Luxury holidays in Lisbon
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Areas in Lisbon
When to go
The best time to visit Lisbon is late spring, when the city is sunny and the sardines start to come into season. With year-round temperate weather, there’s no bad time to go – just brace for busy streets and beaches if you opt for summer.
PlanesFly direct to Lisbon from a host of European cities, including Barcelona, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Manchester, Paris and Rome, or from North American cities including Montreal, New York and Toronto. Lisbon is also a major European hub for South America and Africa, with flights from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Casablanca, Marrakech and more touching down here.
BoatsSeveral ferry routes criss-cross the River Tagus and are a great way to take in Lisbon’s beauty; the most scenic options are Belém to Porto Brandão and Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas.
TrainsLisbon has two main stations, Santa Apolónia and Oriente, which connect to several Portuguese cities: get to either in under three hours from Porto, or to Oriente in just over three hours from Faro. The city’s historic Remodelado trams are convenient and charming — the number 28 route is particularly picturesque, passing through Alfama, Chiado and Bairro Alto.
AutomobilesLisbon’s one-way roads, narrow streets and near-impossible parking mean it’s best to stick to taxis if you want to get around on four wheels.
TaxisLisbon has taxis in abundance and they are pretty good value; it’s unlikely you’ll spend more than €10 on a fare.