FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
Traveler of the year

Ancient Roman Sites Kids Can Visit in Portugal

by Barbara Rogers

May 17, 2023

© Rene Drouyer | Dreamstime.com

Destinations / Europe

As your family travels throughout Portugal, your kids can walk on Roman stone-paved streets and roads, explore Roman towns and even step into Roman buildings nearly 2,000 years old. Touring some of these can be an approachable history lesson.


The Romans occupied Portugal for more than 700 years, from the third century B.C. to the fourth century A.D., building cities connected by roads, farming the land and — for the wealthy — living in luxurious villas. You can find Roman sites from the Algarve in the south to the northern border with Spain.


Some of the best sites lie in the Alentejo region, south and east of Lisbon. Towering above a square in the walled city of Évora, you’ll find 14 marble columns of the Templo Romano, the best-preserved Roman building in Portugal. It’s part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage site, which also includes a Roman aqueduct.


South of Lisbon, walk through the ruins of the Roman town of Miróbriga, discovering its forum, temples and shops, along with a hippodrome where chariot and horse races once entertained the crowds. Kids can walk on a 2,000-year-old Roman road and across an arched bridge to find two bath houses whose hot pools and baths were heated by a tile-lined underground hypocaust system.


South of Evora, the Roman country villa of São Cucufate is still standing, an impressive building even after nearly 2,000 years. Beginning as a small villa in the first century, it was later enlarged with a long façade and several courtyards and galleries.


North of Lisbon, near the university town of Coimbra, you’ll come across Conímbriga, a major Roman city that has been excavated and preserved to tell the story of its inhabitants and their era. Walking its streets, you’ll see foundations of houses, the forum, shop entrances, elaborate baths, an aqueduct and a temple.


But the real treasures of Conímbriga are the luxurious villas built around gardens with pools and fountains. The mosaic floors are magnificent works of art, with intricate geometric patterns and other designs. In the museum are artifacts, as well as exhibits showing what the city would have looked like at its height.


Insta Feed
May 7, 2024

Pamper Mom at The Ritz-Carlton, Portland, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Mother’s Day is around the corner and The Ritz-Carlton, Portland and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain are ready to help you pamper the special lady in your life. Add these luxury hotels to your family travel itinerary.

United Airlines Celebrates its First Class of United Aviate Graduates

As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.

North America
May 6, 2024

Relax Like a Rock Star at Andaz West Hollywood

Hollywood has a long history as a leading hub for the entertainment industry, attracting visitors to experience the excitement of the movies and get a touch of the rock star life. At Andaz West Hollywood, a concept property by Hyatt, family travelers can get a glimpse of what it’s like to live like a rock star, even if only for a couple of nights.

May 1, 2024

Experience Extravagance this Mother’s Day at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

If family travel is on the itinerary for Mother’s Day this year, consider Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and its over-the-top Mother’s Day offering, for up to four people. No detail will be overlooked for mom this year.

Travel Tips to Help Protect Your Health and Your Trip

Five Tips to Help Minimize Potential Travel Problems

Travel Tips
Apr 26, 2024

5 Tips for First-Time Campers

Your family has decided to finally take that camping trip you’ve all been talking about, but the time has now come to actually pack and prepare for the trip. While there are many things to keep in mind for your first camping trip, Teddy, founder, White House Glamping, offers five important tips to remember.