- Cityscape Luminescent and lovely
- City life Singing, salt cod and cinnamon pastries
Once the stamping ground of Romans, Moors and Crusaders, this historic hillside city has culture, cobbles, cafés, cable cars and cod aplenty.
Discover Alfama’s medieval Moorish charm, Baixa’s bustle and chic Chiado; every district boasts character, calm and cool in abundance. By night, head to Bairro Alto, where the bars and restaurants throb with the mournful passion of Fado, Portugal’s traditional music.
Do go/Don’t go
The best time to visit Lisbon is late spring, when the city is sun-drenched and the sardines are in season, freshened up to perfection by the nearby sparkling cold waters. That said, there really isn’t a bad time to visit Lisbon, due to its temperate climate and countless things to do, see and eat.
- Planes British Airways (www.britishairways.com) and TAP (www.flytap.com) both fly direct from London to Lisbon; TAP also operates direct flights from Newark in the US to the city.
- Boats You can take ferries across to Seixal, Cacilhas, Montijo and Barreiro from close to the main plaza (Praca do Comércio). Exploring Lisbon by water is a great way to appreciate the city’s beauty.
- Trains The Portuguese national train service is Comboios de Portugal (www.cp.pt). There are two main stations in Lisbon: Santa Apolónia and Gare do Oriente. The recently renovated Lisbon Metro (www.metrolisboa.pt) is useful if you want to visit some of the parks on the further reaches of the city. Be prepared for a few changes during your journey; it’s not the most user-friendly network around.
- Automobiles One-way roads and tiny streets mean that driving in Lisbon is a somewhat hair-raising experience | further complicated by challenging parking. It’s best to avoid the stress and stick to taxis.
- Taxis Lisbon has taxis in abundance and they are pretty good value; it’s unlikely you’ll spend more than €10 on a fare.