When booking a holiday with the family we often feel torn between the need to escape the City and the urge to do something more than just relaxing and enjoying a new scenery. But we think we found the perfect mix of relaxation and culture with our trip to Lisbon. Lisbon is a beautiful City with the most amazing climate. Summer perhaps is too hot, but you can escape along the coast and refresh by the Ocean. Winter never gets too cold. Spring and Autumn are probably the best time to visit. Portugal has 300 days of sunshine a year – which makes the chance to be rained on pretty slim.
It’s quite hilly so the views are spectacular – they are called miradouro and people just sit, have a drink and enjoy while a musician often plays the local music, fado. It’s dreamy and we made a point of finishing each day by a miradouro, exhausted by the walks (yes, the hills are quite something on the legs!) taking it all in!
There is lots for the kids to see and do. Including amazing gardens and playground and one of the best Aquarium in Europe. If travelling with younger kids I would suggest to leave the buggy at home and invest in a very good carrier.
Places not to miss:
- Alfama. One of the oldest district in Lisbon. Beautiful cobbled streets and old house overlooking the Tejo river.
- A trip to Belem. To eat the most famous pasteis and visit Belem Tower and Jeronimo Monastery.
- A day trip to Sintra. About half an hour from Lisbon but oh so worth the train ticket/time!
- Lunch or dinner at Lisbon Time Out Market. Stalls selling food from all over the world, all under the same roof. It’s busy and buzzing, exciting for kids and grown up.
Must do with children:
- The Ocenarium. The largest aquarium in Europe. Not only is an amazing learning opportunity but it’s also filled with lots of fun family activities.
- Pavillion of knowledge. The science museum. Geared towards over 4.
- Jardin da Estrela. Lisbon most popular park, it’s stunning.
- A day at the beach. The closest to the city (along the Costa da Caparica) is about 15 min drive.
Best places to stay:
- https://www.holidayonj.com/en/lisboa/ Very modern serviced apartment, 15 min walk from the center. Perfect accommodation for families that need a bit more space.
- http://dearlisbon.com/charminghouse/ If you go in the summer this lovely guesthouse has a pool!
- https://www.martinhal.com/chiado/for-kids/ Very central and beautiful accommodation, very family friendly.
Where to shop:
- Not to miss beautiful shop for traditional souvenirs: A VIDA PORTUGUESA
- Chiado: R. Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Tel: +351 213 465 073
- Chiado 2: Rua Ivens 2 1200-227 Chiado Tel: +351 210 079 536
- Intendente: Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 23 1100-285 Tel: +351 211 974 512