Itinerary #1: Ultimate Family Trip to Portugal: Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Évora & the Algarve
Families with kids of all ages will love this well-rounded itinerary exploring Porto down to the Algarve Coast. With a mix of culinary adventures, tours of historic villages, and uninterrupted time at the beach, you'll leave Portugal feeling warmed by its welcoming culture and fascinated by its ancient wonders. Plus, with two or more night stays at each stop, you can slow down and enjoy quality family time.
|Day 1||Arrive in Porto, Taste of Porto Food Tour||Porto|
|Day 2||Porto for Kids, Tile-Painting Workshop||Porto|
|Day 3||Culture & Hiking in Peneda-Gerês National Park||Porto|
|Day 4||Transfer to Coimbra via Aveiro & Buçaco Forest||Coimbra|
|Day 5||Explore Coimbra, Visit the Schist Villages||Coimbra|
|Day 6||Transfer to Lisbon via Mira De Aire Caves||Lisbon|
|Day 7||Lisbon Tuk-Tuk Tour, Amphibious Boat Tour||Lisbon|
|Day 8||Day Trip to the Palaces & Forests of Sintra||Lisbon|
|Day 9||Drive to Évora, Self-Guided Tour of Megalithic Sites||Évora|
|Day 10||Alentejo Countryside Tour||Évora|
|Day 11||Drive to the Algarve, Dolphin Watching Tour||Algarve|
|Day 12||Algarve Beach Day||Algarve|
|Day 13||Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro||Algarve|
|Day 14||Drive to Lisbon & Depart|
Welcome to Portugal! After a transfer to Porto city center from the airport, you and your family will settle in with three nights in this historic town, enjoying a guided culinary adventure, a tile-painting workshop, and a trip to Peneda-Gerês National Park. Next, begin your journey south, stopping at Aveiro to cruise peaceful canals before arriving at Coimbra, your home for two nights. Children will love wandering the 27 Schist Villages and hiking between Talasnal and Casal Novo. Then, following a transfer and a stop at the Grutas Mira de Aire caves, you'll find yourself in Lisbon.
With three nights in the capital, you'll have time to see the city's highlights on a family-friendly tuk-tuk and amphibious vehicle tour, ponder the megalithic monuments near Évora, and visit an olive oil farm in the Alentejo countryside. Continuing south, you'll venture to the stunning Algarve Coast, known for its spectacular coastlines—the perfect playground. Enjoy a full day at the white sandy beach of Praia de Odeceixe, where older children can learn to surf, or for a gentler environment, opt for a day at Praia do Anção. Before catching your flight home, you'll explore the Beagil Caves and swim in the coves of João de Arens. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Relaxing Family Summer Vacation in Portugal
Using Porto, Lisbon, and the Algarve as a base, this cultural and beach-packed summer vacation is perfect for families who enjoy a slower-paced trip. Every day promises cultural delights, including ancient castles, authentic Portuguese meals, and peaceful countryside explorations. Then, with a seven-night stay on the Algarve coast, there's more than enough time to beach hop, soak up the sun, and enjoy a tour of the famous Benagil caves.
|Day 1||Arrive in Porto, Family-Friendly Food Tour||Porto|
|Day 2||Vintage Car City Tour, Harry Potter Library||Porto|
|Day 3||Culture & Hiking in Peneda-Gerês National Park||Porto|
|Day 4||Transfer to Lisbon via Mira De Aire Caves||Lisbon|
|Day 5||Tuk-Tuk Tour of Lisbon, Family-Friendly Activities||Lisbon|
|Day 6||Day Trip to Fairy-Tale Sintra||Lisbon|
|Day 7||Drive to the Algarve, Dolphin Watching Tour||Algarve|
|Day 8||Algarve Beach Day||Algarve|
|Day 9||Catamaran Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro||Algarve|
|Day 10||Rural Algarve Tour||Algarve|
|Day 11||Ilha Deserta Beach Day||Algarve|
|Day 12||Ria Formosa Clam Picking & Wetland Tour||Algarve|
|Day 13||Explore the Western Algarve||Algarve|
|Day 14||Return to Lisbon & Depart|
Your family trip starts with three nights in the vibrant city of Porto, located in northern Portugal. Take in this city's rich culture with a guided culinary adventure; then, after a memorable 1920s car tour of the city, Harry Potter fans will relish a visit to Livraria Lello, also known as the "Harry Potter Library," and embark on a hike in Peneda-Gerês National Park. Next, pack your family's bags and transfer to Lisbon, stopping first to help the kids count the stalagmites and stalactites on a trek underground the 150 million-year-old Grutas Mira de Aire along the way.
While in Lisbon, you'll have plenty of time to ride the Telecabine Lisboa, a cable car that runs along the Tagus River at Parque das Nacoes, and tour the fairy-tale-like castles of Sintra. The second half of your trip brings you down to the Algarve Coast, where you'll unpack your bags for eight days of beach hopping and water tours that suit your kids' interests. During your stay, you'll sail to the famous Benagil caves, visit the secluded Ilha Deserta, and take a guided walk in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. Before saying your goodbyes and leaving Portugal, you and your family will take in Lagos's bustling streets and beautiful beaches. Learn more
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Itinerary #3: Family Vacation in Portugal & the Azores
Combining mainland Portugal and the Azores, this action-packed itinerary is perfect for adventurous families who want to experience Portugal's vibrant nature and culture. As a family, you'll wander through ancient cobblestone streets, sample authentic Portuguese cuisine, and visit whimsical castles. Then, fly to São Miguel Island, where you'll spend your last six days beach hopping, whale watching, and hiking.
|Day 1||Arrive in Porto, Family Food Tour||Porto|
|Day 2||Vintage Car Tour, Harry Potter Library & River Cruise||Porto|
|Day 3||Explore Peneda-Gerês National Park||Porto|
|Day 4||Drive to Coimbra via Buçaco Forest & Avéiro||Coimbra|
|Day 5||Explore Coimbra, Self-Guided Excursion to Schist Villages||Coimbra|
|Day 6||Drive to Lisbon via Mira De Aire Caves||Lisbon|
|Day 7||Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour, Traditional Tile Workshop||Lisbon|
|Day 8||Private Excursion to Sintra||Lisbon|
|Day 9||Fly to São Miguel Island, Azorean Foodie Experience||São Miguel Island|
|Day 10||Beaches of São Miguel||São Miguel Island|
|Day 11||Sete Ciudades Jeep Adventure, Snorkeling Tour in São Miguel||São Miguel Island|
|Day 12||Whale Watching Tour||São Miguel Island|
|Day 13||Explore the Furnas Valley||São Miguel Island|
|Day 14||Depart São Miguel Island|
Begin your family trip with three nights in Portugal's second-largest city, Porto, where you'll pack in a guided food tour—kids can try popular Sumol Ananás—a fizzy pineapple soda, visit the fishing village of San Pedro da Afurada, and wander around Crystal Palace Gardens. Before leaving Porto, spend a day hiking and swimming in the nearby Peneda-Gerês National Park, then pick up your rental car and continue south to Coimbra. Both parents and children will be blown away by the memorable University of Coimbra and the schist stone homes tucked in the nearby mountains, but all too soon, it'll be time to hop back in the car and drive to Lisbon.
With a three-night stay in Portugal's capital city, you'll have time to lead the gang along narrow cobblestone streets on a tuk-tuk tour, ride a cable car at Telecabine Lisboa, and take a private excursion to Sintra, which is home to the colorful Pena Palace and the National Palace of Sintra. Next, switch gears and hop in a plane to São Miguel, an island of the Azores. Known for its lush greenery and picturesque beaches, you and your family will quickly sink into a relaxed pace of life as you split your time between whale watching, Jeep, and snorkeling tours, having a soothing soak in Furnas Valley, and beach hopping. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Family Vacation to Spain & Portugal
Tick off the bucket list highlights of Spain and Portugal on this two-week itinerary, perfect for families with young children. With three nights each in Lisbon and the Algarve, you'll have plenty of time to experience cultural highlights and play with the kids on beautiful beaches before crossing the border to Spain. Take in the impressive sights of Seville and Granada, then end your adventure enjoying the mix of historic buildings and modern parks in Madrid.
|Day 1||Arrive in Lisbon, Family Food & Cultural Walk||Lisbon|
|Day 2||Lisbon Guided Family Excursion, Free Afternoon||Lisbon|
|Day 3||Sintra for Young Explorers||Lisbon|
|Day 4||Lisbon to the Algarve, Enjoy the Beaches of the Algarve||Algarve|
|Day 5||Catamaran Sailing Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro||Algarve|
|Day 6||Dolphin Watching in the Algarve, Hiking on Rota Vicentina||Algarve|
|Day 7||The Algarve to Seville, Best of Seville Family Excursion||Seville|
|Day 8||Kid-Friendly Visit to the Alcázar, Flamenco Experience for Families||Seville|
|Day 9||Seville to Granada via Adventures in Ronda||Granada|
|Day 10||Visit the Alhambra & Generalife Gardens, Self-Guided Walk in Granada||Granada|
|Day 11||Granada to Madrid, Madrid for Kids Tour with Activities & Snacks||Madrid|
|Day 12||Cable Car Ride Over Madrid, Self-Guided Walk in Madrid||Madrid|
|Day 13||Family Day Trip to Toledo||Madrid|
|Day 14||Depart Spain|
After arriving in Lisbon, your family adventure begins with a food tour in Mercado da Ribeira, a famous market, followed by a guided tour of the city's favorite sites and a day of taking in the straight-out-of-a-storybook castles of Sintra. With three nights already under your belt, you'll transfer south to the coastal region of the Algarve. Settle in for three days of beaching hopping, cruising along turquoise waters to the Benagil Caves, and snorkeling in the coves of João de Arens. Then, with one more day in Portugal, you and your crew will board a catamaran for a fun-filled day cruising along the coastline, searching for dolphins and orcas.
Sun-kissed and relaxed, you'll say goodbye to Portugal and cross the border into Spain. Your first stop is Seville, deemed one of the most beautiful Spanish cities and home to Royal Alcázar, a palace filled with surprises that will delight children of all ages. Spend an evening learning and watching flamenco dancing before it's back on the road to Granada, where you'll tour the Alhambra and indulge in tapas—perfect child-friendly portions—along Calle de las Teterias before catching a train to Madrid. Fill your last four days by checking out the city's highlights and roaming Toledo's historical landmarks until you catch your flight home. Learn more
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