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4 days in Lisbon with a teenager

I am traveling to Lisbon with my 16 year old son on July, what fun things can I do?

Lisbon (Portugal)

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Claudia from New York City

My son was 18, almost an adult, when we visited Lisbon. Is your son interested in sports, particularly soccer (football)? Like Mary said, let the teenager plan at least one or two activities. My son planned two football stadium tours in Lisbon – S.L. Benfica and Sporting CP. He had a grand time seeing the stadiums in person, visiting the locker rooms and learning about the history of the clubs in the museums and shopping for the official merchandise in the club stores.

Other fun things we did:

1. Riding in an open-air jeep on a Sintra Safari tour. Sintra is only a 30-minute train ride from Lisbon. You can book the jeep tour in advance or while you're there. Our tour lasted seven hours.

2. Go on a food tour with Taste of Lisboa. We did the Downtown-Mouraria Food and Cultural Walk - visiting 7 local businesses, trying out food and drinks, learning about Fado and the Mouraria neighborhood. It was a fun way to explore the city with a local guide and to eat our way around the neighborhood.

3. Try the pastel de nata, Portugal's favorite dessert, in Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, commonly called Pasteis de Belem.

Hope this info helps.

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Thanks for your advice!!!

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answered first by
Mary from Leicester

1. Top idea: let your 16-year-old do his own research and allow him to plan at least one day's activities for both of you. At 16 he's more than old enough to do so be honest...he's old enough to spend at least a couple of hours unsupervised. Maybe he could explore the shops in the Baixa - Chiado Metro Station district while you enjoy a coffee or drink nearby?

July events here:

Allowing your son to have some input means it's much more likely he'll enjoy the trip...and much more likely that you will too! :-)

2. Get a day ticket for all Carris public transport and:

 a) Ride all Lisbon 4 elevadores: do Lavra (1884), da Bica (1892), da Gloria (1885) and Santa Justa (1902). All are in the city's historical centre.

b)  Ride the old-style tram 28 from its terminus at MARTIM MONIZ - CASTELO to its terminus at Campo de Ourique, whizzing through the narrow streets of Alfama and up and down Lisbon's hills. Then ride it back again.

3. Explore Castelo de São Jorge:

then walk back through the maze of narrow streets and alleyways which make up the ancient Alfama district.

4. Have a meal one of Lisbon's fado restaurants (best to book ahead and possibly best to choose one in Alfama):

5. Explore the shops, restaurants, bars and clubs in the buzzing Bairro Alto district.

6. Visit the beach. There are quite a lot near the city, some of which are easily accessible by train (trains to Estoril and Cascais leave from Cais do Sodre station). There are watersports available at many.

7. Take tram 15 from Praça da Figueira to Belem. Visit the Jeronimos monastery (any queue you see is for the cloisters: just bypass it and go into the magnificent church) then walk the waterfront and, finally, stuff yourselves with the excellent pastries at Pasteis de Belem:

6. Take the train (from Rossio station) to Sintra. Get bus 434:

and visit ancient Castelo do Mouros, set high above the town:

Then explore the strange gardens of Quinta da Regeleira (take a torch!):

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Thanks for your advice!!!

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  1. Baixa - Chiado Metro Station (attraction)
  2. Lisbon (city)
  4. Campo de Ourique (attraction)
  5. Castelo de São Jorge (attraction)
  6. Alfama (attraction)
  7. Bairro Alto (neighborhood)
  8. Cais do Sodre (attraction)
  9. Praça da Figueira (attraction)
  10. Rossio (attraction)
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