Lively Lisbon

Portugal's capital is great for a short break. Drink in the atmosphere in its historical neighbourhoods, have fun with the sea life and then relax on the beach.

 

 

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What to do

Visit the animals at the Oceanario

Europe's second-largest aquarium will blow your mind. Apart from being home to over 8,000 species, including the incredible 2-tonne sunfish, there are numerous activities to enjoy. A particular favourite is Sleeping with Sharks - do you dare?


CaisCais

Take the short train ride for a chilled-out day in the seaside resort of CaisCais. After topping up your tan on the beach head to the fish market between Praia de Ribeira and Praia de Rainha, and see if you can grab yourself the catch of the day. The town itself is well worth exploring, the back alleys to the west of the Town Hall have a certain charm about them.

Tip: There are many tourist restaurants in the main square but try one of the side alleys for a more traditional taverna.
 


Stroll through Belem

This monument-strewn neighbourhood is a must see when visiting the city. Its most prominent feature is the Belem Tower, a symbol of Lisbon's maritime success. A short walk from here is the Monument to the Discoveries, depicting 33 figures from Lisbon's 15th and 16th century history. Finish your trip to Belem with a stop at the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos - it's truly inspiring.