Located close to the coastline in the wonderful Portuguese city of Lisbon is the Castelo district, which dates back to around 1147, making it one of the oldest in the city. A Castelo holiday is a favourite choice with those travellers who want to be in the heart of the city so that they do not miss out on any of the activities and attractions. A Castelo holiday rental apartment will come complete with all the comforts of home as well as some truly spectacular views of this vibrant city.
Being situated in such an old part of the city, there is a pleasant lack of modern activities to indulge in. The quarter has plenty of old charm with its main attraction being the impressive Castle of Sao Jorge. The castle dates back to Medieval times and is a citadel situated on the highest hilltop in the city. The Moorish castle has been used for several purposes throughout the years including barracks, a prison and even an educational establishment for poor children.
If you decide to venture out for the day on your Castelo holiday then it is recommended that you take the half hour journey west to the town of Cascais. The town has some wonderful attractions worth seeing such as the ruins of its castle, The Sea Museum and the Church of Our Lady of The Assumption which is filled with some beautiful paintings. Located outside of Cascais is the large Parque-Natural de Sintra-Cascais which offers spectacular views of the sea and surrounding countryside.
The weather is bound to play an important part in your travelling plans and so you will be delighted to hear that you can expect to enjoy some pretty fantastic weather on a Castelo holiday. June through to September is usually the warmest time to have a holiday in the city of Lisbon with a maximum daytime temperature of as much as 28 degrees Celsius. If you prefer your surroundings to be a bit cooler then the months of December, January and February offer up daytime temperatures ranging between 8 and 15 degrees Celsius. The annual rainfall amount for Lisbon is 28 inches with December usually ending up as the wettest month of the year.
Starting out on a Castelo holiday is really simple as it is merely a case of finding a flight into Lisbon International Airport (LIS) which is only 20 minutes away from the district. Travellers will discover that there are several airlines that have good deals on flights to Lisbon including Aer Lingus, British Airways, easyJet, TAP Air Portugal and BMI Baby. Passengers can depart the UK from numerous airports such as Belfast (BFS), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN).