Lisbon holidays are simply magical, so what are you waiting for? Lisbon’s steep hills are steeped in beautiful history waiting to be discovered in 2018. Not far from the Algarve, the ancient city of Lisboa, considered the oldest in Western Europe, boasts fine architecture, iconic views, and some of the best beaches a city break in Europe can offer. With inexpensive flights and reasonably priced hotels, not to mention the cheap beer and food, a holiday to Lisbon makes for the perfect cheap holiday away. You might find that a weekend getaway isn't long enough, in a week you can cram in the beautiful beaches in the surrounding coastline regions of Estoril, Serra de Sintra and the Costa de Caparica, and take a trip up the coast to the city of Porto.
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Stay over the weekend at a hotel in Baixa, the heart of Lisbon, a short journey from the best attractions. Visit the following sights to make the most of your Lisbon city break.
Portugal claim they’ve got one of the best cuisines in the world, and we think they’re not just tooting their own horn. There’s a lot to fit into a Lisbon weekend break. In Lisbon, you can find traditional tascas and tabernas serving the classics next door to gourmet restaurants plating up fresh pesticos – Portuguese tapas – with exotic culinary flair. Alongside the formal eating, Lisbon’s padarias – a French style of patisserie – offer a place to enjoy the classic Portuguese custard tart, a Pastel de Nata (you can try the original Pasteis de Belem at its bakery, but expect a long queue!).
Top places to eat in Lisbon include:
One of the fundamentals of Portuguese life is family. Lisbon is very welcoming to those travelling with children. Restaurants will welcome children and there are plenty of hotels with family rooms. There’s also a lot of attractions for families on a Lisbon holiday:
If you’re here for a long weekend break, we recommend an afternoon exploring Lisbon’s coastline, it really is ideal for family holidays.
Venture out of the city and visit the surrounding coastlines because the hidden gems of Lisbon holidays are its beaches:
The best time for a Lisbon weekend break is during March to May and September to October. During these months the weather is pleasant, hotels and flights are cheaper and there are fewer crowds. Visiting Lisbon in the summer is lovely as temperatures soar, however the downside is that you’ll come across many crowded beaches and attractions. Winter time is decent in Lisbon as temperatures are quite warm for a European city.
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Lisbon’s nightlife is varied and distinctly separated into districts. You'll surely find yourself partying in one of these hotspots during your Lisbon weekend break. You’ll notice drinking on the street: this is perfectly legal and can make a nice change from a regular bar. During the summer months the street becomes the party-place.
Lisbon has a number of romantic hotels, and when you're ready to venture out of your hotel, explore the crisscrossing alleyways together before bursting out onto some stunning views of Lisbon.
Lisbon is Western Europe’s oldest city. Although most of the ancient town was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, the Alfama district remained untouched by the quake and the resulting devastating fire. Venture out in the early morning to experience the city in its traditional attire, where you’ll find street-hawkers out on the street before the tourists arrive, and unearth hidden gems and quaint little cafes.
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