22.1.19

Porto for families


This has been one of my most requested posts lately and I'm finally getting round to sharing. Mabli started childcare this week (more on that later!) so I have some dedicated time to breath some life into my slightly neglected blog. Anyway more on Porto!

If you follow me on IG you will know we absolutely loved visiting this city as a family and I found it so much more child friendly than other city breaks we have taken. We've visited Portugal a few times now and although we loved Lisbon I did find Porto to have a much more relaxed vibe.



The first place we visited was World of Discoveries which is a museum about Portuguese navigators sailing across the ocean and exploring different countries. The best part was the animatronic journey across the world on a mechanical boat! We are big fans of traditional 'rides' like this (our favourite place for things like this is Efteling!) and we all loved it!

We were done by lunch and headed next door to a vintage shop and cafe. It was so sunny that day it felt like British summer even though it was December!


I'd definitely recommend visiting this antiques shop if you are into that kind of thing but even if you're not the cafe outside was so friendly. Lots of options for kids too (ours had a toastie and fries).

We walked back to our Airbnb along the river which was beautiful. We found we could walk most places in the city but when we ventured to some places a little further a field we used Uber. The kids have backpacks that turn into booster seats (from Trunki) which are perfect for travelling. Mabli is technically a little too small for hers but we feel its better than not using one. We also found that Uber drivers in Porto were so good about seats, all them carried at least one child seat in their boot!


One of the most beautiful places we visited was Serralves which is a place I'd been so excited to visit since I looked up the area for our trip. I really wish we'd gotten there a little earlier in the day actually as two hours didn't quite seem enough. The kids have loads of fun running around the garden and we also visited the art exhibition in the house.

We actually did something new to us and booked a photographer to meet us there for a family shoot. I'll share those pictures in a different post but it was such an amazing setting and one for us to really remember our time there.


Another beautiful place we visited was the botanical gardens. They also had an exhibition on which was brilliant. We spent all morning here and then grabbed an Uber to the beach for lunch. I'll write a separate post on veggie / vegan places to eat as there was so many!


We visited the beach area twice and played crazy golf as many times ha!


Another beautiful spot we visited one evening was the Crystal Palace gardens. Tom took this snap as I took Wilf down to check out the little turret along the walls (to him it was a castle). I think its one of my favourite pictures of our time there.


Other than that we spend most of our time pottering around, popping into beautiful art galleries and posing in front of colourful tiles and walls!


If you want to see where we stayed then check out this post. A post on where we ate will be live ASAP.
I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you have any questions about any of the places we visited!

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