Quick Guide to Lisbon
Like the star jewel in any crown, Lisbon sparkles that little bit brighter than anywhere else in Portugal. Spread across looming hillsides that peek over the Rio Tejo, Lisbon manages to put forward the qualities of other European capitals without, well, over-egging the pudding (Overdoing it, basically). Dramatic gothic cathedrals jostle for space with monasteries, museums and whispering, narrow backstreets - indeed they are all part of the chattering cityscape that attracts so many to this beautiful city.
How to spend your day
Like many European cities, Lisbon is a place made for strolling. Jump on one of the jewel coloured trams that trundle their way through tree-lined avenues, watching old Lisboetas gossip in the public baths and breaking bread at miniature fastidas restaurants (Where the traditional melancholic singing Fado is practised, dontcha know). Window shop in glamorous Chiado then spin, sing, dance and clap your way through the dynamic Bairro Alto, where packed bars and restaurants line the streets, pulsing with the sound of jazz and reggae.
To put it simply; Lisbon is a photographers dream. Everywhere you look there?s a delicious visual treat waiting for an aesthete?s hungry eyes - check out Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Gulbenkian Museum, the Tile Museum and the Oceanarium. Just to name a few. Psst...You can get free or reduced admission to most of the attractions with a Lisboa card (Our money saving doesn?t just stop at flights and hotels, y?know!)
How to get to Lisbon
There are direct flights to Lisbon from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bristol airports, and these tend to be cheaper than indirect flights by quite some way. Lisbon's airport is practically in the middle of the city, meaning that onward transfers are speedy. You can travel onwards by a variety of methods.
Mild winters and warm summers mean there's not a bad time of year to take a city break to Lisbon. Summer tends to be the most expensive because of the nearby beaches, but you can find deals all year round that won't break the bank.
Where to stay in Lisbon
There are plenty of cheap holidays in Lisbon to be had, with a choice of areas depending on what you want from your stay. Nowhere is particularly expensive so go wherever you want! If it is nightlife you're after, then you'll want to stay in the Bairro Alto which boasts something of a street party atmosphere at the weekends. For a quieter or romantic break, check out the oldest districts of Alfama and Castelo. Shopaholics should stay within easy reach of the Avenida da Liberdade and the Principe Real is generally the hippest area with the trendiest boutiques. To stay a little out of the way of the main action, but close to many of the main sights you could also consider a stay in Belem on your city break in Lisbon.