(This article was written for Tuivillas)
Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city situated at the mouth of the Tagus River, just before the Atlantic ocean. Given its stunning location, Lisbon is one of the most visited destinations in Europe, also thanks to its vibrant atmosphere, historic architecture, pleasant climate, and range of attractions that capture the interests of visitors of all ages. Your dream vacation starts with a comfy holiday apartment in Lisbon that you can return to after exploring the sights and sounds of the city. Extending your long weekend to a week will allow you to discover the unique towns surrounding Lisbon.
Experience the romance of Portugal’s coastal capital from a holiday apartment in Lisbon
Your exploration begins the moment you are settled in your holiday apartment in Lisbon. Being famous as a welcoming city, Lisbon entertains all ages and interests with its thriving creative scene and rich cultural heritage. Unique traditions mingle with modern lifestyles to create a charming city that takes you from one surprise to another.
The famous number-28 tram
Your visit to this exciting yet historic city is not complete until you have taken a sightseeing tour aboard the famous number-28 tram. Dating back to the 1930s, this tram line is a historic symbol of the city. While sitting on the historic tram, navigating through the narrow streets of Lisbon will give you a nostalgic feeling of Portugal in the old days. It passes through all the famous districts of São Bento, Baixa, Alfama, Graça, and Chiado and terminates in front of the impressive Estrela Basilica church. Booking in advance is recommended to find a holiday apartment in Lisbon near the tram station, as it gives you easy access to exploring the city from the comfort of your apartment.
Experience the Bairro Alto nightlife
Bairro Alto is the place to be for experiencing Lisbon by night, and one of the two best hot spots for nightlife in Lisbon – the other one being Cais do Sodré. Live music venues, clubs, and trendy bars are situated next to one another, perfect for bar-hopping tours. The real fun begins at weekends, when people spill out onto the street late at night, creating one large party. In Bairro Alto, the night starts late and continues until early morning. Lisbon has an open and accepting attitude when it comes to people of all backgrounds and ways of life, so the party environment is always friendly and relaxed. Book your holiday home in Lisbon near Bairro Alto if you’re looking for a cocktail of nightlife in a coastal setting.
Don’t forget the beaches
Whether you have come to explore Lisbon’s nightlife or the culture and history of the city center, all visitors are inevitably drawn to the spectacular beaches lining the coast. These unspoiled beaches are also just a few stations away from the city centre by tram. The Costa da Caparica coastline extends along the western part of the Setubal Peninsula, offering pristine beaches, quaint resort towns, and great locations for surfing. On the southern part of the Setubal Peninsula is Serra da Arrábida coastline, which is famous for its calm turquoise waters. For a short beach day trip, consider visiting Praia São Pedro do Estoril or Praia de Carcavelos where the waves are ideal for surfing. Booking your holiday apartment in Lisbon early will ensure that you find the perfect ocean view.
Throw a coin for the statue of Saint Anthony to meet your match!
Are you single and looking for some holiday romance? You are in luck. In Lisbon, they have an interesting tradition that you can take part in. It is said that, if you are able to throw a coin and get it to land on the open book of the Saint Anthony statue, you will soon find a new partner. If you end up meeting your future spouse on holiday, you’ll have a great story to tell! The Saint Anthony statue is located in front of Igreja Santo Antonio, which is a small but historical Roman Catholic church dating back to the 15th century. You can get here by taking a tram from your holiday apartment in Lisbon.
Other popular destinations and neighboring locations
As the capital city, Lisbon is a great entry point in your journey to Portugal for exploring the rest of this scenic country. Ideally located on Portugal’s stunning coastline, Lisbon also has great transport links for exploring the country’s picturesque surroundings. From Lisbon, you can hop on a train from the Rossio station to get to Sintra, a small city praised for its natural beauty – British poet Lord Byron even described it as ‘a heaven on earth’. Located near Mafra, Ericeira is a fabulous seaside resort that is well-known to international surfers. From Sodré station, visitors can also reach Cascais, a charming coastal town about 45min away from Lisbon.
How to get to Lisbon from the UK
The fastest way to get to Lisbon from Great Britain is by plane, and many airlines offer competitive rates for this journey. You can depart from several cities in the UK, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. If you’d prefer a more off-the-beaten-track journey to Lisbon, consider taking the train. Starting in London, you can take the Eurostar train to Paris, and from there, the high-speed TGV service to Barcelona, which offers ever-changing scenic landscapes. Once in Barcelona, you can take the AVE train to Madrid, where you can book the famous overnight Lusitania ‘train hotel’ to Lisbon, which disembarks in the heart of the city. Once in Lisbon, you can get around easily by train, bus, car, tram, and bicycle.
The best time to book your holiday apartment in Lisbon
The best time to visit Lisbon is during the shoulder months from March until May, or September to October, as the weather is still nice and warm and the ocean temperatures are swimmable. Rates are also reduced in the off season and there are fewer visitors, creating a more quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Holiday apartments in Lisbon and the surrounding area are usually very modern and come equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. TUI Villas offers a wide selection of trusted and reliable holiday homes in Lisbon with secure payment and dedicated support.