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Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, famous for being framed by seven steep hills. As western Europe’s oldest city, it’s a popular holiday spot for history buffs, who come to marvel at the intricate architecture of the ancient buildings. Its Mediterranean climate, incredible views, and stunning beaches are just a few more of the city’s compelling qualities which attract over 4 million visitors a year.
The beauty of Lisbon can be admired from look-out points (called miradouros) up in the hills. From here you’ll see extraordinary panoramic views or breath-taking sunsets. The whole city is made up of narrow cobbled streets and bleached limestone buildings. The art scene in Lisbon is flourishing too, with galleries homing the remarkable works of Warhol, Picasso and upcoming independent artists.
Couples will adore Lisbon with romantic views, charming architecture, and candle-lit restaurants to enjoy. Families on the other hand are catered for with lifeguarded beaches, fascinating castles, museums, a zoo, and an aquarium!
Delve into what Lisbon has to offer with an abundance of attractions to choose from.
Lisbon has a great nightlife for you to experience, including Bairro Alto district, full of bustling bars which don’t close until the early morning on the weekends. Most clubs are dotted along the river, some boasting roof-top terraces!
There are a variety of eateries to dine in during your stay in Lisbon, whether it’s a gourmet restaurant or a quaint tasca (tavern). The city’s specialities are fresh seafood, and egg custard tarts called Pastel de Nata – don’t miss out on an opportunity to try these!
There are plenty of ways to keep children entertained in Lisbon, from ancient castles to kayaking in the sea. A family favourite is the Pavilhao do Conhecimento – an interactive science museum accommodating to all ages!
The resort of Cascais is perfect for a day to the beach. There are a variety of beaches to fit to your needs, whether you want the perfect windsurfing conditions, or a calm and friendly environment for children.
Chiado is Lisbon’s most popular shopping area, selling big brands like Zara and Nike. There are also plenty of small independent shops where you can buy locally made products and crafts.
On the 12th of June the Santo Antonio festival is held. Here, Lisbon’s patron saint is commemorated through a colourful parade and many street parties!
For a beach holiday, the highest temperatures are seen during July and August where they reach the 30s. However, this is also peak season so you’ll find there can be big crowds. The spring and autumn months are the best time to visit, with temperatures still in the 20s, but there are far fewer crowds around the main attractions.
Euro is used in Lisbon.
Lisbon shares the same time zone as Ireland.
There are regular direct flights to Lisbon from both Cork and Dublin with a flight time between 2.5 -3 hours. The city is just 6km away from the airport, and due to its hills, it’s best to use the public transport system to get around. You can use the trains, the metro, hire a bike or catch a ride on the renowned vintage trams!