Introduction to Lisbon

Why Lisbon?

 Travelling by tram or on foot is by far the best way to travel around this city as even the trams can take you into the cobbled, multi-coloured streets with the tiny cafes and restaurants. Whether it’s history or culture or music that you’re looking for it would be a real challenge to be disappointed with a Lisbon escape.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and although a big city in Iberian terms it still manages to have a village kind of feel about it making it a popular choice and it’s not hard to see why. It is almost impossible to have enough time in one trip to visit everything that you would like to see whilst doing it at your leisure but there are certain things that really cannot be missed by anyone visiting this cosmopolitan city.

 

Visit the sights…

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A must-see is the walk up to Castle of São Jorge which is the highest point of the city with beautiful views of both the city of Lisbon as well as views of the river Tragus rich with history and stunning views this is not an opportunity to be missed. If the sight-seeing opportunities and the magnificent architecture aren’t enough to convince you then there are also art museums and designer label shops to capture your attention.

Everyone knows about the tourist guide “must do and see” lists for this amazing place but not many have discovered the hidden gems and how to really experience life as a local in Lisbon. A fantastic way to experience the food and drink which is hugely popular in Lisbon is with Eat Portugal. They take you on tours around the capital where you stop off for fabulous food and drink all day whilst experiencing hidden streets on foot. This is truly a great way to experience Lisbon as a local and find those hidden gems that can only be found with a true local.

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A local tradition that is almost unmissable whilst in Lisbon is their music. Whether you’re just strolling through the streets or having dinner at a restaurant you are bound to at some point hear some Fado which is thought to have originated in the 1820s in Portugal. Spending an evening at Casa de Fado is truly an incredible experience and essential for those wanting to experience some real Lisbon culture.

 

Golf and football it is…

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Not only does Lisbon host some fantastic historical monuments, divine restaurants, cute little cafes and some fun nightlife it also is home to some fabulous golf courses as well as some world-class football. What could be more perfect than a holiday that combines this fabulous city with that world class football and some fabulous golfing experiences? Orizonte Golf provide this opportunity with a 3 night stay at a beautifully modern hotel right in the centre of Lisbon, a ticket to see Sporting vs. Benfica as well as two green fees for two stunning courses!

Why not visit a beautiful town…

A little further afield from Lisbon is a smaller but equally as stunning town just 40km south of Lisbon called Sesimbra. It is situated on an incredible coastline with some stunning beaches and surrounded by Serra de Arrabida national park which is perfect for those looking for some activities during their holiday. Although Sesimbra has managed to maintain the feel and atmosphere of a quiet fishing village is carries the bustle of the fun nightlife equally as well.  Sesimbra is off of the usual tourist trail which makes is perfect for peace and quiet and time to see what life is like in a traditional Portuguese town. However, it is increasingly popular with Portuguese tourists but this only means that if you are to go to Sesimbra you should expect traditional and authentic Portuguese food as well as reasonably priced restaurants and bars – what could be more perfect?

If a golfing competition, staying in a fantastic hotel and some wine tasting appeals to you then Orizonte Golf offer a Golf Trophy event at the end of February. Guests will stay in the centre of town in the stunning SANA Sesimbra Hotel and play four rounds with other guests and participate in a wine tasting event and also a prize-giving lunch when the tournament is over. This hotels location is fabulous overlooking a perfect sandy beach and still within walking distance of the many great bars and restaurants that Sesimbra has to offer.