With picturesque landscapes, colorful architecture, dramatic coastline, and a super kid-friendly culture, Portugal has it all. From Spring Break, though the summer and all the way to Fall Break, Portugal is a fabulous destination for a family trip.
Porto is a lovely coastal city in northwest Portugal. Known for its stately bridges, lavish baroque architecture, narrow cobbled streets, plenty of charming, cozy cafes and of course port wine production, this town is a must-visit on any Portugal itinerary!
Here are five fun things to do with kids in Porto Portugal with kids.
Douro River Cruise
Begin your time in Porto by hopping on a boat. This is not only a great way to orient yourself with the city of Porto, but a nice break for the kids from walking and more formal guided tours. Glide along private boats and barges and under 6 spectacular bridges while enjoying a private wine tasting and even lunch on board.
This bookstore is definitely worth a visit! Livraria Lello has been around for over 100 years in Porto.
A “pulpit of free though and in keeping with the same youthful and irreverent spirit that has always marked it” this library was actually the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. (J.K. Rowling is said to have been a loyal customer at the bookshop while writing the Harry Potter series.)
This doesn’t have to take long, but a quick stop here is definitely a must when visiting Porto Portugal with kids.
Port – of course!
My clients enjoy a special, private visit to Cockburn’s Lodge, the largest wooden Port cellar in the historical area of Vila Nova de Gaia. This is the largest collection of oak barrels and wooden vats of any Port cellar in Porto. Founded in the earliest 19th the Cockburn’s & Co family built themselves a remarkable reputation for fine Vintage Port.
The records at the London auction houses show that in the early twentieth century, Cockburn’s Vintage Ports commanded the highest prices of any Port house. Here, kids love a unique, hands-on opportunity to assist the coopers working real life on the barrels.
Gateway to the Douro Valley
Porto is also the gateway to Portugal’s wine production region (and the world’s oldest wine producing region in fact); the Douro Valley. An easy day-trip from Porto, enjoy a leisurely drive out of the city. Begin with a private wine tasting at a breathtakingly beautiful family-owned wine estate, set on top of a small hill. Here the kids can freely run around while you learn about Portuguese wine.
Then, enjoy a private toast at the swimming- pool and indulge in a private lunch, hosted by the family and estate owners, either on the terrace (if weather allows it) or at the family house.
Enjoy the view from the Yeatman Pool
And at the end of the day, you’ll enjoy the view from the pool of the Yeatman hotel (my favorite hotel in Porto hand’s down!) and the kids will love splashing around.
In addition to being a lovely, Virtuoso hotel, the property’s wine cellar is one of the most comprehensive collections of Portuguese wines. The hotel has established partnerships with many of Portugal’s finest producers who actively participate in The Yeatman’s program of tastings, seminars and wine dinners.
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