Lisbon is a stunning hillside city characterised by grand Gothic cathedrals, winding city streets and great cultural hotspots.
Beyond its charming leafy avenues, atmospheric old quarters with patio cafés and majestic 18th-century mansions, Lisbon is very much a buzzing, global city renowned for its art and entertainment, and it’s a major trade centre. This blend of trade and history make Lisbon a lively, magical city, and an energetic and youthful destination.
For the perfect city break in Lisbon, you should make time to explore some of its stunning art and cultural hotspots.
Many institutions are set in some of the city’s most beautiful buildings. Lisbon is well known after all for its gorgeous architecture, like the famous 16th-century Belém Tower, and the buildings lining the historic Avenue of Liberty.
Its museums include the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum with both ancient and modern art collections, and the National Museum of Costume and Fashion. Meanwhile, great playhouses and entertainment spots vary from the esteemed National Theatre D. Maria II, to the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos opera house.
Things to do
There’s no better way to settle into Lisbon life than spending a lazy day seeing some of its most breathtaking sights.
Eduardo VII Park is a serene place to stroll through, with its tropical and subtropical plants, or you can head across to the gorgeous area of Chiado to browse through the shops.
For a fun packed and family friendly day, try Oceanario de Lisboa to see the tropical sea life. Or to really jump into local culture with both feet, plan your trip around one of the many events held in the city each year, like the Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the Arte Lisboa which is a contemporary art fair, or the Street Magic World Festival.
Dining and nightlife
As the capital of Portugal and a global city, it’s little wonder that the bar and restaurant scene in Lisbon caters for every taste and desire.
To give you a little bit of inspiration, you could try Belcanto if you’d like to taste high-end Portuguese cuisine. BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto is a favourite for tapas, and Frade dos Mares serves seafood.
For that aperitif or after dinner drink, seek out some of the city’s trendiest bars, like the beautifully romantic Bar A Parodia, or the sleek and trendy Matiz Pombalina Bar.