No trip to Portugal would be complete without a visit to its magnificent capital, Lisbon. This city effortlessly combines centuries-old traditions with modern vibrancy, and has something to offer Portugal’s holidaymakers year-round. With it being one of the warmest holiday destinations in Europe this winter, you can travel outside of the summer months to beat the crowds. With weather still reaching highs of 24°C in November, there really is no bad time to visit.
Start your day in comfortable shoes, with a stroll through the narrow streets of Alfama. The oldest neighbourhood in town, boasts dramatic hilly streets and beautiful architecture; pay close attention to details like the traditional tiles, known as ‘azulejos’.
A short tram ride out of the main hub of the city is Belém. Marvel at the grandeur of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, and be sure to stop and indulge in some iconic pastéis de nata. It’s rare that you won’t find a queue at Pastéis de Belém, but there’s a reason for that; first baked and sold by the monks of the Jerónimos Monastery, they truly are a Lisbon right of passage.
In the evening, Bairro Alto has some great restaurants to sample local delicacies including Vinho Verde and grilled sardines. Throughout Bairro Alto, you’ll find locals and tourists alike spilling out of bars and onto the cobbled streets, or try a rooftop bar for stunning city views. Afterwards, soak in some soulful Fado music at one of the traditional Fado houses in the neighbourhood.