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.
Find out what the weather is like throughout the year, which might affect when you take Lisbon city breaks...
Lisbon sizzles during the summer months when daytime temperatures regularly push past 30C. Spring and autumn are pleasant times to visit as lower temperatures make for more comfortable sightseeing. Winters in Lisbon are mild and wet, though the crowds of summer are nowhere to be seen and you can find some real bargain breaks between late autumn and early spring.
This city knows how to throw a party and your invite is unwritten. Join in any of these annual events for a real taste of Lisbon...
Lisbon Fish and Flavours; April: This city on the water tucks into fresh seafood with gusto. During this annual event, chefs show you how to make amazing seafood dishes as family entertainment swirls around the dazzling white arcades of the Patio da Gale.
Festas de Lisboa; June: Early summer is a time for festivals in Lisbon and the infectious energy of this month will draw you in. Attend musical and theatrical performances, see dancing, hear Fado music, eat grilled sardines (a local speciality) – you can even see a large-scale wedding ceremony. Most of the activities are held in the historic districts of the city.
Oceans Festival; July/August: Attend the Festival dos Oceanos for a wide variety of entertainment, including parades and huge music concerts.
There’s something for everyone in Lisbon. Discover some of the top attractions and activities in this charming city…
Families: Get an aerial view of some of nature's biggest predators at Lisbon Zoo, where a cable car rises over the big outdoor enclosures. The attached amusement park is great for little ones.
Active types: Walking around Lisbon's sprawling flea market, the Feira da Ladra, is a great way to start short breaks to Lisbon. Keep your eyes peeled for cheap CDs, funky clothes and bargain antiques.
Relaxing: Craving a bit of peace and quiet? Wander inside Jerónimos Monastery and find a shady spot to sit and admire its Renaissance-style arched cloisters.
Romance: Book a table for two at an al fresco restaurant in the Baixa district. Whisper sweet nothings to each other over freshly grilled fish dishes and a bottle of local vinho.
Free & cheap: It doesn't cost a thing to get into the Berardo Collection, one of Europe's best modern art galleries. World-famous paintings by the likes of Andy Warhol can be spotted here.