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.