Whistle Stop Tour: Lisbon
Lisbon is a city-break destination growing in popularity, due to its long list of enticing features that are guaranteed to satisfy any traveller. With steep cobbled streets, a rainbow of sun-bleached tiles, views of the glittering Tagus River, palaces, churches & deliciously fresh food at every corner, Lisbon is the perfect place to create adventures, and stylish ones at that.
With a flight time of around 2hrs 30 mins, Lisbon’s warm climate dominates most of the year, meaning the best time to visit is from May-October. It is worth noting, however, that much of the city closes down in August as the locals leave the heat of the city and head to the cooler coastline.
Here are our top picks for things to see and do:
Lisbon is bursting with gorgeous tiles, which are a huge part of the architecture of the city. Take a walk around the city and you’ll be in for a treat. For those wanting to find out a bit more about the history of tiles of Lisbon, visit the Museu do Azulejo which has displays dating back 500 years.
Tram ride to Belém
Take a tram to Belém and enjoy the many things it has to offer. Enjoy a ‘Pastel de Nata’ (custard tart) from the Pasteis de Belém bakery, marvel at the architecture of the Jerónimos monastery and take in the impressive private art collection of Museu Coleção Berardo.
Chocolate cake at Landeau
For all the chocolate lovers out there, your visit to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Landeau, which is located inside LX Factory, a unique set of shops, cafés and galleries. It is said to be home to some of the best chocolate cake in the world, but we’ll let you be the judge of that!
Santa Justa lift
This gigantic elevator is an amazing sight to see. Situated within a gothic tower, the lift provides transport between the Baixa and Bairro Alto districts. However, even if you don’t take a ride, there are so many fantastic photo opportunities to be had!
Although not technically in Lisbon, Sintra is a town just outside, which can be reached in under an hour, and is definitely worth a visit. Quinta da Regaleira is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, built at the turn of the 20th century. The architectural wonder houses a palace, chapel and gardens with secret grottos and ponds you can walk across! A very magical way to spend an afternoon.