How to spend 4 days in Lisbon with children

How to spend 4 days in Lisbon with children

I’ve been writing this post up for what feels like a while now. If I’m completely honest, I’m totally suffering with a little bit of the dreaded holiday blues. I loved Lisbon. If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a weekend break or a few nights – then Lisbon is the one. With gorgeous cobbled streets and endless amounts of pastries – what more could you want? Everywhere we walked in Lisbon left us feeling inspired. It’s one of those cities where you end up stumbling upon little streets full of quirky coffee shops and traditional bakeries, so perhaps find yourself some of the Best Lisbon hotels the city has to offer and take in the scenery, culture and enjoy a relaxing few days away!

We figured out our own itinerary for Lisbon and I really wanted to share it on my blog for anyone else that may be planning a trip. We didn’t get to do everything on the itinerary but that’s mostly because we forgot Daisy’s buggy and had to hunt one down on our first day. There’s so much to see and do in Lisbon – we really want to go back again because we don’t feel we saw everything this beautiful city has to offer!

Day one

Start your day with a traditional drink of Ginjinha – a sweet cherry portuguese liqueur made by infusing ninja berries. It originated in Lisbon and the small ‘A Ginjinha bar’ is the traditional home of the drink. Head to the Torre De Belem on the river side. The Torre De Belem is a small fort that was built to guard lisbon from seafaring raders.

Head to Miradouro da Graca terrace with a beautiful view to see the sunset. Perfect opportunity for some golden hour photos! Eat dinner in the beautiful Bairro do Avillez. There are so many beautiful places to eat in Lisbon! We found that some of our favourites places to eat happened to be gorgeous little coffee shops selling fresh pastries and delicious coffee – the perfect stop for lunchtime.

Day two

On day two head out early and visit Santa Justa Elevator. The queues for this can be very long and so the earlier you get there the less you’ll be waiting around.The Elevador de Santa Justa is a 19th century lift that transports passengers up the steep hill from the Baixa district to the Largo do Carmo and the ruins of the Carmo church. The lift dates from an era when wrought-iron was both a construction material and art form, and the structure is adorned with glorious neo-gothic arches and geometric patterns, while inside two sumptuous polished wood carriages whisk passengers up in style. We didn’t have to queue for long and I think it’s because we visited in October too (less tourists).
Daisy enjoyed heading up in the elevator and looking down at the beautiful views. Andrew is scared of heights so didn’t enjoy it as much as he could have. But the views are worth it! It cost us 5 euros each (children go free) and then another 1 euro to climb to the view point. I probably wouldn’t bother doing that as you can see just as much without going up to the top! There’s plenty of shops around this area too – we stopped off in their huge H&m and wandered around Zara home. I could have easily spent a fortune! If you love a bit of shopping then think about putting some money aside in advance!

Day three

On day three we took a little walk to the district of Alfama. Lisbon consists of lots of little districts and each one is as beautiful and unique as the next. We could have wandered for days and never of stumbled across the same path twice. One thing that needs to be done whilst in Lisbon is heading to Pastéis de Belém to taste a Pastel De Nata! It’s said that if you don’t try one, it’s almost as though you haven’t really been to Lisbon. In 1837 they began making the original Pastéis de Belém, following an ancient recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. The specific secret recipe is recreated every day in their bakery – using only traditional methods. Delicious and traditional!
After wandering around Alfama and filling up on pastries, head on into Lisbon main city centre and ride tram 28. We didn’t this time as we only ever approached it during busy periods and didn’t feel it with Daisy! “The number 28 Lisbon tram connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique, and passes through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. For visitors, this is the classic Lisbon tram journey, riding in the quaint yellow tram as it screeches and rattles through the narrow streets of the city.”

Day four

On day four we had planned to have a fairly relaxing day as later in the evening we where traveling back to London. We started the day by wandering down to Gelateria Nannarella to have some of the best ice-cream we’ve ever had. The owners of this beautiful ice-cream parlour are Italian and use only the finest sorbet. Me and Andrew both agreed that it was one of the best ice-creams we’ve ever had! We then went on the lookout for somewhere delicious to have lunch. We found Hello, Kristof (I wrote a whole post about this place as it was just so lovely!).

If we had more time / next time

We would love to visit the beach resort of Cascais as it looks stunning. It’s very close to Lisbon and easily accessible via the metro system. We didn’t have enough time and didn’t want to cram too much into our trip. We would also have loved to have gone to Sintra – a picturesque Portuguese town that is set amidst the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra.

Top tips

Use the metro if you’re not fond of walking a lot. Lisbon was built over seven hills – an earthquake later flattened it, but it still consists of lots of hills. We love walking but still found ourselves catching the metro here and there due to it being SO easy to use.

Don’t travel in the peak summer seasons as it’ll be very hot and very busy. October worked well for us as it wasn’t as busy but it was still hot (but not too hot for walking around and exploring everywhere!)

Plan your trip beforehand so that you don’t miss out on anything! There’s so much to see and do in Lisbon – looking back we wished we had booked for a week instead of four days. It definitely wasn’t long enough for us.

And so here are some *lots* of our photos…

1 Comment

  • Kel says:

    I t looks absolutely beautiful – and the weather seems perfect for a family trip! I’d have thought October might be a little chilly but I’ll definitely be bearing this in mind for next year!

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