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.
On 12-22 April Lisbon celebrates its seafood culture with Peixe em Lisboa. A major gastronomical event in Portugal, this creative feast of all things seafood is held in Patio da Gale on Terreiro do Paco plaza. Enjoy cooking demos and classes by renowned chefs, tastings and wine pairings and shopping for traditional cheeses, jams, wines and olive oils.
To truly understand Portuguese culture, it's helpful to get acquainted with Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon's best-known poet. Visit the three-floor museum built in his honour, which stands in the building where Pessoa last resided. Aside from catching a concert, poetry reading or painting exhibition, you can follow the story of his life through photos, view his original manuscripts and personal items and explore the library, which contains a complete collection of Pessoa's known works (16 Rua Coelho da Rocha, casafernandopessoa.cm-lisboa.pt).
Discover luxury and history right at your fingertips when you shop at Lisbon's last dedicated glove boutique. Since 1925, this eclectic business, located in a beautiful but tiny space, has been manufacturing high-quality leather gloves for Lisbon's elite (87A Rua do Carmo, luvariaulisses.com).
Spring has sprung, and it's the perfect time to stroll, bike or rollerblade through the city's refreshing Green Corridor. Beginning at Parque Eduardo VII, the tidy, 2km-long path meanders far from traffic, through sunny gardens and stunning viewpoints, until you arrive at Europe's largest urban forest, Parque Florestal de Monsanto.