Cheap Flights to Lisbon
Lisbon, the capital and largest city of Portugal, is one of the
oldest cities in the world. Each year thousands of international
visitors flock to Lisbon to take in the stunning architecture. Lisbon
features Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, traditional
Portuguese, Modern and Post-Modern constructions. Lisbon is also
conveniently in Portugal, allowing for several intriguing day trips for
all types of visitors. Beach resorts, ancient palaces, world famous
holy shrines, and wine tasting towns all seem to be within arm's reach.
Lisbon's biggest attraction is the city itself. Built on the hills
overlooking the river Tagus where it joins Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon has
maintained its old world charm throughout recent development and is a
must-see European destination.
Aside from the impressive architecture
and beautiful vistas, Lisbon is also home to a number of famous museums
and monuments. Famous museums include the National Museum of Ancient
Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), the Lisbon Oceanarium, and the
Berardo Collection Museum at the Belém Cultural Center. Lisbon's Opera
House (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos) hosts cultural events such as
theatre and musical performances. Lisbon's tram system offers easy
access to each city district and is an experience in and of itself.
The Castle of São Jorge offers panoramic views of Lisbon from its
location atop the highest hill in the city's center. The castle
showcases a variety of distinct architectural features linked to the
various groups that inhabited the fortified citadel throughout its
The Feira da Ladra, or ‘Thieves' Market,' is the city's largest
flea market. Convening every Tuesday and Saturday, the flea market
primarily caters to locals but also has stands that sell traditional
Portuguese handcrafts popular with tourists. A mere 5-10 minute walk
from the Castle of São Jorge, the Feira da Ladra is a great place to
see traditional Portuguese crafts and to enjoy Lisbon's culture and
friendly inhabitants. Be sure to sample the various treats you see
along the way!
Belém is an area of Lisbon that can easily be reached via the
city's impressive and convenient tram system. This area is famous as
the place from which many Portuguese explorers, including Vasco da
Gama, set off on their voyages of discovery. Belém's most famous
feature is its tower, Torre de Belém. The tower was built in the 16th
century and is an example of the Portuguese Manueline style of
architecture. Also located in the Belém district of Lisbon is the
Hieronymites Monastery (Mosteiro de Jerónimos). Another significant
achievement of the Manueline style, the monastery is one of the most
popular tourist attractions in Lisbon.
Other notable attractions include the maritime museum, the barrio
alto and chidado districts, and the parca do comercio.
When to Go
Most tourists prefer to visit Lisbon
during the spring and summer as visitors and locals alike agree that
the city is best explored on foot. Cost-conscious travelers may prefer
to visit Lisbon in the off-peak season as airfare is typically cheaper
and hotel deals are much more common. For the most part, Portugal
enjoys great weather throughout the year thanks to its sub-tropical
How to Get There
Most of the major European
airlines fly to Lisbon, as well as an increasing number of low-cost
carriers. The national Portuguese airline, TAP, connects Lisbon to many
popular European destinations as well as to the United States.
Continental Airlines offers daily direct service from New York to
Lisbon. Lisbon airport is conveniently located almost in the center of
the city, making transportation downtown very easy. Taxis cost between
15 and 20 Euros. Public buses are a cheap option, yet they are not
suitable for those traveling with lots of luggage. Another option is
the AeroBus or AeroShuttle bus services which cater to travelers with
luggage in tow. These buses cost €3.50, run every 20 to 30 minutes, and
stop at various important points throughout the city.
While many agree that the city itself
is the main attraction in Lisbon, there are a few attractions which
really should not be missed. These sites include, in no particular
order, the Castle of São Jorge, the Belém tower (Torre de Belém),
Hieronymites Monastery (Mosteiro de Jerónimos), and the National Museum
of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga). Tourists should also be
sure to utilize the famed tram system as much as possible as it is a
fun and convenient way to get around the city.