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