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Lisbon City Breaks

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Lisbon holidays

Portugal's laid-back, sunny capital

The sun is almost always shining on the coastal capital of Portugal, which is why holidays to Lisbon City simply glitter with possibilities. Famously set amongst seven hills, there are views aplenty to enjoy. And that includes those about town - the city is known for its thriving art scene, with major galleries and independent artists contributing to an artistic culture that spills out onto the streets, and even underground. Since the first Metro stations were built in the 1950s, the entire system has been decorated with colourful and eye-catching artwork. You'll also want to admire the astonishing scene of the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe. So long in fact, that its engineers had to factor in the curvature of the Earth. However you experience Lisbon, it's one city that's bound to take your breath away.

Your Lisbon City questions, answered

Head to Santa Catarina for a laid-back beer, Jardim Do Tabaco for high-end nightlife or Rua Nova do Carvalho for tapas bars and burlesque clubs.
A trip to Lisbon would be incomplete without tasting a pastel de nata custard tart. For something savoury, order a bacalhau salted cod fish dish.
Lisbon is about 24km from the sea but you can easily reach many superb beaches nearby such as Carcavelos, just 20 minutes away by train.

Best things to do in Lisbon City

Listen to fado in Alfama

Wander around the narrow, winding streets of this ancient Moorish district and you’ll spot plenty of opportunities to hear traditional fado singing.

Take in the view

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is Lisbon's highest viewpoint and an unforgettable place to watch the sun set across the River Tagus.

Admire underground art

Stop by the Oriente Metro Station to see murals by artists from five different corners of the world designed on the theme of oceans.