From beautiful baroque palaces to Moorish remains, beach resorts, sporting spectacles, delicious food and drink, and world-class art galleries, Lisbon is one of those destinations that truly 'has it all.'
The Portuguese capital city is blessed with a warm, reliable climate - offering some sweltering hot summer weather but mild and pleasant conditions throughout the year. You might encounter a few storms and some wind in the winter, but with so many museums and galleries around, it won't ruin your visit. Head to Lisbon in February to visit the city's Carneval - with raucous street celebrations. Or visit in June to enjoy festivities associated with Lisbon's patron saint, Santo Antonio.
Anyone travelling to Lisbon from the UK won't need to apply for a VISA. The city is generally safe, although tourists are often targeted by street sellers in the city centre. Expect to pay lower prices for meals and drinks, especially if you dive into districts like the Bairro Alto, and avoid the tourist haunts around the port. If you want to eat cheaply, it's also a good idea to check out lunch menus, as even up-market restaurants often offer deals on set menus.
To get to Lisbon from the airport, make your way to Terminal 1 via a free shuttle bus. From there, the Metro will take you to Saldanha station in the city centre in about 25 minutes at a cost of 2 EUR. Taxis should be available from the airport and expect to pay about EUR 15-20 (with an extra charge for luggage).
Accommodation in Lisbon is plentiful, and a hostel bed can be had for around EUR 15, while hotel rooms will cost about EUR 45 for a double. Getting around is easy, and it is advisable to buy a rechargeable travel card. If not, single bus journeys charge approximately EUR 1.50, with a day pass available for EUR 6. Try to purchase your tickets before boarding the bus, as buying on board will cost more. Alternatively, taxis are available everywhere, with a basic charge of about EUR 3.50 and a surcharge of about EUR 0.50 per kilometre after that. However, with most of the attractions being centrally located, energetic travellers will be able to see most of Lisbon by foot.