Lisbon, the charismatic capital city of Portugal and the largest city in the region, is situated along the Atlantic coastline. The city boasts a sunny climate almost year round and is a vibrant area dotted with hills, historic castles and towers. It is a great destination for relaxation, complete with sunshine-soaked beaches and spa resorts. Lisbon effortlessly showcases its traditional heritage blended with historic landmarks, good food and exciting nightlife.
Lisbon is well known for its beautiful vistas from the vantage point of São Jorge Castle, Belem Tower, the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge and its beautiful Atlantic beaches from Cascais to Estoril. In Bairro Alto, visitors can sample an array of gastronomic delights, nightlife and street art. Lisbon Castle perches high along the Tejo river and the old town of Alfama provides a glorious way to spend the day learning about times gone by.
A three-day trip (or longer break) allows visitors ample time to tour Baixa and Alfama, take a day trip to Belem and Estrela and spend the day seeing the sights in Parque das Nações and North Lisbon. A week-long stay means you can travel into the nearby countryside of Alentejo.
Its prime location on the Atlantic coastline allows visitors to enjoy beautiful, sandy beaches from Lisbon to Cascais. This is a gorgeous area to swim in, sunbathe or stroll and it is here that you can enjoy the region's best resort towns. Lisbon Beach and K Urban Beach are popular with locals and tourists and offer safe swimming and excellent facilities. The Estoril coastline boasts ten idyllic well-equipped golden sand beaches. Visitors can travel from Lisbon to Cascais by train from the Cais do Sodre train station. Sintra beaches (a 40 minute trip by car) are a great choice for a beach day, especially Adraga beach in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
Where possible, try to find a hotel near the historic centre of Baixa, Chiado or the Bairro Alto nightlife district, or opt for accommodation near the southern end of Avenida da Liberdade. These areas allow for access to Lisbon's attractions and landmarks. The Palace Chiado Suites, Bica Prime Suites, the Lisboa Pessoa, Altis Prime Hotel and the Internacional Design Hotel all offer 4 star accommodation, and they allow guests access to swimming pools, on-site restaurants, spa facilities, Wi-Fi and gyms.