Loved by everyone who visits, Lisbon inexplicably lies off the radar for many European city break travellers. With its medieval streets and vibrant streetlife, the Portuguese capital is a place of immense charm and character, and the elegant hotels in Lisbon cater to all tastes and budgets.
Set on seven hills dominating the Rio Tejo, Lisbon offers hotel guests a glimpse into Portugal’s royal past, best experienced in the city’s beautifully preserved palaces, the iconic Torre de Belém, the imposing Jeronimos Monastery and the dramatic Castelo de São Jorge.
Shoppers will delight at the boutique offerings in elegant Chiado, while those in need of tranquillity head to the perfumed Jardim Botânico, Jardim Botanico da Ajuda or central Parque Eduardo VII. Come sunset, step out from your Lisbon accommodation and take a seat in one of the pastel-coloured bars and restaurants that line the narrow streets.
Plaintive fado music provides a nostalgic soundtrack for Lisbon, and hotel guests spend leisurely days unearthing hidden gems in the narrow medieval streets. Historic streetcars provide access to the atmospheric Alfama district, where the Moorish rulers of Lisbon once held court. Be sure to detour to the steep streets of Bairro Alto to reach Lisbon’s finest miradouros (viewpoints).