Lisbon was recently considered as the best city to visit and, if your plans include a family holiday, the Portuguese capital can be the ideal place for your summer holiday.
Dynamic and diverse, this metropolis has options for the whole family. It is especially suitable for those who travel in the company of small children. The accommodation, food, and travel plans can be tailor-made within this city to please the smallest and oldest members of the family, thus ensuring that everyone experiences many moments of magic and excitement.
Knowing all the things that Lisbon has to offer will be an asset for those who want to enjoy the city as much as possible by turning it into a great amusement park. So, to help you plan your stay in Lisbon, we will give some suggestions on the best ways to enjoy the summer in this city when travelling with your children.
1. Where to Stay with Children
The options to stay in the Lisbon region are diverse. By doing a quick search, you will easily find that almost all hotels facilitate for the little ones.
When making your choice, it will be very important to keep in mind your own particular needs and personal preferences.
For example, if you prefer to keep the family environment more "natural", you can opt for a family suite, such as Clarion's, which is similar to small apartments and allow a family holiday experience in a more intimate and welcoming environment. Other family suites, such as Altis, Inspira Santa Marta, or Ramalhete Palace, will offer spacious and refined rooms where you can also enjoy fun family moments with all the comforts.
If you prefer to treat your children to a more child-oriented environment, the choice may lie in HF Fénix Urban, where there are rooms decorated for the little ones; or in hotels with a swimming pool, such as Pestana Palace or Epic Sana.
Still in the Lisbon region, you can please the younger ones with a different experience by opting for rural tourism in hotels such as Quinta dos Paiões, in Rio de Mouro; or White & Wood Cottage, near Cabo da Roca.
2. Ideal Dining Places for Family Meals
It is not always easy to manage meal times when travelling with children, but fortunately Lisbon has several options that guarantee parents the possibility of sampling the best dishes without denying their children menu options that are specially designed for them.
In the center of Lisbon, a good example of this is Jamie's Italien, a renowned restaurant that has a children's menu, which can be chosen with a 3D image viewer and accompanied by crayons. Also in the centre of town, the vegetarian option PSI is an excellent place for those who have children. This restaurant is totally dedicated to the little ones thanks to its range of toys, miniature furniture, and a small farm with animals. The Pizzeria Capricciosa in Docas will also be a good option. As well as serving specially designed menus for the little ones, it is in the vicinity of a playground. In the Parque das Nações, the Petit Cabanon Restaurant offers various possibilities for children to enjoy, including a ball pool slide.
Going further with the range of options for Greater Lisbon, it is also worth mentioning places like Tábuas Restaurant in Sintra, where children will find a small garden and healthy menu options that will be to their liking.
3. Activities to Participate with the Little Ones
Even simpler than finding accommodation and food options, you will find family activities that appeal to your children. Lisbon is an ideal place for children and has numerous venues that will ensure to appeal to adults as well as the younger ones.
During your summer holiday in Lisbon, be sure to visit themed venues such as the Lisbon Zoo, the Oceanarium or the Vasco da Gama Aquarium. The Knowledge Pavilion - Live Science will also be an excellent choice.
Get to know the city aboard the fun and exciting Tuk Tuk and climb up in the cable car to show your kids the best views of the city in a magical moment. In order for the magic to continue, spend some time at the Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium, located in Belém. To enjoy the outdoors and let the children play safely, be sure to go for a picnic in the Gulbenkian Gardens. Take the opportunity to stroll through the streets of downtown Lisbon, show your children the street art of the city and stop by Santini for a wonderful homemade ice cream.
These are just some of the activities you can enjoy with your children in the city of Lisbon for a truly unforgettable summer.