CENTRAL PORTUGAL FAMILY ADVENTURE

Regions

Center

Starting Point

Lisbon, Porto

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

10 - 12 days

Best for

from 4 years

Activity Level **

3/5

From the high waves of the Atlantic ocean at Nazare, the magical limestone caves in Aire E Candeeiros Nature Park to the historic walls of Tomar and the unspoiled nature of the Arouca Geopark, our authentic Portugal family tour offers you a cross section of Portugal's rich history and heritage while also allowing to explore and experience unspoiled nature in some of the country's beautiful nature parks. A perfect mix of cultural discoveries and family outdoor fun.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ ride the high waves in Portugal's surfing capital of Nazare
✓ explore the amazing limestone caves in Aire E Candeeiros Nature Park
✓ UNESCO world heritage sites of Alcobaca, Tomar and Coimbra
✓ visit "Portugal dos Pequenitos", a miniature playground version of Portugal
✓ hiking, cycling and canyoning in the beautiful Arouca UNESCO Geopark

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - Arrival - overnight in Nazare
Day 2 - learn how to surf - relax at the beach - overnight in Nazare
Day 3 - Alcobaca Monastery - Serras de Aire Nature Park - overnight in the Tomar area (120km)
Day 4 - kayaking, swimming and water fun around the Castelo do Bode Lake - overnight Tomar area (40km)
Day 5 - Conimbriga Roman Site - Portugal dos Pequenitos - overnight in Coimbra (100km)
Day 6 - cycling and walking in the Arouca Geopark - overnight Arouca Geopark area (120km)
Day 7 - canyoning/rafting in the Arouca Geopark - overnight Arouca Geopark area (40km)
Day 8 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO PORTUGAL
After your arrival, you will transfer to Nazare, a beach resort town North of Lisbon, famous for its long sandy beaches and the impressive waves that lure surfers to Nazare from all over the world. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax at the beach or to stroll to the narrow streets of the town.
Overnight in Nazare.

DAY 2 - SURFING AT NAZARE
The seaside town of Nazare boasts a proud fishing tradition dating back centuries and is particularly famous for its spectacular waves caused by the close to shore submarine canyon. You will get to test your surfing skills and take to the waves as you will get a surfing introduction at the beautiful beach with the whole family. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy at the sea, explore the area around the massive underwater canyon on a tour or try some fun water activities like fly-boating.
Overnight in Nazare.

DAY 3 - ALCOBACA MONASTERY - SERRAS DE AIRE E CANDEEIROS NATURE PARK
Alcobaca monastery is dating back to the 12th century and is known as one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture in Europe. Today, the Gothic Church is listed as UNESCO World Heritage and you can admire the impressive collection of the medieval buildings, including the refectory, the dormitory or the chapter hall, during your visit.
Head on to the Serra de Aire E Candeeiros Nature Park, a beautiful natural area stretching over two mountain ranges and the biggest limestone deposits in Portugal. The area is full of historic artefacts and you can explore the historic salt pans, medieval castles or try one of the different walking routes. The area is particularly famous for its magical caves, Mira de Aire or Algar do Pena, which have been formed by water in the soft limestone over thousands of years. Admire the bizarre structures and learn about the formations as you descend to the underground.
Before you continue to Tomar, you should not miss to admire the dinosaur footprints in Vale de Meios that let you travel back in time for 175 million years.
Overnight in Tomar.

DAY 4 - TOMAR - CONVENT OF CHRIST - CASTELO DO BODE (B) (40km)
Take it easy today and join the locals relaxing at the river and lake beaches around Castelo do Bode just a short drive from Tomar. Here you can rent a boat or try one of the many fun water-sports, including wake-boarding, fly-boarding or water-balls. Alternatively, visit the tree climbing park at Valadas Ferreira do Zezere adventure park (subject to opening times).
Enjoy the evening strolling through the beautiful medieval alleys of Tomar and walk up to the UNESCO listed Convent of Christ overlooking the small town.
Overnight in Tomar.

DAY 5 - CONIMBRIGA - PORTUGAL DOS PEQUENITOS (B) 100km
Leave Tomar after breakfast and head to Conimbriga, Portugal's largest and most impressive Roman site, where the extensive ruins of the ancient Roman city have been wonderfully preserved. Learn more about the history and the significance of the town by visiting the museum, the old site and admiring the impressive floor mosaics.
Continue to Coimbra, Portugal's medieval capital and home to the country's oldest and most prestigious university. You will visit the wonderful Portugal dos Pequenitos, an educational playground, where the whole family can learn more about Portugal's history while climbing around miniature reproductions of Portugal's architectural heritage. You will have the evening to soak up the lively and young atmosphere of Coimbra while exploring the cobbled lanes along the old stone walls.
Overnight in Coimbra.

DAY 6 - AROUCA GEOPARK - PORTO (B) 120km
You will spend the last remaining days of your trip in the Arouca Geopark in the Southeast of Porto, characterized by mountains, rivers and breath-taking views. Due to its rich geological and historical heritage, the park is classified as a UNESCO Geopark and the options to explore nature seem unlimited. Follow through the park along the Geosite route, taking you over the Freita mountain plateau, along old mines and amazing lush valleys crossed by streams. You can also choose from various hiking routes taking you to every corner of the park to enjoy magnificent views and explore heritage throughout the area.
Overnight in the Arouca area.

