Holidays In Lisbon

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Holidays In Lisbon
Lisbon Portugal Flag
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With the oldest buildings in Europe, stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and great weather all year round, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and perfect for holidays any time of year.

The characteristic white bleached limestone buildings and the traditional alleyways create a beautiful, relaxing vacation scenery. Visit Lisbon to enjoy world-class food, centuries-old churches, galleries and fantastic shopping and nightlife, or head out to the beach to enjoy some time at one of Lisbon’s many beautiful white sand beaches.

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This travel guide will tell you everything you need to know about enjoying the best holidays in Lisbon. Lisbon has a privileged geographic location, at crossroads between Europe, Africa and America. Lisbon is an urban area that benefits from a dynamic and healthy atmosphere due to its accessibility to water sources, parks and gardens.

This capital city offers a wide variety of leisure activities from hiking trails, historical sites and traditional festivals to outdoor or cultural sports events or sophisticated boutiques and street shops for fashion. Whatever you are looking for during your holiday in Lisbon, there is something for everyone.

Although Portuguese is the main speaking language, you will not face any problems to communicate in English since most of its residents use both.

Tejo River Panoramic View
Tejo River

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Humberto Delgado Airport also known simply as Lisbon Airport is Portugal’s biggest International Airport. There are a lot of options to get from the airport to another destination, namely taking a taxi or using public transportation. From Lisbon Airport, for example, you can use Vialis (bus number 745), which is by far one of our favorite modes of transportation.

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We highly recommend using public transportation if you’re visiting Lisbon during your holidays because it is very affordable and safe. It has big signs with directions to get around easier, and runs 24 hours per day. You can use the public transport by purchasing the Lisboa Card for 24, 48 and 72 hours. It offers unlimited routes with all public transport. If you are planning to explore the culture and historical heritage of Lisbon then this card will be very useful.

If you wish to leave your hotel and take a nice tour round Lisbon, we suggest taking the Tram 28. The particular tram line is build since 1947 and runs all throughout Lisbon giving tourists the chance to create a complete picture of the city.

Lisbon famous tourist attractions

It’s no secret that Lisbon has some of the most beautiful views in the world. Its historic downtown area, which was recently named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, only adds to the city’s beauty. Whether you’re in town visiting family or just want to see what all the hype is about, these are the top places to visit in Lisbon:

  • The Belem Tower

The Belem Tower is a monument located in Lisbon, Portugal. At 75 m (246 ft) it is one of the oldest buildings still standing in downtown Lisbon. It stands on Praça do Império, near many other important monuments, such as Terreiro do Paço square and Palácio da Ajuda.

  • Praça do comércio

You can’t visit Lisbon without taking a stroll through its grand central square, known as Praça do Comércio. This meeting place dates back to Roman times, though it was largely destroyed by a 1755 earthquake and rebuilt during subsequent reconstruction efforts. Today, locals and tourists alike flock here for live music performances, street performers, festivals and much more.

In addition to being one of Lisbon’s most popular spots for people-watching, particularly at night, the Praça do Comércio is also home to several major monuments including an equestrian statue of King José I (1816) by sculptor António Soares dos Reis.

Praca Do Comercio View
Praça do comércio

  • Castelo de São Jorge

Named after Saint George, whose image appears in its shield, Castelo de São Jorge is one of Lisbon’s best-known monuments. The fortification’s origins date back to 12th century, when a medieval stronghold was erected on its site. Rebuilt and fortified over time, it survived bombardment during 1755’s Great Earthquake. Today, visitors can take a tour of its interior and visit museums that hold artifacts from Portugal’s past.

If you’re staying for a week or two, we recommend that you rent a car in Lisbon since it is more cost-effective than taking taxis everywhere. And since you can go pretty much anywhere your heart desires (the whole of Portugal), using a rental car is great fun and really easy. Most large international companies like Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar have offices in major cities. You’ll pay around €50 to €70 per day to rent an economy-size vehicle with unlimited mileage.

Lisbon Shopping and Nightlife Options

Lisbon’s shopping and nightlife options are surprisingly diverse and generally offer great value, whether you’re looking to shop or enjoy one of the city’s many bars and clubs.

Baixa, Chiado and Avenida da Liberdade are the shopping streets where you can find any brand or product you like.

On the other hand, Malls like Centro Comercial Colombo, Armazens do Chiado and Centro Comercial Vasco da Gama stay open even on Sundays.

Lisbon’s Praca da Figueira is always bustling with activity. It is a favorite place to walk around, eat ice cream, watch street performers, window shop or just meet up with friends. During summer nights it becomes Lisbon’s go-to spot for open-air concerts.

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