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Lisbon

Introduction

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and is a great place for a European City Break. The city has a reputation for lively nightlife and also as a gambling city as there are two huge casinos. Consider buying a Lisboa Welcome Card as it gives free public transport and reduced entry to museums.



Getting there

Air: Aeroporto da Portela (LIS) is the largest airport in the country. Catch the Aerobus to the city or catch a taxi. Your Aerobus ticket will be valid the rest of the day on public transport.

For flights to Lisbon click Expedia.co.uk for great flight deals.

Rail: Rail connections are available throughout Portugal and to Spain and beyond.

Accommodation

Lisbon has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out Expedia City Break Hotel Deals. Alternatively look at Hotels.com City Break Hotel Deals.

What to See and Do

Lisbon's numerous attractions include the following:

St Jorge's Castle: Located on one of Lisbon's 7 hills, the castle gives great views over the city and river. The walk from the CBD takes you through the Alfama district which is a great walk through old Lisbon.

Belém: Belém district has numerous attractions for the tourist including the Torre de Belém or Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Palace of Belém which is now the Presidential Palace.

The Gulbenkian Museum: . This museum is created from the personal collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian who longed to see all his treasures displayed in a museum. A nice assortment of Egyptian artifacts, along with paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cassat. The museum also has attractiev gardens.

Ponte 25 de Abril: A sister bridge to the Golden Gate in San Francisco, the bridge was designed by the same architect in 1966 to connect Lisbon with the Setubal peninsula across the Tejo River.

Getting Around

Metro: The Lisbon Metro is recently refurbished and is very efficient and makes getting around a breeze. Zone 1 covers most of the city. Many art works are displayed in the stations.

Electricos : The street car network is another travel option in the city. The 7 Colinas Card can be used on the street cars as well as the Metro.

Bus: An extensive bus network exists in the city. You may be better off on the Metro to avoid the notorious traffic jams!