Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and is the second oldest capital city in Europe after Athens, Greece.
Historically Lisbon was the starting point for many great voyages such as those of Prince Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama and Magellan, but now in 2013 the tables have turned.
Instead of explorers leaving Lisbon in search of a New World a greater number of tourists are travelling here in order to explore the wonderful, culture filled capital city of Lisbon for themselves.
There are numerous different reasons why Portugal and Lisbon are enjoying such popularity with tourists. Lisbon is a city that is full to bursting with culture. It is a paradise for walkers and photographers as there are cultural treasures and amazing sites for you to discover around every corner.
When it comes to getting value for money from your holiday destination Portugal is second to none. In fact, Portugal recently received the accolade of being the least expensive capital city in western Europe which will really make your Euros go that little bit further.
In addition, if you are really looking for value for money from your holiday accommodation here, make the most of our fantastic range of Lisbon holiday rentals. We have a fine range of Lisbon holiday rental apartments for you to choose from or you could opt to stay in a Lisbon Bed and Breakfast holiday rental and let someone else cook for you in the morning!
Another reason for the huge popularity of Lisbon as a holiday rental destination is the climate. Lisbon is a year round resort. Even during December and January the temperature is unlikely to be below 10ºC whereas during the summer months the temperature can climb as high as 30ºC.
One other unique and popular factor that Lisbon enjoys are beaches. The sandy beaches are very close to the city so you can have an enjoyable mix of culture and sunbathing during your holiday here.
Many holidaymakers use Lisbon as a base from which to explore the surrounding areas and villages on the outskirts of the city. Resorts such as Estoril and Sintra are within easy driving distance from Lisbon and can provide a very interesting diversion whilst you are on holiday here.
Lisbon is a compact and charming city. Venturing out into the streets you feel close to everything as the majority of things that you need are within walking distance. The intimacy and proximity of the city make it an ideal location for a weekend break or a short stay holiday as there are so many things to see and do right on your doorstep.
The city has a enveloping sense of coffee culture. The numerous bars, cafés and restaurants seem to draw you in to try the fresh and locally sourced produce and in the evening Lisbon transforms into one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in Europe. This makes Lisbon a very popular destination for Stag and Hen parties with numerous groups of revelers using Lisbon as the holiday destination in which to let their hair down.
Being only located around 1,700km south west of the UK and Ireland, Lisbon is a short two hour flight away from the majority of international airports in the UK and Ireland.
All in all, if you have never been to Lisbon it is well worth the visit. Most people that choose to take a long weekend break in Lisbon find themselves coming back