Lisbon is becoming one of the more popular European city break destinations, and its easy to see why, with beautiful views over the river Tagus, quaint cobbled streets and amazing food, it really is a fantastic city to visit.
As well as this, it’s a great value capital city – with amazingly affordable hotels, inexpensive transport and cheap alcohol, it can be a very budget friendly destination.
For me, however the best part, is that just 30 minutes up the coast is Cascais, a gorgeous village on the beach. Making Lisbon a perfect twin centre holiday.
Lisbon and the surrounding areas have great transport. There are buses to and from the airport to the city centre for €3.50 (approx. 30 minutes).
To get around the city it’s pretty easy to walk to most areas, although Lisbon is VERY hilly, so it’s definitely worth bearing that in mind when looking at maps – your destination may look like its close, but could be up a huge hill.
Taxi’s are also fairly reasonable in Lisbon, but not as cheap as Uber – we took a few Uber’s that ended up costing €3, which is cheaper than taking the bus when there are two of you.
One of the big tourist draws are the yellow trams, in particular, tram 28 – we didn’t take this as the queues were huge and it didn’t look that fun with everyone crammed on there. But if you fancied taking that around the city, its €3.50 per person
Another way to get up the hills are the funiculars – there are quite a few around the city and make it quick and easy to get up the hills – these are €3.70 for a return ticket.
And to get to Cascais, there is a train from Cais do Sobre station which takes 30 minutes and costs €4.10. Bargain.
When in Lisbon:
Visit the Castelo São Jorge for beautiful views of Lisbon. From here you can walk down into Alfama – Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood, full of narrow cobbled streets and great cafes, as well as beautiful churches and lots of Fado (famous Portuguese music) bars. Another great area to visit is Barrio Alto, especially in the evenings as the narrow streets are packed with people drinking outside the many bars.
When in Cascais:
Hit the beach! Cascais has four gorgeous beaches (plus there are more in neighbouring Estoril). Each has a different feel, but all have lovely golden sand. It’s a great little town to wander around, with a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops. From Cascais, you can also take a day trip to Sintra – A Unesco world heritage site, full of beautiful architecture.