Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a city that manages to charm every visitor. With its warm weather, winding streets, and wonderful food scene, it has plenty of places you can explore. Plus, as Lisbon is located on the coast, there are some incredible natural beauty spots not too far from the city. What should you do on your Lisbon city break?
Firstly, let’s figure out how you’re going to get there. Flying to Lisbon from the UK takes between two and a half to three hours, depending on the route you take. London is a popular city to fly from as it offers lots of direct routes. Make sure to plan your journey to the airport so you’ve got plenty of time. You can take the train to Londonand get to your desired airport. Remember, it’s much better to be early and bored rather than late and miss your flight.
Once you arrive in Lisbon, there are so many historic sites you can discover. Lucky for you, it’s fairly simple to explore in a day or two. Lisbon’s historic centre is compact, especially when you compare it to other European cities. There’s the Praça do Rossio square, Lisbon’s only castle, Costa do Castelo, and the Santo António de Lisboa – the church dedicated to the patron saint of Portugal. You could hop on board Lisbon’s historic transport system and take the tram to explore more of the city.
Enjoy from Above
Lisbon was originally built on seven hills. The city has grown to cover much more than this, which means there are plenty of vantage points you can enjoy Lisbon from. A favourite among the locals is the São Pedro de Alcâtara. This is a tiny garden in one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The view is worth the walk. There’s also the Parque Keil do Amaral, which you can easily access from anywhere in the city. There’s plenty of parks and peaceful horizons to enjoy.
Taste of Lisbon
Your visit to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without exploring the city’s incredible food scene. Get a taste of local life and discover some of the best restaurants Lisbon has to offer. You can try authentic Portuguese food at Audaz, which offers visitors local food products with twists of global influences. If you’re looking to try seafood – and you should be – then head for O Frade. It’s fairly new but it’s becoming a firm favourite. Try the seafood rice, you won’t regret it.
Portugal’s capital has something to suit everyone’s taste. Whether it’s taking a step back in time, wandering up to vantage points, or stepping into a gem of a restaurant. There are lots of reasons to love Lisbon. Why would you like to visit Lisbon?