Fairytale palaces on a forested hilltop are yours to explore while golden beaches and Mediterranean bays provide perfect places to swim. The evocative capital city is filled with colors and charms as you arrive in Portugal to take it all in as a family in on a one-week vacation handcrafted for families. Mixing three nights in Lisbon with three nights on the Southern Coast, this private tour is enhanced by iconic experiences such as a Fado performance, and a boat trip to caves on the Iberian coast...
Lisbon – Surrounded by Old Glory in Central Lisbon
There is life on the streets of Lisbon as musicians play on corners and along the promenade, whipping up songs for those who will give a tip. Local families hang out on the plazas with kids running around as parents sip on beer or coffee. Old-school trams often rumble past with people hanging from the back of the carriage. The city’s energy is infectious, and it will not take long to convince your kids that this is not going to be a slog around boring sights. Much of the Lisbon experience is all around you, especially during the summer months.
Arrive in Lisbon, and you will be greeted at the airport by your local guide. The airport is only five miles north of the city, and it is a short transfer to Baixa, Lisbon’s spacious central neighborhood. It was decimated by an earthquake in 1755 and then rebuilt with much of Portugal’s wealth. As if defying nature, it is a place of elegant boulevards, majestic statues, gleaming marble facades, and splendid plazas. Most of the boulevards have two lanes for traffic and very wide central reservations in between, so this a great city in which to walk safely without encountering traffic. Baixa is also flat, unlike everywhere else in the city. So it is a little easier to get your family to one of the many restaurants and terraces in the area.
Your guide will provide an orientation at your hotel and will fill you in on good places to dine that are within walking distance. One of these is Time Out Lisbon, a vast food market and first of its kind in the world. Time Out selected Lisbon’s finest restaurants and invited them to run a popup stall in the market, so there is an international section, stalls from four Michelin-starred chefs, and the full sweep of Portuguese cuisine. In short, there is something for everyone, and you still get to dine together.
Lisbon – A Day of Palaces and Beaches in Sintra and Cascais
Lisbon – Riding the Tram Through Lisbon and a Night of Fado
Faro to Vilamoura – An Old-World City and a Golden Beach
Vilamoura – Kayak or Boat Adventure Along the Iberian Coastline
Vilamoura – Relaxing Around Your Villa and On the Sand
Vilamoura to Faro – Departure
- Gasp at the castles and palaces of Sintra, the setting like something from a fairytale
- Take a boat or have a kayak adventure along the Iberian coast to find enchanting caves and uninhabited coves
- Ride the tram through Lisbon’s neighborhoods, jumping off to explore the city’s colors and charms
- Escape to some of Europe’s most beautiful eaches as you spend three nights in Vilamoura
- Discover the old Portuguese town of Faro
- Spend an evening listening to the alluring beauty of Fado music
- Stay in a family villa along the coast and a contemporary Lisbon hotel that’s within walking distance of many restaurants and cafes
- Explore the old resort town of Cascais, giving the kids an afternoon on the beach while you are staying in Lisbon
Portugal’s energy is infectious as there is a youthful exuberance found along the streets and a positivity to feel on every corner. Portugal feels like a young country, but it is not, and herein lies the beauty of a family vacation in this incredible country. The liveliness is excellent for keeping children entertained, and the beaches are a crowd pleaser for everyone in your family. The fabulous history provides something special to keep everyone engaged, and in a single day, you can live out a castle fairytale, be energized by 300-year-old city streets, then listen to the Fado as traditional cuisine is served. The next day, you can be making castles out of the sand, with a beach afternoon following a morning in a historic city.
Handcrafted for families of all ages, this one-week tour is split across two very different destinations. Lisbon has more sights than anywhere else in Portugal and is the must see when you are looking to maximize your vacation time. After three days here, you can travel south to the coast to stay in a villa on the Algarve coast at Vilamoura. While the landscape changes, there are many constants with the welcoming old cafes ideal for families, small plazas where kids run around as adults sit with a coffee or beer, cobbled streets laced with tiled facades and the enveloping atmosphere of a country that is on the up. The people are friendly as well, even in a big capital city.
Location is everything, both in the city and on the coast. In Lisbon, you will be staying in Baixa, the most central neighborhood for the easiest place to be for walking to local restaurants. Your contemporary city hotel will be followed by three nights in a private family villa, perched above the beach in Vilamoura. From the villa, it will be just a two-minute walk to the beach where the waters are shallow and safe for swimming. It is also only a few minutes to town for everything you will need for the evenings.
Lisbon’s highlights are varied, and your first day is designed to be flexible as you visit a few sights close to your Baixa hotel. The next day, you will head out to Sintra, where castles and palaces will have the kids thinking of nothing but fairytales. Coming back into Lisbon, you will stop in the old resort town of Cascais for your first afternoon on the beach. Restaurants backdrop the sand, and there is a historical atmosphere to go along with the sand. Lisbon is big and hilly, and walking with small children can be a real challenge. So take the tram instead, with number 28 connecting a full variety of Lisbon neighborhoods. You can get off to explore an area with your local guide before trundling onwards for another few stops.
Travel from Lisbon to Faro by train, the journey working out quicker than going by air. Upon arrival, there will be time to explore old Faro with a one-hour walk that will take you around all of the key sights. Your guide will then transfer you to Vilamoura and your villa by the beach, where dramatic cliffs hide caves and coves seen all along this coastline. Explore them the next day, choosing to do so either by boat or by kayak, dependent on how you are feeling and by the ages of your kids. Your last full day is left free, so you can relax on the beach and appreciate the scenery as you and your kids tucked away in beautiful Portugal. Make sure your perfect Portugal vacation is an unforgettable one by seeing additional Portugal travel ideas.
$1,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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