TAP, the leading airline to Portugal, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year! A member of Star Alliance since 2005, TAP is one of the most respected airlines in the world, winner of the 2015 World Travel Awards for Europe’s Leading Airline to South America and Africa.
TAP currently does 64 flights a week from the UK to Lisbon, operating daily flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester making easier for us to travel to this city, which is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe.
And guess what? now is the PERFECT time to visit Lisbon! The Portuguese capital is recognised as the 16th most popular European City, and yet is quiet but still incredibly beautiful in the late summer.
The city offers a wide range of attractions and sights which makes it the perfect destination for a short city break holiday – there is so much you can do in just a 2-3 day visit!
For this week’s Friday 5 we have put together the top 5 things you must see, when you visit Lisbon on short break:
1 – Belem Tower – Torre de Belem
An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Belem Tower was built in the early 16th Century and is located on the bank of the Targus River. The tower is actually Portugal’s most famous landmark, so this is definitely a must-see to include on your list!
2 – Oceonario de Lisboa – Lisbon Oceanarium
Rated as one of the top aquariums to visit in Europe, this one is guaranteed fun for kids of all ages. Here you’ll be able to get panoramic views of wonderful sea creatures, sharks and even sea-otters whilst you’ll learn fascinating things about the ocean. Perfect stop over for families and couples!
3- Museu do Azuleijo – National Tile Museum
Portugal is famous for its wonderful tiles, so there is no surprise that Lisbon hosts a museum with the most outstanding collection of the country’s precious artistic “Azuleijos” (Portuguese word for tiles).
The museum’s walls are filled with decorated tiles painted with gold, dating from the 15th century. This one is unmissable for those wanting to have a better understanding of Portugal’s history!
4 – Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Almost an aerial sight over Lisbon, this place offers panoramic views over the city and is rated by travellers as the perfect sunset spot. It’s also a great place for chilling in the evening with friends and a beer.
Don’t forget your camera!
5 – Bairro Alto
One of best areas to stay in Lisbon, Bairro Alto is the central district of the city and one of the most attractive neighborhoods of Portugal. Pubs, bars, cafes, trendy shops and restaurants all around its’ lanes and alleys stay open until late at night. Great spot for foodies and shopping lovers!
At last, we have also put together a quick list of some of our customer’s most favorite tours in Lisbon, so this could make your life a whole lot easier when visiting these sights above!
If you’re visiting Algarve, Portugal and haven’t got the time to visit all of Lisbon’s sights properly, this is the perfect tour for you. You’ll be taken on a day visit to Lisbon via boat through the river Tejo, where you’ll have fantastic sights of the city and still have time to stop around for lunch and some shopping!
Choose between two different routes to explore over 40 places of the city’s key sights. The bus stops at all major museums, gardens, and attractions including the Tile Museum, and Torre de Belem, and each tours lasts for about 1h and half. This is definitely a top tip for those who don’t want to miss anything when visiting the Lisbon for a short break.
The tour lasts only about 4 hours and takes you on a full culture and history trip where you’ll discover the real Portuguese life whilst visiting the Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais and Estoril. But the best thing is… all entrance fees are included!
Visit some of Lisbons most elegant squares, indulge your apettite on some delicious Portuguese pastries, and cross the River Tagus by ferry boat. Perfect for exploring the best of what the city has to offer while feasting on cheese, seafood and wine.
So what do you think? Fancy a quick get away to Lisbon this month?
TAP, the leading airline to Portugal, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year! A member of Star Alliance since 2005, TAP is one of the most respected airlines in the world, winner of the 2015 World Travel Awards for Europe’s Leading Airline to South America and Africa. TAP currently does 64 flights a week from the UK to Lisbon, operating daily flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester making easier for us to travel to this city, which is definitely one of the most exciting destinations in Europe!