Sun, sand and plenty of sightseeing to keep you busy. Explore the best that Lisbon has to offer - climb to the top of Cristo Rei for some awe-inspiring views, treat yourself to tapas in Barrio Alto, and visit the historic Alfama neighborhood.
As the oldest city in Western Europe, Lisbon is steeped in history. It’s also one of the most affordable capitals in Europe, so you’re sure to get good value for money on a cheap holiday to Lisbon.
The Santa Justa lift is a practical necessity in a city full of hills like Lisbon, but this Neo-Gothic tower is striking and worth taking the time to see. Or, you can take a stroll around Alfama, the city’s oldest district. Be sure to head to São Jorge Castle whose medieval fortifications shape the skyline of the district. Belem Tower is a medieval masterpiece standing strong on the Tagus River. While you’re in Belem, check out the nearby Jeronimos Monastery, a lasting reminder of the church’s historic power in Portugal.
Take the opportunity on your holiday to Lisbon and embrace Portuguese culture. Go to the Museu Coleccao Berardo for examples of Portuguese modern and contemporary art, as well as works by Warhol, Lichtenstein and Pollock. Or take a trip through 150 years of design at the Design Museum. You may also enjoy the Gulbenkian Museum, with its extensive collection of European paintings and Art Nouveau pieces.
Indulge in Portuguese specialties like pastel de nata, a decadently sweet egg pastry at Casa Pasteis De Belem. Or head to the less busy Chique de Belem which is a local favourite. For a unique dining experience, find one of the Fado houses and enjoy traditional Portuguese food and drinks while listening to Fado music. Casa de Linhares offers a classy setting, where Cristal Fados creates a more intimate atmosphere.
Make the most of your cheap holiday to Lisbon by enjoying the city’s vibrant and varied nightlife. Start your night in the Bairro altodistrict, grab a drink or two in the bars and head out onto the streets with the rest of the locals to chat and relax. If you’re looking to dance, Lisbon’s varied nightclubs won’t disappoint, although the party won’t start until the early morning. The Belem bar and café changes from bar to club at 2am, and even features outdoor dance floors for when the weather is good. Or, head to Incognito for the best in indie and alternative music.
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