Lisbon

Lisbon city breaks

Begin your love affair with Portugal in Lisbon, the city full of soul. This bewitching capital charms with its patchwork culture, for here you can hunt down history, take your taste buds on a gastronomical tour and party late into the night. While it’s easy to simply potter around and soak up the beauty of the azulejo-clad buildings, sights galore await. Spellbinding Jerónimos Monastery should be high on your list, as should 11th-century Castelo de São Jorge and waterfront Praça do Comércio.
Heart-stealing history

Heart-stealing history

Lisbon’s magic is on full display in Alfama. Head for this historic quarter to experience its narrow, cobbled streets from the Moorish era, where wrought iron lamps and balconies embellish buildings in every colour of the rainbow. Here you’ll find some of the city’s iconic vintage yellow trams that trundle up and down the seven hills that Lisbon’s spread out across.

Captivating nightlife

Captivating nightlife

Night owls, good news. Just when you thought Lisbon couldn’t get any better, the sun sets and its after-dark scene comes alive. Buzzing Bairro Alto is one of the liveliest neighbourhoods to swing by, with an eclectic range of watering holes to suit every taste. Chic wine bars? Tick. Dinky dive pubs? Oh yes. Bouncing nightclubs? You bet.

Foodie heaven

Foodie heaven

If there was ever a foodie mecca, this is it. Where do we start? Pastel de natas, the country’s famous custard tarts, were born out of local neighbourhood Belém and are a must try. If you’re more savoury than sweet, seek out bacalhau (dried and salted cod fish) and peixinhos da horta (deep-fried green beans) in one of Lisbon’s tascas (traditional restaurants).

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Time Out Market Lisboa

Time Out Market Lisboa

Lisbon

A market since 1892, Mercado da Ribeira now takes a different guise as Time Out Market Lisboa. If you're a foodie, this is undoubtedly one of the best places to dine while in the city. Under one roof you can...
Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto

Lisbon City, Lisbon

Venture deep into the hills of Lisbon to discover Bairro Alto, the city's nightlife heartland. Everything from swish wine bars and traditional watering holes line this neighbourhood's cobbled streets. It's...
Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge

Lisbon City, Lisbon

Perched atop a hill overlooking the city, 11th-century Castelo de São Jorge is a masterclass of Moorish architecture. Wander the cobbled street up to the fortress and head through the thick walls, where...

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£8.99

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Sightseeing
As one of the world’s oldest cities, Lisbon has plenty of sights to see. Step back in time at Castelo de São Jorge, embrace Gothic architecture at UNESCO-listed Jerónimos Monastery or take in sweeping views of the city from the top of the Santa Justa Lift.
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Eating and drinking
Foodies, you’ll love a Lisbon city break. From Antiga Confeitaria de Belém’s world-class custard tarts to delicious local dishes at Time Out Market Lisboa – you’re in for a treat here! And when it comes tipples, do as the locals do with a drink of ginja (sweet cherry liquer) at A Ginjinha.
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Shopping
From local knick-knacks to ceramics, fabric stores to vintage wares, when you dig beneath the surface, Lisbon’s a city with plenty for shoppers. You can enjoy retail therapy at its finest as you browse dinky stores and bigger boutiques. Head to Embaixada, a former Moorish palace that’s now a shopping centre.
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Getting around
Keep an eye out for the vintage yellow trams that lumber around Lisbon’s streets. You can hop on board the popular 28E to enjoy a tour of the narrow streets of Alfama or for shorter distances, why not try the electric scooters dotted around the city? You just need an app.
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01 March 2020 - Beer Generation Lisbon Festival
Name a better way to spend your time than a festival... a beer festival! Look out for more than 200 varieties of beer from across the globe, with music, street food and good times all thrown in for good measure. Sound like your kind of event? Entry is free… cheers to that!
16 Nov 2019 - 08 Apr 2020 Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Dig out your wand and don your robes – the Harry Potter exhibition’s in town! Join other muggles at the Pavilion of Portugal for 1500sqm of all-things wizarding, including a Quidditch™ area, Hagrid’s hut and weird and wonderful costumes and characters. It’s 9km north of Lisbon, so a taxi (or broomstick) is required!
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11 October 2020 - Lisbon marathon
For more than 30 years, runners from across the globe have taken on the course of Lisbon Marathon and in 2020, it’s back for another edition. Sign up for the race if you’re a serious runner or if you prefer to spectate, go and cheer on the competitors and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere!
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