The capital of Portugal is pleasantly temperate all year round, so it’s always a good time to book flights to Lisbon, one of the most intriguing and fun capitals in Europe. It also has a rich history and is the burial place of explorer Vasco da Gama.
Despite being where the mouth of the River Tagus meets the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is built on seven hills, so there are lots of great views to be had of the waters and the wild variety of architecture that stretches from Roman to Post-Modern. The medieval district of Alfama is particularly charming, with its narrow, cobbled alleys leading up to panoramic views from the Castle of São Jorge.
Those getting cheap flights to Lisbon will also be pleased to hear most things here are cheaper than in other European capital cities, so you’ll have plenty of money to check out the many bars playing Fado, a Portuguese style of guitar music. For a more eclectic mix, visit the area of Bairro Alto where you can find crowds of young people out dancing all night.
Take a day’s trip to nearby Sintra, the royal mountain retreat where numerous lavish estates such as Monserrate and Pena palaces can be found. These exquisite buildings are surrounded by forests that are true royal playgrounds, with fountains, glasshouses, secret gardens and historic temples alongside modern additions such as interactive workshops. Nearby you’ll find Colares, the most western edge of Europe, with its beautiful beaches and the stunning hilltop enclave of Azenhas do Mar.