3-day itinerary in Porto with children

Although the idea of a city break weekend will appeal more to adults than to children, Porto is a city that can also appeal to children, with an itinerary, activities and visits tailored to them. Children are welcome in Porto, and under-4s can travel free on public transport. As in many cities, Porto's museums offer free admission for children or reduced rates, and if you're eating out, you'll find children's menus or meais doses (half portions).

This is a great opportunity for families to visit the Sea Life Porto aquarium, the Puppet Museum and the Lello bookshop, as well as Foz do Douro, its beaches and wide pedestrian walkways for cycling and scootering. In summer, you can swim in the seawater pool at Leça da Palmeira. There's never a dull moment in Porto.

Une mère et sa famille en voyage à Porto, Portugal

- © BooFamily / Shutterstock

Day 1: Livraria Lello, puppet museum, 6 bridges cruise

You'll start your visit with a taste of Porto's best éclair at Leitaria da Quinta do Paço:

📍 Address: Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 47, 4050-293 Porto Open daily from 9am to 8pm

Just 200 metres away, you can visit one of Europe's finest bookshops, Livraria Lello, which will transport you to the world of Harry Potter. It was the inspiration for some of the scenes in the film, even though J.K. Rowling, who lived in Porto, never knew about this place.

Livraria Lello📍 Address: Rua das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto ⏰ Times: Daily, 9.30am to 7pm Price: €5, refunded if purchased in the bookshop

Walk past the Torre dos Clerigos, if your children are brave enough to climb the 225 steps, it offers a view of the whole city Address: Rua de São Filipe de Nery,4050-546, Porto Open 9am to 7pm Price: €8 Free for under 10s.

http://www.torredosclerigos.pt/en/ticket-office/

700 metres away, you can have lunch at Cantina 32, or in the surrounding area.

📍 Rua das Flores 32, 4050-262 Porto Open Monday to Saturday, 12.30 to 3pm and 6.30 to 10.30pm

You'll be close to the Puppet Museum. It's a great museum to visit with the family, and is constantly being updated if you've already visited. You'll enter the imaginary world of the Teatro de Marionetas do Porto.

📍 Address: Rua de Belmonte, 61 Porto ⏰ Times: Daily from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm

6 bridges cruise

At the end of the day, you board a typical Portuguese boat: a rabelo, to take a 50-minute mini-cruise and observe Porto's 6 bridges. You'll find a number of service providers Quai de La Ribeira. Prices: Adults: €15 Children aged 4 to 12: €7.5 Free for children under 4.

⭐ Where to sleep in this district?

YOUROPO - The Tower Porto

YOUROPO - The Tower

Establishment located in the city centre
9 Fabulous
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Day 2: World of discovery, Jardins do Palacio de Cristal

In the morning, head for the World of Discoveries museum and theme park, which retraces the history of Porto in a very entertaining way. You'll start by visiting the various rooms in the museum, before boarding a small boat to discover the world.

World of discoveries

📍 Address: Rua de Miragaia 106, 4050-387 Porto ⏰ Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm and from 10am to 7pm at weekendsPrices:

Adults: €15 Children aged 4 to 12: €9 Free for children under 4.

For lunch, you can go to KUG Palácio - Kitchen & Urban Garden, a very good restaurant with a garden with swings and hammocks and a fairytale atmosphere.

KUG Palácio - Kitchen & Urban Garden

📍 Address: Rua Dom Manuel II 178, Porto 4050-343 ⏰ Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 10.30pm

In the afternoons, children will love running around the Palácio de Cristal Gardens and watching the peacocks roaming freely in the alleys, as well as chickens and ducks. There are also magnificent views over the Douro and concerts are held here in summer.

Gardens of the Palácio de Cristal

📍 Address: Rua de Dom Manuel II, 4050-346 Porto ⏰ Opening times: April to September, 8am to 9pm and 8am to 7pm from October to March.

⭐ Where to sleep in this district?

Porto Downtown Lovers Suites: Bombarda 451 Porto

Porto Downtown Lovers Suites: Bombarda 451

Located in the heart of the city
9.2 Fabulous
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£119 / night
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Day 3: Sea Life Porto, Foz do Douro, Piscina das Marés

The third day is all about the Atlantic Ocean.

You'll start with a visit to the Sea Life Porto aquarium, where you can admire more than 5,800 species of aquatic life: sharks, penguins, turtles, rays, etc. Don't miss the animal feeding sessions starting at 11am.

👉 Practical information

Sea Life Porto: 📍 Address: 1ª Rua Particular do Castelo do Queijo, 4100-379, Porto ⏰ Times: Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 8pm. 👛 Admission:

Adults: €15.50 Children aged 3 to 12 and students: €10.50 Free for children under 3.

Afterwards, you can head to the Mercado de Matosinhos and have lunch at the market. The fresh fish is the best in Porto.

Mercado de Matosinhos

📍 Address: Rua França Júnior, 4450-135 Matosinhos ⏰ Opening times: Mondays from 6.30am to 2pm and Tuesdays to Saturdays from 6.30am to 6pm.

If you do this on a Sunday, as the market is closed, you can eat in one of the many restaurants on the seafront.

In the afternoon, you can stroll along the seafront along theAvenida da Liberdade, enjoy a "cold" swim, watch the surfers and make sandcastles on Matosinhos beach.

Or take a dip in the Piscina das Marés designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, a seawater pool in an exceptional setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Piscina das Marés

📍 Address: Avenida da Liberdade 4450-716 Leça da Palmeira ⏰ Opening times: open during the bathing season, every day from 9am to 7pm 👛 Rates:

Adults: weekdays €7, weekends and public holidays €9 Children aged 2 to 13: weekdays €4.5, weekends and public holidays €5

⭐ Where to sleep in this district?

Suites Foz O Porto Porto

Suites Foz O Porto

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⭐ Where to sleep in Porto with children?

The HF Fenix Porto hotel in the Boavista district offers family rooms and even a babysitting service if you want to enjoy an evening out as a couple.

HF Fenix Porto Porto
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HF Fenix Porto

Located in the Boavista district
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