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Portugal for families

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 at 12:40PM

As the closest nation in Europe to the U.S. and one of the best values in Europe today, Portugal is welcoming to families. With great beaches, attractions, and family friendly hotels, Portugal has lots for a family to do, and Portuguese culture cherishes children. You will find free hotels stays for kids (with breakfast), and in most restaurants - high chairs. Here are a few ideas: *Serra do Gerês protected natural reserve: easy water sports out on the Caniçada reservoir; nature walks (in group or with a guide), or visits to traditional local villages. Could stay in a campsites too, or a hotel. *Lisbon is a lively and easy to get around city that has a great deal for those visiting with children. It's easy to get about on foot. Can go to parks, gardens, the city zoo that has dolphin shows and lion feeding and a cable car. Lots of cool museums too, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium and Pavilion of Knowledge if you want a more educational experience. Definitely the favorite will be the Lisbon Oceanarium. Kids love the huge windows on the massive tanks and all the sharks. *Sintra: There's the Natural Monument of Dinosaur Footprints in the Serra de Aire Nature Park and a dinosaur museum. *Porto Santo Island off of Madeira for miles of beach... Children can run around and play to their heart’s content. Swim. rent a bike or an off-roader and set off on an adventure around the island, or do water-sports such as sailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing or water-skiing. People tend to think of wine and luxury for Portugal (totally true as well) but there's also plenty to do for the kids, you don't have to take an exclusive vacation! Not in the cards for many folks... report a problem

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