Portugal’s capital is the perfect place for food, fun and fashion, with bars, restaurants and boutiques galore – and it’s also one of Europe’s best value capitals. Its hilly locale creates some dramatic backdrops for romantic selfies a deux.
PortoBay Marques is a relaxed, attractive hotel that is perfectly situated to explore Lisbon’s historic nooks and crannies. It’s also a welcoming place to come back to after a long day on the city’s tiled streets.
Quintessential Lisbon eatery Cervejaria Ramiro is a cervejaria – a charming bar that only Lisbon can do. It’s cute, small, packed with locals and, crucially, serves amazing food that is sure to impress your other half. Expect Portuguese tapas dishes such as salt cod, pork and beef sandwiches, and local cheeses that match perfectly with a beer or a glass of Duoro.
Head down to the city’s regenerated waterfront for a taste of true Lisbon. The magnificent Ponte 25 de Abril bridge celebrated 50 glorious years in 2016. You might think you’ve taken a wrong turn because it’s unmistakeably a homage to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. There are marvellous views of the Tagus River and the city behind it as you cross to the south side. Don’t miss a day trip to the fairy-tale hillside town of Sintra, with its pastel-coloured villas and palaces, followed by the beachside Estoril and the delightful harbour of Cascais, which is home to dozens of fantastic fish restaurants.