Portugal with children: what to do in Porto?

Thinking of visiting Porto with children? Don't worry, fun is guaranteed! Located in the North of Portugal, the city of Porto is one of the most charming in the country and is full of different walks for the little ones. See our 5 favorite attractions to take children in Porto: 1. Lello Bookshop

Opened in 1906, Livraria Lello is an unmissable attraction and delights kids and adults. Starting with the architecture of the space, the work of Francisco Xavier Esteves: just looking at the facade, we travel in time! Once inside the bookshop, it is impossible not to be dazzled by the details, the stained glass windows and the lush staircase - one of the iconic points of the space.


But what children will really like is to feel inside a Harry Potter movie! All because in the early 90s, while writing the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, writer J. K. Rowling lived in the city of Porto. A frequent visitor to Lello, she is said to have taken inspiration from the staircase in the bookshop to describe the staircase at Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft. It makes perfect sense, don't you think?


The little ones will still enjoy the children's section of the bookstore, filled with cool titles!


IMPORTANT TIPS:


  • The bookstore is usually quite crowded, so prefer quieter times. Open every day from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm, we recommend arriving early in the morning (especially if you want a photo on the famous staircase).


  • Due to the number of people and the grand staircase, it is not a very inviting place for a baby stroller. Better to take the children on your lap or walking while visiting.


  • To enter Livraria Lello, there is an entrance fee of 5 € (children do not pay!), Which can be reduced when buying a book. The voucher can be purchased online or at the store next to the bookstore. In this store next door, it is possible to store backpacks in cabinets, as well as the disassembled cart, depending on the size it remains.


  • Even with the ticket in hand, depending on the time there may be a queue to enter. Take this time to tell a little about the history of the bookstore for the children or to remember their favorite Harry Potter scenes!


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Livraria Lello, S.A.

Rua das Carmelitas, 144. Porto


2. Sea Life

Who travels to Porto with children, can not fail to honor Sea Life! Second largest aquarium in Portugal, behind the Lisbon Oceanarium. It has more than 3,000 species of animals ranging from penguins to sharks, passing giant tortoises and rays.


The space is different because it is specially designed for the little ones. The aquariums are shorter and there are many interactive areas, with games and the possibility of feeding animals, for example. Highlight for the great aquatic tunnel with more than 500,000 liters of water, through which visitors will be able to see fish and sharks close by!


The “penguin harbor” area also has everything to delight the little ones. Sea Life also has special programs for children, such as the possibility of sleeping close to the sharks, an activity intended for small children between 7 and 12 years old.


We recommend that tickets are purchased through the website, as prices are more affordable. Sea Life is open every day, open from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 7 pm (in summer it is open until 8 pm) on weekends and holidays. The last entry is made 45 minutes before closing time.


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Rua Particular Nº. 1 Castelo do Queijo 1st. Porto


3. World of Discoveries

World of Discoveries is an Interactive Museum and Theme Park that reconstructs the odyssey of Portuguese navigators, who crossed oceans to discover an unknown world. Children will discover that Portugal played a leading role in this process for centuries on end, creating new ocean routes and putting people, animals and plants in circulation around the world.


The space allows its visitors to embark on an adventure, through twenty permanent thematic areas, some of them visited on a fun boat trip - the kids' favorite part! Located in a historic area, in front of the Douro River, the tour invites you to a “double trip”, where it is possible to combine a walk along the river with the museum.


Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 7 pm on weekends (last entry before closing). Tickets can be purchased online at the website.


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Rua de Miragaia, 106, 4050-387 Porto.


4. Gaia Cable Car

This tour is special for kids who like heights! How about the opportunity to have an incredible view of the riverside of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia?


The tour connects the upper part of the D. Luís Bridge and the Vila Nova de Gaia Pier: 600 meters are covered in 5 minutes at 63 meters in height. A short trip, but certainly exciting and unforgettable for the whole family!


In summer (26/04 to 24/09) it is open from 10am to 8pm. In  03/24 to 04/25 and 09/25 to 10/24,  from 10 am to 7 pm in winter  (10/25 to 3/23)  from 10 am to 6 pm.


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Calçada da Serra, 143  4430-236 Vila Nova de Gaia


5. Crystal Palace Gardens


A break in a green space is always a good option when traveling with children. It is a good time for children to run on the grass, play in a park, in short, spend their energy!


The Jardins do Palácio de Cristal are located near the historic center of Porto, on a small cliff overlooking the Douro River. It is a place that offers a break from the urban part of the city, with a pond, beautiful views over the Douro, a playground (wow!), A Concha Acustica (a shell-shaped stage) and even a library.


The palace (already demolished) was modeled after the London Crystal Palace. The Portuguese steel and glass version was replaced in the fifties to make way for what is now the Pavilhão Rosa Mota where concerts, fairs and sporting events take place. In winter (1out / 30mar) it works from 8am to 7pm, in summer (1br / 30set), from 8am to 9pm.


Go there!

Rua de D. Manuel II, 4050-346 Porto

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