Lisbon is a popular city break destination with its cobbled streets, array of palaces and churches, cool bars, food markets and lively city culture. A coastal capital city Lisbon has the impressive São Jorge Castle as a focal point surround by the city’s pastel-coloured buildings, Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge and the Targus Estuary. Also popular are the Atlantic beaches especially with surfers that stretch from Cascais to Estoril. There are so many great places to visit in Lisbon so if you planning a weekend city break to Lisbon then check out the following places to visit
The Pasteis de Belém is one of Lisbon’s finest bakeries which is popular with tourists, and a great place to stop by for a sweet treat. The Jardim da Praça do Império is another popular attraction which hosts the Jerónimos monastery and the world’s largest collection of coaches. For those who like history, there are two museums worth paying a visit too. The Museu de Marinha is devoted to the golden age and the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia has a great collection of Roman mosaics and Bronze Age metalwork
For those looking for action, Lisbon has some great surfing spots. Lisbon sits on the river Tagus where access to the Estoril and Cascais beaches can be easily reached by train. Lisbon surf tours operate collection from your hotel and provide all the necessary equipment including surf boards, wetsuits and advice on surfing. A six hour day costs just 60 euros. lisbon-surf-tours.com
Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
This museum was designed by British architect Amanda Levete. It was opened in 2016 and was once a former power plant. It has a 7,000 square metres of exhibition space. Entry is only 9 euros
Built in the 1500’s, the Jeronimos Monastery was the last resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama. This beautiful and world famous monastery has cloisters that highly regarded as the most beautiful in the world which has also lead to the Monastery being listed as a world heritage site.
The Chapel of St John
Known as the most expensive chapel and paid for by gold that was found in colonial Brazil, the famous chapel is found in the São Roque Church. The chapel also has beautiful Mosaics made in Rome for the Church. This stunning golden art is definitely a must for those who love history.