Looking for a family holiday home in Portugal this year? Find out why ALTIDO really does mean 'A Life That I Dream Of' and why it's now the tried and trusted European holiday rental expert and go-to for families in 2021.
When you rent a family holiday home with ALTIDO you have the best of all worlds: the originality, range and local knowledge which makes Airbnb so appealing, as well as the peace of mind and security of professional property management.
The ALTIDO promise of customer care and attention to detail is what you expect from good hotels but almost never find in rented villas or apartments. The company also takes a personal approach to making sure your family holiday home is right for you, right down to its location. And, as well as supplying high-quality towels, bedlinen and bathroom essentials as standard in all properties, ALTIDO gives families a menu of extras too; so almost anything can be easily arranged from baby equipment to cleaning services.
On the ground, during your stay, assistance is available 24/7 from the company’s team of trusted, local experts. Plus booking couldn’t be easier and the choice of properties right across Europe is outstanding and covers all bases, from studio apartments in Lisbon to stately homes in Edinburgh.
Take a look at five amazing family holiday homes in Portugal this year, handpicked by local experts at ALTIDO for their wonderful locations and fun things for kids (and grown ups) to see and do.
Stunning beaches you expect in Portugal, dinosaur footprints might come as more of a surprise, though definitely a good one. Enormous Praia Grande is a favourite surfing beach on the Serra de Sintra coast. It’s also soft and sandy so kids love it. And there’s even a saltwater swimming pool at the north end if the sea’s too boisterous. But if you want to see the 150 million year old dinosaur footprints, they’re embedded in the face of towering cliffs at Praia Grande’s southern edge - climb up the tall staircase for the biggest sense of adventure and best views.
Praia Grande beach is a short walk from this bright and airy villa where modern and traditional features combine to create a perfect family holiday home. Several terraces – including a secluded one on the roof – make the most of Serra de Sintra’s wonderful weather. And not only is the villa’s enclosed garden completely private, it’s also lawned, so there’s plenty of safe outdoor space for kids.
Praça da Figueira is one of Lisbon’s grandest squares and it’s right at the heart of Baixa; the lively central district where the city keeps legends like Elevador de Santa Justa and Avenida da Liberdade. You might think such an iconic square would be just for tourists, but Figueria is equally loved by locals not least of all for its cafés and restaurants. It’s a pretty good spot to drink anything. But if you want to make like a true Lisboeta, order a ginjinha (Portugal’s lesser known national drink). Then just sit back, sip and let Praça da Figueira entertain you.
If you were lucky enough to live in the centre of Lisbon full-time, this is the apartment you’d want. Flawlessly designed right down to the polished wood floors, it’s also light, roomy and effortlessly comfortable. Praça da Figueira is just a few minutes walk away. And, if you want waterfront cafés and views over the mighty River Tagus, charming Terreiro do Paço is even closer to this lovely family holiday home.
Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe and home to the world’s most beautiful bookshop, enchanting Livraria Lello. The city's entire historic centre has UNESCO World Heritage status and nowhere else on earth produces finer Port. But if all that isn’t enough to persuade you to visit, Porto's also a near neighbour to the world’s longest pedestrian footbridge. Opened in spring 2021, the 516 Arouca soars at a height of 175m across the Paiva Gorge. It’s 516m long, less than a hour’s drive from the city centre, and already looks like becoming one of this summer’s must-do family adventures. Of course it’s not for the fainthearted, although spectacular views more than reward any courage you can find.
Right in the heart of Porto, this cosy family apartment is perfect for exploring the city as well as the nearby coast and countryside. Its private terrace seems made for gazing over the rooftops of the atmospheric Ribeira district. And Livraria Lello is just a short walk away; so you can go early and browse in relative peace, before crowds of Instagrammers arrive.
Chiado is Lisbon’s smart shopping district, so no surprise to find it’s also home to Bertrand Booksellers: established in 1732 and officially the oldest bookshop in the world. It may not be as glamorous as Livraria Lello in Porto, but stroll past the Guinness Book of Records sign outside and you’re instantly immersed in Lisbon’s long and cultured history. Today the shop stocks everything from bestsellers to classic literature. And even if you just buy a magazine, you can have it stamped at the counter to confirm it really did come from the oldest bookshop in the world.
Older kids and teens will love the fun design details and originality of this impeccably designed family holiday home in the heart of Chiado. It’s set on a small square right next door to historic São Carlos theatre so there’s always plenty to watch from the big, bright windows. And if you want to explore Lisbon on foot – the best way – Chiado sits between Bairro Alto and medieval Alfama.
The Portuguese Riviera is known for sun drenched beaches and pretty towns like Cascais and Estoril. So it’s hard to imagine it was also a WWII hotbed of intrigue and espionage. Ian Fleming – legendary James Bond creator – lived here in the 1940s and it’s said the area’s effortless glamour inspired Casino Royale. Of course, there are still some secrets today; like thrilling Boca do Inferno near Cascais; where water is sucked into a natural stone arch at sea level and shoots out of the clifftop above – another reason for kids to love this sunny coast.
Just 20 minutes drive west of Cascais, this lovely family holiday home is detached, set in large and landscaped grounds and comes with its own swimming pool and tennis court. The bright and spacious interior is designed to take advantage of stunning views, and the large terrace is perfect for eating outdoors on warm summer evenings.