Within driving distance of Europe’s most western point, it is no surprise that it is easiest to fly to Lisbon. Unless you are from certain parts in Spain, from where the train or coach might take you there quicker (and cheaper).
Plane tickets to Lisbon vary in price depending on the time of year that you are planning to go. If you are visiting early-mid August, unlike most people think, it might be cheaper to not buy a return ticket with the same airline. I flew to Lisbon with Vueling, but came back with EasyJet. Booking my flights like this saved me nearly 250 euros!
Like many European capitals, Lisbon has an efficient metro network that makes it very easy to travel around the different areas. So when it comes to choosing your holiday home, do not limit yourself to the options within a walking distance from the city centre. We decided to stay at the Altis Grand Hotel, a very modern, comfortable and quite luxurious option that I can highly recommend! Our room was larger than what you can expect in other European capitals, the location was perfect and the spa facilities were a nice addition!
Lisbon is the place to be for almost anyone. If you like surfing this is basically paradise, with the often rough Atlantic Ocean at your service. But not to worry, head to calmer parts in Cascais or Estoril just outside Lisbon and you will be able to swim without fearing for your life. Just keep a close eye on the flags!
For the shopaholic, Lisbon is yet again a paradise, as there are many shops to choose from and even some shopping malls in which you are guaranteed to loose all track of time.
A city this rich in history and culture has got its visitors plenty to offer, throughout the city you will come across various monuments, museums, and other tourist attractions. Not to miss are the many stunning castles, especially worth the effort would be a trip to picturesque Sintra.
This should have probably been named ‘where not to eat’ because Lisbon is a city filled with glorious food, from local delicacies to overseas cuisines, you will find it all (very cheap) in the Portuguese capital. However, if you are looking for a local dish I can highly recommend O Prego da Peixaria. They serve a special Portuguese ‘burger’ with delicious sweet potato fries or crisps and a simple but tasty sautéed vegetable salad. You should order the lemonade as a drink, it is by far the best lemonade I have had in my life!
Another really fun experience is the Time Out Market, which is basically a modern and trendy take on a food court. There are many different types of cuisines that you can choose from, and there is a nice and relaxed atmosphere making it the perfect place after a long day of exploring. You will probably go to the Time Our Market more than once, at least we did!
Have you been to Lisbon? If so, let me know your favourite thing about the city in the comments below!
Lots of Love,