’re already looking ahead to next years holiday and are planning to book something very soon. A holiday to Portugal is right at the top of our list as it’s somewhere that we’ve wanted to visit for a long time and it seems like the perfect destination for families.

Having done some research I’ve discovered that Portugal really does have so much to offer and I already have a pretty long list of things I’d like to do and places I’d like us to visit. I’m sharing just a few of my ideas but I’d love to hear your suggestions if there’s anywhere that you’ve been to and loved.

See the beautiful beaches

One of the main reason for wanting to visit Portugal is the beautiful beaches with their white sand and perfect blue seas. When we visit Portugal we will want to see as many of the stunning beaches as we can and Portugal actually has over 100 of them so there will be no shortage of sunbathing and sand castle building! Praia da Rocha looks particularly nice, it’s tucked away from the tourists of the Algarve so would be a quiet spot to spend a day.


Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and is packed full of things to see and do. Our itinerary would consist of a tram ride, eating at amazing restaurants, admiring the beautiful tiled buildings and of course eating the world famous custard tarts from Pasteis de Belém!


Madeira is an island full of culture and has a huge rage of festivals and events happening throughout the year. From the onion festival (yep, we’re talking cars decorated with hundreds of onions here!) to the traditional folklore festival, there’s something for everyone. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even climb the mountains, or take the tourist bus to the top instead which is definitely what we would be doing!


Zoomarine in the Algarve looks amazing for young children, with lots of animals to discover, a waterpark and fairground rides, it sounds like the perfect family day out. They also have regular dolphin shows which get very good reviews, so we would definitely be checking one of those out.


The town of Sintra looks absolutely stunning (don’t just take my word for it, check out Pinterest!) with it’s colourful buildings and backdrop of rolling green hills. It’s only a short 45 minute drive from Lisbon, which is ideal for us wanting to see as much as we can. It is a town steeped in history and is home to many castles, one of which is the National Palace of Pena, perched on the Sintra hills it is a beautiful building that I just can’t wait to see and explore.

Have you ever been to Portugal? Is there anything you would recommend that we see or do while we’re there?

Thanks for reading.

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1 Comment

  1. November 12, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    What beautiful beach huts, nothing screams holiday like a beach hut does it!