Many low cost and national carriers fly directly to Lisbon from multiple European destinations. From London, Ryanair, TAP and British Airways all run daily routes. To get into the city from the airport a transfer will cost around €30. High speed trains also run regularly from other major Portuguese and Spanish cities. There are several train stations within Lisbon, Rossio being the most centrally located.
In the centre of Lisbon you will find a range of different options, from large high end luxury hotels to smaller boutique guesthouses. Casa do Barao, which offers chic elegance in a magnificently restored townhouse, is perfectly located in the Bairro Alto district. With 12 beautiful rooms and a stunning garden and pool to relax in, this boutique guesthouse starts at €110 per night.
Lisbon’s foodie scene is very proud of its Portuguese cuisine and locally sourced, fresh ingredients, in particular its fresh fish, wonderful cheese and cured meats. Head to Mercado de Ribeiro near the river. This market (run by Time Out) offers a huge array of different stalls serving all sorts of tapas and local dishes. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself here all afternoon eating yourself into a food coma!
You won’t make it 50 yards down the street without noticing a lovely looking wine bar tucked away. Drop into any to explore the relatively unknown world of Portuguese wines and you might discover a new favourite grape. If you’re looking for drinks with a view, head to the rooftop bar at Hotel Chiado, which offers an excellent Gin & Tonic selection with unparalleled views across to Castelo San Jorge and Alfama.
Lisbon is full of cultural and architectural wonders – some of the highlights being the Carmo Convent, Belem Tower and the old city of Alfama. If you’re looking for something a bit different (or the weather’s turned) check out the second largest aquarium in Europe, where you can marvel at some of the wonders of the ocean including bull sharks, manta rays and sea otters.
Continue exploring Lisbon by visiting the outer district Belem where there’s famous architecture and delicious pasties de nata. Spend your afternoon at the famous Oceanarium.
With sunshine all year and endless cultural and foodie wonders Lisbon is a great weekend break. Read my guide on the best 48 hours Lisbon has to offer!