As Western Europe’s oldest capital predating Rome and London, Lisbon is full of history and beautiful architecture spanning back thousands of years. Also known for its colourful pastel coloured buildings, café culture and their traditional Fado music, Lisbon is a fantastic city break set right on the Atlantic Ocean.
Towering on the hill above Lisbon is the Castelo de São Jorge, an impressive fortress which was previously occupied by the Kings of Portugal and now offers breathtaking views out across the picturesque city from its millennium old walls or a unique perspective from its camera obscura. If you do not want to climb the steep hill, then you can always jump on the tram which also passes by other great attractions including the Romanesque Lisbon Cathedral with its twin bell towers and exceptionally beautiful rose window.
In a city full of spectacular structures, one of its true showcases is the Jerónimos Monastery. Wander through its magnificent courtyard, cloisters and lavishly decorated rooms admiring the many sculptures on offer here. Closeby is the Belém Tower which is one of the most iconic symbols of the city again representing Lisbon’s Age of Discovery. Built to guard the harbour, it’s an imposing stonework masterpiece and gives fabulous views over the city from its towers.
Along with its impressive collection of architecture, Portugal is also known for its incredible art offering. One of the best museums on offer is the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum which houses thousands of pieces of Art showcasing both the West and the East from the last 4000 years with Roman coins and René Lalique’s exceptional jewellery. Why not also visit the highly renowned National Museum of Ancient Art, or the Puppet museum for a quirky alternative.
Along with its great food, Lisbon is also known for superb nightlife with lots of bars, clubs and Fado venues. Head to the Bairro Alto, a must-visit in the city as its quaint cobbled street are full of some of the best bars, restaurants and atmosphere available.