If you’re looking to discover a new European city on your 2021 holiday, why not take in the sights and delights of Lisbon? The Portuguese capital is the ideal year round holiday haven. Boutique shopping, gourmet dining, historic monuments and charming museums are all waiting to be explored. Stunning architecture, iconic buildings and eccentric sights can all be found in Lisbon’s narrow lanes. Taking a stroll of the city is the best way to find hidden spots, sample delicacies from the tiny kiosks and hear the melodic tones of the traditional fado singers. When all the legwork gets too much, the city’s lumbering yellow trams take you on a leisurely ride through the streets. If no holiday is complete without at least one day at the beach, Lisbon has many stretches of pristine sands to enjoy - all just a bus ride away. A slightly longer journey sees you in the Sintra region, home to stunning beaches and traditional fishing villages.
If you like your holidays to come with a side order of adventure, Lisbon’s beaches offer a range of water sports to try. Surfing and paddle boarding are local favourites, well worth a try while you’re in the area. For a more relaxed way to enjoy the coastal waters, taking a boat trip on the Sado estuary can reward you with a truly special sight - a pod of dolphins has made these calm waters their home. When the loveable dolphins make an appearance, visitor of all ages can’t fail to be charmed by their antics.
Your guide to Lisbon holidays
Lisbon’s colourful streets are filled with monuments, Gothic cathedrals, monasteries and quaint museums. Climbing aboard one of the iconic yellow trams will see you wind your way across the hillside to explore the city. The Alfama neighbourhood in the old quarter is well worth a visit. The majority of the cultural highlights are in this area of the city and include a beautiful Arabic castle on top of a hill. For many, Lisbon’s star attraction is the huge oceanarium. The steely-eyed sharks steal the show but don’t be distracted, there’s a huge number of fascinating sea creatures to discover elsewhere in this top attraction. With beautiful beaches just a stone’s throw from downtown Lisbon, plus parks, gardens and a winding maze of streets to explore, you’ll never be bored on a visit to Portugal’s capital city.
A Lisbon holiday in the city doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Portugal’s sandy beaches. The capital is flanked by stunning coastline, with many beaches accessible from the city by public transport. From untouched surfing beaches to shallow waters on family-friendly shores, Lisbon has a beach to wow every visitor. For a wild and dramatic coastal seascape head to the Serra de Sintra. The swells are ideal for surfing - whether you’re watching or taking part, it’s a thrilling sight to see surfers tackle the waves.
For golden sands that stretch for miles, the Costa da Caparica mixes great surf with beautiful beaches and a surfing scene that hits the bars once the waves die down. Families will want to head to the Estoril-Cascais coastline. Praia de Carcavelos beach is the best of the bunch with excellent facilities and a historic fishing port.
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Prices last checked at 7:48 PM January 27, 2021