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Family friendly travelling in Porto

Porto's warm summer climate and plentiful outdoor and indoor activities make it a firm favorite with families. The city's location is perfect for beach trips and excursions into the surrounding Portuguese countryside, while the historic city center is packed with family-friendly museums, eateries, and loads of diverting educational entertainment, from a planetarium to an aquarium. From spacious parks to adventures on the river, you'll find plenty to keep younger travelers occupied on your family vacation in Porto.

Things to see in Porto

Take a tram to the mouth of the river at Foz do Douro, and enjoy a family day out strolling along the promenade and paddling in the waves of a blue-flag Atlantic beach. Kids will love a river ride aboard a barco rabelo, a boat traditionally used to transport port wine. Sit back for a relaxing cruise beneath the bridges of the Douro while your guide details the history of Porto's medieval city center, stretching up the hillside above you. Porto's plentiful parks are great for letting kids explore on a sunny day, from the wild expanse of the public Parque da Cidade to the sculptural gardens of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (free to enter on Sunday mornings). There's plenty to do if the weather isn't in your favor, from Porto's many museums, to virtual space tours at the Planetario do Porto, to meeting marine creatures at Sea Life Porto.

Family-friendly hotels in Porto

You'll be spoiled for choice if you're looking for family-friendly accommodation in Porto. Portugal is a famously child-friendly and family-oriented country, and you'll find a warm welcome for your little ones. From guesthouses with just a few personally attended rooms, serviced resort apartments to large hotel chains, there's a wide selection for people traveling with kids in Porto. Family-friendly hotels in Porto generally have great facilities to keep children occupied on site, from child-friendly restaurants to free WiFi and outdoor play areas, terraces, or pools. Childcare is available in some hotels, and many offer extra beds or cribs in family rooms at no extra cost.

Where to stay in Porto

If you prefer staying central, you'll find many of Porto’s best family-friendly hotels in or near Ribeira, its old town. Ribeira's winding cobbled streets and magnificent architecture have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and kids will enjoy the colorful street life of Ribeira Square and the busy quayside. Cedofeita is the modern heart of Porto, and offers plentiful stores, restaurants, and entertainment within walking distance of your accommodation. For something a little quieter, consider basing your Porto family vacation in Boavista, just outside the city center, where you’ll be near the Botanical Garden and Planetario do Porto.

How to get to Porto

Visitors traveling with kids to Porto will find it most accessible by air, although there is also an excellent motorway and rail network. Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, close to the city center, offers a variety of international and domestic flights. From the airport, hire a car to enjoy your family vacation at your own pace, or get a taxi straight to your family-friendly hotel in Porto. Buses and the metro also regularly service the airport. It's easy to get around by public transportation in Porto, and taxis are plentiful—in Porto's maze of streets, an experienced local driver can make sure your vacation is stress-free.