Lisbon is one of the top spots for holidays in Portugal and has some great experiences on offer. Below are a top 5 in no particular order:
1 - Take a trip through history
Visit the sensational Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, two World Heritage monuments dating from the time of Vasco da Gama (buried in the church of the monastery) and all the other great Portuguese explorers, immortalized in sculptures in both monuments.
2 - Masterpieces Collection
Find out why the fascinating Coaches Museum is one of Lisbon's most popular attractions and the largest and most valuable collection of its type in the world; why the Berardo Museum of Modern and contemporary art is a great reason to visit Lisbon; why Tile Museum is one of the most attractive in the city and why you can´t leave without seeing the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, one of the world's great museums and one of Europe's unsung treasures.
3 - Take a daytrip to Sintra
Hire a car or take a train and go to Portugal's fairytale town. Its fairytale palaces, incredible views, and notable museum collections make it a destination you should make the effort to see and experience. Sintra is an extraordinary place with a surreal mixture of history and fantasy, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The most famous building in Sintra is Pena Palace.
4 – Listen to Fado
Fado music was born in Lisbon's old quarters where there are several taverns and fine dining restaurants known as "Fado Houses". Alfama and Bairro Alto district is where you can find the best places to this authentic experience. Senhor Vinho (address: Rua do Meio Ã Lapa, 18) is the most reputable, authentic, and sophisticated of all the Fado Houses. Several singers perform during the course of the evening and the food is excellent.
5 - Enjoy the night in Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto is Lisbon's cultural and bohemian heart. Ii is quiet during the day, but is transformed at night into the city's vibrant nightlife quarter. Behind colorful and graffiti-ridden faÃ§ades is a variety of excellent traditional and international restaurants, Fado Houses, and lots of bars and stylish alternative fashion shops that stay open until late at night. Here you'll find people of all ages, backgrounds, nationality and lifestyles. It is certainly the most cosmopolitan part of the city.