When you move to a new country, one of the best ways to get to know it better is to get out exploring. And while we had started to explore the Algarve, the rest of the country had mostly eluded us. We decided to change that and undertook a family holiday in the form of a road trip in Central Portugal at the end of the summer last year. In this post I share with you how to explore Central Portugal with kids from the Algarve. I’m also sharing our 7-day Central Portugal itinerary to help give you some ideas of things to do in Central Portugal with kids, or without.
Last June we had a lovely surprise message from a good friend from Wales to say he would be visiting Lisbon with his fiancée and he wondered if it would be possible to meet up with us. We hadn’t seen M in years and were yet to meet his new fiancée, so my husband had a look to see where a halfway point for us would be to meet up. And as it turned out, we got to take our son on a dragon hunting adventure at Beja Castle at the same time. Here is our post about visiting Beja Castle With Kids.
One of the very first castles we visited here in Portugal was at Castro Marim. Castro Marim lies in the East Algarve near a town called Vila Real de Santo Antonio and the castle sits on a hill overlooking the Guadiana River which forms the border between Portugal and Spain. It is only about 20 minutes’ drive from where we now live, and we visited early one Sunday morning in July, before the heat of the day set in with one things in mind – a dragon hunting adventure at Castro Marim.
Last October we drove to the northern half of Portugal to visit a place called Trialmotor run by Filipe Paiva. It was a chance to see if BattleKid could handle a mini motorbike and, to see if he would listen to instructions. The idea being that if he did, on both accounts, Father Christmas might … Read more
We had an earlier start to the day and had a lovely light breakfast on my parents’ deck of sausage, bacon, eggs and toast. My mum went to Mass for 10am and while she was gone I got stuck into cleaning for her. I thought it only fair since she and my Dad were letting … Read more