Cheap flights to Lisbon
As cities go you can’t get much more original than Lisbon. Portugal’s capital is an ancient city with a very modern vibe and a perfect destination for that city break you’ve been longing for.
Lisbon is full of contrasts with activities for every kind of traveller, from tourist guide wielding culture buffs, to beach bums and families. But the first thing you’ll notice about Lisbon is its outstanding architecture, which is hardly surprising given the legacy of this place – it was the capital of the once mighty Portuguese Empire after all. A surviving array of Moorish, Romanesque and Neoclassical buildings will simply blow you away. As will the city’s hills – all seven of them!
But before you start to think about packing some hiking gear, don’t worry, as Lisbon’s charming old-style trams will get you to the peaks with the minimum of effort. Make sure you take a camera though, because the panoramic view from the top will take your breath away. And the narrow, winding and cobbled streets and lanes below will do the same, so put those feet up and grab a beer at one of Lisbon’s many grand squares.
Lisbon's charming parks and historical plazas become host to a variety of folk, indie, rock and jazz musicians every Friday and Sunday from May through September with the Meo Out Jazz performances. Bring snacks and drinks and spend a lazy afternoon soaking up the sun and the sounds of Lisbon.
Lisbon's version of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Ponte 25 Abril is the spectacular backdrop for the start of the Lisbon half marathon on 22 March, with around 35,000 runners taking to the city's streets, with a finish at the historic Jerónimos Monastery in Belém. meiamaratonadelisboa.com
Some of Portugal's most beautiful handicrafts can be found at A Arte da Terra, inside the former stables of a bishop's palace and opposite Sé Cathedral. Jewellery, embroidery, clothes and kids toys would all make great Christmas gifts (40 Rua Augusto Rosa).
Just a short drive from Lisbon, the formerly sleepy fishing village of Cascais has in recent years become a playground for pleasure seekers from the city. There are three sandy bays, which tend to get packed in the summer months, but spring is a perfect time to explore the pretty coastline and stop for lunch and drinks when your legs get tired.
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