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.
Paula Rego: Obras Inéditas is an exhibit featuring 18 of artist Paula Rego's haunting works, including Blind Sister, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Galeria 111. Until 8 November (5B Rua Dr João Soares, Campo Grande 1600-060, 111.pt).
May in Portugal is a flurry of festivals. Discover local and international authors at the open-air Lisbon Book Fair in Eduardo VII Park on 23 May - 10 June (feiradolivrodelisboa.pt), observe and participate in ancient fishing events in the nearby fishing village of Nazare (Saturdays in May and June), or wander around the highly anticipated annual Soup Festival in nearby Tomar (4 May).
Head up the Tagus to the village of Golegã. Attractive at any time of year, you can sample rural Portugal at its best during the Feira Nacional do Cavalo, on 7-16 November. This 10-day horse extravaganza features show jumping, dressage, equestrian displays, live music and a wondrous array of local characters. fnc.cm-golega.pt
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