Exploring Lisbon with kids – Day One

During our visit to Portugal in half term, we spent two days staying centrally at the Martinhal Chiado hotel, which is set in one of the trendiest areas of Lisbon. The hotel is the perfect base to not only stay with the kids, but is also within a stones throw of the main transport network, offering the chance to explore everything Lisbon has to offer, whether by foot, underground, tram, bus or even tuk tuk. On our first day in Lisbon we decided to get our bearings and explore Chiado by foot, finding stunning artwork, historic buildings and huge statues around… Continue Reading “Exploring Lisbon with kids – Day One”

A visit to Pena Palace with the kids

Pena Palace

In my last post I talk about visiting the beautiful town of Sintra and Castelo Dos Mouros with the kids. Once we had climbed down from the castle, we caught the 434 tourist bus to take us up to Pena Palace, the most popular tourist attraction in Sintra. It is possible to walk it but it is situated at the second highest point of the Serra da Sintra so not ideal for little legs. Thankfully we jumped the queue for tickets as had bought a combined ticket for both attractions earlier in the day. Once inside you can walk up… Continue Reading “A visit to Pena Palace with the kids”

A blustery visit to Cabo da Roca

Lighthouse Cabo Da Roca

Whilst researching our break in Portugal I made a list of all the things we wanted to see and do. One of those things was to visit Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for the colourful Pena Palace, Castle of the Moors, Palacio Quinta da Regaleira and Monserrate Palace and about a half an hour taxi ride from where we were staying at in Cacais. With the focus on the stunning historical palaces, it is easy to miss that the most western point of mainland Europe lies within the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, so I made sure that a visit… Continue Reading “A blustery visit to Cabo da Roca”

Martinhal Chiado – the perfect base for a family holiday in Lisbon

Over half term we were lucky enough to spend a few days in Lisbon, Portugal with Martinhal Resorts. We split our time in Lisbon between two of their family friendly resorts, Martinhal Cacais on the coast,  and Martinhal Chiado, in the city itself. As you might expect, the two resorts offer very different breaks, but both were perfectly suited to family travel and offered all the home from home comforts that you need when travelling with children. Martinhal Chiado is the world’s first city centre family hotel, situated in the old town and offers a real “WOW” factor as soon as you walk through… Continue Reading “Martinhal Chiado – the perfect base for a family holiday in Lisbon”

Martinhal Cacais – the perfect location for a family holiday in Portugal

Over half term we were lucky enough to spend a few days in Lisbon, Portugal with Martinhal Resorts. We split our time in Lisbon between two of their family friendly resorts, Martinhal Cacais on the coast and Martinhal Chiado, the world’s first city centre Family Hotel, situated in the old town. As you might expect, the two resorts offer very different breaks, but both were perfectly suited to family travel and offered all the home from home comforts that you need when travelling with children. Martinhal Cacais was our first port of call on our holiday and is perfect for… Continue Reading “Martinhal Cacais – the perfect location for a family holiday in Portugal”

Spending Half Term with Martinhal Resorts

Lisbon, Portugal

The weeks between Christmas and the February half term holiday always feel miserable weather wise, and this year is no exception. As I write this storm Georgina has blasted into the UK and is doing its best to batter our house and garden, with our just repaired fence looking a little precarious already. Last year we headed to Angus, Scotland in February and had the most amazing time, playing in the snow in Glen Doll, exploring Scottish Castles and sampling the delights of Edinburgh but this year we have tempted away by some winter sun and are heading to Portugal.… Continue Reading “Spending Half Term with Martinhal Resorts”

My 10 Top Tips for when you have booked a holiday to Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Planning a visit to Walt Disney World in Florida takes lots of planning to ensure you get the best out of your time there. There is no doubt that Disney does magic in bucketloads, but depending when you travel, it can also be extremely busy so it is important to book some of those must visit attractions before you get there. My Top Tips when you have booked a holiday to Walt Disney World 1. Download the My Disney Experience App As soon as you have booked your holiday, download the My Disney Experience App which is available on iTunes and… Continue Reading “My 10 Top Tips for when you have booked a holiday to Walt Disney World”

Our Top 10 Tips for booking a Holiday to Lapland

Santa's Lapland

There is no doubt about it, a holiday to Lapland is pricey, but it is a once in a lifetime trip. I found booking a Lapland holiday a minefield as there are so many different options available, and my biggest tip is to do your research thoroughly before you make your decision about where to visit. Top 10 Tips for Booking a Holiday to Lapland 1. Book Early Lapland holidays are released in September for the following year and this is the best time to take advantage of free child places as they disappear very quickly and to get the… Continue Reading “Our Top 10 Tips for booking a Holiday to Lapland”

Day 3 – Our Final Day at Santa’s Lapland

Saariselka

The final day of our visit to Santa’s Lapland was a nice relaxing day in comparison to the busyness of the Search for Santa day the previous day. Check-out time at the Saariselkä Inn is 10am, so we got up, dressed and packed everything up before we had breakfast so we could make the most of the time we had left. We had been given a coach time of mid-afternoon and were able to leave our cases at the pub, where we have breakfast, where they would be looked after until it was time to leave. The first thing on our… Continue Reading “Day 3 – Our Final Day at Santa’s Lapland”

Searching for Santa at Santa’s Lapland

Searching for Santa at Santa's Lapland

Day two of our three-day trip to Saariselkä was our Search for Santa day. We were given our coach times the day before we left and we were one of the first to arrive for our day that promised to be packed full of fun. Tucked in our pockets were our magic tickets (the kids letters to Santa, that we had “posted” a few weeks previously) and the timings for our husky rides, the only set time given on the day. The rest of the day we could do whatever took our fancy. We arrived to a covering of fresh snow… Continue Reading “Searching for Santa at Santa’s Lapland”