Flights to Lisbon
Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and largest city and it features plenty of beautiful architecture, culture, scenery and history to make this one of Europe’s more popular capital cities. Lisbon is located on the Atlantic Ocean coast just under half way down Portugal.
A dozen airlines have flights to Lisbon from South Africa, arriving at the Lisbon Portela Airport (airport code: LIS), 7 kilometres north of the city. Lufthansa and South African Airways take a route through Munich, and Swiss Air makes a stop in Zurich. Both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have a flight to Lisbon with a connection in London, and if you fly with Turkish Airlines you will transfer in Istanbul. Most flights to Lisbon will take between 16 and 20 hours, including layover times.
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The Tourist Attractions of Lisbon:
Lisbon has long been a popular tourist destination in Western Europe because it offers so much to see and do, and when coupled with its coastal location it’s a destination that you could quite happily spend several weeks enjoying. There are countless things to see and do in Lisbon, one of the world’s oldest cities, including World Heritage Sites. Some of the top attractions in Lisbon include the following:
Lisbon is an ancient city with parts of the city dating back hundreds of years. The Alfama district is the oldest remaining part of Lisbon and it includes many of the city’s popular landmarks and attractions. The whole district is a picturesque place where you can enjoy wandering through the maze of streets, coming upon little squares every so often, or sitting and enjoying a drink or a meal in one of the numerous bars and restaurants found in this part of Lisbon. The district has been known as the home of the poor, but more recently there’s been some regeneration going on and it’s becoming even more popular with tourists for the great atmosphere.
Lisbon Castle, also known as the Castle of Sao Jorge is here. Its prominent position on top of the highest hill in the city makes this one of Lisbon’s best known landmarks and most popular tourist attractions. The views over the old district and out to the ocean are quite spectacular from here.
Lisbon Cathedral is another prominent landmark. Officially known as Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa, this cathedral was built in 1147 and has survived many earthquakes throughout its long life. There has been some rebuilding and modification through the years and this has resulted in a variety of architectural styles.
The Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora, and the Church of Santo Antonio are two more of the old Alfama district attractions.
Lisbon City Centre
The Baixa area of Lisbon is the city centre or downtown, most of which was built after the big earthquake of 1755. The architecture and monuments here are very grand, giving this a far more wide open feel than the narrow streets of the Alfama district. Commerce Square for example is a big wide open square with a large statue of King Jose I and elegant buildings surrounding it.
Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belem
The Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belem together make up Lisbon’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both located in the Belem district of Lisbon, the monastery is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city while the 16th century Belem Tower was built to defend the mouth of the Tagus River.
When Should You Visit?:
Lisbon is warm year round and hottest between June and September when average highs get up to 28C. The summer is also very dry making this a good time to visit, while in the winter it is wetter and mild.