Family Travel in Lisbon and Madrid

We ended our summer with a two-week trip to Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain. Both cities were great for family travel.

Lisbon is a city that often gets overlooked on travel itineraries in Europe, but we liked Lisbon for it’s laid-back vibe and historical charm. It reminded us of San Francisco in a lot of ways with it’s steep hills, proximity to the ocean, cable cars, and red Golden Gate bridge.

Madrid was our second stop of the trip and the second city we’ve visited in Spain (Barcelona being the first in 2015). Our days were filled with sightseeing, shopping, eating, and drinking. We walked an average of seven miles every day with the kids!

Here’s some of our favorite memories from the trip:

Lisbon, Portugal

Jet-lagged and catching the sunrise on our first morning in Lisbon.

Jet-lagged and catching the sunrise on our first morning in Lisbon.

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

View of Lisbon

View of Lisbon

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Where we lived, and the main shopping area of Lisbon (Baixa Chiado).

Where we lived, and the main shopping area of Lisbon (Baixa Chiado).

Hanging out at the museum

Hanging out at the museum

Watching custard tarts being made

Watching custard tarts being made

At sunset

At sunset

Where the locals and tourists come to hang out and have drinks

Where the locals and tourists come to hang out and have drinks

On the tram

On the tram

Cool, tiny tram

Cool, tiny tram

Caught an outdoor music festival on our last night in Lisbon

Caught an outdoor music festival on our last night in Lisbon

 

 

Madrid, Spain

El Retiro Park

El Retiro Park

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Sol, the center of Madrid

Sol, the center of Madrid

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El Rastro Sunday Market

El Rastro Sunday Market

Chocolateria San Gines, over 150 years of churros and chocolate

Chocolateria San Gines, over 150 years of churros and chocolate

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Tapas bar

Tapas bar

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By Emily

By Emily

 

Cliff Hsia is a writer, husband, and father, who is determined to live a better than normal life by traveling the world, slowly and purposefully, with his wife and two young daughters. His writing has been featured on MSN, TODAY, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and other publications. He writes about travel, parenting, and lifestyle design.

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