Finding a perfect destination for you can be a tricky thing, but when you are trusted with the decisions to make on the behalf of the whole family, then coming up with a perfect family getaway destination can much more difficult than usual. Apparently many cities and countries of the Europe are perfect to enjoy as a couple, solo traveler and friends group, but if you are voyaging with people from different age group, you must keep the factor of difference in opinion, taste, desires and activities in mind. There are plenty of family-friendly destinations in the Europe and if you are planning a vacation this year with kids and your family, then you should consider the option of Lisbon. The Portuguese capital that seems like an ocean of Gothic architecture, Lisbon doesn’t appear to be a place to entertain travelers from all age group at first place. However, if you insist on visiting the following destinations, your perception about Lisbon will definitely change:
1. Lisbon Zoo
At first, you might wonder that you haven’t traveled all the way to Portugal only to witness the city zoo and understand the Portuguese fauna, but once you plan to pay a visit here, you will understand the reason behind adding it into my list. Unlike many other zoos you may have come across, the fauna and marine life living here is simply spellbinding. A large area designed with latest technology and facilities that are suitable for kids, adults and even for the animals, Lisbon Zoo is a complete adventure experience. Pay a visit that will cost you around EUR 13 to 20 and give you the utter delight of having a spellbinding sight of dolphins, sea lions, rare species of reptiles, pot-bellied pigs and many endangered species making a sum of around 300 species in total and a total of over 2000 animals in their suitable conditions.
2. Lisbon Oceanarium
Enlisted in the finest aquariums in the entire European continent, Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the most enthralling place you can come across where visitors from all age groups get stunned by the outstanding variety of marine life that is displayed and divided into four different, giant and durable tanks. With the display ramp submerged to give visitors a perfect glance, you can surely walk through these tanks whilst admiring the picturesque scene of marine fauna enjoying in their natural habitat and swimming right next to a glass wall. With a cost of around EUR 12 to 17 per person (based on the age), you can have the most astonishing and enjoyable weekend time in Lisbon and give your kids not only some happening moments, but also some education about variety of species sharing the planet with us.
3. The Beaches
Admit it, who wouldn’t like beaches in your family and when you are in Portugal, the delight of sandy coasts get tenfold. Lisbon is the home to a wonderful and tranquilizing coastline that is ideal to have a laid-back getaway experience even when you have toddlers accompanying you on a trip to Portugal. Featuring sandy shores, rocks, mountains, resorts, adventure sports and much more, beaches of Lisbon are perfect for everyone and people often enjoy visiting to Estoril-Cascais Coastline, Serra de Sintra Coastline, Costa da Caprica Coastline, Serra da Arrabida Coastline and Carcavelos beach that are really charming and perfect to have an evening with family to admire the bewitching horizon and getting indulged into various sports and activities.
4. Ride of Tram Number 28
As a kid, everyone and probably including you might have wished to have a typical tram ride where you can watch all the buildings and traffic going by your sides slowly and giving a picturesque experience of moving forward inside a tin box that works on electricity. And when you are in Lisbon, you can actually make it happen and have a spellbinding ride for hours to experience screeching through the tapered streets of Lisbon. You can either go for a single ride ticket that costs around EUR 3 or can get a day pass which gives you an unlimited access to the trams of Lisbon for 24 hours and covers the expenses of the Elevador de Santa Justa Lift, trams, buses and even metro. Tag your kids along and enjoy the superlative beauty of Lisbon crossing you slowly and showcasing the ultimate delight of a visit to Portugal.
5. Parque das Nacoes
The Expo Park or commonly known as Parque das Nacoes is one of the most astonishing and kids-friendly places in the Portuguese capital, known for being the home to many activities and interactive things to indulge in. If you have been thinking too much of giving your kids some quality time and space to do what they feel like on the unknown lands of Portugal, this place is the finest place to bring your toddlers. With a nominal entry fee between EUR 4 to 7 per person (based on the age group), you can truly have a magnificent time admiring your kids trying some of the finest outdoor sports available in Portugal whilst getting to know many rare things about the culture and natural diversity of Lisbon.
Lisbon is a perfect mix of elegant lifestyle, incredible history, thriving culture and magnificent natural bliss and if you are on a voyage with your kids and family, you will surely find ample of things that are not only perfect to suit different age group, but will go flawlessly with your pocket as well. So, break the barrier of general perception and get going on a wonderful family vacation to the Portuguese capital whilst exploring an abundant variety of picturesque sites and adorable culture that have been magnetizing travelers for decades now.