Oh, Portugal – it’s been on the bucket list for too long! For families with young kids, Portugal is an excellent option to experience a new country with the reassurance of conveniences too. Little Steps has put together the top reasons why you should consider heading to Portugal with your wee-jetsetter in 2018! What’s more, below are recommended baby- and toddler-centric packages. Score!
Special Packages For Families with Babies + Toddlers:
When to go to Portugal? The country is very diverse so weather can vary from region to region and generally offers a mild climate making it a year-round choice for families. Summer (July/August) is the high season with hot temperatures and booking should be done way in advance as it's a popular time. April-June and September-October, offers warm weather and tends to be a very comfortable time to visit with young ones. You can also expect fewer crowds as well. Winter offers nice weather with a bit of rain.
Other key points:
* It is packed full of culture! Palaces, monasteries, and castles - yes, please!
* It offers 365 days of surf! There are family-friendly surfing options for learning too.
* Enjoy food and wine (including the infamous Port wine)
* Portugal's beaches are amazing!
For an easy and carefree family stay, head to Cascais (a coastal town just 30 kilometers West of Lisbon). This area is very special as it offers a bit of everything from beach play to cultural explorations to sporting activities for mom and dad. In Cascais, families can explore cultural wonders including the historic Sintra and scenic Guincho. Or, head into the city to explore the Safari Park, Oceanario, and Zoo Lisbon. Favorite activities at the property for babies and toddlers include biking (child seats and balance bikes are available), Mommy and Me fitness classes, swim lessons for babies and tots, kayaking, dolphin watching and more.
Where to stay? Martinhal Cascais delivers an amazing holiday experience for the family and caters especially to babies and toddlers. Their restaurants are family friendly, featuring a dedicated children’s play area and a special children’s menu, and their family coffee bar allows parents to relax while the little ones have fun in their kids' clubs or playground, located in the same area. The hotel has 3 pool area, Finisterra SPA, several playgrounds all around the resort and the surrounding area offers a wide range of options, from beach and sports activities to culture.
Book it: Click here for Baby’s First Holiday at Martinhal Cascais Lisbon. Choose from a 4 or 7-night package complete with a baby cot, a welcome pack (nappies included), bottle warmer, sterilizer, daily childcare, and dinner and spa treatment for mom and dad. Just bring those swimmers and join in!
Head to the beach for a playground of possibilities for the little one and you! Located in a protected park, this water, and beach heaven has something for all ages. For mom and dad, you can enjoy all the various watersports included diving and stand-up paddleboarding. Plus, you can go hiking, biking, enjoy golf, and horseback riding too. For the little ones, they will love going on various bike rides around the Sagres area (child seats available), beach play, boat trips, and the many child-oriented activities and playgrounds at the property.
Where to Stay? Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort sits comfortably between the land and the sea, with a protected natural park as its neighbor, and offers stylishly designed family houses that are the ideal alternative for families to the more traditional hotel room holiday. Guests can dine in one of the 3 restaurants that offer far from standard Kids menus and stylish kids corners and playgrounds to make it easy for parents to enjoy their food culture. Guests have full access to the resort’s wealth of amenities, including the tennis courts, padel courts, spa, superb food and wines, and all associated activities in the surrounding of the Natural Park – round biking, hiking, surf and yoga amongst others. Martinhal Sagres is located close to the historic town of Sagres on the unspoiled Western Algarve. Sightseeing to the scenic view of the coastlines and the nearby historical towns can be arranged.
Book It: Click here for Baby’s First Beach Holiday at Martinhal Sagres. Choose from a 4 or 7-night package complete with a baby cot, a welcome pack (nappies included), bottle warmer, sterilizer, daily childcare, and dinner and spa treatment for mom and dad. Just bring those swimmers and join in!