Ten days in Portugal allows you to cover the highlights with a family-friendly food and cultural itinerary. Try pastéis de nata in Porto, take a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon, and relax on the many beaches in the Algarve. Add two days in Nazaré to your itinerary to see record-breaking waves, or opt for a more relaxing holiday in the Serra da Arrábida region. Swap the coast for visits to Coimbra and Óbidos to explore the Buçaco Forest and the thrilling Mira De Aire Caves.

Itinerary #1: Portugal Family Vacation: Porto, Lisbon & the Algarve

A classic itinerary that covers the top destinations of Portugal, you and the family will visit Porto, the capital city of Lisbon, and the beautiful coastal region of the Algarve. Take a family food tour in Porto, head on a day trip to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, explore the markets in the capital, and enjoy the many beaches around the Algarve.

Enjoy a family vacation to Portugal
Enjoy a family vacation to Portugal
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Porto, Family Food Tour Porto
Day 2 Private City Tour, Harry Potter Library, Tile Painting Workshop Porto
Day 3 Peneda-Gerês National Park Porto
Day 4 Train to Lisbon, Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour Lisbon
Day 5 Lisbon Markets & Fairs Lisbon
Day 6 Day Trip to Sintra Lisbon
Day 7 Drive to the Algarve & Lagos, Explore Lagos Algarve
Day 8 Algarve Beach Day Algarve
Day 9 Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro Algarve
Day 10 Drive to Lisbon & Depart  

Arrive in Porto and embark on a family-friendly food tour to sample pastéis de nata (custard tart), bacalhau (dried, salted cod), and Sumol Ananás (fizzy pineapple soda). Tour the city with a private guide to explore the Foz neighborhood, see the Sao Bento Railway Station and Bolhao Market, and visit one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, Livraria Lello. Venture on a hike in Peneda-Gerês National Park to see towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, wild deer, eagles, and horses. Board a train to Lisbon for a tuk-tuk tour to see viewpoints from Sao Pedro de Alcantara and Santa Luzia.

On Day 5, check out the Feira da Ladra flea market and the Time Out Market. Enjoy a day trip to storybook Sintra to visit the Quinta da Regaleira, the National Palace of Sintra, and the Pena Palace. Then collect your rental car and drive south to the Algarve. Stop in Lagos, where the kids will love visiting the Lagos Zoo, Zoomarine, and the Aqualand waterpark. Families who prefer relaxing holidays will relish the Algarve's many beaches, such as Praia da Marinha or Praia do Ancao. Board a catamaran from Portimao to the Benagil Caves and go swimming, snorkeling, or paddle boarding around the coves of Joao de Arens. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Family Trip to Portugal: Lisbon, Nazaré & Porto

Focusing on Portugal's northern Atlantic coastline, this 10-day trip to Portugal covers Lisbon, Nazaré, and Porto. Tour Lisbon via tuk-tuk, uncover the beautiful and historical region of Sintra, check out record-breaking waves at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, and discover the Mira de Aire Caves on the way to Porto.

Views over Nazaré
Views over Nazaré
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon, Food & Culture Walk Lisbon
Day 2 Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk & Family-Friendly City Tour Lisbon
Day 3 Day Trip to Fairy-Tale Sintra Lisbon
Day 4 Transfer to Nazaré via Óbidos Nazaré
Day 5 Free Time in Nazaré Nazaré
Day 6 Transfer to Porto via Mira De Aire Caves Porto
Day 7 Porto Vintage Car Tour & River Cruise Porto
Day 8 Hike in Peneda-Gerês National Park Porto
Day 9 Family-Friendly Tour of Porto Porto
Day 10 Depart Porto  

Begin in Lisbon and see the highlights such as Castelo São Jorge and Jardim da Estrela, where kids can run freely, then enjoy a ride on the Telecabine Lisboa ("Lisbon Cable Car") for scenic views. Journey to the fairy tale town of Sintra, where young children can explore the secret passageways, towering turrets, and hidden gardens at Quinta da Regaleira. Journey to Nazaré via the walled city of Óbidos. If you're visiting in winter, you can enjoy some of the biggest waves in the world at Praia do Norte. In the summer, the sheltered bay of Sao Martinho do Porto offers a relaxing place to spend the day with the little ones.

Intrepid travelers of all ages will delight at a stop at Grutas Mira de Aire, the largest underground caves in Portugal, en route to Porto. Cruise the Douro River, discover the streets in a vintage car, and enjoy a family dinner on the Ribeira (riverfront). Next, you'll visit Portugal's only national park, Peneda-Gerês, where you can embark on various hikes to suit all abilities. Allocate a day to Porto's downtown area to see the peacocks and ducks in the Crystal Palace Gardens, spend an afternoon at SEA Life Porto, then conclude your trip with a stroll along Matosinhos Beach. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Portugal Family Explorer: Porto, Lisbon & Serra da Arrábida

This 10-day family holiday swaps out Nazaré with Serra da Arrábida, just south of Lisbon. Experience the food scene in Porto, take a day trip to the exciting Paiva Walkways, tour Lisbon via the Hippotrip amphibious vehicle on the Tagus River, and relax, swim, snorkel, and cruise around the beautiful beach area of Serra do Arrábida.

