The Portuguese capital is popular for short breaks and longer holidays alike. Nestled among seven hills, it is Western Europe’s oldest city and visitors can expect to see both modern and classic art at the Gulbenkian and Berardo Museums respectively. The former is home to works by Dali, Warhol, Picasso and more, while the latter houses one of the finest collections of art anywhere - ranging from Greek and Roman to Egyptian, Islamic and Asian.
Lisbon makes a fabulous destination for foodies too. You can sample great coffee in the plentiful cafes each morning, or taste some Portuguese craft beers by night. Sweet pastries are a city speciality, including the ubiquitous pastel de nata - the famous Portuguese egg custard tart. Due to the city’s proximity to the coast, there are also some delicious seafood and fish dishes to savour at the many eateries.
Whatever you want from a holiday or city break, hotels here can cater to every kind of visitor or group. There are romantic 5-star hotels in Lisbon that are ideal for couples, or beach hotels near Lisbon that make the perfect base for a family. If you’re a solo or group traveller on a budget, cheap hotels in Lisbon might be your ideal choice.
Lisbon makes a great base for exploring the area. One of the most popular day trips is to the village of Sintra, located at the foot of the Serra de Sintra hills. Pena Palace here dates from the 1800s and truly is something special. The village is surrounded by fertile forest and features lush, exotic gardens too.
Like Sintra, Cascais is a resort just a short distance from Lisbon. This coastal town boasts some historic architecture along with a beautiful beach, pretty fishermen’s cottages and a lively, cosmopolitan vibe.
Back in Lisbon, taking a tram ride to São Jorge Castle is a must-do. The castle sits in a lofty position at the top of a hill, affording visitors spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding area, including the Christ the King statue, a Catholic monument more than a little like Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, overlooking the Tagus river. Being built on seven hills, like Rome, Lisbon is an undulating city, which allows visitors sweeping views over the region. If you want to take things a little easier, hop onto the Elevador de Santa Justa, which transports passengers from the back streets of Baixa up to Carmo Square.
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