Staff Top Picks: A Weekend in Lisbon
Lisbon is a great city to visit for the weekend. In just a few days you will find enough time to explore the sights of the city, peruse the shops and of course, trial the food. With the flight time under 3 hours from London, Lisbon works perfectly for a whistle-stop tour.
What to do
- Lisbon is known as a city of hills, meaning there are some great viewpoints from which to appreciate the sights. Pay for a tuk-tuk tour, where a local guide will take you to all the major historical buildings and viewpoints with minimal walking. What’s more, this takes no more than 2 hours, freeing up your time and saving your energy.
- Once your tour guide has taken you to the viewpoints and sights, you will have time to explore the lower parts of the city. Lisbon has a great shopping district, mixing high-street names with authentic stores.
- Had enough of walking? The city boasts cafes and bars on every corner, offering shade and iced drinks to help you handle the heat.
- Sintra, less than an hour out of Lisbon by car, is the perfect place to escape the city for a morning. The town is known for its pastel-coloured villas and palaces as well as its forested-terrain. Soak up the history and sunshine by visiting the Palacio Nacional, a stunning vibrant yellow palace which sits at the top of a hill in the Sintra mountains.
What/where to eat
It can be tricky to know where to eat in a new place; the answer here is the Time Out market. This is one of the most popular destinations in the city and for good reason. The market opened in 2014, the disused building now hosts 32 different restaurants and 8 bars and cafes, all set up like mini kiosks around the edge, with seating in the middle. Once you have made your mind up (the tricky part), you can order from whichever station you like. This allows everyone in your party to have whatever they fancy, all together. To really experience the market, we suggest having 3 courses from different vendors.
Of course, you can’t visit Portugal without trying out Pastel de Nata. Also known as a custard tart, these sweet little pastries taste better the more authentic they are, so look out for a bakery and head in to sample.
- Opt for comfortable boots, as the hills are no mean feat...
- Have a reusable water bottle? Be sure to take it to stay hydrated in the warm sun and whilst tackling the hills.
- Learn a few simple phrases of the language before going, it is sure to come in handy when booking a tour and ordering drinks and of course, the locals will be grateful.
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