After swarms of Newcastle fans took over the Portuguese capital last month, The Insyder checks out what exactly Lisbon has to offer.
With its stunning architecture and excellent transport links, Lisbon offers a lot for tourists with it all only a short distance away. Tram, bus and metro links make the Portuguese capital a great choice for a short city break or a stop on inter-railing getaway.
Similar to the cuisine of neighbours Spain, Portuguese dishes centres around seafood, rice and spices. If you venture down to Baixa ensure that you visit the Elevador de Santa Justa. Give your legs a rest, catch the sun setting and enjoy the hospitality of the tower’s rooftop café. The towering lift provides a magnificent panoramic view of the city from 150ft above the ground. There are pubs, cafés and restaurants galore in the town square of Rossio, for those wanting
to stay on terra firma.
Sagres and Superbok are king when it comes to wetting your whistle in Lisbon. Smaller glasses will set you back €2, while half litre jars cost a bargain €3.50. Sitting at the bottom of the Rua Augusta shopping strips, lies the breathtaking square of Praça do Comércio (below), with wine bars a plenty.
If you’re more into your British bars, take a trip down to the port to start your night.
Situated near the busy clubs, enjoy the view of the Vasco da Gama Bridge spanning the river Tagus and see where the night takes you.
What to see
Everything worth seeing is near proximity to the airport, with a taxi from Lisbon Airport to the dock costing around €15. The superb transport links means all worth seeing is only a short journey away. When it comes to shopping in Lisbon, not many complexes can match the lavish setting of the Campo Pequeno (centre). Situated under the capital’s bull ring, the shopping centre is home to several high end stores, restaurants and its cinema theatre. Looks like the Metro Centre needs to up its game.