A delicious mix of tradition and modernity
Rich in architecture, from Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque to modern and post-modern, Europe’s westernmost capital is both visually-pleasing and stimulating. Wide boulevards cross the city, bright yellow trams wind through the streets, renovated palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle stand majestically. Cafes playing Fado music line cobble-stoned pavements and narrow streets. Museums such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art, National Coach Museum, Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Carmo Archaeological Museum offer exhibitions to cater to all tastes. At night, Bairro Alto is the centre of Lisbon’s nightlife with a multitude of restaurants and bars. The city is unhurried, charming and intriguing, and one of the few places in the world where getting lost is a pleasure.
Lisbon is a fabulous city offering a fascinating mix of old and new. Sample delicious seafood and Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts), enjoy good weather, intriguing architecture, and warm friendly people. It is undoubtedly a city worth visiting.
When to Go?
With a Mediterranean climate that is influenced by the Gulf Stream, Lisbon has a mild climate, making year-round trips an option. Summers are hot and dry, averaging 29°C, in winter an umbrella could be a welcome addition to your suitcase as it can be rainy. Spring and autumn are generally mild to warm. May and September are possibly the best months to visit when the weather is warm and dry.
How to get there?
Direct flights are available from most UK airports and take around 3 hours. One of the largest airports in Southern Europe, Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is located just 4 miles from the city centre. Taxis are a convenient way to reach the city. Buses are also available outside the terminal building. Passengers with larger suitcases should take the spacious AeroBus or AeroShuttle.
Take the No.28 tram to the Old Quarter and head to the waterfront at Belém for museums and galleries. Stop in on Lisbon’s most famous pastelaria, Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, for a delicious Pasteis de Nata and coffee. Take in the Belem Tower, which is to Lisbon what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. For a glass of port in a popular spot, visit Solar do Vinho do Porto on Rua de São Pedro de Alcantarathis.