We often get asked when is the best time of year to visit Lisbon – but this one a definitely an all year round destination. The Sahara warmed winds keep it warm will into November. However, we would avoid August when it gets too hot, so locals tends to escape to the Algarve then and Lisbon is busy with tourists.

We highly recommend walking the city, so not to miss the historic suburbs of Alfama and Mouaria which tumble down a hillside below the castle. Expect beautifully tiled palaces, dotted with shady spaces lined with fragrant orange trees, bars and cafés. The best way to find a route is to get lost and discover the views across the city skyline!


Little highlights to visit includethe lush Tropical Botanical Gardens with more than 600 species of exotic plants and trees, Miradouro de Santa Luzia, arguably the most beautiful view point in Lisbon, and take an hour’s train ride away from Lisbon is Sintra - a charming Portuguese town situated full of colourful palaces, winding roads and secret streets. For beaches, visit the nearby fishing town Cascais, or join the surfers at Caparica.


If you don’t want to walk, the take tram which issynonymous with Lisbon. The route which gives the best view of the city, and the most famous is 28. As the trams do get extremely busy, its best to go early and avoid the crowds.


For those who fancy a bit of shopping, a must visit are thelittle streets around Chiado which have so many cute boutiques and concept stores. 21.PR Concept Store is lots of fun and all made in Portugal. Also Fair Bazaar, inside Embaixada, is a charming shopping centre carved out of a renovated mansion full of Portoguese fashion and artists. Vintage lovers can scour the flea market, Feira da Ladra, (held every Tuesday and Saturday) Full of vintage collectibles and second-hand clothing.


If you’re looking for a coffee stop, there are plenty of cute coffee houses dotted around the streets, but Sarah loves the oldest coffee house in town, Brasileira in Chiado is a must.



Emergency Number: 112
Currency: Euros
Dialling code: 00 351 for Portugal, then 21 for Lisbon
Lisbon Tourist Office: 00 351 21 031 2819;, Praça do Comércio
Flight time from UK: Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes