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Portugal - land of surfing, seafood and cinematic scenery - is the perfect destination for families with young explorers in tow. Whether you’re letting off some steam on an exciting tobogganing adventure (you too parents), enjoying a family surf lesson or stuffing your faces with a freshly baked batch of Portugal’s famous pastel de natas (egg-tarts), there is oodles of family fun to be had in this coastal haven.

Portugal - land of surfing, seafood and cinematic scenery - is the perfect destination for families with young explorers in tow. Whether you're letting off some steam on an exciting tobogganing adventure (you too parents), enjoying a family surf lesson or stuffing your faces with a freshly baked batch of Portugal's famous pastel de natas (egg-tarts), there is oodles of family fun to be had in this coastal haven.

No luxury family holiday in Portugal is complete without a visit to the country's vibrant capital, Lisbon. Spot the many azulejos (decorative Portuguese tiles) adorning the buildings and then create your own at a crafty workshop (avoid white clothing at all costs). After your arty adventure, it's time for a gastronomic one. Have a go at making the famous pastel de natas yourself and then take a tram ride out to Belem to devour the original custard tarts. After the kids are full of sugar, take them to the fabulously ornate Jeronimos Monastery (or maybe swap these two around, after all hyper kiddos and quiet churches aren't the best bedfellows). For food besides natas, go to the Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon's main food market that houses an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and local market stalls.

Another must-visit destination is the Alentejo, a charming region of undulating plains, white-washed villages and deserted beaches in southern Portugal. Take a day to explore the UNESCO World Heritage town of Evora, an enchanting medieval town with narrow winding lanes, striking architectural works and a good selection of restaurants serving up hearty Alentejan cuisine. The flat landscape makes this region ideal for hiking, cycling and horse riding (especially for your little adventurers with their little legs) and the rugged coastline is well suited to surfing and rock pooling. For accommodation, our top pick for a luxury family holiday is an ancient estate surrounded by olive groves and vineyards; offering a range of activities from wine tastings and picnics to archaeological guided visits and bicycle rides, there is something here to delight the entire family.

For surfing, The Algarve - Portugal's southernmost region - is the place to go. Endless stretches of sandy beaches, warm waters in every shade of blue and consistent waves make this place a paradise for long swims, family surf lessons and water sports. Explore the region by foot, bike or boat and visit the whimsical whitewashed fishing villages and rugged coves.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From knowing the most family-friendly hotels to holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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