Guys I think I have found my all favourite city in the world. Lisbon is a place that before we went everybody and their mother said we would love it and within the first 5 minutes of arriving I knew that they were right. As I write this I’ve actually just gotten back from another trip to the city but I really wanted to get this down as my first impressions post and a bit of a guide to what to do there!
As always I vlogged our trip so I’ll pop that below if you’d like to go and watch it!
So Lisbon was our third and final stop on our first set of travels in April, following Barcelona and Rome and we were there for 3 nights and 3 days. First off I would definitely say that you need longer, you could spend a day alone just taking pictures of the beautiful tiles on the buildings so to see all that Lisbon has to offer plus venture out to the likes of Sintra and Cascais would definitely require a good week; that’s why I was so glad to go back a few weeks later!
Accommodation: We stayed in an air bnb in Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon and only a stones throw from The Castelo de Sao Jorge. The accommodation was a 4th floor apartment with lots of character and natural light and the faintest views of the sea! The stairs were a bit of a pain as we had Jensons stroller and there wasn’t anywhere to leave it on the ground floor but we managed and the spacious rooms and location more than made up for that!
On our first night we took a stroll into Alfama, danced to reggae street music (not quite traditional but hey we loved it) and sipped g&t’s in the *cold* sunshine!
We then spent two days exploring the beautiful city. I fell in love with the pretty buildings with their pastel shades and stunning tiles.
We strolled along the waterfront, listening to live music, playing at the sandy (albeit teeny tiny) patch of beach, and watched a local artist creating scenes out of rocks.
We also visited The Castelo de Sao Jorge which has the most amazing panoramic view of the city and is perfect for a photo opportunity!
While we were there we went on two tours with the company Withlocals who actually sponsored our whole trip. Both tours were a couple of hours long and were really flexible around the boys. Our first tour with Carlos took us around the vibrant neighbourhood of Alcantara; we saw boutiques, museums, tried the best egg custard tarts in Portugal and visited the Commerce square which is surrounded by lovely restaurants and stores.
Our second tour with Sofia took us to churches, parks, local cafes for vegan cake (an example of how they tailor make the tours to your family) and ended at the LX factory which has to be one of my favourite parts of Lisbon city. It’s an old paper factory that’s been turned into quirky bars, restaurants, bookshops and tattoo parlours with lots of fab street art dotted around!
Our brief trip to Lisbon left me knowing that it was my new favourite city and we hadn’t even seen half of what it had to offer. If you’re interested in heading to Lisbon but are unsure as to whether it’s child friendly then I would 100% say that it is; the city is just stunning, the people are friendly and there’s something to do for any age, budget and interest!
Definitely stay tuned for my next couple of Lisbon features as we’ve since headed to magical Sintra and got to stay at the amazing Martinhal family resorts in both Cascais and Chiado!
Thanks for reading,