The places that we feature tend to be boutique and small, which can sometimes mean they are not so great for children.
However, we often get emails from people asking us to advise on the best family-friendly places to stay in Portugal, without compromising on the boutique and design style that we admire.
So here are our Handpicked Family-Friendly Hotels and Serviced Apartments in Portugal - divided by the following regions:
- Family-Friendly Hotels in Lisbon
- Family-Friendly Hotels in Porto
- Family-Friendly Hotels in the Algarve
- Family-Friendly Hotels in the Alentejo
- Family-Friendly Hotels in North inc. Douro
- Family-Friendly Hotels in the Centre
- Family-Friendly Hotels in the Azores
- Family-Friendly Hotels in Madeira
These serviced stylish apartments are set in a stunning townhouse right in the heart of Downtown Lisbon's Baixa neighbourhood, a stone's throw away from the best historical sightings. All the accommodation types showcase their exclusive interior design, with a choice of one to two bedrooms, and every living room comes furnished with a sofa bed. Daily cleaning, laundry services and breakfast are included, which is a lovely touch.
Dona Graça offers gorgeous boutique serviced apartments in the heart of Graça, an old and charming neighbourhood built on the hilltops of Lisbon. This elegant and intimate 19th-century house offers eight stunning independent apartments with a peaceful atmosphere. The well-kept secret here is the private orange tree garden with a swimming pool, perfect for recharging after a busy day walking up and down the hills of Lisbon. Breakfast is delivered daily to your door.
Children are central to the property’s philosophy, and there is a kids club open day and night, suitable for youngsters aged six months up to early teens. Located in Chiado, in the heart of Lisbon, with 37 types of boutique accommodation ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments.
Flattered to be in Porto offers beautifully designed serviced apartments located by the beach in the seaside district of Foz do Douro. The five uniquely decorated apartments were renovated by local architects Barbosa & Guimarães. Design lovers will admire the bespoke bookcases, vintage furniture, designer lighting, and sumptuous fabrics. Some of the apartments enjoy lots of natural light and sea views.
A 19th-century neighbourhood in Porto has been turned into 40 accommodation units across five restored buildings. Village by BOA features fully furnished apartments ranging from one to two bedrooms, designed with natural materials and a neutral colour scheme. The hotel's web app allows guests to manage reservations and book tours, while The Space, a penthouse venue atop the building, hosts exclusive boutique events.
These stylish apartments are run by Armazém Luxury Housing, one of our favourite boutique hotels in Porto. The apartments are located just a few metres from the hotel, in the historic centre of the city.
Mo House is a restored 17th-century townhouse turned boutique guesthouse in the heart of Porto. With nine generously sized rooms, each with a kitchenette and a small living area, this guesthouse offers good value for couples and families. Breakfast is served in a communal dining room overlooking a courtyard. Some rooms offer stunning views of the Douro River. Art books are scattered throughout the property, and the location in central Porto is hard to beat. Note that the house is full of character and charm, so expect creaky floorboards and unique architectural details.
This two-bedroom villa is housed in the grounds of the boutique hotel Canto de Luz. The villa is an oasis in the heart of the old town, featuring its own dining terrace, a private garden and a small but mighty swimming pool. Also worth mentioning is the homemade breakfast, the daily housekeeping, a 50” smart TV (inc. Netflix), an Xbox with games, a gas BBQ, a bean to cup coffee machine and a music smart speaker.
S.Bento Residences offers 16 stylish fully-equipped apartments, each uniquely decorated. Renowned Porto architecture studio Pedra Líquida designed the building. Its origin was an old ruin located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it rises as an extension of the cliff itself. The inside houses comfortable self-catered apartments and a 24-hour reception desk, with concierge service.
These lovely serviced apartments are set in a unique renovated 13th-century palace in downtown Porto. There are 19 generously sized apartments and studios, with fully equipped kitchens and access to a shared garden. As a bonus, they offer a 24-hour front-desk service and breakfast is delivered straight to your door.
Designer apartments set in a gorgeous four-storey building in the centre of Porto. Guests can also enjoy a beautiful garden with an iconic pine tree, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the city.
A five-star family-centred resort in the Algarve overlooking a magnificent beach, offering boutique style rooms and villas with private balconies and terraces. There are 3 restaurants (all with play areas), 4 bars, 5 swimming pools, tennis courts, and various activities for children of all ages.
Praia do Canal Nature Resort is a five-star spa hotel in Costa Vicentina. This eco-conscious retreat offers 56 serene rooms, ocean views, three restaurants, a bar, an infinity pool, a gym, and a spa. Choose from Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, or the more luxurious Grand Suite Rooftop with a plunge pool and the Family Suite with a private pool. Explore 220 hectares of nature, wellness treatments, or activities like hiking, surfing, and wildlife watching.
Monte da Vilarinha offers a peaceful stay in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, with stunning valley views and proximity to wild beaches. Accommodations range from studios to three-bedroom houses, all with kitchen access and a swimming pool. Enjoy a locally-sourced breakfast by the poolside restaurant and outdoor adventures like surfing, canoeing, cycling and walking.
