Lisbon has everything to offer that a capital should. It is the perfect destination for a short European weekend trip and also a great place to spend a few days at the start or the end of a holiday in Portugal. It provides a great mixture of history, things to do, culture and lively nightlife. It is a lovely city to stroll around checking out the different styles of architecture in the different areas, or simply sit and enjoy the delicious pastries and a bica (local espresso). Or venture down by the coast and see the place where De Gama and Magellan got ready for voyages to the New World. .. And don’t forget to enjoy all this culture while taking in by amazing views of the waterfront.
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Lisbon is a relatively easy city to navigate by public transport, and it is a good base for exploring outside the city center and to explore more of Portugal itself. Car rental in Lisbon is straightforward and usually inexpensive when booked in advance. Car Booker compares all the top car rental brands including Hertz, Avis, Budget, Guerin and Europcar. We look at all the up to date prices, deals and special offers, providing you with access to the very best deals in car rental to suit your exact needs, whether you are looking for a family car, a luxury model for a fun weekend or a minivan for a golf trip, we have it! Don’t forget, booking in advance is a great way to get a better deal.
Top things to do
Visit Belem, the historic centre of Lisbon set on the pure white Monastery of the Hieronymites. Here you will find the Belem Tower, the Maritime museum and the Discovery Monument. Visit Baixa to enjoy the architecture and beautiful cobblestoned streets and piazza type squares, this is also the commercial area. Experience “Fado” the traditional Portuguese music in Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon, spreading between the Castle of Lisbon and the Tejo River. Don’t leave Lisbon without a visit to the Oceanario de Lisboa, the world’s second largest aquarium or a visit to Cristo Rei a sister statue of the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Cocovado in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Outside Lisbon is Cascais, a cosmopolitan beach are and the Malibu of Lisbon. Perfect for beach life or restaurants overlooking the ocean, nightclubs with beautiful people casinos. For day trips, Cascais is home to the fort of Cidadela de Cascais, and Parque do Marechal Carmona, which is a great spot for a picnic and also has a small zoo and café which is perfect for a family day out. Boca do Inferno is a nearby inlet that gives you untamed views of the Atlantic. You can also visit the most western point of mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. This coast is a mixture of sandy beaches and rocky cliffs and the most beautiful views of the Portuguese coastline.