Discover old-fashioned trams and a serene monastery on city breaks to Lisbon, or dance until dawn on its cobbled streets...
An evening stroll through Alfama, the oldest part of Lisbon, reveals stone-built seafood restaurants blaring out soulful Portuguese guitar music. Step inside for a zesty caipirinha cocktail, or hop aboard a creaking 19th-century tram for the ride up to Bairro Alto, where superstar DJs play almost nightly.
At the waterfront end of the Baixa, the city's main shopping area, you'll find buskers serenading the espresso-supping locals. Further up, on a slope overlooking the city, Lisbon's Romanesque cathedral hides gorgeous Gothic treasures. City beaches are good, though the pretty seaside resort of Estoril is close by, as is the infinitely beautiful Costa da Caparica.
You can have all of this and more when you book short breaks to Lisbon. The flight time from the UK is around only two hours and planes land at Lisbon Airport (LIS), which is just north of the city centre. Getting into Lisbon - the City of the Seven Hills - is straightforward and good value. The easiest option is to take a taxi from outside the airport. They're cheap and generally quick (depending on the time of day). An even cheaper alternative is the Aerobus, which leaves from outside the main terminal building every 20-30 minutes.
Getting around during Lisbon weekend breaks is also easy. Lisbon's metro system links most of the main sights, and is the quickest way to get around town. More stylish (and definitely more fun) are the antiquated trams that wind through the city streets. Taxis are good value and a better option than driving yourself, which can be challenging on Lisbon's busy roads. You'll find it easy to wave one down.
Read on to find out more about Lisbon's weather, the city's annual events, and fun ideas on what to do, and then book your break after comparing prices using the TravelSupermarket search tool.