Portugal is situated in the Southeast coast of Europe. It is the ideal holiday destination for parents with young kids. Portuguese society largely revolves around family life and the country is very child-friendly and families will find it one of the easiest places for a holiday.
Flight time from the UK and Ireland is less than three hours which is manageable with a baby or toddler and the weather is warm and sunny. You will be able to find all of your baby and toddler essentials such as baby food, formula, nappies and wipes in the supermarkets and fresh cows milk can also be purchased easily (see ‘Baby & Toddler Essentials in Portugal’ for more information).
The sun can be very strong during the summer months, particularly during the hours of 11am to 3pm so make sure to take the usual precautions and keep young kids well hydrated (See ‘When to Go’ for more information).
Portugal’s capital, Lisbon is filled with history, culture and charming cafes. The coastline is stunning with panoramic views and there are many beach resorts which will suit families with young children. The Algarve is a very popular destination for parents with babies and toddlers and there are many hotels and resorts along the southern coast which cater specifically for younger children and offer child care, play areas and kids menus.
There are plenty of toddler friendly activities in Portugal, particularly in the Algarve and toddlers will love the beach. Museums and other attractions don’t usually charge for under 4s, while under-12s get in for half-price. On public transport, under-5s go free while 5- to 11-year-olds travel half-price on trains but pay full fare on metros and buses.