City Breaks in Lisbon

Standing proudly on the banks of the Tajo River, Lisbon is a city rich in history and tradition. Classic and elegant, with a flavour that reminds of fine, mature wines, the Portuguese capital is a city that really gets a hold of you. The traditional streets, paved with black and white pebbles, the old yellow tram going up the hills, the paintings chipping on the façades of ancient buildings, the mournful sound of fado… there are so many things that remain emblazoned in fire in the traveller’s memory after a visit to this wonderful city. In spite of this, Lisbon is still one of Europe’s ‘lesser-known’ capital cities. Discover the Portuguese capital on your next city break.

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A European capital to be discovered

Lisbon is a city of contrasts that perfectly combines tradition and heritage with the latest artistic movements. In the summer, music festivals and exhibitions are held across the city; nevertheless, the cultural agenda for the rest of the year is loaded with exciting events and celebrations, which makes our apartments in Lisbon well worth a visit at any time of the year. Among the most emblematic landmarks in Lisbon is the Belem Tower, on the northern bank of the Tagus River. This fortified tower was originally built to protect the entrance to the port of Lisbon and also served as a launching point for expeditions overseas. Close by is the Jeronimos Monastery. Built in the 16th century, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of Manueline architecture. Its construction was commissioned to greet explorer Vasco da Gama upon his return from his second voyage to India. The legend tells that Lisbon was born in the same way as Rome, between seven hills. On the highest of them all, the Castle of São Jorge quietly watches over the city. Its robust structure was constructed by the Visigoths in the 5th century and the views that can be admired from its battlements are truly spectacular.