A city built across seven hills, Lisbon is located on the east coast of Portugal and has been an important hub of commerce for centuries. Struck by a destructive earthquake in the 18th century, much of the city was rebuilt although ancient architectural ruins can still be found.
Belem Tower is Lisbon’s most photographed attraction and was once an important defence structure. Built in 1515, this impressive fortress located in the harbour was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 and features a bounty of beautiful stonework. Head to the old quarter for a trip back in time complete with old-fashioned trams and traditional tiled facades.
If you want to learn more about Lisbon’s fascinating history of conquests, crusaders and exploration, take a trip to a museum. The Maritime Museum is well worth a look for a lesson about Lisbon’s role in global discovery, while the lavish collection of art and furnishings at the romantic Ajuda Palace gives clear insight into how the wealthy lived during the prosperous 1700s.
Portuguese food and wine is not to be missed and a trip to a Lisbon bakery to sample traditional egg tarts should be on your list of things to do. Wash them down with a glass of red in one of the many tabernas and watch the streets transform at night into a bustling network of bars and clubs.
Lisbon’s coastal position means the local dishes feature plenty of fresh seafood. Indulge in some tantalising tapas, sumptuous fresh tuna or Portugal’s famous bacalhau, a salted and dried cod fish dish. Whether you’re there for the food or the sights, enjoy holidays to Lisbon from Stansted all year round.