Lisbon City Breaks
Fall in love with the Portuguese capital by booking a short holiday with us at Co-operative Travel. The westernmost of our European city breaks, Lisbon is a stunning city combining a wealth of cultural and natural attractions.
Lisbon package city breaks take you to the west coast of Portugal. Rich in Romanesque, gothic, baroque and traditional Portuguese architecture, the city has numerous UNESCO attractions, the most famous being the stunning Tower of Belem. Others include the lofty 10th century Castelo de Sao Jorge, the 15th century Bairro Alto district, and the Jeronimos Monastery, where Vasco de Gama is buried.
Built on seven hills at the mouth of the river Targus, Lisbon city breaks have grown in popularity, with a vibrant new town with shops, bars, and restaurants; the traditional seafood restaurants of the Biarro Alto are to die for.
Transport options are both unusual and cheap; Lisbon city breaks should always include a vintage tram ride through the mediaeval Alfama district, or a trip from the lower Baixa district, where many cheap Lisbon city breaks are booked, to the upper city of Carmo Square. It’s a pretty, if exhausting climb, but most people take the unique Santa Justa route. Included on the list of historic Lisbon city attractions, it’s a unique vertical elevator dating from 1907 – the only one left of several that were originally installed.
Lisbon is perfect for cheap weekend breaks with the children. Hike through the stunning Monsanto Forest, the largest urban park in Europe; go to the Maritime museum and planetarium, or spend a day at the Oceanarium. Many families cross the Vasco da Gama bridge – the longest in Europe – and spend their breaks on the beach. Alternatively, there are the attractions of the modern Parque das Nacoes, on the river.
With a mild Mediterranean climate, last minute Lisbon city breaks are nevertheless quite hot in summer, so look for bargain city breaks to Lisbon in spring and autumn. Whether you book weekend breaks or stay a little longer, we at Coop Travel know you’ll be enchanted.