Muxima is an eco-friendly guesthouse perfectly nestled in a green valley near Aljezur. Here, owners’ Paula and Jelle want to share their great love for wild nature and good food with their guests. The houses are beautifully decorated with items collected from many travels and each room has its own, unique style, and are all surrounded by lush green gardens. Highlights include morning yoga classes, a natural swimming pool, a mostly organic vegetarian breakfast feast and endless adventures on the property climbing trees, swinging ropes or exploring the forest. There’s also a shared living room with a library and a fireplace, to be enjoyed with Portuguese, organic natural wines. There’s plenty of space to chill, run around, play and take a dip.
A four-star boutique hotel in the Western Algarve town of Sagres, offering 144 rooms and family-friendly one or two bedroom suites with kitchenettes. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool with magnificent ocean views, a heated indoor pool, a spa, and a gym. Meanwhile, the children can enjoy themselves at the kid’s club, going biking or taking surf classes at the hotel’s own surf centre.
Located in the countryside near beautiful wild beaches, Aldeia da Pedralva was built from the ruins of an abandoned traditional Portuguese village. The resort offers 50 fully equipped one to three-bedroom cottages, a seasonal swimming pool, and plenty of outdoor activities such as surfing, biking and bird watching. Expect to spot grazing sheep, donkeys and chickens.
This rural boutique hotel is set within the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Eastern Algarve. Conversas de Alpendre offers a variety of stylish suites in a beautifully converted farmhouse, alongside a self-contained apartment which includes an awesome tree house. Breakfast is organic and sourced from local farms, and it’s served on the terrace surrounded by fruit and olive trees for a truly back to nature experience.
A boutique hotel located in the Eastern Algarve surrounded by a lush pine forest, overlooking the sea. The 40 bright and airy suites all come with a separate living room complete with sofa bed (perfect for children), and a kitchenette. There’s a mix of cultural and gastronomic activities for the whole family to enjoy.
A tranquil retreat with a garden and two swimming pools, set among an orange grove in the sunny Algarve, a 10-minute drive away from the beautiful Fuseta beach. There’s also a wide range of activities for both adults and children, including visiting a nearby farm and meeting the resident animals.
The Modernist offers six minimalist apartment-style suites in the centre of Faro. Set in a genuine 1970s modernist building, each suite has been restored with full respect for the original mid-century modern design. There's a shared garden patio, a rooftop where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, and an outdoor shower. Discover Faro's architectural gems with the self-walking tour created for guests.
Herdade da Matinha is a charming rural-boutique hotel located in the scenic Alentejo region of Portugal, close to stunning beaches. The hotel boasts colourful decor, paintings by the owner, Alfredo, and an outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy various activities such as picnics, yoga, massages, surf classes, and horseback riding amidst nature. Herdade da Matinha is on the Rota Vicentina, a 340km nature hiking route.
São Lourenço do Barrocal is a family-owned 19th-century farm estate transformed into a luxury boutique hotel in Portugal's Alentejo region. There are 22 rooms, 2 suites, 13 two-bedroom cottages, and 2 three-bedroom cabins. The hotel also offers a restaurant, spa, winery, horse riding, two swimming pools (one for adults and another for children), and more. Nearby, the medieval hilltop village of Monsaraz (4 km) boasts stunning panoramic views of Alqueva Lake, Europe's biggest man-made water reservoir.
Casas Caiadas presents a trio of lovingly restored water mills converted into charming whitewashed cottages near Sabugueiro in Alentejo. Seamlessly blending rustic charm with minimalism, these cottages can be rented individually or together. Featuring a swimming pool, daily breakfast, and housekeeping, the retreat is surrounded by ancient olive trees, making it an ideal choice for stargazing and nature lovers.
This charming Alentejo estate offers ten individual houses that sleep up to four people each, plus three smaller studios. Larger groups can also rent the main house, which has three bedrooms and a living room. All the accommodation options have a kitchenette. There’s a shared swimming pool, padel courts, animals and gardens, plus the beach is only a 10-minute walk from Monte da Bemposta. Breakfast is served daily and during lunch and the afternoon there are snacks and drinks available by the pool.
This charming boutique farmhouse is located in the heart of the Alentejo coast near the small fishing village Zambujeira do Mar. It consists of 38 houses and studios, with a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by nature.
Casas da Lupa is made up of three separate buildings that house four master suites, four suites and three double rooms, all surrounded by a large garden and pool. There’s a wide range of activities suitable for the whole family, from fitness to treasure hunting and wine tasting.
Located in the tranquil Tróia Peninsula, this eco-resort features villas and holiday homes (up to five bedrooms with private pools) that are surrounded by nature with access to indoor and outdoor pools. Only a five-minute walk from the beach. Guests are invited to use sustainable vehicles and enjoy all the facilities, including tennis and paddle-ball courts, access to saunas, steam rooms and the gym.
A thermal spa hotel in the form of eco-houses and tree-houses scattered around a centuries-old park. Each eco-house has its own balcony and fully equipped kitchen. If you have ever had treehouse or cabin-in-the-wood fantasies, this is the place for you. The hotel offers complimentary bikes with great trails to ride and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.
