If you have kids, you know the situation. The kids want a beach or a pool, the parents want interesting places to go to, once they get tired of the sun and the sand. Mom wants to go shopping, dad wants to go to a football match and the teenage kids wants nightlife.
Most of the time you end up with the easy choice: the beach – if the kids are ok we are ok
Having traveled with kids myself in the 80’s and 90’s I never understood the focus on the kids-needs-only. Holidays should be something that caters to everyone’s interests – something all family members look forward to.
And I know what I’m talking about, when I say that it isn’t impossible to find destinations that combines it all. And you don’t have to go to Asia or other exotic and ‘cheap’ parts of the world. Lisbon easily competes with all kids friendly destinations and concepts around the world. In my opinion it’s the only city in Europe right now, where you have children friendly city-shopping-&-culture and beaches for all tastes.
Kids means a lot to us. They are as important to our hotel as all other guests – but not more. And no matter where we go in Lisbon and Portugal I can’t help thinking: How would this place be, if I were traveling with kids..
So there are no reasons to look for air b’n’b if you are worried about your kids.
At Tings you can enjoy a drink in the lounge or our garden while your son or daughter plays around without worrying about traffic.
As dedicated beach lovers we don’t mind spending time and efforts to reach a good beach.
To us a good beach has nothing to do with beach bars, beach umbrellas, parking, wooden walking paths and all the other conveniences you find in, on and around most beaches in Portugal.
Actually we want them as on-touched as possible.
That does not mean that we don’t use the city beaches, we do! Caxias on the way to Cascais is our favorite out-of-the-seasonweek day beach only 30-40 minutes from the hotel by train.
But our favorite city beach is 1 hr by bus & boat from our hotel.
When we rent a car we can reach our favorite beach in all Portugal (and a top 5 beach on our personal list of beaches on this planet) in 1 hr from Graca.
Lisbon has beaches for all tastes and preferences. Beaches are a personal ‘thing’. If you are one of the picky kind don’t panic – Lisbon is surrounded with beaches for all tastes and preferences. And you can reach all of them in 1 hr by car.
If you don’t have time to find your own favorite, here is a quick guide to alternatives to the beaches between Lisbon and Cascais, which becomes very crowded during the high season.
Unlike Porto where the temperature usually is 3 to 5 °C colder and a lot more rainy, the Lisbon weather is mild and warm. So except for a few month around December and January its always easy to find a beach with a small sunny stretch with shelter from the wind to sun bath for an hour or two.
And the water around Lisbon never gets really cold either. So whats not to like 🙂
See you soon, Thomas
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