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.
The sleek riverside roof of the amazing MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) building has become the place to hang out at sundown. It also hosts the Utopia/Distopia exhibition looking at the influence of Thomas More's work on artists on the 500th anniversary of the publication of Utopia. https://www.maat.pt/en
The Peixe em Lisboa (Fish in Lisbon) festival brings together top chefs from around the world, who showcase their talents with fish and seafood dishes that you can sample, along with wine tastings and best pastel de nata' competition. Pátio da Galé, Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon's main square. Until 9 April.
The attractive Tagus-side town of Golegã shows off rural Portugal at its best during the Feira Nacional do Cavalo. This ten-day horse extravaganza features show jumping, dressage, equestrian displays, live music and a wondrous array of local characters, 4-13 November.
January often sees great waves at the nearby beaches, and the suburb of Carcavelos (train from Cais do Sodré) is the surfers' favourite: head to the east end of the beach, next to the fort, for the best breaks.
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