Located in the heart of the Portuguese city of Lisbon is the historic district of Bairro Alto. A Bairro Alto holiday is an ideal choice for those travellers who want to be close to the action in the centre of the vibrant city of Lisbon and close enough to visit all of the cultural attractions that the city has on offer. Not only will a Bairro Alto holiday rental apartment offer stunning views of Lisbon, it will be kitted out with all of the mod-cons you need to have a truly enjoyable stay.
In terms of physical activity, a Bairro Alto holiday is limited to the likes of swimming, sailing, roller-blading, walking, cycling and tennis. Visitors to this 16th century quarter of Lisbon will find more in the way of attractions and cultural sites to explore such as the botanical gardens to the north of the district. The garden covers an area of over 365 square feet and contains a multitude of plant species from around the world. At the entrance to the gardens is the National Museum of Natural History which also incorporates some smaller museums and temporary exhibitions. Also well worth visiting in Bairro Alto is the Sao Roque Church which dates back to the 16th century and was the earliest Jesuit church in the whole of Portugal.
Should you decide to head out of the city for the day then there are several great places to explore in the surrounding area. Approximately 33 miles to the west of Lisbon is the town of Mafra which has become a popular destination for Portuguese and international travellers alike. The main attraction in the town is the Mafra National Palace which was built during the 18th century and was thought to be one of the biggest buildings built in Europe at the time. The palace was not only used as a royal residence it was also used as a Franciscan monastery during the latter part of the 18th century.
If you are undecided about whether to book a fantastic Bairro Alto holiday rental apartment or not, then the fact that Lisbon experiences a Mediterranean climate may be enough to confirm your decision! Generally speaking, the warmest months of the year to have a Bairro Alto holiday are July, August and September when temperatures can reach a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius. The cooler months of December, January and February still offer up maximum temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius during the daytime but can reach as low as 8 degrees Celsius. The average annual rainfall amount for the city is 28 inches.
To begin a marvellous Bairro Alto holiday, travellers can arrive at Lisbon Airport (LIS) which is approximately 5 miles away from the area. Passengers will find that there are numerous airlines that offer affordable, regular flights to Lisbon including KLM, TAP Air Portugal, easyJet, British Airways and BMI Baby. Passengers can leave the UK from numerous airports such as Edinburgh (EDI), Bristol (BRS), Luton (LTN), Manchester (MAN) and Liverpool (LPL).