A majestic palace surrounded by the natural beauty of green parklands. For parents travelling with more than two children, you can request interconnecting rooms. A babysitting service is available on request, and there’s a kids club offering an array of fun activities for the little ones.
A spa retreat hotel nestled in a 19th-century manor house overlooking the vine-covered hills of the Douro Valley. There are 41 guest bedrooms, 9 suites and 7 villas, some with private pools and gardens with sweeping panoramas. The hotel offers a range of fun and quirky workshops for both adults and children.
FeelViana Sport Hotel is an eco-resort in Viana do Castelo, Northern Portugal. With the beach at its doorstep, this hotel is perfect for those looking for an active holiday. There's surfing, biking, kitesurfing, and more. The 55 rooms include wooden bungalows with balconies offering a view of the surrounding nature. There are two indoor and outdoor pools, a steam room, a sauna, spa treatments, a gym, and yoga and Pilates classes. A 40-minute drive from Porto.
Terra Rosa Country House & Vineyards is a peaceful agritourism in Ponte Lima surrounded by beautiful vineyards. It was borne out of several father-daughter conversations, who dreamed of transforming the family estate dating back to 1758 into a one-of-a-kind experience. There are seven beautifully designed rooms - three of which are suites with a living room - a garden with a heated outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a curated shop.
Noah Surf House, a boutique hotel from the same owners as the nearby Areias do Seixo, is perfect for those seeking surf action near Lisbon. Guests can enjoy surf classes, SUP tours, yoga, complimentary bike hire, and a functional training gym, as well as a skate park and an outdoor pool overlooking the beach.
Areias do Seixo Villas are located on the west coast of Portugal, only a 50-minutes drive north of Lisbon. Boutique hotel Areias do Seixo has created five unique three-bedroom villas, each with an outdoor terrace, a private pool, a fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. Santa Cruz beach is only a 10 minute walk from the villas.
Bear in mind that while the villas are perfect for families, that Areias do Seixo Hotel’s main building (bedrooms, restaurant, spa and outdoor swimming pool) is designed for people over 16 years of age. However, children can access the reception, lobby, bar and terrace areas, between noon and 6pm, namely, for light meals service. Those seeking something more adventurous can also stay a the Shelter, a glamping experience by the lake.
Breathe in the crisp, clear air of the surrounding Serra da Estrela mountains at this four-star boutique hotel. Inspired by local architecture and constructed using natural materials such as cork and wood.
Expect laid back vibes, a rooftop pool and creative rooms at this family-friendly boutique surf lodge in Peniche’s little gem Baleal, just across from the beach. There are one to two-bedroom suites and family-rooms with three bunk beds.
A boutique hotel in Fátima, featuring cute studios, rooms, a wellness area and a swimming pool.
We love the look of this restored old barn turned into design boutique accommodation, a seven-minute drive from the historical centre of São Miguel. The property comprises two units: a three-bedroom house and a studio with garden views, both featuring well-equipped kitchens. There’s a communal seasonal outdoor pool, daily cleaning, and a delicious seasonal breakfast served each morning.
Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort offers modern eco-villas on the north coast of São Miguel Island. Each carefully decorated villa has a complete kitchenette, living room, balcony, and bathroom. Guests can enjoy direct access to the beach, a beach bar, a swimming pool, and a wellness centre, surrounded by island views and tropical vibes.
Herdade do Ananás is a small hotel set on a pineapple plantation on São Miguel island. Enjoy elegant rooms, vintage furniture, breakfast with local produce, a fire circle, a spa in a pineapple greenhouse, complimentary bicycles, a farm-to-table restaurant and an organic vegetable garden. The hotel highly values sustainability, with eco-friendly practices like autonomous irrigation, rainwater collection, and reused furniture.
Quinta dos Peixes Falantes is a rural retreat nestled on the idyllic north coast of São Miguel Island. The estate offers two beautifully furnished studios and two cosy one-bedroom houses surrounded by a garden with a swimming pool. Breakfast is not included in the price, but it can be served upon request.
As the name suggests, you will be surrounded by a stunning forest near the mystical Furnas Lake on the island of São Miguel. The various minimalist Scandinavian houses and studios all come with a fully equipped kitchen. There are several hiking trails to explore, fruit gardens, and a swimming pool.
Azores Wine Company is a winery offering architect-designed serviced apartments on scenic Pico Island in the Azores. This winery pays homage to Azorean wine, capturing the tradition of old Pico wineries where people would drink, eat, and sleep. There's a tasting room, a restaurant, plus five stunning apartments, including four studios and a two-bedroom apartment. Savour rare wines in your own room with climate-controlled mini-wineries.
The Three House Hotel is located in the heart of Funchal, a short walk to the seafront. The hotel offers various accommodation options, plus a restaurant, a saltwater swimming pool and a roof terrace - which boasts one of the most beautiful views of Funchal, including the city, the mountains and the sea.
So there you go, those are what we consider to be some of the best Family-Friendly Hotels and Serviced Apartments in Portugal right now. We hope you like them as much as we do.
Here's hoping you create new memories here in Portugal. Tag us on Instagram (we would love it if you do!) and let us know how it goes. 🤗
Joana and Sofia
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