If you have kids and if you have traveled with them, you know the situation.
Most of the time you end up choosing destinations with sandy beaches, where the kids can play while you rest in a sun bed with your book and mobile searching for a good and affordable place for dinner.
After the third day reading gets boring – and either you have already found your favorite pizza place for dinner or you have given up searching for decent restaurants. And when the beach gets too boring or the kids need a break from the burning sun it would be nice to have some alternatives to beach life.
You may not admit it: It would also be nice with a sports bar that shows your favorite soccer team. And alternative shopping options to the beach merchandise would be nice…. and if you are an intellectual traveler “what about a contemporary art museum?”
A lot of families end up choosing the traditional beach destinations like Mallorca, Ibiza, Gran Canaria, The Greek Islands or the equivalent options in Asia and South America. It’s easy and convenient – and where else should you go?
Holidays should be something that caters to everyone’s interests – something all family members look forward to.
And having traveled with my son myself I know what I’m talking about, when I say that it’s impossible to find destinations in Europe that combine it all – and are affordable at the same time.
Except for Lisbon! The only international city in Europe right now, where you both get children friendly international shopping and culture you can afford AND bounty beaches for the whole family within 30 minutes from your hotel.
De gustibus non est disputandum… or Every man to his taste as the proverb says.
That’s also the case when it comes to beaches.
We love the so called Bounty Beaches – the ones you see in advertising and movies with white powder sand, crystal clear & clean water, dunes that shelter for the wind and preferably a beach bar with cold drinks, unpretentious food, decent toilet and good music to set the settings (not too loud),
We don’t mind traveling far to reach a good beach. And after more than 10 years of research around Lisbon we added a few Portuguese ones to our list of beaches around the world and don’t need to travel that far for an exotic swim.
Most locals prefer beaches with car parking, wooden paths to avoid the sand, selections of beach bars and loud Bluetooth speakers and beach bars menus that need an update. We don’t – so we avoid the popular beaches between Lisbon and Cascais and go to ‘our own’ -most of them are paradise if you travel with kids of all ages!
So besides being the perfect city destination Lisbon can also easily compete with the classic European Family Beach destination.
Since we opened Tings Lisbon in 2017 we have managed to convince our friends and regular guests about this quality of Lisbon. So now we have a regular group at Beach Lovers who have changed their holiday traditions and now return to Lisbon year after yer for a combined beach/city trip … so we have added beach towels on our small list of amenities.
If you want to have more information, do not hesitate to get in touch.
See you at the beach,
Annette & Thomas
Guincho is for bay watches and swimming
Ericeira is for surfing
Sesimbra, Portinho da Arrábida for swimming
Costa da Caparica, The most popular beach for locals & schools.
You won’t find much seclusion on this coast.
BUT a 15 minute walk along the beach is worth the effort!!!
Troja – if you want your own beach and dolphins welcoming you.
Our favorite beach
Meco for seclusion and ‘to bare it all’.
So if nudity frightens you find another beach.
Tamariz is for sun tan and drinks
Adraga, Santa Cruz is for natural beauty
Praia das Maçãs is for families
Praia Bella Vista (Beach 17):
The closest you get to our favorite beach in Tisvilde.
If nudity frightens you – stay away
Beach 19: The stretch next to Praia Bella Vista is for LGBT