Lisbon is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city which has retained much of its medieval charm. The best way to arrive is through Lisbon’s Portela Airport which is just 10km from the city centre. The city centre itself is divided into different districts offering a wide range of accommodation options. You’ll find budget hotels in the Bairro Alto but you will need luck finding one without a reservation. Meanwhile, if you wish to truly enjoy your Portuguese holiday and have the money to spend you could try any of the designer hotels in Pombaline Baixa or downtown Lisbon. Of course staying in any district will give you a good look at the city especially as it is quite easy to get around to see what all of Lisbon has to offer.
There is indeed much to see and experience in Lisbon. The list of Lisbon attractions in the city centre ranges from architectural gems such as the Torre de Belem and the Jerónimos Monastery to majestic monuments such as the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, or from the Monument to the Discoveries to melting pots of art, culture and events such as the Gulbenkian Museum. There are also many shopping establishments ranging from large shopping malls to flea markets and restaurants with delicious Portuguese and international cuisine.
At night, as soon as the sun goes down, the city turns into a hub of excitement. Lisbon comes alive with cafés, restaurants and bars playing both popular music of all different genres that you can find all over the world and the more traditional Fado music which many Lisbon visitors will definitely recommend. The Lisbon nightlife scene is an all night occassion usually lasting until the sun starts to rise again.
These must-see sights that are mentioned here are only just a handful and limited only within Lisbon city limits. Surrounding the city is a rich Portuguese landscape that offers excitement at every turn. Lisbon day excursions are available to the surrounding towns and cities with packages that cover three or four nearby towns in one outing. One excursion may take you on several adventures inspecting castle ruins or entire medieval towns during the morning then soaking up the lovely Portuguese coast in the evening on Lisbon beaches which are great for sunbathing, swimming and surfing.
You may even opt to spend the night at one of these towns especially Estoril, home of the famous Casino Estoril, or Fatima, the site of the famous apparitions of the Lady of the Rosary. It may take more than a day to fully experience some of the towns such as Sintra, which was first popularly celebrated in a poem by Lord Byron, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lisbon is a city built on seven hills which account for its up-and-down streets which are, by themselves, already a charming reason to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.