You may not naturally think of Portugal for a city break, but the capital city of Lisbon has a beauty and majesty which has evolved over more than 3,000 years to create a fascinating short break destination. Lisbon's centre is easily explored on foot, so take your time, linger awhile and discover a characterful city full of history, beauty and charm. Occupied many times by different countries, each has left behind a little stamp of their presence, creating a city of fascinating contrasts which will certainly leave its mark on any tourist
Cobbled streets meander through the city, and house a plethora of shops and restaurants, ranging from high-end designer names to the distinctive wares traded in the bustling street markets which help make Lisbon one of Europe¿s cheapest capital cities. No one on a Lisbon city break should miss the chance to wander among the worldwide treasures which comprise the Gulbenkian Museum collection, or through the cloisters of the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery. Finish your day out by feasting on authentic Portuguese cuisine and wines in the Bairro Alto district, where you might also find a cervezeria, or beer hall, serving seafood and steaks alongside specialist beers.
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The World Heritage Belem Tower is to Lisbon what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or Big Ben is to London. It is the city's most photographed landmark with good reason and should top your list of must-see monuments.
This 16th century Jeronimos monastery is Lisbon's must-see marvel! Another World Heritage Site... take time to look in detail at the magnificent cloisters, which are unlike any other in the world and were the backdrop for the signing of the Lisbon Treaty between all 27 European Union countries in 2007.
You cannot miss the Castle of St George which overlooks the city from millennium-old walls. It can be seen from almost everywhere in the city and was dedicated to St. George, the patron saint of England, commemorating the Anglo-Portuguese pact dating from 1371.You can climb the towers and walk along the ramparts for breathtaking views of the city, or simply relax in the gardens watching the birds.