We visited Lisbon couple of years ago, around Christmas. What a gem of a city! Ornamental, relaxed, colorful, charming in that somewhat-run-down way. We made our four-day visit kid friendly, so we explored museums, Aquarium, the ZOO and had some great food. Here are some of our favorites.
Accommodation: we booked a very nice two bedroom airbnb apartment in the old part of town, considered downtown Lisbon/Baixa. Very centrally located and with the “old quarters” charm, it was a perfect base for exploring the city. (Note: the unit we rented is no longer available on airbnb, I looked). Here are some views from our balcony. We even had a fabulous xmas tree!
Parco de Nacios: We headed to this modern part of the city developed especially for the 1998 World Expo. Now housing a top-notch Aquarium and a very fun interactive science museum, it was a hit with the kids. We also took the cable car and enjoyed the architecture and the views from up in the air.
City ZOO: Open even on Christmas day, kids enjoyed it very much. We loved the two person open cable car that takes you above the tree branches for a unique view of the ZOO and animals from above. You gotta love Mr. Lion enjoying the sunshine!
Maritime Museum: This museum, located within the Jeronimos monastery complex (also worth a visit), took boys on a great maritime adventure. Celebrating Portugal’s naval achievements, it featured many ship models, relics and stories, which boys loved. We also paid a visit to Vasko De Gama’s grave/monument located there.
We took many strolls around the city, did a “Hop on – Hop off bus (always a great way to explore a city with kids). I loved the colorful, tiled facades, reminder that the old Alfama district was once Arab (Moorish) quarter.
Finally, here are some additional great city views and sights. Inevitable vintage yellow trams. Magical!