Enjoy quality family time in Portugal
Enjoy quality family time in Portugal
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Porto, Family-Friendly Food Tour Porto
Day 2 Porto City Tour & River Cruise Porto
Day 3 Day Trip to the Paiva Walkway Porto
Day 4 Transfer to Lisbon via Óbidos Lisbon
Day 5 Lisbon Tuk-Tuk Tour, Family-Friendly Activities Lisbon
Day 6 Discover Fairy-Tale Sintra Lisbon
Day 7 Transfer to Serra da Arrábida Serra da Arrábida
Day 8 Full-Day Private Cruise with Skipper Serra da Arrábida
Day 9 Explore Arrábida Natural Park Serra da Arrábida
Day 10 Transfer to Lisbon, Depart   

In Porto, you and the gang will head on a city food tour; kids can try traditional pastéis de nata while adults can sample local wine. A kid-friendly tour of Porto takes you to Sao Bento Train Station, the Clerigos Tower, and the Livaria Lello Bookshop, and an afternoon cruise will delight young children as you splash your way along the Douro River. The Paiva Walkways make for an interesting day trip that provides plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities for young nature enthusiasts. Then a traditional lunch of posta arouquesa (grilled beef) and pinguca (Portuguese liquor) awaits the adults after the hike.

Divert to Óbidos to explore the medieval castle before continuing to Lisbon. For an alternative activity that will amuse young children, board the Hippotrip to see the city by land and river. Discover Sintra on a day trip, then transfer to the coastal region of Serra do Arrábida. The whole family can take advantage of a private cruise around the coastline of the Arrábida Marine Reserve, where you can swim, snorkel, and sunbathe. A guided excursion to Arrábida Natural Park can be tailored to your family's pace. Admire Albufeira Lagoon and Moorish Castle before returning to Lisbon to depart. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Family Fun & Culture in Portugal: Porto, Coimbra, Óbidos & Lisbon

Introduce the children to Portuguese culture from Porto to Lisbon, with stops in Coimbra and Óbidos. You and the family will explore beautiful libraries, hike the Paiva Walkways, go bird watching in the São Jacinto Nature Reserve, and journey into the Mira de Aire Caves.

Mother and child enjoying the views over Porto on a family holiday in Portugal
Mother and child enjoying the views over Porto on a family holiday in Portugal
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Porto, Family Food Tour Porto
Day 2 Porto for Kids Tour, Visit the Harry Potter Library Porto
Day 3 Day Trip to the Paiva Walkways Porto
Day 4 Drive to Coimbra via Avéiro & Buçaco Forest Coimbra
Day 5 Explore Coimbra, Figueira da Foz & the Schist Villages Coimbra
Day 6 Drive to Óbidos via Mira De Aire Caves Óbidos
Day 7 Drive to Lisbon, Hippo Trip Tour Lisbon
Day 8 Ceramic Tile Workshop, Explore Lisbon Lisbon
Day 9 Guided Day Trip to Sintra Lisbon
Day 10 Depart Lisbon  

Commence your Portugal itinerary with three nights in Porto. Undertake a food and culture tour of the city, then head on a day trip to the Paiva Walkways along the banks of the Paiva River, where brave kids and adults can cross the Arouca 516 pedestrian footbridge over the river. Check out Aveiro, the "Venice of Portugal," and the Sao Jacinto Nature Reserve for a bird-watching excursion. The Bucaco Forest is a great place to break up the journey to Coimbra to let the kids run off some steam. See the 18th-century bell tower and the Chapel of Saint Michael, then board a train to Figueira da Foz.

Alternatively, venture on an off-the-beaten-path experience to the Schist Villages. Detour via the Grutas Mira de Aire on your way to Óbidos. See Óbidos Castle and the Igreja de Santa Maria Church, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading to Libson for your family's final three nights. Uniquely explore the city on an amphibious Hippotrip vehicle tour on Day 7. Then, creative kids and adults will appreciate the chance to paint their own ceramic tiles, while historic-loving sightseers can visit Castelo de São Jorge and the Jeronimos Monastery. Enjoy one final day trip to storybook Sintra before departing. Learn more

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Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Portugal? Check out these other 10-day Portugal itineraries, with outdoor adventures, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights.


Map of 10 Days in Portugal - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Portugal - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas