I prepare brown-bag lunches for any outing, but this day trip is a spectacular opportunity to pack up some food and spend the day exploring. To eat in any of the on-site cafés would do a disservice to the multitude of nooks and crannies waiting to be discovered on the grounds.
This itinerary is one of the best Lisbon day trips for families. Get ready for a kid-friendly day of aimless meandering and slack-jawed wonder around every corner in Sintra, Portugal. Located just 42 km (25 miles) from central Lisbon, its gorgeous palaces offer fun and amazement for all. Once you arrive in Sintra, begin your visit at the Quinta da Regaleira. The mastery of this architectural gem isn’t just confined to its interior, the grounds of the building offer loads of adventure and beauty too. Next, make your way to the National Palace of Pena. Perched atop a mountain, this palace oozes with the unique personality of Portugal. The two residences are the most beautiful, confusing, haunting and imaginative examples of Romantic and Gothic architecture on acid I’ve ever seen. This day in Sintra is like a fairy tale, the images will remain with you and your children for a lifetime.