Dec 08, 2017 Lisbon in 3 days
Portugal was a pleasant surprise! The city is charming with all of its black and white mosaic side walks, tram cars, and the Tagrus River. Unfortunately we all ended up getting extremely sick towards the end of our trip but what we experienced was enough to make us want to come back. We spent a week in Lisbon Portugal with our 3 kids who are ages 6, 4, and 1. You can watch the video here. If I were to condenses our time into 3 days this is what I would recommend.
Taxi’s and über are very affordable in this city. The bus and tram system is also easy and efficient. We did a lot of walking mainly without the stroller because it is such a hilly city and everything is relatively close.
Walking tour of the city
What is it: A walking tour is really the best way to get a taste for this beautiful hilly city. We did a child friendly tour with Little Lisbon. They did a great job tailoring their tour towards children. With scavenger hunts, playgrounds, and guessing games. My boys really enjoyed the scavenger hunt for tiled homes, which is a very common housing style here. It was extremely useful. We learned about the different neighborhoods, food, and customs which was really helpful for the remainder of our time there.
Cost: Depending on the tour you pick it but expect it to be around €155,00 / family
Duration: 3-4 hours
Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George castle) and neighborhoods surrounding the castle
What is it: St. George Castle is a moorish castle that sits up on a hill overlooking Lisbon. I recommend taking one of the charming trams up the steep hills to the castle. The trams are like the trolleys in San Francisco and the kids loved riding on them! Explore the castle, climb the tower, and walk along the high city walls for great views!
The neighborhoods surrounding the castle are absolutely charming. There is a lot of fun street art and beautiful architecture in the area. Lisbon is known for having a lot of cork. As in cork that you use to bottle wine. There are a lot of cork stores with some amazing items. There are cork purses, hats, belts, shoes, you name it they’ve made it! I must say it is pretty cool and purchased a few cork purses myself.
Cost: Castle grounds free. To go inside adults €8.50 and Children under 10 years free
Duration: half day to full day depending on your pace
Day trip out to Sintra
What is it: Sintra is a resort town in the foothills of Portugal. It is a UNESCO world heritage sight so it checks all the boxes in terms of charm, culture, and aesthetics. You can easily get here by hiring one of the many tours available. I recommend going this route if you have kids. You have the most flexibility with your time. You can also get there via bus and train too.
Duration: Full day. It is 33 minutes by car. You can also get there by bus or train which doubles your time.
Cost: The average cost of guided tour is €65. Bus and train tickets are less than half that price.