Lisbon highlights to make a long list. It has great museums and interesting districts. With its elegant hotels, trendy clubs and welcoming atmosphere, and affordable prices for food and drink, it's no wonder that Lisbon city breaks are popular. Explore all this vibrant city has to offer with our comprehensive guide.
Another famous historic market to visit on Lisbon city break is the Mercado de Arroios which has served Lisboetas for over a century. Thanks to the renovation the market is not just a place where you can buy and taste Portuguese products, but also a cultural and social centre.
This exciting short tailor-made trip to Essential Portugal will take you to the exciting and stunningly beautiful Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Porto, with guided tours of their historic old towns, and on to the pearls of north Braga and Gamares.
Down on the waterfront, Cais do Sodré is a colourful but slightly down-at-heel suburb which has become hip thanks to some good restaurants, clubs and bars. Many of them are located along Rua Nova Carvalho, aka Rua Corde-Rosa or “pink street”, on account of the colour of its tarmac.
Elevador de Santa Justa street lift creaks its way up 32m above the Baixa. The exit at the top comes out next to the Bairro Alto’s Convento do Carmo, but you can stop first for a drink at the elevador’s own pricey rooftop café, which has great views over the city and the elaborate metal framework of the lift itself.
For city views, head to the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. This is a hilltop viewpoint in the district of Graça. It provides a spectacular panoramic view of the city, including some of its most famous landmarks such as Castelo de São Jorge and the Tagus River.
Alfama's extraordinary skyline is one of the main highlights of Lisbon city break /CC0
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Take your rental car and discover Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais before heading to Alentejo on this tailor-made trip to Lisbon and the South of Portugal. This fascinating region features many historic gems to discover, as well as a unique cuisine to taste.
Pork's also a big deal and succulent grilled chicken is another staple, have it with, or without, piri piri sauce. Local wines tend to be cheap and highly drinkable. And don’t miss the pastries. Pastel de nata custard tarts always taste best in Belém.
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The traditional centre of Lisbon’s nightlife is the Bairro Alto, an intriguing blend of student bars, designer clubs, fado houses and restaurants. The Cais do Sodré district is currently the “in” place, while neighbouring Santos also has a trendy reputation. Bars and clubs in Alcântara and the docks tend to attract a slightly older, wealthier crowd than those in the centre.
Walking around the area is a must for any Lisbon city break. Street life is the interest here, much of it continuing in the same way as it has for centuries. Appropriately in an area which is home to many fado clubs, there is also a museum dedicated to this classic Portuguese genre.
Discover the history of Fado. Take a walking tour of Alfama with local guides.
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Ready for a trip to Lisbon? Check out the Rough Guide to Portugal.
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