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.

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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Lisbon Alfama district
If You Do Three Things
Alfama Walking Tour

Go on a walking tour of the Alfama district, the oldest in Lisbon. With a local historian as your guide, explore the narrow cobbled streets and visit sites such as Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon Cathedral and Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Benefit from your guide's in-depth knowledge of Portuguese history and learn about the Moorish rule and influence, Fado music and culture and more.

Jeronimos monastery
If You Do Three Things
Visit Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery

Explore the district of Belem, a charming historic area of the city on the banks of the river Tagus, and its many iconic monuments such as the Jeronimos Monastery. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1495 and one of the most popular sites in Lisbon. It is one of the best examples in the city of Manueline gothic architecture, an ornate, 15th century maritime style.

Pasteis del Nata
If You Do Three Things
Pasteis de Nata Cookery Lesson

Learn to make the traditional Portuguese custard tarts, pasteis de nata, at the home of a local chef. During your private cooking lesson you will be shown how to make each component of the tart, how to assemble and then bake them. The best part, of course, is then feasting on your home-made wares and other local delicacies.

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