The only capital city on Europe’s Atlantic coast, Lisbon’s rich sense of history, vibrant nightlife, and warm climate make it a really versatile holiday destination. And you can soak up all the sun, fun and culture with a stay in a cheap hotel in Lisbon.
Dance ‘til dawn
Lisbon might be one of the world’s oldest cities, with settlements in the area dating back to 1200 BC, but it also has a very youthful vibe, and a bustling bar and club scene. During the 1990s the city became one of Europe’s top clubbing destinations, with revellers flocking to the dockside neighbourhood of Alcântara to dance until the sun came up.
Clube Ferrovairio is one of Lisbon’s upcoming nightspots, and its rooftop terrace is a great place to enjoy a cocktail while looking out over the Tagus River. You can also experience the beauty of the region’s traditional Fado music at Tasca de Chico, or visit one of the world’s oldest jazz clubs, Hot Clube de Portugal, before making your way back to your Lisbon hotel.
City of culture
Lisbon is a city steeped in culture, with even the metro system displaying fine examples of contemporary art. The National Museum of Ancient Art has a fabulous collection of Portuguese, Japanese and European art dating back to the 14th century, including works by Rubens and Durer. And you can gain a deeper understanding of Portugal’s proud naval heritage with a trip to the Maritime Museum, housed within the inspirational surroundings of a former monastery.
Step back in time
With its history spanning back millennia, Lisbon has a fascinating mix of architecture, and a trip to the Alfama district is highly recommended. The city’s oldest neighbourhood, it’s full of curious and irregular medieval streets, and also home to the Moorish citadel Castelo de São Jorge. The Belem neighbourhood is also worth a visit for its historic buildings, in particular the Tower, a 16th century fortification which has become a national icon.
Pastries and Petiscos
During your stay in a hotel in Lisbon, dining on Petiscos – Portuguese tapas – is an absolute must, and we recommend the cosy surroundings of Cantinho Lusitano. For dessert, the city’s best Pastel de natas – traditional custard tarts – can be found at the Casa Pasteis de Belem. If you’re in the mood for something a bit trendier, the former industrial site LX Hub is home to a number of cool places to eat, including Landeau Chocolate, a restaurant solely dedicated to serving the best chocolate cake around.
Botany and beaches
The warm climate isn’t Lisbon’s only natural wonder; the city’s Botanical Gardens are incredibly unique, with a collection of plants from all over the world that dates back centuries, and unusual hybrid trees. And with many cheap Lisbon hotels being close to the city’s waterfront, why not join the locals on one of the nearby beaches? Tamariz is particularly easy to get to from the city centre, and is overlooked by a beautiful castle.
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