Alcantara is a suburb on the west side of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. It is dominated by the enormous Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge which links Lisbon with the south bank of the Rio Tejo. Although the town has an industrial air with its railway lines, cruise ship port, flyovers and cranes, it is well known for its lively nightlife. The former dockside warehouses have now been renovated to provide cosy nooks for cafés, bars and clubs. Holiday rentals in Alcantara are well located for exploring the city of Lisbon and the historic and cultural attractions in the area.
Those wanting to head for the beach will find the sandy beaches of Estoril and Cascais are easily reached by public transport from Alcantara holiday rentals. Kitesurfing, windsurfing, swimming and a host of watersports can be enjoyed in the area, or lie back on a sunlounger and soak up the sun. The traditional market of Ribeira has some excellent handicrafts closer to home. Lisbon city centre can be reached on foot and offers excellent shopping, markets, museums, historic buildings and interesting attractions. Local tours with a guide may the best way to learn about this area which is rich in history and culture. Trains from Alcantara run to Estoril, historic Sintra and Cascais in minutes.
Downtown Lisbon and the River Tagus are just 10 minutes walk from Alcantara making it very easy to enjoy the excellent shopping and dining at Lisbon’s seafood restaurants. Strolls along the riverbank are very pleasant. Lisbon has several museums and art galleries including the National Museum of Old Masters and the Azulejo Museum of local blue tiles.
Holiday rental homes in the Alcantara area of Lisbon enjoy hot dry summers with average temperatures ranging from 21-28°C (70-83°F) during the day. The area is very pleasant even in the winter with temperatures generally above 14°C (57°F) in January and slightly more rain.
The nearest airport serving Alcantara holiday rentals is the Lisbon Portela (LIS) Airport which is about 10 km away. There are many budget airlines serving Lisbon Airport including easyJet, British Airways and Air France making it a cheap and easy destination to get to. A hire car is useful for exploring further afield and the nearest motorway is the A5 just 4km away. However, holiday homes in Alcantara are well served by local buses, taxis and trains from the local station for those not wanting the hassle of driving.