Lisbon City Breaks: An Overview

The charm of a city break to Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, is its combination of an incredible heritage with a wonderful, laid-back atmosphere. Once the centre of a great maritime empire, the modern city has re-emerged as one of Europe's most attractive destinations.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Laid back Lisbon is small but perfectly formed and when the sun sets the partying begins - what more could you want from a city break?

Luxury City Breaks to Lisbon: The Detail

Lisbon's history has been marked by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and tragedy. The Great Earthquake of 1755 was felt as far away as Scotland, and devastated the city. Fortunately it was rebuilt with flair, centred on wide boulevards and numerous squares with fountains.

Lisbon is set in a natural amphitheatre, surrounded by hills, and the harmonious blend of old and new has made it one of the most attractive cities in the world. Cable cars and traditional lift-towers link the upper and lower parts of the city. From vantage points such as the Castelo de São Jorge, perched on one of the hilltops, there are spectacular views over the tiled rooftops and the river Tagus.

Walking the famous black-and-white mosaic pavements or catching a tram are the best ways to see the many treasures of Lisbon, from its churches and museums to the narrow backstreets of the Alfama - Lisbon's oldest district - and the great Praça do Comércio, the riverfront square.

Fuel your city-break sightseeing at Lisbon's fantastic seafood restaurants, before enjoying the nightlife of this rejuvenated and atmospheric city.


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Enjoy a cocktail on the roof of the trendy Barrio Alto hotel at sunset. The views are truly stunning over the city’s charming streets and houses, and overlook the river. Make sure you reserve a table or get there early for sunset – it’s one of the most popular spots in town.

Flora, Original Traveller

A note on price

A weekend city break to central Lisbon will startfrom £400 per person including return flights and transfers. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Water Temp. — 15°C / 59°F
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Top picks for Lisbon

Valverde Hotel

Valverde Hotel

Lisbon

Hotel Valverde, located on Lisbon’s most bling boulevard - Avenida da Liberdade - opened in 2014 as a new project by Bastir, the same designers as the Bairro Alto, another of our favourite hotels in the city.

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Lapa Palace Hotel

Lapa Palace Hotel

Lisbon

The 19th century Lapa Palace is situated on the hilltop overlooking the Tagus River in the diplomatic quarter of Lisbon. The sub-tropical gardens surrounding the hotel make it a peaceful oasis from the busy city.

Where to stay

Memmo Alfama

Memmo Alfama

Lisbon

Memmo Alfama is the latest boutique hotel in the city’s historic area, Alfama, concealed away down cobbled streets and close to the Cathedral and the Sao George Castle.

Where to stay

Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo

Lisbon

Areias do Seixo is a great new addition to Portugal’s portfolio of boutique hotels. It's properly quirky, and less than an hour from Lisbon so works well in combo with the capital.

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Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto

Lisbon

The first contemporary-chic boutique hotel to open in this rapidly changing city, the Bairro Alto cannot be beaten for location. Straddling the vibrant district from which it takes its name and the more elegant shopping district of Chiado, its 18th-century façade forms part of the historical Luis de Camões square.

Where to stay

Solar Do Castelo

Solar Do Castelo

Lisbon

The Solar do Castelo is a very attractive small hotel, housed in a converted 18th century mansion, with an excellent location in the grounds of the Castelo de São Jorge.

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Original Travel's dossier (restaurants, sights, useful tips) arrived through our letterbox before we left, and we sacked off TripAdvisor for the entire trip.

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