Discover Lisbon for a perfect autumn break
Combining thousands of years of history with a 21st century lifestyle, this city of seven hills is blessed with a year-round temperate climate, rich heritage and contrasting facets
Lisbon is renowned for its hospitality and extraordinary beauty. The city boasts two UNESCO World Heritage sites, its cuisine is a draw for gastronomes and its extensive annual calendar of events delivers exciting and colourful activities and events for all tastes. Getting around Portugal’s capital is easy. Lisbon is a compact city which lends itself to walking, but for those who want to cover more ground quickly there is a highly efficient public transport system, including nostalgic trams passing key landmarks with elevators and funiculars to whisk you up the city’s various hills.
This safe and attractive city also boasts one of the best price-quality ratios in Europe. This has been backed by the Post Office Travel Money’s annual City Costs Barometer for 2013, which named Lisbon as the most affordable city break destination in the Eurozone, underlining its ability to please the budget-conscious as well as offering quality and sophistication.
Lisbon’s most visited sites are the São Jorge Castle, the iconic Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Cultural Centre and Lisboa Oceanarium, while the most visited site outside the capital is the extraordinary Pena Palace in Sintra. The city’s most recent attraction is the Lisboa Story Centre – Memories of the City, recently inaugurated in Terreiro do Paço. The 60 minute tour uses multimedia and sensory experiences to transport visitors from Lisbon’s early history, through her part in the Age of Discovery to the present day.