Things to Do in Lisbon

Lisbon is a beautiful place for a family vacation. It has a laid back vibe and is cholk full of culture, sights and great food. We recently visited Lisbon with our 18 month old daughter and had a spectacular time. We did do what most sites will tell you to do, but a few things about our experience really stood out for us and these are the activities listed below.

Visit Sintra - One of my absolute favorite things to do in Lisbon, wasn’t in Lisbon at all. Just a less than 1.5 hour train ride from the city, Sintra is a small city with a regal feel that houses, palaces, castles, parks and stunning views. We went in the afternoon and felt rushed. If I were to visit again, I would spend the whole day there. We were advised to hire a taxi once we arrived to Sintra to help explore the expansive grounds.

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Wander through the streets of Alfama - a beautiful old neighborhood with expansive views of red rooftops and the Tagus river

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Eat.

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The food in Lisbon was overwhelmingly fantastic, but here are a few bites that stood out.

We found ourselves at the TimeOut Market a few times. It is a great option if you want to try a lot of different flavors from top Portuguese chefs.

After an obligatory visit to the Tower of Belem. You MUST eat the pastries at Pasteis de Belem. They are literally one of the best pastries I’ve eaten (though I should note that I generally don’t eat a lot of pastries ). Pro-tip: skip the to-go line and head to the back for table service.

Fauna & Flora - it is especially hard to find smoothies, juices, almond milk lattes and salads in many parts of Europe. I like to find one restaurant that serves fresh produce / cold pressed juice in every city and get my daily dose of vegetables. Fauna & Flora is a hip and delicious spot for this.

The Eater list is always a good go-to for current trending restaurants.

Smoothie at Fauna & Flora

Smoothie at Fauna & Flora

Avocado Toast at Fauna & Flora

Avocado Toast at Fauna & Flora

Visit the Tile Museum - the tiles of Lisbon are wonderful and iconic. How nice to have a museo dedicated solely to their unique beauty.

Listen to Fado Music - we didn’t get a chance to go out to hear music because of the baby, but if for some reason you get a parent’s night out, I would definitely look into this. Here is a list of establishments to consider.