- By Kevin
- On Dec 5, 2017
- Travel Tips
Lisbon is an ideal holiday location for visitors with limited funds as there is a wide selection of free or relatively cheap activities. The best guide to Lisbon by Globerouter.com website, Lisbon for families as below:
Belem (and Estrela) districts
Belem is rightly one of the most popular districts of Lisbon, but it can get very crowded with tourists, especially at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. If it gets all too crowded or overwhelming, consider visiting the peaceful district of Estrella. Estrella is the setting for the impressive Basilica, and the parks are popular with Portuguese families who come here to relax here on hot days. Close by is the impressive Portuguese assembly building in the Sao Bento district.
The tram to Belem is notorious for pickpockets and can get uncomfortable crowded for the 20-minute journey. An alternative method to travel Belem is by the number 728 bus, which has is frequent departures and is €1 cheaper than the tram.
Parque das Nações and North Central Lisbon (Parque Eduardo to Avenida da Liberdade)
There are two distinct sections to this day; the Parque das Nações and the pleasant downhill walk from the Calouste Gulbenkian museum to the Avenida da Liberdade.
The Parque das Nações is the striking modern side to historic Lisbon, which was originally constructed for Expo 98 and has since been transformed into the business and corporate centre of Portugal. The district is situated on the eastern side of Lisbon, on the banks of the Tejo estuary and is filled with ultra-modern buildings, bold architecture and water gardens and exhibits that originate from the expo.
Contained within the park is Lisbon Oceanarium, which boasts a varied selection of marine life (sharks, penguins, sea otters), beautifully constructed viewing windows, and is considered one of Lisbon’s best tourist attractions. Also in the Parque das Nações is Lisbon’s tallest building (the Vasco da Gama tower), Europe’s former longest bridge, Lisboa casino, cable cars and a great shopping centre. The Parque das Nações has a wide selection of restaurants and the whole district is great place for children and families.