The Portuguese capital lies on seven hills around the Tagus river. The unique architecture of the Castelo de São Jorge, the Sé cathedral and the Santa Justa lift: they are a feast for the eyes. Stroll in the evening through the steep streets of the characterful Alfama and enjoy grilled sardines at a bar. With a little luck, you will also receive a free fado concert!
Though it may not rank among the most popular cities to visit, Lisbon has quite some things to offer. The city has the largest airport in the country and has good connections with the rest of Europe
TAP Portugal is the ma in Portuguese airline company and is a Star Alliance member. They have an extensive network of flights all around the world.
Europe has several low-budget airlines connecting the European tourist cities with each other. Ryanair probably has the biggest reputation when it comes to low airfares. Ryanair connects Lisbon with several European capitals.
From Lisbon, London can be reached in 2 hours and 15 minutes. New York has a flight time of 6 hours and 50 minutes.
This monastery in the Belém district is a prominent building in the city of Lisbon. In the monastery are the graves of, among others, explorer Vasco de Gama, poets Fernando Pessoa and Luís de Cames and members of the Royal family. The dimensions of this beautiful monastery are very impressive. The inside of the monastery is decorated with Manueline motifs, in which European and Moorish motifs and elements make it very special.
This beautiful castle is located on top of the highest hill in the center of Lisbon. From here you have a very nice view over the city. Geese and ducks walk through the gardens of this beautiful castle. Locals also like to be in the shade under a tree.
The Tower of Belem is located in the Belém district of Lisbon. This used to be a ceremonial access road to Lisbon. Now today a tourist attraction for its beautiful appearance. This tower from 1515 is a work of art in Manuel style, although some rooms still have characteristics of Islamic and Moorish architecture.
Paris has the Champs-Élysées, but Lisbon should certainly not be inferior with the Avenida da Liberdade. This shopping street of 1.1 kilometers has many more famous (and especially: more expensive) brands. Think of Prada, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. The street runs from Rossio square to a gigantic city park: The Eduardo VII Park.
Enjoy local food when visiting Lisbon. You can find many restaurants where only local products are used. Besides, Lisbon is a foodie hotspot, so you should find no trouble enjoying local dishes.