What to do in Porto when travelling with the children?

Carefree family holidays

Are you thinking of visiting Porto on your next family getaway? Check out our suggestions of tours through the city's main points of interest.

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If you're thinking of going on a family holidays to Porto, know that you'll find a variety of programmes that will please both kids and grown-ups.

Focused on the younger ones, but educational for everyone, there is Sea Life, World of Discoveries or Santo Inácio Zoo. Located near the beach, Sea Life is the only aquarium in the city of Porto. Here, kids can learn about life underwater, interact with rays and attend short lectures on marine life, where they'll get to know all about the care that to the planet and oceans require. 

The World of Discoveries is located in the river area and is a theme park that leads its visitors through an adventure in the era of Portuguese discoveries, in an interactive and fun way. An authentic time travel that will teach the entire family the history of Portugal. To visit the Zoo, you'll have to go to Gaia, which is just a 10-minute drive from Porto.

In Porto, you'll find more diverse activities such as a walk by the Douro river and its 6 bridges or you can take the kids to the largest urban park in the country, Parque da Cidade. This park is huge and contains large gardens, ponds and picnic areas. It's a natural space in the middle of the city, right in the border with Matosinhos. If you want to add exercise to your programme, you can rent a bicycle and go for a tour from the beach up to the Douro's mouth.

We finish off with some places to go for a family meal in a relaxed way and an alternative activity for the more adventurous ones.

The HF hotels have partnerships with various organisations in the city. Check out all the advantages you can benefit from at the reception desk of your hotel or go to our web page You Experiences.

Enjoy your holidays!


Tips from clients


2023-11-14 | Macclesfield | United Kingdom | Mature couples


A good local transport network allows you to see the city and travel up and down the coast at very affordable prices.


2023-11-13 | Rio de Janeiro | Brazil | Individual travellers on business


Very well located close to nice restaurants and attractions. I super recommend Museu Serralves.


2023-11-05 | Richmond, California | United States | Individual travellers on leisure


Walking through the beautiful historic district, enjoying spectacular viewpoints, taking a boat trip on the Douro River, and strolling along the Atlantic Ocean beaches by the mouth of the Douro. Meeting friendly and welcoming people everywhere.


2023-10-11 | NYC | United States | Young couples


Definitely worth a trip to the Serralves gallery and sculpture park; just a short bus ride away

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