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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  • 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.


Top picks for Lisbon

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.

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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.

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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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Farol Design Hotel

Farol Design Hotel

Lisbon

This stylish hotel is an old Portuguese villa fused with a contemporary modern design, planted on the edge of an outcrop of rocks, overlooking the Atlantic.

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Janelas Verdes

Janelas Verdes

Lisbon

Janelas Verdes (meaning ‘Green Windows’) is a small and intimate hotel housed in a recently restored late 18th century mansion house.

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Two Bedroom Chiado Living Room,

Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites

Lisbon

The Martinhal Lisbon Chiado is a family orientated hotel located in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto district. The building opened its doors in 1855 and has been tastefully refurbished, without compromising the original 19th century architecture, to offer modern family living spaces.

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