Lisbon & Beyond

In recent times, Lisbon has come back to life with a newfound energy. Travel writers are running out of superlatives to describe this once sleepy capital on the Atlantic coast, where history and tradition coalesce with contemporary chic and style.

The locals are fun, easy going and friendly. Its street life is vibrant; restaurant scene has burgeoned; fashionable bars and cafés have proliferated. Come and discover what all the fuss is about, and what better way to start than with an Insider’s Foodie stroll?

By day, by night, there’s no getting bored wandering in Lisbon, thanks to the intricately patterned cobblestones under your feet — a civic point of pride that blossomed after Lisbon’s Great Earthquake of 1755. Walk through the ancient capital with one of our fantastic guides and not only will you be seduced, but you’ll get a striking sense of the different layers of history unraveling before you.

The city is in many ways, a city of neighborhoods and much of the fun of discovering Lisbon is to explore its mosaic of neighborhoods, all with a unique flavor and stamp to them. The old Alfama quarter (which survived the Earthquake) has revolutionized into an enticing labyrinth of art galleries, fashionable boutique shops, and gorgeous restaurant patios.

Portugal led the way in the Age of Discovery and we highly recommend a cruise down the River Tagus. Great boat skippers will make it a day to remember and enjoy the breeze of the Discoveries.

Lisbon also provides the perfect base for outstanding trips away from the city, the most popular destinations being Sintra and Cascais to the west. To the south is lesser known Comporta for those looking to get off the beaten path and taste Europe’s next “In” coastline. We love arranging days out for families who want to combine the beach with the city in the warmer months. Alternatively, head into the Alentejo for the day, although this region really merits a longer stay. Discover more beyond Lisbon….

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