Lisbon is a great city to visit at any time of the year but with a winter daytime average of 15 degrees it makes an appealingly cosy city break during the winter season. With its world-class restaurants, its reputation for style and a rich history of art and culture, Portugal’s first city should figure high on every discerning traveller’s hit list. There is of course so much to do in Lisbon that a weekend will just give a taste of this city which is so rich in variety. How you spend your time will depend on personal taste, but Lisbon really does have something for everyone. Relaxing is a key part of any city break so choose your accommodation carefully. A hotel may not necessarily be the best choice, the city has a wide range of self-catering accommodation in some wonderful locations.
Don’t miss out on spectacular views
Lisbon is built on seven hills and consequently it is a city of views. Make sure that you see the spectacular views from Sao Jorge Castle or Belem Tower.
Take a tram ride
The lovely Remodelado trams which rattle their way up the cobble streets of the city are an absolute joy.
Hunt for a bargain
Fiera da Ladra is Lisbon’s oldest flea market and it is open on Tuesday and Saturday. Even if your baggage allowance won’t allow you take home that bust of Beethoven, you can still have hours of fun browsing the bewildering variety of bric a brac.
Read a book at the Café A Brasileira
This art deco gem has long been the haunt of writers and intellectuals. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in its brass and mirrored interior, read a book, people watch or just daydream.
Visit the National Azulego Museum
It’s a tile museum, and if you think that you have absolutely no interest in tiles then it is all the more reason to go. There really is nothing quite like this museum and its beautiful and ornate tiles, illustrating Lisbon’s history, are utterly beguiling.
If you enjoy architecture, you are in for a real treat at this stunning World Heritage building. Begun in 1501 it took over a century to complete.
Dance the night away at the Bairro Alto
Home to Lisbon’s vibrant nightlife, there are clubs and bars to suit all tastes. Nothing much happens before ten in the evening so make sure that you don’t blow out the next day by staying up til dawn.
Enjoy a night of Fado
Fado is traditional Portuguese folk music dating back to the Nineteenth Century and Lisbon is the very best place to enjoy it. Book yourself a meal at a Fado house, where the stage area is built into the restaurant floor and enjoy a unique musical evening.
Enjoy great food at the Time Out Market
The market contains around twenty-restaurants and is probably the best place to enjoy seafood in Lisbon. It’s bustling, convivial, tremendous fun and great value.