The destination on everyone’s lips in 2017 is Lisbon. Dotted over seven hillsides boasting spectacular views of the River Tagus, Portugal’s capital city has plenty of things to see and do and almost guaranteed sun. In fact, a long weekend in Lisbon could be the perfect city break. Climb the Cristo Rei, hop on a tram to visit historic Belem, people watch in the Praça de Comèrcio or climb up to Castelo São Jorge for the best views from Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood. With hard-working trams to get you around (and the wonderfully quirky Carmo lift), don’t let the hilly aspects to the city put you off. Lisbon is really best to chill out, take in the sights and explore the wonderful food on offer. Home to world-famous custard tarts, Lisbon has once again had a spotlight on it, made famous by Rick Stein’s recent Long Weekends. Portuguese food is a well-kept secret but should really be shouted from the rooftops. Lisbon now has a handful of restaurants with Michelin stars, fantastic rooftop bars and tapas extraordinaire so pack those espadrilles and get yourself there pronto (or porto, if you’ll excuse the pun).
WHERE TO STAY
Named as the ‘Best Hotel in Lisbon’ by Conde Nast Traveller, Palácio Ramalhete has combined 18th century architecture with a rooftop pool and a city centre location. If you still want more from your city break then we don’t know how to help you. This is all one would need in our eyes. With only 12 rooms, some with river views and some overlooking the pool and inner courtyard, you’ll be staying in this urban palace, one of the few surviving buildings following Lisbon’s big 1755 earthquake. The hotel restaurant only serves breakfast, handily forcing you out to the surrounding city to explore and scavenge for lunch and dinner. If sightseeing gets a little exhausting, you can easily return to the hotel to lie by the heated pool with a good book.
LISBON WITH MENSOS CONCIERGE
Thursday 9th – Monday 13th November 2017
4X Nights in a Pool Suite
Bed & Breakfast
Return EasyJet Flights from London Gatwick
TOTAL PRICE = £625 per person based on 2 adults sharing
Please note all prices are subject to availability and exchange rate at the time of booking. Contact us to book this special offer or receive a quote with an alternative airport departure.
WHERE TO DRINK
Limão at H10 Duque de Loulé, 81-83, 1050-088-Av. Liberdade / Marquês Pombal-Lisboa
Make sure you visit one of Lisbon’s best kept secrets, found on the 10th floor of this charming hotel in one of central Lisbon’s historic buildings
Clube Ferroviário, Rua de Santa Apolónia, 59-63, 1100-468 Lisboa
With a nod to trainspotters everywhere, this rooftop bar is spread over two floors, offering fantastic views and quirky interiors
WHERE TO EAT
Gambrinus Restaurante, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 23, 1150-264 Lisboa
Gambrinus is the place to go for seafood. Running for nearly 80 years, order local prawns and clams steamed with garlic to while away an afternoon.
Belcanto, Largo de São Carlos, 10, 1200-410 Lisboa
Head to Belcanto for a spectacular supper. With its two Michelin stars in Lisbon’s historical centre, Belcanto transforms traditional Portuguese cuisine for just 10 tables.