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Welcome to Lisbon

Cool off in the Atlantic Ocean, tour Portugal’s capital, and glimpse unforgettable views from Lisbon’s trademark hills.

Why do people choose to holiday in Lisbon? Well, it could have something to do with its charming historic downtown, two mega-casinos, fabulous food, unique music, lively nightlife, elegant shopping boutiques, museums and art galleries, not to mention the wonderful beaches that are within easy reach.  

 

Spread across 7 hills, as a city, Lisbon has undergone a fair amount of rejuvenation recently but there is still plenty of the old left to charm visitors. The delightful, picturesque medieval section of Alfama (the old city) skirts the Sao Jorge castle, and historic wooden trams ply noisily up and down steep hills past art deco cafes and mosaic-decorated pavements. An earthquake in 1755 destroyed many of the relics of the past but some survived. These attractions are complimented by modern sights such as the futuristic Oceanarium.

Lisbon may be a city but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sea and sand. Within easy reach are the sandy beaches of several coastal resorts, such as Costa da Caparica, Estoril and Cascais. There are also the forested areas of Sintra and attractions like the extraordinary Mafra monastery.  

 

Lisbon is truly a holiday destination with something for everyone.

 

Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel

Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel

Weather

Lisbon has a warm climate. During the summer temperatures can reach 30°C. Winters are wet and windy with temperatures averaging around 10°C.

 

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Shopping

Shopping

Lisbon isn’t known as one of Europe’s greatest shopping cities but it certainly offers any serious shopper some great facilities.

 

Downtown, in the Rossio, Baixo, Chiado, Carmo and Rua Garret areas, is a fashionable shopping area filled with small stores and boutiques. However if you crave the European style shopping mall then you will not be disappointed. Lisbon is home to 2 of Europe’s largest shopping centres – Colombo and Amoreiras, which provide you with a truly modern shopping experience.

 

If you prefer to see some of the traditional Portuguese markets then head for Feira de Ladra, Lisbon’s flea market. If you are looking for something a little different in the clothing line then there is Praça De Espanha. But for people watching, colour and vibrancy why not pay a visit to the fish and vegetable market, Mercado da Ribeira.

 

Food & Drink

  • Restaurante Bota Alta

  • Cervejaria Trindade Restaurant

  • Doca 6 Restaurant

  • Gambrinus Restaurant

  • Brasuca Restaurant

  • Cantinho da Paz Restaurant

  • En’clave Restaurant

  • Le Domaine de Chateauvieux Restaurant

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entertainment

Evenings can be lively affairs in Lisbon. Depending on your taste, there should be something for you. From traditional Fado music to international concerts, theatre, opera, clubs and bars you are sure to find something to your liking.

 

The best area for bars is Bairro Alto – look out for Artis Bar, Enoteca, Divina Comédia and Bedroom. When you are ready for the clubs, head for the Docas district which is Lisbon’s late night hot spot. Some of the best clubs here are Queens, Kremlin, Kapital and Lux (part owned by John Malkovich).

 

If you prefer your evening with a bit more culture, classical music is offered at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Culturgest. If theatre is more your thing, head for Dona Maria II National Theatre or the São Carlos Theatre for an evening of opera.

 

excursions

There is so much going on in Lisbon itself it is easy to forget there is a lot more in the surrounding countryside to discover. Here are a few suggestions:

 

  • Sintra – historic town centred around 3 palaces: Palácio de Vila, Palácio de Queluz and Palácio da Pena
  • Obidos – medieval village
  • Fatima – most visited holy site in the Christian faith
  • Evora – remains of the Roman Temple of Diana, Cathedral and Capela dos Ossos
  • Estoril – golf, beaches and Estoril racing circuit (home to the Spanish Grand Prix)
  • Coimbra – home to the Mosteiro de Santa Cruz containing the grave of Portugal’s first king

 

Health & Safety

The water is safe to drink in Lisbon. With regards to medical issues you are advised to ensure you have sufficient medical insurance in place before travelling.

 

Although not known for crime, Lisbon is a busy city so you should beware of the risk of pick-pockets. Also take the usual precautions regarding valuables and don’t carry large amounts of cash around with you.