Children's activities

Portugal is very child-friendly, and you will find it incredibly cheap to travel around the country as a family. 

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Portugal is very child-friendly, and you will find it incredibly cheap to travel around the country as a family. Children under four travel for free, and until the age of 12 they will receive 50% off. Pre-school age children can also enter museums or similar for free.


The Algarve alone is home to a zoo, Aqualand Water Park, Cantinho de Animals in Silves wildlife reserve and Tiffany's Riding Centre, which offers horse riding for all levels.

There are a number of castles across the country; Sintra's Old Quarter in particular has a number of impressive castles such as Monserrate Palace and Seteais Palace. Portugal's only children's museum is located in Coimbra, and the Oceanarium in Lisbon is also popular.

Children can learn to ride on Portugal's famous Lusitano horses at the Escola de Equitacao de Alcaina, located at Rua de Sao Miguel, Alcainca, near Mafra. Across the Algarve and Alentejo areas, there are a number of riding centres and organised treks, as well as in the National Parks across the country.

The Oceanarium in Lisbon is also very popular in Parque des Nacoes, in Lisbon. There are 15,000 sea creatures here, along with a museum that is attractive to both parents and children alike. The Parque de Nacoes was the World Expo site in 1998, and it is also home to the Virtual Reality Pavillion, a puppet theatre, science centre, the Vasco de Gama Tower and shopping centre and numerous authentic Portuguese bars and restaurants.


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