Portugal with kids
Cheap family holiday in Portugal
I simply can’t wait. Summer holiday is just around the corner and we are going to explore Portugal with kids for 3 weeks.
This year we have decided that we want to stay in Europe for our summer holiday and we want to make it as cheap as possible without having to compromise on the quality of accommodation.
Europe is quite expensive especially during July, so finding cheap flights and accommodation in July can be a challenge. We did some research and decided on Portugal being our best option. Portugal offers 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 km of splendid beaches. It offers natural parks, cultural routes and quite a few UNESCO World Heritage sites.
We want a bit of everything during our 3 weeks in Portugal. We want to discover Lisbon, explore the surroundings of Lisbon including Sintra – a UNESCO World Heritage site and we want to enjoy the sun and the beach in southern Portugal at the famous coast of Algarve.
We therefore decided to start our holiday staying one week in Troia, a peninsula located in Grândola Municipality not to far from the airport in Lisbon. Staying in Troia it is possible to take a daytrip to Sintra and to Lisbon, and there will be plenty of time for the kids to be at the beach and the pool.
There is quite a big difference in price level staying close too Lisbon compared to staying in the south of Portugal. Therefore we only stay in Troia one week and stay in the south in Albufeira for 2 weeks, simply because the nightly rate is halved in the south. There is not as much to see and do in the south as in the surroundings of Lisboa. The main attractions listed in Tripadvisor for Albufeira are mostly beaches, a Zoomarine and the centro historico of Albufeira. But with our limited budget in mind, we will make it work!
Portugal offers accommodation for all tastes and all price levels. You can get a dorm bed in Lisbon in July for as cheap as 100 kr. per night approx. 15 USD or you can get a double room in a five star hotel for 3500 kr. per night approx. 530 USD. In between the two extremes there are a lot of cheap family accommodations especially in the southern part of the country.
Being 4; 2 adults and 2 children aged 1 and 3; we want more space than a hotel room can offer. We therefore decided on booking private apartments.
The first week in Portugal we stay in Troia in this wonderful apartment: http://www.allure-villas.com/allure/component/villas/view/167 The apartments is not that cheap; 1000 kr. per night approx. 150 USD, but it was exactly what we were looking for. A small complex on the beach with a small pool, peace and quiet and a magnificient view.
Our 3 year old has one wish for our summer holiday – and it is not peace and quiet and a great view :) Nope – he wants a giant pool. We have therefore chosen this resort: “Orada – Marina Albufeira”. We have booked a privat apartment using AirBnb, which lower the cost per night to 500 kr. approx. 75 USD. The price suits our budget much better – and our kids will love the giant pool. Take a look below.
We have bought cheap flight tickets from Hamburg to Lisbon with Tap Air. The total price for a return ticket for 2 adults and 2 small children is 5200 kr. approx. 785 USD
All in all our total budget for 3 weeks summer holiday is 19.200 kr. approx. 2900 USD. That is really not bad for a 3 week summer holiday in Europe.
We will let you know – how the holiday turns out soon :)