Summer is perfect for family vacations. If you want to escape from the beach and have some fun with your kids, we suggest you try these family activities in the North Portugal . You know you’ll not regret it ! 😉
Family activities Around Porto:
In other north cities, there are attractions that may satisfy the young ones and worth visiting if you have the time.
Gondomar – Lipor Adventure Park
In Gondomar, the Lipor Adventure Park has a children’s playground, a radical park, a jogging and P.T. circuit, bicycles, football and also a space dedicated to reading…
Matosinhos – Quinta da Conceição and Zoo Santo Inácio
In Matosinhos, you can have a mini picnic and spend the afternoon with the family by the swimming pool of Quinta da Conceição and in Vila Nova de Gaia, feed the penguins at the Santo Inácio Zoo. You can also see the daily demonstrations of birds, reptiles and wild life.
Photo: Zoo Santo Inácio and Visionarium, credits to Rei Artur
Santa Maria da Feira – Visionarium, Science Centre of the Europarque and Lourosa Zoo
Go to the Visionarium, in Santa Maria da Feira, or to the Science Centre of the Europarque and solve a crime. There is a crime and a crime scene and the teams must gather all evidence and clues to be later analyzed in the Laboratorium. Here you also have the Lourosa Zoo, the only ornithological park in the country. It is a perfect setting for a different and special day.
Family activities in North Portugal:
Ponte de Lima – Quinta de Pentieiros
Save one day of your stay to camp at Quinta de Pentieiros, in Arcos – Ponte de Lima. Children will love sleeping in a tent outdoors and a place where there are bugs of all shapes and sizes, and dive in the swimming pool of this peaceful location, in the middle of the Protected Landscape of the Lagoons of Bertiandos and S. Pedro d’Arcos.
Photo: Lagoons of Bertinados and Magikland, credits to José Olgon
Vila Real – Natur Waterpark
Leave some time to visit the Natur Waterpark, the Fun Park of Douro. It is the first national ecological park offering, in the same space, a camping area, a water park, and adventure park, miniature golf, driving range, paintball and a pedagogical farm. It is located in Quinta do Barroco, Póvoa, Andrães – Vila Real.
Romanesque Route and Penafiel
Know that the Romanesque Route has a special 3-day tourist programme for families, inviting children and adults to visit, on the first day, in Felgueiras, the Monastery of Santa Maria de Pombeiro and the Villa Romana de Sendim, and to fresh paint a mural. On the second day, the families visit the water park of Amarante and the historical centre of the city. On the third and last day, the programme includes a visit to the Torre de Vilar, in Lousada, and an entertaining and educational activity for the young ones. And since you are already in this area, take your kids to the Magikland, Penafiel, an amusement park with seven acres and six areas with different themes: Medieval Village, Far West, Pirates’ Cove, Africa, World of Confusion and The Souk. This park is located very close to the Solar Egas Moniz, a charming house from the century XIX where you can relax and take a swim at the fabulous pool.
Photo: Solar Egas Moniz