Susan Hegarty 27 January 2008
Lisbon, perhaps it’s not the first place you would think of for a city break but it is well worth a visit and has a pleasant climate for most of the year.

I spent a very enjoyable 3 nights here, we stayed in The Clarion Suites which was a great base and within walking distance of all of the main sights. This hotel would also be perfect for a longer stay with some of the rooms having kitchen facilities and a separate living area.

We had lovely mild weather during our stay and enjoyed outdoor dining in a city famous for its pastries and wonderful seafood.

While Lisbon is very walkable, public transport is easy to use and good value.

We particularly enjoyed the Belem area of the city with its lovely botanical gardens, maritime museum, its cafes and antique markets. We loved the beautiful squares of Lisbon and the imposing monastery with its long and interesting history.

We took the train out to Estoril and Cascais. These lovely coastal towns, with an authentic Portuguese feel, are nice alternatives to the beaches of the Algarve.

During our stay we enjoyed wonderful food at the lovely waterfront area and a few cocktails at the trendy bars nearby.

There are many day trips that can be organised in advance of your trip to Lisbon including the beautiful Sintra, city tours, biking tours, boat trips and perhaps most popular of all, the famous town of Fatima.

I was most definitely surprised by this charming city, I will certainly return.