Lisbon manages to combine centuries of charm with the metropolitan feel of a modern day capital city. Bairro Alto, the higher city, is a region buzzing with vibrant bars and restaurants linked to the lower town by the stunning Elevador de Santa Justa. When it was first built this street elevator was a wonder of modern engineering and with its decorative exterior, it remains a valued form of transportation to this day.
By far the most rewarding way to travel in Lisbon is to hop on a Route 28 tram. Remodelled on the original 1930s fleet, this is one of the most atmospheric transport rides in the world. Winding through the city's bustling streets, this route offers stunning views over the Tagus Estuary and will take you onto the affluent shopping quarter of Chiado, or the winding streets of Alfama, the city's oldest district.
Home to over 10% of the Portuguese population, this city fosters a vibrant 21st century vibe. It is a happening centre of commerce, where cosmopolitan venues rub shoulders with 1930s era cafes, presided over by the majestic Moorish Castle of San Jorge. This is a capital up there with the best of Europe and the ideal city break destination.
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Top itineraries in Lisbon
From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.
Combine Portugal's two greatest cities, Porto and Lisbon, with five days relaxing by the beaches of the Algarve. The UNESCO city of Porto has a rich and varied history, seen in everything from its Romanesque cathedral to its neoclassical Stock Exchange.
Link Portugal’s pair of city greats with a scenic road trip, affording you the chance to explore the Douro Valley’s vineyard terraces and Sintra’s storybook beauty. And, exploring the cultural delights of Lisbon and Porto, you’ll stay in two of the country’s finest hotels.
Top places to stay in Lisbon
Matching its privileged setting, this city centre offering features a contemporary style that’s as welcoming as its exclusive rooftop bar.
Everyone from James Bond to Europe’s royal families have found a quantum of solace here, with guests welcomed by stately grandeur, a golf course, gourmet restaurants and an excellent spa.
Alma means soul in Portuguese, and this beautiful boutique hotel is aptly named. The building, situated on an atmospheric and attractive square, used to be Lisbon’s arsenal.
When to go to Lisbon
Every year on 10th June, Portugal celebrates its annual national holiday, Portugal Day. In honour, we’ve picked our favourite routes through Portugal to immerse yourself in the historic pousadas, cobblestone villages and world-class gastronomy of this Iberian gem.
From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.
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