Lisbon Holidays

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The timeless appeal of Lisbon 

Lisbon holidays let you live it up in one of Europe’s oldest capitals – a place of gothic splendour blessed with character, charm and plenty of sunshine. 

Whether you’re travelling with your family, on your honeymoon or enjoying a city break, you’ll find plenty to see and do in the colourful Portuguese capital.  

Here you can uncover history around every corner – down the cobblestone alleys, in the fascinating architecture and within grand, imposing churches. Explore it all on foot or by taking the quirky yellow tram. 

For travellers seeking adventure, this is a place for making the most of Portugal’s sunshine. Head to the beach towns of Cascais and Estoril to surf, sail and kayak. Spend a day in the fishing community of Sesimbra for delicious seafood and a picture-perfect coastline. 

Plan a holiday to Lisbon and dip into the rich past and mesmerising present of this enchanting city.  

Things to do in Lisbon

From wandering through Lisbon Botanical Garden to exploring the Castelo de São Jorge, and hitting a beach, there’s plenty to see and do on a Lisbon holiday.

Step back in time at Belem Tower

Completed in the 16th century, Belem Tower is one of Lisbon’s most distinctive buildings. Standing tall on the northern bank of the Tagus river, the tower is a much-loved example of Portugal’s elaborate Manueline style of architecture.  

Inside you’ll find religious statues and other important objects from King Manuel I’s reign. 

This fortification was famously the last sight of home that Portuguese explorers enjoyed as they set sail on the Atlantic Ocean.   

Where to stay in Lisbon

Experience the old town 

If you’re going on holiday to Lisbon – one of Europe’s oldest cities – why not stay in its oldest and most picturesque neighbourhood? 

Alfama’s architecture offers an intriguing insight into how the city looked before the earthquake of 1755. 

Nestled between Castelo de São Jorge and the Tagus river, this area provides stunning views across the city. 

Its narrow alleyways are also a joy to explore.  

Do it in style 

Lisbon’s five-star hotels will give you the VIP treatment from the moment you arrive, until the second you leave. The Avenida Palace is one of the city’s top accommodation choices, with a prime position close to Lisbon Cathedral. 

The Altis Belem Hotel and Spa has individually decorated rooms, outdoor and indoor pools, and a fine dining restaurant.  

The buzzing epicentre

Chiado is Lisbon’s hippest and most happening shopping district. Its central location, close to the city’s main sights, makes it an excellent holiday base. 

If you want to take a guided walking tour to learn more about Lisbon’s rich local culture, they often start here in Chiado. 

You’re spoilt for choice for places to stay – the Lisboa Carmo Hotel is one of the best hotels in the area. 

All you need to know about Lisbon

Local currency

The currency in Lisbon is the euro, which was adopted by Portugal in 1999. There are plenty of ATMs and credit cards are widely accepted.

Getting around

It’s easy to get around Lisbon’s city centre on foot. Buses and trams are another option – plus, taxis are very reasonably priced. 

Languages spoken

Portuguese is the official language in Lisbon but Mirandese is also widely spoken. Many people speak fluent English in the main tourist areas.

Public holidays

Liberty Day on 25 April celebrates the 1974 revolution and the following year’s free elections that made Portugal a democracy. Portugal Day on 10 June is a national day of celebration in honour of writer Luís de Camões.

More about Lisbon

Cuisine

Much like the city’s eclectic architecture, Lisbon’s cuisine is a vibrant mix of various cultural influences. 

Each dish is full of rich flavours and aromas that will make your mouth water. If you’re a foodie, a trip to Lisbon is sure to delight your taste buds. 

Don’t leave without tasting ovos mexidos, a Portuguese take on scrambled eggs, and the grilled sardines which Portugal is famous for. 

Bacalhau is a must-try too, a salted cod dish with hundreds of variations. Egg tarts known as pastel de nata make for delicious puddings or snacks. 

Culture

Encompassing food, architecture, art and dance, Portuguese culture is a melting pot of influences. 

Lisbon’s historical landmarks are striking evidence of its eventful past – from Portugal’s era of empire and exploration, to Moorish and Roman invasions. 

You’ll see well-maintained palaces, castles and churches which date back hundreds of years. The 19th-century Pena Palace is a must-see spot that’s just a 30-minute drive from Lisbon. 

The city buzzes with events, festivals, live music and other cultural celebrations that draw travellers from across the globe. A holiday in Lisbon will certainly open you up to Portugal’s passion for creativity. 

Museums

Lisbon’s museums are the perfect place to discover more about Portugal’s history, culture and identity. Start at the National Museum of Ancient Art, which is home to works by the likes of Nuno Goncalves, Jorge Afonso and Vasco Fernandes. 

From there, head to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, where you’ll find masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens and Rodin. 

For something slightly different, seek out Lisbon Military Museum or immerse yourself in the world of puppetry at the Museu da Marioneta. 

The Alcântara waterfront district’s Museum of the Orient houses a collection of Asian art – including masks, costumes and Japanese screens. 

Why we love Lisbon 

“Everything is beautiful in Lisbon – even the local trams. The weather is sunny and warm, the people are cheerful and there’s so much history and culture. The local food is great too – don’t leave without trying pastel de nata.”

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