Last week we spent February half term Exploring Porto with Kids. As a family of 5 we flew from Liverpool with Ryanair to Porto for only £220 (yes that price was for all of us) so it was a fabulously cheap thing to do for Half Term.
On our first day we had a fabulous private tour of Porto with Kids with Sara from Portoalities. Sara writes a blog Portoalities, and makes private tours in Porto and Northern Portugal. I found her whilst googling things to do in Porto with Kids and I am so very glad I did. If you decide to travel to Porto after reading this, or any of my upcoming posts, then I can highly recommend you get in touch with Sara to book a tour.
We loved this half day tour for a number of reasons but here are the main 5.
5 main reasons Sara made exploring Porto with Kids accessible
- Sara was warm and engaging and made the history of Porto accessible to the kids as well as to us.
- Sara helped to explain some of the basics of Porto history to us all which we were ashamed to say we knew little of.
- Sara took us to a lovely Portuguese restaurant for lunch we wouldn’t have found on our own.
- Sara gave us top tips for restaurants and cafes and also some Port tips!
- Sara gave us a valuable introduction in how to get around and how all the major sights fit in, it saved us a lot of time.
- Sara gave us top tips about what else to explore and where else to spend our time whilst in Porto!
So what did we do on the tour with Portolalities? How did we explore Porto with Kids?
We met Sara at the Cathedral of Porto where we were introduced to the history of Porto, why the Cathedral was built where is was, and told all about the secret medieval buildings surrounding it. We didn’t go into the Cathedral as part of the tour as Sara suggested we explore it at leisure at a later day and to make sure we explored the catacombs too.
From outside the Cathedral we made our way down towards the river through some winding streets to take in the view from one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city. Whilst we were at this viewpoint Sara talked us through the rooftops and the skylights and the washing stations. It was fascinating and we would have missed this spot completely had we been on our own and certainly not appreciated the reasons behind some of the things we were seeing.
From there we made our way through windy streets and chatted about the old trades that would have sold their wares in the streets years ago. This meander took us back up towards Sao Bento train station with its more than 20,000 hand painted tiles and frescos. This time we did spend time inside and Sara patiently answered all the girls questions and chatted on different levels to them and my Mother in Law who loves history and art, all about the frescos and what they stood for. We loved this part of the trip and the girls even pointed out things Sara had shown us when we went back to the station later in the week to take a trip to Guimaraes (another recommendation from Sara).