Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, as well as its biggest city. It also is the second oldest capital city in Europe after Athens. The city offers an iconic bridge – the 25 de Abril Bridge – which is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Lisbon also provides a stunning natural harbour, along with an array of fresh seafood for locals and tourists to indulge in. With hot summers and vibrant nightlife, Lisbon makes for the perfect summer holiday destination.
Surprisingly, Lisbon is an affordable city for tourists. With lots to see, the city can offer a budget-friendly holiday destination if that’s what you are looking for. You will be able to budget for costs around £30-£80 a day in Lisbon, depending on what you get up to. The average price of a beer in a neighbourhood pub in Lisbon is only €2.67.
Lisbon is actually a super safe place to visit, being one of the safest destinations in Europe. According to Travel Safe Abroad, there is a very low risk of being mugged or robbed in Lisbon. One of the main reasons that Lisbon is so safe comes down to the political climate in the country, which has been stable for years. Like any other city, pickpockets are the biggest concern you’ll have to deal with whilst visiting Lisbon.
You’ll find that the Portuguese are extremely friendly to tourists, welcoming you to Lisbon with kindness. They are always more than happy to help, even if you do not speak Portuguese, they will be more than happy to communicate in English with you.
By choosing to voyage on the visually stunning p&o ventura, you would have the blessed opportunity to experience Lisbon and all the wonders it has to offer, onboard the Western Europe cruise.
Back in the day, Portugal was one of the greatest maritime nations in the world. The city’s maritime museum is a must-see on your trip as it provides over 17,000 maritime artefacts. This includes model ships and old globes as well as astronomical equipment and ceremonial barges.
You absolutely must ride the charming Tram 28 on your trip, which has ridden the streets of Lisbon since 1890. This yellow and white tram is still used for public transportation to this day and offers historical interest to tourists as it rattles through the gorgeous neighbourhoods of Lisbon.
Your Lisbon trip wouldn’t be complete without tasting the city’s famous custard tarts, known as pastel de nata. These flaky tarts originated in the 18th century. For the best version of the tart, visit the Pastéis de Belém, a stunning blue-tiled bakery right beside the monastery, which makes a whopping 20,000 tarts a day!
If you are searching for vibrant nightlife, then visit the alley-woven Bairro Alto district. This is Lisbon’s nightlife centre, with the festa often spilling out onto the streets. Be aware that the action won’t kick off properly until after midnight.