Why go to Lisbon? The simple charm and maritime magic of this pretty southern European capital for one thing! The Atlantic coast for another! Set against the glittering backdrop of the ocean, this sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairytale of classic manners and traditions. No wonder the Lisboetas live such a vivacious existence – quaffing garlicky ameijoas (clams), cooling off in the frosty waves and trawling the haberdasheries of the Baixa district. Sit amongst the locals on the century-old wooden trams and rumble and lurch your way into one of Europe’s loveliest capitals for three nights.
In the beating heart of the capital and steps away from the metro station, the four-star Czar Lisbon is a five-minute tram ride from Avenida da Liberdade and within a short walk of Lisbon’s must-sees. You can gaze across at Lisbon life on one of the city’s main avenues from your modern bedroom, and start the day with a delicious breakfast buffet.
The Tower of Belem, drinking in the Lisbon cityscape from the Bairro Alto viewpoint and a boat trip on the Tagus – the Iberian Peninsuala’s longest river – are just some of the nearby attractions. At the Moorish Alfama neighbourhood, stroll along the sunset-amber walls and dusty lanes that oribit the Arabic-cum-medieval castle that towers over the terracotta rooftops of the city below. In the evening, meander the bar-filled cobbled lanes for a glass of Lisbon’s sour-cherry Ginjinha liqueur.