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Why Fly to Portugal?
Its setting, on steep hillsides overlooking the magnificent harbour, combined with its hugely varied architectural heritage makes Lisbon a supremely picturesque destination. Portugal’s capital is also home to numerous cultural attractions and is known for its exuberant nightlife and bustling cafes which serve superb coffee and deliciously sweet pastéis de nata (custard tarts). The city is a popular short-break destination and it is often possible to find cheap flight deals to Lisbon.
Flying to Portugal from the UK
Direct flights to Lisbon depart from a number of UK airports including Bristol, Liverpool and Edinburgh, plus London Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton. Low-cost and charter airlines serve Portugal's capital and these usually offer some of the cheapest flight deals. Indirect flights operate out of other UK airports including London City, Edinburgh, Cardiff and East Midlands. Depending on the carrier, they stop in various European destinations such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Brussels. Direct flights from London airports generally take less than three hours.
Popular Flight Routes to Portugal
Which Airlines Fly to Portugal?
easyJet has flights to Lisbon from Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol, Luton and Gatwick. British Airways offers direct flights from London Heathrow, while TAP operates direct flights from both London Heathrow and Gatwick. Direct flights tend to be the cheapest, but there are exceptions, and a number of airlines offer indirect services. As well as its non-stop services, TAP has flights via Porto. Swiss has flights to Lisbon via Zurich, Air France via Paris, Lufthansa via Munich and KLM via Amsterdam.
Mini Travel Guide to Portugal
For an inexpensive and authentic overview of some of the city's best bits, take a ride on tram no 28. The charmingly antiquated trams run along incredibly steep and narrow streets past some of Lisbon's prime attractions and most attractive neighbourhoods. The complete journey takes approximately 45 minutes but it is worth hopping off at convenient stops to see nearby sites such as the Basilica da Estrela, Praça do Comércio, Sé Cathedral and Castelo de São Jorge. The tram passes through districts including Graça, the Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado and the Baixa. For superb city views, take a stroll around the ramparts of the Castelo de São Jorge.
The Baixa is Lisbon's central downtown area and is home to grand squares, impressive buildings and numerous boutiques. There are some pleasant bars and restaurants among the narrow streets and pretty squares of Alfama, the oldest part of the city. But if you are looking for nightlife and unusual shops try the Bairro Alto, which also has numerous restaurants.
Belém, to the west of the city centre has several historic buildings and places of interest including the Torre de Belém (its impressive tower) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (the ornate Jerónimos Monastery).
If a hard morning’s sightseeing leaves you in need of a pick-me-up, make sure you stop at one of Lisbon’s busy cafes for a coffee and a pastel de nata (custard tart).