Sitting on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon offers holidaymakers the perfect combination of modern convenience and old-world charm. It is a city that charms the wanderer with its laid back pace and age-old traditions. As visitors stroll through its narrow lanes lined with pale, storeyed buildings they will succumb to the balmy temperatures and warmth of the locals. They will also get to dance the night away in trendy bars and clubs. As they enjoy the limitless pleasures of Portugal’s capital, holidaymakers will be able to retreat to lavish holiday accommodation in Lisbon City. Among the options HomeAway has available for those seeking quiet repose and adventure here are villas, apartments, condos, cottages, and refurbished farmhouses. Here they will find spacious quarters filled with immaculate contemporary furnishings. Lucky holidaymakers will be able to secure beachfront holiday homes in Lisbon city.
-Landmarks: Lisbon is rich in landmarks which detail the city’s illustrious history. If you didn’t know, this city is home to Europe’s longest bridge; the Ponte Vasco da Gama. This incredible feat of human engineering measures 17.2km and offers amazing sea views and views over the rest of the city. Also in the city is an older engineering specimen, the Aqueduto das Aguas Livres, an 18th century aqueduct which lays claim to the title of the world’s largest stone arch. The intricately sculpted Belem Tower is yet another impressive structure visitors need to look out for. Its multiple arches and towers stand in stark contrast to the blue summer sky and the waters that surround it.
-Ancient buildings: Among the historic buildings holidaymakers living in Lisbon City will want to visit is the Castelo Sao Jorge which is perched on a hill commanding spectacular panoramas over the city and river. The city is also known to host several churches, one of the more outstanding is the Igreja de Sao Roque, an edifice which was constructed by the Jesuits in 1574. It provides art lovers a real treat with the magnificent paintings that adorn its ceiling. There is a museum inside the church as well. Also worth a visit is the Saint Engracia Church whose construction was started in 1682 and only completed in 1966.
-Museums: There is no shortage of museums in the Portuguese capital and history buffs will find that the city has plenty to offer them. Art lovers will also be interested in visiting the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga where artwork dating back to the 14th century can be found. Treasures from Portugal’s former colonies in East Africa which date back to the 16th century are also on display here. Another museum that marries history and art is the Museo do Azulejo which is actually a converted convent. In the Pavilion of Knowledge or Pavilhao do Conhecimento visitors will find an interactive science and technology museum.
-Nightlife: Night owls will enjoy their time in Lisbon City holiday homes as there are plenty of places where they can break loose and shake a leg. In Lux they will find a classy hangout where all kinds of music from the traditional techno to live performances are played. For the dancers there are two dancefloors and for those looking for a night breeze swept recline, there is a terrace. Jazz enthusiasts can make a beeline for the Hot Clube de Portugal which is reputedly one of the world’s oldest jazz clubs.
What attracts many visitors to this part of the world is the fact that conditions remain holiday-friendly almost throughout the year. Spring starts as early as February and once the sunny weather fully kicks in April, it remains nice and warm right through to November. The hottest months are July and August with average highs of 29°C.
Visitors travelling from the UK can get direct flights to Lisbon from either of London’s airports; Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton or from Manchester. The city’s port also receives visitors from cruise ships who are destined for Lisbon City holiday rentals.