Portugal is a wonderful unique location to visit and
enjoy an unforgettable holiday - whatever your
interests you can always find an answer in Portugal!
Family are well provided for with a large variety of
things to do and see. The Portuguese love children and
know how to make them smile! On this Page are listed a
few of the many ideas for your family visit.
BEACHES - There are so many beaches to choose from. They
vary in size from small rocky coves to long open
stretches of sea washed sand. Most of them are
located on the south coastline but there are
several on the west coast that attract fewer visitors.
All the popular beaches are attended by at least one
trained Life Saver and they display flags to indicate
the local sea conditions for swimming. When one of their
flags is flying they are in attendance.
Many beaches have competent Sea Sport Centres that
provide equipment and facilities to enjoy a
variety of sports including:
Body boarding, Jet skiing, Para-skiing, Sailing,
Scuba-Diving, Surfing, Water-skiing, Windsurfing
Even the less popular beaches have normally a
Café/Restaurant in which to enjoy a memorable meal of
freshly caught fish or shellfish prepared and
served in its local manner.
CHILDREN - Children of all ages are well catered for
with several interesting places and things to do.
Firstly, there are a number of Water Parks with full
facilities to spend the whole day sliding down water
chutes or daredevil slides! There are several other
areas that also deserve visiting, Zoomarine
(Algarve), Pavilhão do Conhecimento (Lisbon, Parque
das Nações), Oceanário (Lisbon, Parque das Nações),
Lisbon Zoo and Lagos Zoo (Algarve), Badoca Parque
(Near Sines). Or something different - join the
grownups and others in a Safari Jeep trip up into the
hills! Just in case the weather is not sunny enough
there are Cinemas in every town showing the latest film
releases, or perhaps a game of Ten-Pin Bowling.
Many of the Hotels have organised daily events for
children and some have specially built play areas
for the younger ones that are staffed by experienced personnel.
HEALTH & BEAUTY - Besides the beneficial soaking up
the wonderful sunshine, the ladies in the family can
take the opportunity to visit one of the Health Spas
and the many Beauty Salons. They are scattered all along
Portugal and they offer a variety of treatments and
services. For the men in the family, many salons offer a
variety of treatments from massage, reflexology to the
more pampering indulgencies of facials and grooming
techniques. The Health Spas are specialized and offer a
selection of treatments associated with beneficial
effects of the sea and its natural by-products. Many
people travel to the Algarve just to treat themselves to
one of these beneficial Spa courses.
This holiday could be just that opportunity to treat
the body to a moment of smoothing relaxation and
beautification - and its after-effect of reborn
energy and self-ability.
SPORT - Portugal is a home for sport whether it is
indoor or outdoor. Throughout the year there
are organised numerous international and national
sport events. These are to be found listed in the
printed brochures that are well distributed by the
Portugal Tourist Board. As there are so many different
activities that take place along the coast we have
listed below some of the major ones.
Archery, Badminton, Ballooning, Bird Watching, Body Building, Cycling,
Fishing, Football, Golf, Horse Riding, Karting, Lawn Bowling, Mini-golf,
Organised Walking, Rugby, Skate Shooting, Squash, Ten-Pin Bowling, Tennis, Track Athletics
TOURS - There are several Tours from which to choose.
A choice could be a trip along the coast of the Algarve,
or the beautiful volcanic Azores, the amazing Madeira
nature, also perhaps one to Lisbon downtown or
Porto downtown, or even to Seville and Gibraltar. In
another section of this Site there are interesting
details about each Town to visit in Portugal. Many
of these have fascinating historical backgrounds and
are well worth visiting. For the archeologically inclined
there are a number of Roman sites. One of the popular
attractive events is the local monthly market. As
these are spread throughout each month in the different
Towns along the coast they can be visited either by car
or by an organised coach tour.
Another recommended way to see a different Portugal (sea
conditions permitting), is to take one of the several
Boat Tours along the coast. In all the Towns with ports
there are a selection of companies with organised sea
trips along the coast that can vary from a few hours to
an all-day event. Perhaps you will choose a trip that
includes a visit to one of the more secluded beaches,
then ferried ashore to enjoy a sardine lunch grilled by
the crew and washed down with local wine!
YOUR OWN THING -
Portugal lends itself to personal enjoyment. Counting the number of different wild
flowers growing all over in Madeira or Azores; walking backwards in
time when visiting the rustic hidden villages in
the hills behind the coast or located in the rural
Alentejo; driving back from an unforgettable lunch in a
local tavern having had a little too much good food
and wine with your ever-friendly host Manuel;
strolling along a beautiful beach wondering why nature
is so strong and yet insensitively variable;
basking by your pool trying to forget that all too soon
it must come to an end. What ever you choose to do there
is still this special sense of freedom in the Portugal
style of living. Everything is here to be enjoyed today
so indulge yourself and your family!