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With its mild winters, long summers and affordable way of life, the capital city of Portugal is a popular choice amongst holidaymakers all year round. As the oldest city in Western Europe, it’s full of plenty of fascinating history and a contemporary culture that will interest all ages. Wander around the old medieval ruins, indulge on traditional delights like pastel de nata (custard tart), relax with a coffee in the 1930s-style cafes and dance the night away in Lisbon’s favourite bars and clubs. And don’t forget those iconic yellow trams! In particular Tram 28 is the best – and most authentic – way to see all the city has to offer. Whether it’s sun, sand or sightseeing you’re looking for, Lisbon has it all! Fly to Lisbon in around 2 and a half hours, and check it all out for yourself!
Lisbon is home to many museums and monuments and is the best place to soak up some unique Portuguese culture. Most of the main attractions are in Belem, an area at the mouth of the River Tagus. Here, you’ll find all the major Lisbon landmarks, including the Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Palace – the official residence of the Portuguese president. The Museu Berardo has an impressive collection of contemporary art by Picasso, Dali and Andy Warhol, and the Museu dos Coches houses one of the finest collections of coaches and royal vehicles in the world. Make sure you walk through the spectacular Jardim de Belem, just in front of the palace and Coach Museum.
Portugal is known around the world for its cuisine and Lisbon is the best place to tantalize your tastebuds! Try real pastel de nata (Portuguese tarts) from local pastelarias, indulge on some of the Atlantic’s freshest seafood and sample the home grown wines and the sweet liquor ginginha. Get the total Portuguese experience in a Fado House, a type of restaurant that serves authentic Portuguese fare with a side of traditional guitar music.
Catch a ferry at Cacilhas to take you over the river to Almada, where you can see the Cristo-Rei, Portugal’s version of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue. Hit the beach If you’re in search of idyllic beaches, you simply have to head a few miles up and down along the Atlantic coast. Costa da Caparica is easy to reach by bus, Ericeira is a beautiful coastal town popular with surfers, and Setubal is the best place to try and spot a few friendly dolphins.
Aside from beaches, Lisbon also has plenty of charming rural villages to get lost in. Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage site set in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains. With its thick forests, pastel coloured villas and the elaborate 19th century Pena Palace, this town looks like something straight out a fairytale. It’s just 40 minutes from the capital by car and is definitely worth the day trip.
Monarch operates from Terminal 1 at Lisbon airport.
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