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Lisbon Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Lisbon, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Portuguese
Time Difference 1 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 230V

Lisbon offers a magical mix of wonderful architecture, intriguing heritage and contemporary glamour, bathed in warm sunshine and brilliant blue skies. The setting is unlike any other European capital, a cluster of seven hills dotted with terracotta-tiled houses, turreted castles and white-domed churches, cascading down to the banks of the River Tagus. On street level, explore the labyrinth of cobbled streets on foot, in a rattling tram, modern tuk-tuk or Segway scooter. Atmospheric and dimly-lit cafés and bars jostle with locals and visitors alike, sipping strong espresso and nibbling scrumptious Portuguese custard tarts.

Along these narrow lanes are other hidden gems, including cutting-edge restaurants and the famous Fado houses, part of the UNESCO World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. After listening to the staple melancholic music of the houses, head outdoors to a leafy green park and check out the calendar of live rock, pop, jazz and classical music. The street art is equally fabulous, with flamboyant murals emblazoned across walls. If you do happen to encounter a rainy day, there are ample museums, galleries and a fantastic aquarium. Best of all, Lisbon is small and easy to fit into a luxury mini-break. It is also close to the white-sand coast and vineyard-clad countryside so, if time allows, feel free to explore…

Highlights+
History

Unravel centuries of history in the district of Belem, awash with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the place from which explorer Vasco da Gama and seafaring pioneers set out during the ‘Age of Discovery’. Highlights include Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém, two impressive monuments portraying Portugal’s proud maritime past. Fast-forward to the Victorian era and hop on an old yellow tram, travelling along the cobblestone lanes of Alfama. With its quirky, village-like ambience, Alfama has been inhabited since the 5th century and was an upper-class neighbourhood of the Moors.

Culture

Lisbon’s museums cover everything imaginable – archaeology, ancient art, fashion, the military, royal coaches, science, electricity, music and more! The Berardo Collection Museum is a top choice for contemporary art, while the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum showcases world-class fine, decorative and applied artworks. The National Tile Museum is another gem, where blue-and-white painted tiles are transformed into art – the star exhibit is a scene of the city in 1738 before the great 1755 earthquake, a masterpiece measuring 53m in length and comprising 1,300 dazzling tiles. Last but not least, the Fado Museum offers a closer look at the history and evolution of this unique musical genre.

Food, Drink & Nightlife

Lisbon’s dining scene is sophisticated and dynamic, with a bounty of fresh seafood (particularly shrimp, sardines, tuna, monkfish, clams, snails) filling Michelin-starred kitchens and corner-side taverns. Sample top-quality Alentejan beef, sun-ripened fruits and organic vegetables, not forgetting highly quaffable wines, produced in local wineries. Along with regional and national favourites, a handful of international eateries also dish up delicacies from all over the world. Lisbon is also a hotspot of vibrant nightlife, with Fado clubs and bustling bars dotted along the cobbled streets. This, along with riverside mega-clubs and cool rooftop cocktail bars, ensures that Lisbon offers something for every taste.

Viewpoints

The city’s iconic seven hills are topped with viewpoints known as ‘miradouros’. Be sure to head to one or more of these wonderful open terraces for an incredible panoramic vista across town, as well as a chance to relax and rejuvenate, basking in the sunshine over a pitcher of sangria and plate of tapas.

Beaches

Lisbon is a gateway to Portugal’s wild and wonderful Atlantic coast, so if you fancy a swim, surf or sunbathe, it’s just a short hop away. Take the train, bus or rent a car and head just outside of Cascais to Guincho Beach, the backdrop of Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Today, the beach is a haven for sun-worshippers, kite-surfers, windsurfers and surfers, with big rollers, sunny skies and mesmerising sunsets, overlooking golden sand dunes and clean Atlantic sea. Alternatively, stay in the city and head down to the River Tagus, where stripy deckchairs offer urban beach relaxation.

Climate+

A destination for all year, visit in May or June for temperatures averaging 21⁰C, or September and October for average temperatures of 23⁰C. July and August are slightly warmer, with temperatures often exceeding 24⁰C. Alternatively, visit in winter; though a little on the chilly side (11-14⁰C), Lisbon often experiences bright blue winter skies – great for sightseeing and walking up those hills!

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Lisbon.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January11100
February1285
March1453
April1568
May1854
June2116
July244
August236
September2333
October19101
November14128
December12127

Getting There+

Please contact our Travel Consultants for flight details.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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