5 reasons Lisbon is a great holiday destination for families
Lisbon is a fantastic city break for families and we’re going to give you 5 reasons why:
1. The Culture
Lisbon is bursting with culture which will delight any mini historian (and parents alike). Here are some of our favourites to explore. The Belem Tower is located in the Belem district of Lisbon, proudly sitting on the edge of the Tagus River. Built as part of the defensive system to protect the Tagus estuary, it is now one of the most iconic structures in Lisbon. You can climb up to the top of the tower which gives a great view out to Lisbon.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo is home to an incredible selection of decorative tiles spanning from the 15th Century to today. Kids will enjoy exploring the museum as well as the convent with its majestic cloisters. Jeronimos Monastery is another no miss for the family. With it’s beautiful gothic architecture, it’s the perfect place for kids to run around whilst also appreciating the culture of a bi-gone era.
Castelo de Sao Jorge is a cultural playground for kids! Not particularly suitable for strollers, it’s an ideal place to let children from toddlers to teenagers loose to explore the castle, look through the cannons and “walk the wall”. If you can, take a taxi, bus or tuktuk up to the castle to save yourselves climbing the steep approach.
2. The food
Lisbon is an absolute foodie heaven. For the best custard tarts, don’t miss Pasteis de Belem. One of our personal favourites for lunch is Time Out Market Lisboa, a market serving high end street food (including Wagyu Steak Sandwiches and amazing seafood!).
Some other favourites for foodies are categorised below:
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Bica do Sapato (https://www.bicadosapato.com)
Portugalia in Santos (https://www.portugalia.pt/pt/)
Cervejaria Trindade (https://www.cervejariatrindade.pt)
Solar dos Presuntos (http://www.solardospresuntos.com)
If you’ve got an artist in the family, you are going to be in for a treat. Lisbon is bursting with art museums. From the Museu Nacional do Azulejo to more modern/contemporary museums like Museu Coleccao Berardo. Simply walking the streets gives you plenty of opportunity to see art work adoring the glorious old buildings.
You can also see plenty of street art in Lisbon with this handy guide to help.
Who doesn’t need a bit of shopping in their lives! And Lisbon is the perfect place to pick up some timeless items especially for parents that will help you remember your wonderful trip (you know you deserve it..). You are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping, from pop up shops to more established family businesses.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Embaixada (shopping centre): https://www.embaixadalx.pt
Sapataria do Carmo (shoes): https://sapatariadocarmo.com
Cork & Co (cork products): https://corkandcompany.pt
Luvaria Ulisses (gloves): https://www.luvariaulisses.com
Caza das Vellas Loreto (candles): http://cazavellasloreto.com.pt/
5. Incredible places to stay
And if all that wasn’t enough, Lisbon has the most incredible places to stay for your family. From grand hotels that will take you back to eras past, to family-friendly apartments that give you a pad to explore the city from. Chat to our digital assistant, Skye, to find your perfect place to stay in Lisbon. We’ll do the hard work for you, finding that gem in Lisbon, so you can spend more time dreaming of your next adventure as a family!
A big thanks to our community member, and born and breed Lisboeta, Grant for his contributions to this blog.