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With its glorious white-sand beaches and bustling city life, Portugal’s coastal city of Lisbon has all the ingredients needed for the perfect family getaway. Lisbon’s whitewashed buildings, cobblestone alleyways, and stunning historical landmarks are sure to impress the grown-ups, while the city’s lively zoos and fun-filled aquariums will keep the kids entertained for hours on end. So pack your bags and get ready for an action-packed family vacation in Lisbon!

Things to see in Lisbon

Kick-start your Lisbon family vacation with a visit to the Lisbon Oceanarium—the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. Children and adults alike will delight in the array of colorful marine life on display, including cute penguins, tropical seahorses, and jaw-dropping sharks. Continue the animal theme and make your way to Lisbon Zoo, where children can feast their eyes on acrobatic dolphin performances. Next head to Castelo de São Jorge where the little ones can act out their favorite fairytale, while the adults wander along the ramparts of this magnificent 6th-century castle. Soccer fanatics of all ages won’t want to miss out on a trip to Estádio da Luz (Stadium of Light)—take a tour of the home ground of Portuguese soccer team S.L Benfica, or get tickets to a match and cheer on the local team.

Family-friendly hotels in Lisbon

Portugal has a strong family-oriented reputation, so it comes as no surprise to find a wide range of family-friendly accommodation in Lisbon to suit the whole gang! Whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful hotel or something a little more comfortable and upscale, expect to be spoiled for choice when it comes to family accommodation in Lisbon. Family hotels at the lower end of the budget usually include free continental breakfast and free WiFi, while many hotels at the upper end boast on-site restaurants, picturesque rooftop terraces, and large outdoor swimming pools—plenty to keep the kids happy on warm, sunny days.

Where to stay in Lisbon

Baxia is an ideal base for families traveling to Lisbon. Its central location is great for those with kids in tow as all the main attractions are within walking distance, making it easier on little legs. Many groups opt for the relaxing area of Parque das Nações, where they can take refreshing family walks along the river’s edge. It’s also just a stone’s throw from Vasco da Gama shopping mall where teenagers can indulge in some retail therapy. For a quieter, more authentic taste of Lisbon, stay in Alfama. With the beautiful Castelo de São Jorge right nearby, visitors can climb to the top of the tower and take a family selfie, with panoramic views of Lisbon serving as the perfect backdrop.

How to get to Lisbon

The easiest way to get to Lisbon is to fly into Lisbon Portela Airport. Getting to the center of Lisbon is child’s play, as the airport is located less than 5 miles from the city. The metro takes just under 20 minutes and departs every few minutes. If you’re traveling with a big gang and lots of bags, opt for a taxi which will bring you directly to your family-friendly Lisbon hotel. Once you’re in the city, hop on one of the city’s bright yellow funiculars for some family fun and a bird’s eye view of the city below.

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