Last Minute Deals to Lisbon
Visit one of the most historic cities in western Europe. The Celts first settled in the area, but the City of Lisbon was actually founded by the Phoenicians. The settlement at the time was called Ulissipo. Since its establishment, it has been the centre of many wars and was occupied by the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Germanic tribes, the Kingdom of the Suebi, Muslim Moors, Christian Crusaders and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Why is Lisbon a perfect destination for a last minute vacation?
Nowadays, the city is a beautiful place to visit if you’re looking for a fun, vibrant holiday with lots of activities, or if you’re just there for the beautiful landscapes and a restful vacation. The weather in Lisbon is very good with temperatures reaching to just below 30 degrees Celsius in the summer, and there is very little rainfall during the tourist season.
Even in the winter, temperatures don’t get too cold with temperatures rarely below nine degrees. There is greater rainfall, but not too much to ruin your holiday.
The locals in Lisbon are very friendly and the area is a great place for trying some of the traditional cuisine from the region. One great example of this is the 30 kiosks and restaurants that are available in the Time Out Mercado da Ribeira. This vibrant food market in Lisbon was created in 2010 and is one of the best places to sample multiple dishes and beverages from the rich culture.
The Voyage Prive travel expert's opinion on travel to Lisbon last minute
Lisbon is one of the best places to visit in Europe if you’re looking for a great family or romantic break where you can experience culture or just relax in the sun. The city is known for the very tasty Pastel de Belém, which was named by The Guardian as one of the tastiest foods in the world.
At the same time, the city of Lisbon is one of the best places for cultural exploration, thanks to the many diverse groups of people who have occupied the area over the last two thousand years. As such, there is a Museum District that is occupied by some of the best museums in the area. Included in this collection is the Casa das Histórias, which houses two temporary exhibitions per year, but does have some permanent displays of Rego, a well-known Portuguese artist.
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, then you won’t be disappointed either. The area is full of some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Each one is complete with excellent facilities to make a day at the beach enjoyable, comfortable and memorable.
Top 5 things to do/see in Lisbon
1. Take a walk on the Estoril to Cascais boardwalk
If you like to explore the natural surroundings of an area, then it is really recommended that you get a train from central Lisbon to São João do Estoril. From there you can find a boardwalk that offers some of the best views in the whole of Portugal. The walk will take to you Cascais and takes about twenty five minutes to complete. During your journey, you will experience the sun, views and breeze to their fullest. If you continue further, you’ll also reach Cape Roca, the most western part of mainland Europe.
2. Admire the Calçada
The traditional pavement of Portugal is interesting to see. There are many examples all over Lisbon, as well as other cities in Portugal. Many pavements have original and different patterns that can be intriguing to look at. However, these pavements are not easy to walk on so may be difficult for less mobile travellers.
3. Visit the Portuguese version of Christ the Redeemer
If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Rio de Janeiro statue “Christ the Redeemer” then you can get a chance to see its smaller equivalent in Lisbon. The statue in Portugal is smaller and is named “Christ the King”. While at the statue you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views over the spectacular city as well as the Tejo river.
4. Visit São Jorge Castle
Go and see one of the best examples of how many cultures have occupied this ancient city by visiting São Jorge Castle. The Moorish castle occupies a commanding position that overlooks the centre of the capital. The citadel dates from about the medieval period, although there have been fortifications here since the city’s foundations. A visit is well worth the time, but it can be very busy.
5. A day at the beach
There are many beaches to choose from when it comes to Lisbon, although a little travel is usually necessary. One of the most popular beaches is the Praia de Carcavelos. The beach is renowned for the reliable surf and great facilities. It is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a great beach day, whether you’re with your family, partner or a more mature tourist looking for a relaxing day on the beach.
Which hotel to choose in Lisbon at the last minute?
Enjoy a two or three-night stay in this modern, sleek hotel that is situated right in the heart of the city. While the facade might seem modern in this hotel, there is an elegance in room design and a service that will be hard to find in other hotels. Facilities include an on-site bar and a trendy terrace.
Explore more of Portugal with these two delightful hotels in a tour that will give you all the cultural insights into the wonderful country. You’ll stay first for three nights at the Ollissippo Marques in Lisbon. The hotel was refurbished in 2009 and offers you easy access to some of the best cultural spots in the capital city. Then you will move onto Quinta Bela sao Tiago in Madeira where you can enjoy some downtime to relax with some beautiful gardens and other facilities that will re-energise you.
If you like to explore an area and not remain in the same place for too long, this tour experience is perfect for you. During your visit you will have a chance to explore seven different local areas and stay in a variety of hotels. During your stay, you will be able to explore some of the most beautiful and cultural centres of Portugal.
Practical information about Lisbon
What is the weather in Lisbon?
Lisbon is one of the best places to go for warm and dry weather. Especially in the summer, the weather can be really hot with very little rainfall, if any. Even in the winter, the temperatures don’t get too low.
What budget to plan?
Lisbon is not a particularly expensive city, but you could probably expect to need a budget of about £70-£80 per day of your visit. It is dependent on what you have planned for the day.