10 fun things to do with kids in Lisbon
Having Portugal On Your Travel Radar? Here Are Ten Best things to do With Kids In Lisbon, Portugal. When travelers talk about visiting Southern Europe, they are mostly talking about Greece and Italy and occasionally Spain.
However, they are always missing an important country on their list, a country that is directly responsible for the creation of world’s football capital Brazil and that had its fair share in globally colonizing places and transplanting its own culture, going as far as even India and China.
Portugal may not be a hot property for traveling itineraries, but for certain, it is a worthy destination that any traveler fond of European culture should certainly visit.
Portugal has been crucial in shaping the European culture since the last five hundred years and has contributed disproportionately to the Exploration Era in advancing the European civilization across the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
Lisbon is full of heritage that exemplifies the pinnacle of Portuguese culture, which began blooming beginning from the 15th century and had far and wide-reaching effects in world history.
Monuments, churches, chapels, monasteries, and so much else, Lisbon is a living historic site where people and places are crystallized in the early modern era, yet living in the 21st century at the same time.
Unlike European cities of the North, Lisbon has maintained a healthy mix of its classical heritage and modernity, with most of the buildings being either Baroque or Renaissance in its architectural styles.
Discover Lisbon with these ten best places in the city that you can visit with your kids.
Built in the 16th century as a protective fortification in the Santa Maria De Belem area of Lisbon, this fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you cannot give a miss.
Commissioned by the King John II, this fort was built as a protective fortification and has played a pivotal role in Portugal’s maritime discoveries. A unique feature of this fortification is that it was built in a rare Portuguese Manueline architectural style, which is like an upgraded version of the Gothic style.
The Belem Tower takes you back to the Age Of Exploration when the Portuguese were competing against the Spanish in their efforts to expand their colonial reach into the Americas.
Who says only Singapore or Florida can have large aquariums? The Lisbon Oceanarium is an example of modernity mixed with medieval heritage.
The Lisbon Oceanarium, founded in the year 1998, houses a variety of sea creatures ranging from invertebrates to vertebrates and even sea plants. It houses species such as octopuses, jellyfish, mollusks, sea anemones, cuttlefishes, various crustaceans, sunfishes and even seabirds from the Atlantic.
The Oceanarium also has differently underwater habitats mimicked in different sections, where they have collected the species of underwater sea creatures from their respective environments. These environments include Indian Ocean, Southern Pacific, Equatorial, and even North Pole aquatic environments.
Having its origins in the 13th and 14th century, this part of the city used to be the ‘city-center,’ the common ground where crowds used to gather as a part of Lisbon’s public life.
Gradually, the Rossio Square gained an increasing significance in the history of Portugal and still retains it to this day. Also, the square pays homage to the Portuguese King Pedro IV.
Unfortunately, most of the square in its original form was destroyed in an Earthquake in 1755, after which it had to be rebuilt. Today, the Rossio Square is full of life and is considered to be Lisbon’s one of top landmarks.
You can say that the Rossio Square is the main social and political landmark of the city of Lisbon.
Berardo Collection Museum:
Lisbon is not all about its Medieval and Early Modern heritage, but it also has its fair share of modernity, and it loves to express that. The Berardo Collection Museum is Lisbon’s very own museum dedicated to contemporary and modern art.
It houses various types of arts that fall under the mentioned categories, namely Neo-Expressionist, Neo-Plasticism, Neo-Realism, Digital Photography, Geometric Abstraction, Kinetic Art and many others.
If you love contemporary and post-modern art, do not miss this place. If you are a photography enthusiast, the museum has a special section that houses different styles of photography and offers varying artistic perspectives to visitors.
With more than 114 mammalian, 157 avian and 56 reptilian species in its premises, Lisbon Zoo is considered as one of the major zoos in Europe.
With more than 300 species altogether and two thousand individual animals in its enclosures, Lisbon Zoo is a must visit place whether you are an avid nature lover or not.
Especially, when you are traveling with your kids, you should bring them to the Lisbon Zoo so that they too can have the satisfaction of having visited here.
The Lisbon Zoo is a great rejuvenating experience if you are too bored after visiting a lot of tourist destinations in the city.
Palace OF Quelez:
Built in the 18th century, the Queluz Palace was the residential house of the Portuguese Royal Family for quite some time. It was built in the place of a previous palace that was gutted in a fire in the 17th century.
It was only in 1808 that the Royal Family had to flee to the colony of Brazil when French Forces led by Napoleon invaded Portugal.
The palace was built in a combination of two similar and prevalent styles of the era, the Italian based Baroque style of architecture and the Rocco style. The overall architecture of the palace represents the extravagance of the ruling family at the time.
Church Of Santa Agracia:
This building of this church took almost three hundred years to be completed. Began in the year 1682, the church was finally completed in 1966. The massive delay in completing the church is attributed to King John V’s loss of interest in completing the church building.
After his death, the half-completed building faced mostly negligence from future administrators. Now the church has been converted into what they Portuguese call as the ‘National Pantheon.’ Like most other churches in Portugal, this church is built in the Baroque style.
National Archaeological Museum:
This is the largest archaeological museum in the country and is dedicated to all historic as well as pre-historic statues, objects, and arts found in the Iberian Peninsula.
When talking about the histories of Span and Portugal, people usually think of medieval and early modern heritage. However, if you are also interested in learning about the ancient, the antiquity and prehistory of this region, the museum is the right place to visit.
You can find pottery, textile, implements, paintings, manuscripts and all other major types of arts in this museum. If you want to connect a string, linking Portugal’s ancient history with that of what you see all around you, this museum will satisfy that need.
The exhibits show how Portugal used to be an Iberian Roman colony and a mix of Celtic, Basque and other Indo-European cultures that eventually got Latinized due to Roman rule.
Jardim Do Torel:
And how can we even miss natural wonders that Lisbon has got to offer? The Jardim Do Torel is where tourists flock to enjoy the scenic beauty of Lisbon’s Atlantic seaboard.
If you just want to relax and have some in the sand, Jardim Do Torel provides you with a scenic view of the Atlantic Ocean’s horizon and a sandy beach to take a stroll.
They also have a swimming pool where you can frolic in the water with your kids and spend the rest of your day in relative comfort. Visiting Jardim Do Torel is the best way to end your day after you have toured all the historic sights and monuments in Lisbon.
This cathedral is rare on in a city, where the majority of the churches were built in the 15th and 16th centuries and afterward. However, this cathedral was built in the 12th century as the center of Lisbon’s bishopric.
Lisbon has been the center of major Roman Catholic authorities since the late 4th century and has continued with the traditions right until the early modern era.
The cathedral is witness to a lot of tumultuous history, including the crusades. An English crusader named Gilbert Of Hastings was once made the Archbishop here.
This cathedral was built in the Gothic style of architecture, but from the within, it has columns that are built in the Romanesque style. If you are a history buff, you cannot afford to miss this historic sight.
While there are many another place in the city of Lisbon that you can visit, these are the ten best places that you can easily visit in less than a week.
Lisbon has so much culture, history, and heritage packed into it that you will have to take a dedicated Lisbon tour instead of visiting the whole Portugal once.
Given that Portugal is a small nation, it is safe to say that most of its culture is concentrated here in Lisbon.