For those who enjoy the bustle of a beautiful historic city, cultural Lisbon is a real treat.
Take a ride on the old trams that chug along the winding streets of Alfama, or head to the city centre, where sights such as the dramatic Carmo Convent and the famous Santa Justa Lift can be explored. Take in the breathtaking views and natural beauty from one of the pleasant public gardens on, enjoy a tour of the fascinating museums or simply take advantage of the many fantastic dining and drinking spots in trendy areas like Príncipe Real or Bairro Alto. Browse the boutiques of stylish Chiado, or marvel at the ornate Manueline architecture of the Belém quarter, a must for all holidays in Lisbon.
Further afield, there are plenty of fantastic destinations to be explored on a day trip from Lisbon. Sintra and Cascais offer grand palaces and pretty beaches, respectively, while Praia da Torre provides the chance for some beach lazing closer to Portugal's capital. For a history-filled full-day tour, Tomar has rich links to the mysterious Knights Templar, and the city of Évora, with its Roman Temple.
Hundreds of years of unique culture has created an exquisite food scene in Lisbon.
No Lisbon city break would be complete without sampling the city's favourite sweet treat - the Pastel de Belém.
The pastel de nata, a type of egg custard tart, can be found throughout the city, but the recipe for this particular variety, invented by nuns in the 18th century, is a closely guarded secret.
The Time Out Market is home to a fantastic range of food and beverage stalls and has something to suit all food and wine tastes. With everything from traditional Portuguese fare to Japanese cuisine and French pastries, it's an excellent place to refuel.
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