The city of Lisbon is just 10 miles from the sea and sits right on the banks of a river. It is ideally situated with hills on either side of the centre and narrow streets giving it a comfortable and approachable feel. Lisbon welcomes all travellers with an immediate charm that overlays a deeper beauty.
Portugal’s capital city has transformed into a fashionable destination. The lure of the warm Mediterranean climate combined with the city’s character and charming appearance make a winning pair. The architecture is dominated by bleached white limestone and intimate alleyways and provides the perfect foil for the glut of contemporary culture that has exploded here recently.
Reaching the city centre of Lisbon is quick and easy, as it's only four miles away by shuttle bus. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi into the city.
Go for a drive: Rent a 4 wheel drive or a half-day tour along the beautiful Lisbon coast and up the Sintra hill.
Oceanario de Lisboa: One of the coolest conservation oriented attractions on the planet, very engaging for adults and children alike
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum: The best fine arts museums in Portugal, offering a fascinating range of exhibits from great Masters to virtual unknowns across a range of mediums.
Shopping: From elegant high street stores to flea markets and indoor shopping centre, Lisbon has a great range of places to shop. For antiques and bric-a-brac, the Feira da Ladra (Thieves’ Market) is popular in the Alfama district. If you spot and buy one of the ubiquitous ceramic cockerel souvenirs to take back on your flight Lisbon will linger long in your memory after you have left. Other top things to buy are embroidered goods, shoes, good quality wine at cheap prices, and cheese, especially that made with goat’s milk.
Salons: If you want to treat yourself while you are there, book yourself a beauty treatment. The salons of Lisbon focus on labour rather than technology so you are almost always guaranteed a great massage.
Explore the bridges: One of the most famous landmarks in Lisbon is the Ponte 25 de Abril. When you arrive on your flight Lisbon might looked choked with traffic as this bridge is the main link between Lisbon and Almada on the south bank of the Rio Tejo. However a second bridge, the Ponte Vasco da Gama, was built to alleviate congestion and this has transformed the eastern waterfront with the Parque das Nacoes and its family-orientated attractions, the Knowledge and Science Pavilion, and the Torre Vasco da Gama, the city’s tallest building.
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