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Lisbon is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its lovely weather, interesting mix of old and new cultures, and of course, its delicious traditional cuisine. What’s even better is that it has all the charms of a European capital, but without the hefty price tag – making a trip to Lisbon an affordable option for every budget. Lisbon city is bursting with shops, cafes, theatres, bars and restaurants. You’ll find the city is perfect for on-foot exploration, its beautiful cobbled streets, Romanesque and Moorish architecture is sure to delight.
No holiday to Lisbon would be complete without a ride on the famous Number 28 Tram. Passing through lots of neighbourhood and past many sights, the trams which have been operational since the 1930’s are some of the only vehicles able to get you to some of the top sights. Route 28 is the longest in Lisbon and a single fare of just a few euros will get you all the way to end of the line.
If you are looking for something a little different, then head to the LX Factory. Situated in the area between the main tourist areas and Belem under Ponte 25 de Abril (the big bridge), it is a converted industrial area now a hub of art and design. There are some fantastic shops as well as your wonderful bars, cafés and restaurants. There is also tones of street art to look at too.
Anyone with an interest in history, architecture or simply people looking for great photo opportunities are utterly spoilt for choice in Portugal's capital city.
Two of the best known, and both with World Heritage Status, are the Tower of Belem and Monastery of Jeronimos, which are designed in Manueline style, a Portuguese Gothic architecture named after King Manuel I. Both can be found in Belem,it is also home to the Belem Palace and the Praça do Imperio, one of Europe’s largest city squares. Don’t leave without dropping by the famous Pasteis de Belem shop, which was founded in 1837 and sells the world’s best Portuguese tarts. Another significant sight definitely worth a mention is the Monument to the Discoveries, commemorating Portugal's great explorers and history of naval discovery.
For the best views, head up the hill to Castelo de Sao Jorge. If you have the energy, walk through the old winding streets of Alfama, which still shows signs today of its Moorish history. Santa Justa lift in the centre of the city gives a great vantage point to look down upon the city. It is Lisbon’s answer to the Eiffel Tower, it was designed by the same man. The lift is also really hand if you want to visit Carmo Convent at the top of the hilll to see the ruins.
Holidays to Lisbon will keep shopaholics and bargain-hunters happy, with everything from exclusive brand-label stores to hundreds of gift shops to investigate. The main hub is the Baixa district, where you'll find department stores, delis and gold and silver jewellers galore, whilst in the Bairro Alto, funky boutiques rule the roost.
If you feel like splashing out, the Chiado area hosts prestigious designer stores and classy interior shops. And when it comes to traditional souvenirs, best buys include Portugal's pretty azulejo tiles, intricate lacework, colourful ceramics and of course, rich Oporto wines.
Lisbon itself doesn’t have any beaches, but sun and sand await you along the coast. Catch the train to Cascais to visit Praia de Conceicao and Praia da Rainha, as well as all the little spots in between. To the south of Lisbon, Praia da Adraga is a secluded stretch of sand, consistently voted as one of the best beaches in Europe.
Alternatively, see our flights to Lisbon and great selection of hotels around the city.