DAY 7 - CANYONING - AROUCA GEOPARK - PORTO (B) 120km
An exciting canyoning adventure is awaiting you today, as you will follow along a mountain river through the Arouca Geopark and explore the stream and the canyon-like riverbed while jumping in and out of the water, sliding down cascades and swimming in crystal-clear lagoons. A refreshing and fun adventure to enjoy nature for the whole family.
The afternoon is free to explore more of the Geopark on one of the many walking trails taking you to little traditional villages, over steep slopes and through deep valleys.
Overnight in the Arouca area.

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in family friendly hotels, farms and guesthouses
- private car hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desires / required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
Thanks to its mild climate, Portugal is a great destination all year round. March to May is a great season for outdoor activities or sight-seeing. It is not too hot yet, but temperatures can already be nice and warm, especially on the Algarve or in Portugal's southeast. Nature is in full bloom and forests are lush and green at this time of the year. While average daily temperatures in Lisbon are around 18 degrees, it can be cooler in central and northern Portugal.
Summer in Portugal comes with high temperatures and a lot of sun. While Lisbon has an average of 28 degrees over the summer months, temperatures can rise over 40 degrees in northern and central Portugal between June and August and also easily reach around 35 degrees on the Algarve, though a fresh breeze from the Atlantic makes it feel less hot. The Algarve is perfect for a beach holiday, though the water temperatures hardly go over 22 degrees. Generally the waters around Portugal stay cool with not more than 20 degrees. The summer months in Portugal are full of festivities, which take place in every part of the country.
September and October are again perfect for outdoor and cultural activities as the days are still warm and mostly dry. November until February are the months with the most rain over the year, especially in northern Portugal and there can be snow in the mountains. Temperatures would still reach around 15 degrees on the Algarve and would rarely drop below 10 degrees in Lisbon.

How to travel
Portugal has three major airports - Porto in the north, Lisbon in central west Portugal and Faro on the Algarve in the south. While Faro is much more frequented with charter and holiday flights from other countries in Europe, Porto and Lisbon offer a well developed network of scheduled flights to destinations all over Europe and overseas as well. With a volume of more than 20 million passengers a year (2018), Lisbon is by far the busiest airport in Portugal. Porto and Lisbon airport are well connected to the city centers by subway.
The easiest way to get around Portugal is by car. As it is a rather small country, distances are never far, for example you can travel from Lisbon to Porto or Faro in less than three hours and from Lisbon to Evora in less than 2 hours. There is a dense network of modern motorways linking the major centers, especially in central and Northern Portugal, which are operated through a tolling system. Apart from the motorway connecting Lisbon to the Algarve and the A22 along the Algarve coast, Alentejo is mainly characterized by national and regional roads.
Further, Portugal has a well developed rail network, connecting every corner of Portugal. The high speed Alfa Pendula connects Braga in the north with Faro in the south and stops in Porto and Lisbon on the way. The bigger cities can be reached by ”Intercidades” and the regional trains link to the more remote areas. Further, the ”urbanos” connect the commuter zones in Porto and Lisbon with the city.
The ”Linha do Douro” follows along the Douro river, passing 26 tunnels, 30 bridges and one of the most scenic landscapes in Portugal. Parts of the route are classified as UNESCO world heritage. The journey takes you along vineyards, quintas, small villages and through stations decorated with blue azulejos.
The “Linha do Algarve” runs along the Algarve coastline, offering panoramic views over the sea and the hinterland while connecting Lagos with Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

Travelling with children
Kids are king in Portugal! Family friendly hotels, great beaches, a large choice of activities and a lot of sun turn Portugal into a great destination to enjoy with the whole family. The varied scenery offers plenty of choice for kid-friendly outdoor activities like cycling, swimming, surfing, climbing or canyoning and the rich historic heritage with medieval castles, grand palaces and traditional villages allows for exciting discoveries.
Many hotels in Portugal are very focused on families and offer many extra services and facilities, ranging from kid friendly menus, babysitting service or activity programs for kids. Alternatively, farms cater for families looking for a more rural escape in the countryside.

What to bring
Depending where and when you travel, there are several things you should make sure that end up in your suitcase before setting off.
As summer is generally warm, if not even hot in Portugal, light summer clothes will be a must, including shorts, t-shirts and light summer shoes. Make sure to bring swim gear and the necessary protection against the sun, including lotion, sun glasses and a sun hat, though all of the items are of course widely available in Portugal at reasonably good prices. Due to the breeze, evenings spent at the sea can feel a bit chilly, so don’t forget a light sweater or cardigan. If you are travelling to the more continental mountain areas, a warm jumper will keep you warm in case you experience a colder evening or two. The terrain is fairly dry over the summer months, so solid shoes for hiking tours will work fine, though proper hiking shoes or boots will give you extra stability and grip when hiking in some of the rocky areas.
Winters are not cold in Portugal, but prepare for rainy days, so bring a waterproof coat or rain jacket. Solid shoes are perfect for exploring towns and cities and, if you are planning on hiking or walking in nature, hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended for this time of year. Also pack a few sweaters and cardigans for the colder evenings. Temperatures in central and eastern Portugal tend to be lower than along the coast. The sun can still be strong, especially in the mountain areas, so it is always a good idea to bring sun lotion, sun glasses and a hat.
To catch Portugal in all it’s historic and natural beauty, you should of course not forget to bring a camera. A small backpack or bag will be perfect for storing your valuables while out exploring.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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