From sky-high historic elevators to inflatable boat tours on the River Tagus, uncovering the dark secrets of the Age of Discoveries and nurturing a taste for custard tarts and colourful festivals, Lisbon steals little hearts instantly and usually turns out to be a lifelong passion. It may be one of the oldest and most romantic cities in Europe, but the Portuguese capital loves kids and has a great talent for unforgettable family holidays.
Direct flights from the UK to Lisbon, year round, take less than three hours.
Lisbon is crisp and frosty for Christmas Markets and sunny with temperatures between 25 and 30˚ from May to September.
Atlantic beach resorts on the sunny Costa da Caparica are less than 30 minutes from Lisbon city centre.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém are two of Lisbon’s most famous monuments and both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Lisbon has six restaurants with a Michelin Star and it’s home to extraordinary Bel Canto which has two stars and lists as one of the world’s best 100 restaurants.
Hotels in Lisbon range from cool boutique independents in Bairro Alto to heritage five star guesthouses in Alfama, Atlantic beach resorts, international luxury hotels in the city centre and funky new brands on the waterfront at Cais do Sodré.
Unless you’ve nerves of steel and a firm grasp of Portuguese, don’t drive in Lisbon. The city style is defensive in the extreme and takes the type of skills you probably aren’t planning to pick up on holiday. Use the Metro, it goes everywhere and keeps late hours. The trams are excellent, plus they take priority over all other transport. And if you’re working barrio by barrio, Lisbon’s not too difficult to walk around with kids.