Portugal is a popular destination for holiday makers from all over the world. It’s beautiful beaches, warm weather and celebrated cities offer something for everyone.
Finding the right holiday destination when you have kids can be a challenge – you need somewhere with family-friendly activities that will keep them entertained. While, resorts are great for this, sticking them in a kids’ club won’t expose them to history and culture like a city break will.
Lisbon is a great destination for the whole family, and here are just five family friendly activities that will ensure you have the perfect Portuguese vacation.
Located on the harbour, Lisbon’s Aquarium makes for a fantastic activity for the whole family.
With a main exhibit containing 5 million litres of seawater, and a vast collection of marine life, it’s the largest indoor aquarium in Europe and will make for a great educational experience for your kids.
Travel on the Tram
If your little ones love transport, be sure to take a ride on the E28 tram. This historic yellow carriage will take you through some of Lisbon’s most narrow streets, letting you see the city while your kids rest their tired legs.
Despite being a popular tourist attraction, this tram is also used by the locals, so be sure to avoid rush hour.
Lisboa Story Centre
Introduce your children to some Portuguese history at the Lisboa Story Centre.
You and your family will be taken on an interactive tour through the history of Lisbon from the mythical Ulysses through to the present day.
The interactive nature of the centre means that your kids will get the education of a museum visit while keeping them entertained and engaged.
Pavilion of Knowledge
If you want to keep the educational value of your holiday going, then visit Lisbon’s Pavilion of Knowledge.
As with the Story Centre, this science museum prides itself on its interactive activities. The museum is divided into different sections aimed at various ages, so they’ll be something to keep your entire brood busy!
If you fancy a day trip out of the city, take your children to visit Sintra and explore a real Disney Castle. Located in Sintra Hills, Pena Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site that looks like it would be more at home in a fairy tale!
Sintra is about a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon, and you can get a family ticket to explore the palace for just €33.
Of course, you might fall so in love with Lisbon that you never want to leave, and you wouldn’t be the first! A quick glance at a real estate agent like Property Lisbon makes it easy to see the appeal, and the country is vastly popular with expats and holidaymakers alike, enticing adventurers with the Golden Visa programme to get you on ready for your new life abroad!
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