Screen break: a digital-free family holiday in Portugal

As ‘download day’ sees UK parents hurriedly filling tablets with videos to keep kids quiet, one family decided to mix traditional fun with activities on a break in Portugal

The nine-year-old is a screen addict. His perfect day would consist of nothing more than watching YouTube, playing Five Nights at Freddy’s or bingeing on Gumball until his eyes fall out of his head. So, when I tell him of our planned four-night family holiday at Cerdeira Village in Portugal, a wifi- and TV-free zone, the thought of 100 hours without access to video-sharing sites or television renders him speechless.

“But what will we do?” he asks, eventually. “It will be so boring.”

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