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Lisbon city breaks are more than its pretty cobbled streets, knock-out viewpoints and yellow wooden trams. In Portugal’s capital, you’ll be charmed by fantastic food, vibrant nightlife, nearby beaches and the soulful fado music that echoes in the streets.
Known as “The City of Seven Hills”, a great way to start a Lisbon holiday is to look down over its rooftops to the River Tagus from one of its many viewpoints. A standout spot is its Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, which looms over the city. The castle is in Lisbon’s historic Alfama district, where you can wander narrow cobbled lanes to find a 12th-century cathedral, its Museum of Fado and the white-domed Church of Santa Engrácia.
There are plenty of places to refuel after exploring the attractions in this hilly city. Make sure you try a pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tart sprinkled with cinnamon), bacalhau (salted cod) and ginjinha cherry liqueur. The city’s food scene is booming at the moment with seafood featuring heavily on menus. To try affordable cuisine from some of the city’s top chefs, head to the Time Out Market, where a panel of city experts has chosen all of the dishes.
After dark, Lisbon’s streets come alive with drinking spots, from traditional fado houses and rooftop cocktail bars to hedonistic nightclubs, so grab a glass and decide on your tempo. You could sit and admire city views from a chic spot before bed or dance until sunrise with fun-loving locals.
There are fabulous day-trip options nearby too. Take the train or drive to Cascais and Estoril for a day on the beach or head to Sintra for fantastical palaces and gardens.
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