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How much spending money for family of 5? And day trip advice

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How much spending money for family of 5? And day trip advice

Hi, myself and my 4 children (12, 6, 5 and 3) are going to Praia de Mira for a week in July. Bed and breakfast, flights, airport transfers etc are all paid for but how much money do you think we will need out there? We will want to eat out for dinner, maybe buy picnic stuff for lunch.

Are there any good day trips to go on nearby?

Thanks!

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1. Re: How much spending money for family of 5? And day trip advice

Aveiro, Coimbra and Figueira da Foz make fine daytrips, in that order. Next to Aveiro the beach of Barra, the coastal village of Costa Nova and the town of Ílhavo with its maritime museum dedicated to cod fishing once made by local fishermen in the seas of Newfoundland, are all great places to wander about. Between Coimbra and Figueira, Montemor has a big medieval castle with superb views. You could drive to the green hills of Caramulo and/or the spas of Luso and Curia. Porto is little more than an hour away but it deserves more than just a daytrip; but better go for a day than nothing.

Eating out in a regular restaurant (there is excellent food in many ordinary-looking restaurants, check visitors' reviews) will typically cost 10-15 euros per adult, less than that for the children, if you don't order anything eccentric and keep a strict control over your drinking. Don't need to order expensive wines, the portuguese regular ones are good, even the cheapest on the menu. You will spend less if you are happy with a light meal or something cheap like, say, grilled chicken, which you could even take away for picnic. You should try fish, even if it's not the cheapest thing of all, because it's very good on the coast. Depending on what you take, of course, buying stuff for picnic is a good idea if your budget is limited. Drinks, especially, are much cheaper in supermarkets and shops.

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2. Re: How much spending money for family of 5? And day trip advice

"Don't need to order expensive wines, the portuguese regular ones are good, even the cheapest on the menu."

Well, far be it from me to disagree, but the regular ones are OK, and cheap to be sure - QPR is hard to argue with and certainly the way to go if the main aim is alcohol with a nice flavour. But if you spend a bit more, you can often get something much better, and, if you splash out at say 30€ retail (more in a restaurant, obviously), there are some truly fine wines to be had. If you're someone who would rather pay 20€ for a fabulous steak than 10€ for an OK steak, it might be worth the splash.

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