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Favourite Portugal family holiday ideas

Favourite Portugal family holiday ideas

We’ve seen Portugal come up time and time again on families wish list for this year or next. Some of our fabulous family travel bloggers shared some of their favourite Portugal family holidays.

“Portugal is such a lovely country to visit with children. It’s warm through most of the year and the sun seems to shine every day,” says Nicola from Global Mouse. It’s one of the sunniest countries in the world! “The people are friendly and welcoming and there’s plenty of variety across the country for you to get whatever kind of trip your family enjoys,” she says. “It’s also possible to combine elements, for example spending a few days in Lisbon for some culture and history before heading to the beaches of the Algarve. This is a really versatile country and there’s a reason that families return to it for generations.” You can read her Ultimate Guide to Portugal here.

Martinhal resorts in Portugal

First on the list is Martinhal family resorts and hotels. Do an internet-search on family-friendly holidays in Portugal and Martinhal will often come up top of the list. They now have four locations, the trendy Chiado district of Lisbon, Cascais, Sagres and Qiunta. Which is the one for you?

In terms of places to stay, why not look at Martinhal Chiado there are a couple of reviews here – Family City Break at Martinhal Chiado and Martinhal Chiado Review.

Mini Travellers has compared the four and revealed which is their favourite: Which Martinhal resort to visit for your family.


With hilly cobbled streets, it’s best kept until after the baby years, but with some great attractions alongside the history, nearby beaches and even fun transport, the only question is what to do in Lisbon first? Here are 16 things to do in Lisbon with kids from Mummy Travels, and a post on what to do with kids in Lisbon for the weekend from Dais Like These.

Where to eat and Where to shop in Lisbon is also covered in these helpful posts by Globetotting.

Parents of older children, check out: 10 things for teens to do in Lisbon.

A family day trip from Lisbon

Want to explore more? Sintra is an easy day trip from Lisbon and you can visit the stunning Pena Palace.


Cascais (pronounced “Cashc-eye-sh”) is only an hour drive from Lisbon and is home to beautiful beaches, quirky cafes and fabulous fresh food.

There is another popular Martinhal property there that is reviewed fondly in this review of Martinhal Cascais from Alison and fondly in this review by Karen: Martinhal Cascais Review.


With its twisting cobbled streets, its famous wine cellars and its historic architecture, you might think Porto is a city break for adults only. But while there’s plenty to tempt grown-ups (did we mention the port cellars?), the bright buildings and quirky street art are just as captivating for younger visitors – and that’s just the start of the attractions in Porto with kids. Cathy from Mummy Travels shares her 37 things to do in Porto with kids, whilst Karen shares her experience on a fabulous kid-friendly tour of Porto with Portoalities.

Algarve with kids

The Algarve is a firm favourite with the Brits and it’s easy to see why with amazing beaches, an easy flight from the UK and hundreds of different places to stay.

Accommodation-wise, there is Pine Cliffs to consider, Martinhal Quinta, and many others, including Anantura Vilamoura Hotel. Also check out Conde Nast Traveller’s list of best family-friendly hotels in Portugal.

Cathy from Mummy Travels has an option you might want to consider away from the beaches: Silves Castle, the Algarve’s best preserved Castle.

Susanna from A Modern Mother suggests you stay with SpringVillas, which has luxury villas through the Algarve.


The Madeira Islands, which are part of Portugal, are actually an archipelago of small islands located in the Atlantic Ocean about 350 miles from Morocco.

This area is really starting to shake off its image as somewhere for just older people to visit too and is great for families with wonderful temperatures, calm seas and some great Portuguese food. Here are Nicola’s best things to do in Madeira with Kids.

Cruising with Kids also have best shore excursions in Madeira covered too.

Portugal COVD testing requirements

Planning a trip to Portugal in 2021 requires slightly more determination than I anticipated. 3 different types of tests at different times with different providers for one.  However when I’m by the pool with a book and a cocktail I’m hoping it will be all worth while.
If you’re planning a trip find out what I think you need to do for PCR testing

Discover more great destinations in Portugal and beyond

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About Karen Beddow

Karen Beddow is the Editor of Mini Travellers, a multi award winning Family Travel blog. Karen left her full time role as a commercial litigation solicitor when her three children were then 6 and 5 (twins) to concentrate on her Family Travel blog so that she could spend more time with the children and travel a lot more. From camping to five star resorts, from Welsh beaches to African plains there isn't many places the Mini Travellers won't travel and they are determined to enjoy every moment of it. Mini Travellers is all about proving that travelling anywhere with kids is possible.