The beautiful capital of Portugal, Lisbon, located on the Tagus River and surrounded by some breath-taking countryside, is full of history, and just a stone’s throw from some seriously good beaches and vineyards. Brightsun Travel has a range of cheap holidays to Lisbon throughout the year. Start in the city’s central square, Praça do Comércio, and you could soak up the atmosphere in its many bars, restaurants and cafes. Or, better still, try the newly refurbished Mercado da Ribeira, that was taken over by Time Out in 2014 and transformed into a food court, and enjoy some of the city’s best food and drink. For shopping, you can’t beat the Embaixada, where international brands and Portuguese designers congregate in a 19th century mansion. Then on to Entre Tanto just next door, another recently renovated townhouse, and buy anything from handbags to soap. At night in Lisbon you could head to Bairro Alto and immerse yourself in Lisbon nightlife at its best, with plenty of clubs and cocktail bars that will keep you entertained into the early hours.
At the weekend in the city, you could take a leisurely walk along the waterfront, or relax in the central Jardim da Estrela, before heading to the city’s historical sites. Portugal is full of museums, World Heritage sites and grand old buildings. Start at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Museu Nacional do Azulejoand and São Jorge Castle, and end up in the riverside neighbourhood of Belém and explore monasteries, museums and iconic landmarks, like the Torre de Belém and the World Heritage site of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. In the quaint neighbourhood of Alfama, dating back to the 5th century, you could roam cobblestone streets and shop at traditional grocery stores. For a day trip to remember, you have the choice of the lovely Sintra region, where you can explore dramatic mountains, atmospheric forests and a UNESCO World Heritage centre, or Cascais, which offers beautiful beaches just a short drive from the capital. Contact Brightsun Travel and explore our extensive range of exclusive Lisbon holidays, suitable for a range of tastes and budgets.
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