The Family Pumpkin travelled through the north of Portugal on a family trips to discover the best places to go and activities to do while travelling with kids in Portugal.

We discovered Castles, Mountains and rivers in the North and East of Portugal with our little pumpkins - two little princesses of 3 and 5 years old, and we investigated the best options for families with children from 0 to 12 years old. Come along!

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Versão portuguesa.

Our travel plan went like this:

 

 

 

 

Dia 1 Viagem da Família PumpkinDay 1

On the 1st day we left from Lisbon towards Batalha where we visited the Monastery, later we discovered the castle of Pombal and we fell asleep in between the trees at Mata do Bussaco.

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details in the article 1º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Batalha ao Buçaco

 

 

 

 

Dia 2Dia 2

On the 2nd day of our trip we woke up at Mata do Bussaco, dinned at Barcelos and slept in Amares. We saw dwarves and newts, medieval bridges over a number of different rivers. We painted a rooster and had a blast!

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details in 2º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - do Buçaco a Barcelos

 

 

Dia 3Dia 3

On the 3rd day we woke up with a view to Cávado river, discovered the 7 fountains and did yoga at the Tibães Monastery, went up the oldest hydraulic elevator in the world up to Bom Jesus in Braga, saw waterfalls in Gerês and fell asleep in Vila Nova de Cerveira.

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details in 3º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Braga ao Gerês

 

 

 

Dia 4Dia 4

On the 4th day we woke up in Vila Nova de Cerveira, visited the Aquamuseum and met Einstein and Eureka (the two resident otters), played by the river Minho, climbed towards the Deer Viewpoint and fell asleep in a chocolate factory.

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details ine 4º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Cerveira a Viana do Castelo.

 

 

 

Dia 5Dia 5

On the 5th day of our trip we woke up in Viana do Castelo in a former Chocolate Factory, made a chocolate bonbon and visited the chocolate museum, discovered the Ducal Palace and the Guimarães castle, found the Stone House, and fell asleep in a Eco house among the trees in the Pedras Salgadas Park.

You may check the best photos of the day and all the tips in 5º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Viana do Castelo a Pedras Salgadas.

 

 

Dia 6

Dia 6

On the 6th day of our trip we woke up with the birds in the Eco resort Pedras Salgadas, the pumpkin girls had their first spa massage ever, we tried the best Chaves pasties and fell asleep among the mirandese cows, at the Biological Park of Vinhais. The best? Being together! 

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details in 6º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Pedras Salgadas a Vinhais

 

 

 

Dia 7

Dia 7 da viagem pelo Norte de Portugal com crianças

On the 7th day of our trip we woke up among the mirandese cows, gathered eggs, fed sheep and saw newborn wild boars at the Biological Park of Vinhais, ate mirandese steak (the classic "posta mirandesa), had amazing experiences at the Science Centre in Bragança, discovered Bragança Castle, tasted an exquisite mushroom risotto amd fell asleep by Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details in 7º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Vinhais a Bragança

 

 

Dia 8Dia 8

On the 8th day we visited the Côa Museum and learned how to make spears, fire and cave paintings. We had a delicious picnic at the Faia Brava Nature Reserve and we saw griffins and eagles preparing their nests by the cliffs and in the evening we discovered the rock art engravings of Penascosa. We loved it!

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details in 8º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Foz Côa à Reserva da Faia Brava.

 

 

Dia 9Dia 9

On the 9th day of our trip we rode a donkey in Castelo Rodrigo, on a charriot and horse in Almeida, we learned about the traditional arts and crafts of baracejo in Sortelha, hade dinner in Belmonte and fell asleep in Caria.

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details in 9º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Castelo Rodrigo a Belmonte

 

 

 

Dia 10Dia 10

On the 10th day of our trip we woke up in Caria, visited Belmonte (and its many museums) and Castelo Novo, and fell asleep in Tomar. The akmond trees were replaced by cherry trees and blossoming peach trees. We loved it!

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details in 10º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Belmonte a Tomar

 

 

Dia 11

Dia 11

On the 11th and last day of our trip we woke up with a view to Tomar Castle, discovered the Christ Convent, had a picnic and played around in Barquinha and sailed to the Castle of Almourol. We came home exhausted and yet delighted!

You may check the best photos of the day and all the details inno artigo 11º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Tomar a Almourol

 

 

It was really difficult to choose the best places to go. Our plan was based on loads of suggestions shared by the portuguese families that follow Pumpkin.

The places we visited or planned to, considering the theme "Castles, mountains and rivers" are listed below:

Name Local
Batalha Monastery Batalha
Pombal Castle Pombal
Bussaco Forest Coimbra
Paint a Barcelos rooster  Barcelos 
Tibães Monastery Braga
Bom Jesus Elevator Braga
Chocolate Factory and Museum Viana do Castelo
Casa dos Nichos Viana do Castelo
Santa Luzia Old City Ruins Viana do Castelo
AquaMuseum Vila Nova de Cerveira
The Ducal Palace Guimarães
Guimarães Castle Guimarães
Guimarães Elevator - Monte da Penha  Guimarães
Diver Lanhoso Guimarães
Peneda-Gerês National Park Gerês
Casa do Penedo . Rock House Serra do Fafe
Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort Vila Pouco de Aguiar 
Pena Aventura Ribeira da Pena 
Biological Park of Vinhais Vinhais
Bragança Castle Bragança
Science Centre in Bragança Bragança
Íberian Museum of the Costume and Mask Bragança
Arquelogical Park in Côa Valley Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Côa Museum Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Donkey ride Castelo Rodrigo
D'El Rey Horse Riding Almeida
Military Historical Museum Almeida
Belmonte Castle Belmonte
Olive Oil Museum Belmonte
Discovery of the New World Museum Belmonte
Vila Nova da Barquinha Park  Vila Nova da Barquinha 
Almourol Castle Tomar
Christ Convent Tomar

 

Check the places we stayed in and that were recommended to us by families:

Os melhores alojamentos para familias com crianças no Centro de PortugalBest Places to stay with children in Portugal Center

 

 

 

 

Os melhores alojamentos para familias com crianças no Norte de PortugalBest Places to stay with children in North of Portugal

 

 

 

See the all trip:

1º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Batalha ao Buçaco1º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Batalha ao Buçaco

 

 

2º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - do Buçaco a Barcelos2º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - do Buçaco a Barcelos

 

 

3º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Braga ao Gerês3º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Braga ao Gerês

 

 

4º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Cerveira a Viana do Castelo4º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Cerveira a Viana do Castelo

 

 

5º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Viana do Castelo a Pedras Salgadas5º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Viana do Castelo a Pedras Salgadas

 

 

 

6º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Pedras Salgadas a Vinhais6º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Pedras Salgadas a Vinhais

 

 

7º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Vinhais a Bragança7º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Vinhais a Bragança

 

 

8º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Foz Côa à Reserva da Faia Brava8º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Foz Côa à Reserva da Faia Brava

 

 

9º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Castelo Rodrigo a Belmonte9º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Castelo Rodrigo a Belmonte

 

 

10º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Belmonte a Tomar10º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Belmonte a Tomar

 

 

11º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Tomar a Almourol11º dia da Viagem da Familia Pumpkin - de Tomar a Almourol