Lisbon Holidays 2014 - 2015

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Alluring Lisbon

Lisbon holidays transport you into the heart of Portugal’s most exciting city, while simultaneously placing you on the doorstep of some of the country’s most stunning natural landscapes and historic sites. Those culture vultures hunting history and heritage will find a great deal of things to do in the capital of Portugal itself, though within the surrounding towns and cities, curious adventurers will discover equivalent proportions of historical significance.

For those looking for some natural splendour, you won’t have to delve too far from the city to uncover some Portuguese beauty. From rivers and beaches, to nature parks and rugged mountains, the Lisbon region is awash with colour and allure, whether your holidays to Lisbon find you on the streets of the capital or in the grand open spaces of the surrounding landscapes.

A City of Culture

Lisbon is a truly beautiful city that never fails to disappoint those that flock to its coastal location. Among the historical landmarks, cultural sites and delectable cuisine is a characteristic charm that you’ll find relentlessly infectious throughout your holidays in Lisbon. Strolling through the city’s ever-changing neighbourhoods and exploring some of Lisbon’s famous sites is a great way of discovering the core ideology of this fantastic city.

There are a number of wonderful sites that all holidaymakers should squeeze into their Lisbon holiday, but if you only have time for one, don’t overlook the stunning Jeronimos Monastery. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most extravagant and beautiful complexes in Europe, emerging in the late 15th century. Other popular sites include the various trams and funicular railways that adorn the city, as well as a number of vibrant street markets, the exciting Alfama neighbourhood and the staggering views of the city experienced from St. George’s Castle. Partner your cultural city break with ultimate comfort in one of the city’s many fine hotels.

Coastal Retreats and UNESCO Sites

Lisbon holidays give you a great opportunity to explore the surrounding Lisbon region, decorated by beautiful beaches, historic locations and variable landscapes. One of the best reasons to delve into this area surrounding the capital is to indulge in some of the region’s fantastic beaches. The Lisbon Coast stretches among fine sandy beaches, dramatic coastal landscapes and gorgeous blues seas – a true haven for beach bums. Among the finest areas to catch some rays and enjoy a splash are Cascais, Alcochete and Sesimbra.

You don’t just have to explore the streets of Lisbon to discover some captivating history. The nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Sintra is an absolute gem for those hoping to gain a little more insight into the history of Portugal. Among the town’s most fascinating sites include the expansive Regaleira Palace, the Palance of Pena and the ruins of a stunning 9th century Moorish castle. Another interesting stop for those looking for an all-round impression of the region is the city of Setubal. This busy and modern city is a great place to explore on foot, boasting scenic old streets, a picturesque fishing port and some charming little boutiques.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Portuguese (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST
Local airport: Lisbon
Flight time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Attractions

Lisbon is a great destination to take a city break. It offers a wealth of sights and cultural attractions, including the stunning Rossio Square, one of the most historically important squares in the city, having been in existence since the middle ages. The Moorish St George’s Castle is a stunning sight that towers over Lisbon, and the Vasco de Gama Bridge is a striking attraction and the longest bridge in Europe.

Museums

You could spend days exploring the museums on offer in Lisbon. With such an extensive choice you can tailor your tour across the museums to what interests you. The National Museum of Ancient Art is found in the Palacio de Alvor-Pombal, and is home to some interesting art from before the 19th century. The award winning Water Museum offers something different, and the Berardo Collection is a collection of contemporary and modern art.

Nightlife

The nightlife in the city is lively and diverse, offering an array of nights to enjoy during your stay. You can visit one of the local restaurants and sample some Portuguese cuisine, or you can choose from the varied offerings from the international restaurants. Cocktail bars, wine bars and cafes provide some great places to enjoy a drink, or you can hit the dance floor in some of the city’s clubs.

Hotels

The Turim Europa hotel is found in the heart of the city, offering a convenient place to stay, within easy reach of some of Lisbon’s most famed sights and attractions. For something different, try a stay at the Solar do Castelo, a hotel found in a small mansion building within the walls of the Castle of Saint George.