By Rye Londyn

Peruse any list of top European travel destinations and you are likely to find Lisbon, Portugal. While this may surprise some, Lisbon is a perfect European destination. Ever increasing in popularity, this well kept secret is finally getting out, and why not?  With its temperate climate and quaint mix of old and new, Lisbon truly is a traveler's dream. 

The Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is a modern, state of the art facility that efficiently moves over 13 million passengers annually.  Located conveniently near downtown, and with easy access to public transportation or connecting cabs, Lisbon Portela Airport makes getting on with your travels a breeze. Its close proximity to the Eurorail and Portorail also makes it easy to link to other points of interest within Portugal or wherever your travels in Europe may take you. Book your airfare to Lisbon today through ( as well as your hotel in the city ( and prepare to experience all the best that Europe has to offer in one gorgeous city.

Lisbon is built atop seven hills overlooking the sea, a topographical trait it shares with the other legendary cities of Rome and San Francisco. Don't let the hills dissuade you though; Lisbon is a great city for walking. For the more pampered traveler, though, cabs are inexpensive and plentiful, and public transportation is available in the form of streetcars, which provide an interesting and economical way to get around. While Lisbon may not possess quite the same glamorous reputation as some of its more famous cousins, such as London, Paris, Barcelona, or Rome, this is precisely the reason to visit. Fewer visitors mean fewer crowds and locals who aren't jaded by over-commercialization and treat visitors with sincere hospitality.

Lisbon is a dichotomy. As the oldest city in Western Europe, it is an ancient city with structures dating back to antiquity and is as historically significant as any city in the world. On the other hand, Lisbon is a thriving economic hub and international destination with all the amenities you would expect from any large modern city. From museums, theater, shopping or sightseeing, Lisbon has something to suit every interest. 

Situated on the extreme western edge of the continent, Lisbon is one of the closest European cities to reach from the eastern United States, which makes it a logical choice for travelers on a budget. Lisbon also enjoys one of the milder climates in Western Europe, which makes year round travel possible, although it is ideal to visit from spring though fall.

Lisbon is loosely divided into several distinct districts, or bairros, each with their own unique character and personality. Some of the most famous are:

⦁    Alfama, the oldest part of the city, is known worldwide for the Fado music heard throughout the area.
⦁    Baixa is considered the city center, and is the ideal place to see beautiful, unique and historical architecture.
⦁    Bairro Alto, just a short walk from Baixa, is also centrally located, and is known for its bustling, multi-cultural nightlife and abundance of wine bars.
⦁    Chaido, adjacent to Bairro Alto, more commonly referred to as The Chaido, is the traditional shopping district for Lisbon and contains several significant theaters and museums.
⦁    Alcântara, once an industrial area in the latter 19th century, has now been revitalized and is home to several residential developments, boasting beautiful views of the Tagus River.
⦁    Belém, located along the banks of the legendary Tagus River is best known as the launching point of some of history’s most celebrated expeditions. It is also home to one of the most visited sites in Lisbon, the Torre de Belém, a fortified lighthouse tower built in the mid-16th century to guard the entrance to the Port of Lisbon.

Each bairro is well worth a visit, so enjoy a cup of espresso or a glass of port in the city squares and take in the centuries of culture surrounding you.

For you shutterbugs, Lisbon is world famous for its photography and legendary quality of light. With its numerous vistas, iconic streetcars, old world charm, endless choice of subjects and nearly perfect light, it is almost impossible to take a poor picture. Just ask your hotel concierge to refer you to one of the many photo tour services offered.

Fantastic restaurants can be found scattered throughout the city and in every district. In fact, Lisbon has some of the best food and service in the world. The Portuguese are legendary for their hospitality and friendliness with travelers. Do not be surprised if the head chef comes out to enjoy a drink or appetizer with you personally. As if the spirit and generosity of the people weren't enough, the food itself is simply amazing:  an eclectic mix of flavors, reminiscent of French provincial combined with Catalonian but yet profoundly and uniquely Portuguese in every way. Portuguese food is a treat that is a joy unto itself and not easily forgotten.

Lisbon, a perfect blend of old and new wrapped in a modern package, boasting a vibrant nightlife, active arts scene, and wonderful shopping, complete with attractions dating back to the 11th century. A short drive from the Lisbon city center will find you at world class surf breaks, old world vineyards, historic castles or sensational beaches, all in less than an hour by car. Portugal began the age of exploration, so why not let help you plan a little exploration of your own?


  • 1. Oceanario de Lisboa
  • 2. Miradouro da Graa
  • 3. Santa Justa Elevator and Carmo Church Ruins
  • 4. Rossio Square
  • 5. Torre de Belm
  • 6. Monument to the Discoveries
  • 7. Castelo de Jorge
  • 8. Commerce Square
  • 9. Shopping at the Chiado
  • 10. Nightlife at Bairro Alto


  • 1. Carnaval - February
  • 2. Lisbon Fish and Flavors - April
  • 3. Indie Lisboa Film Festival - April
  • 4. Night Day Festival Lisbon - May
  • 5. Festas de Lisboa - June
  • 6. Estoril Music Festival - July
  • 7. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Jazz Festival - August
  • 8. Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - September
  • 9. Arte Lisboa - November
  • 10. Doclisboa International Film Festival - October


Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa
Rua Latino Coelho 1, 1069-025 Lisboa, Portugal
By Arielle Street

Located at only a 15-minute drive from Portela International Airport (LIS) and 10 minutes from the city’s downtown Baixa district, Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa is an ideal accommodation for leisure and business travellers alike. Right in Lisbon’s bustling business district, the hotel is close to great shopping, theatres and museums, which you can enjoy before 3 p.m. check-in. From the moment you arrive, the attentive staff is there to ensure that everything is comfortable. For guests arriving by car, there is underground parking for a fee. For those arriving from the Port of Lisbon or the Santa Apalonia train station, the hotel is a short taxi or metro ride away.

The hotel offers 369 trendily decorated guest rooms and suites with smoking and non-smoking room options. All rooms are equipped with an LCD flat panel TV, a walk-in closet and a spacious bathroom. Twelve meeting rooms and a business centre are also on the premises. Free Wi-Fi is accessible in all public areas of the hotel and is available in the guest rooms for a fee.

To find tranquility and repose from the city’s bustle, or after a long meeting, the Spirito Spa and fitness centre are there to rejuvenate you. In addition to the various spa treatments that are offered, Spirito Spa features an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna and a juice bar. After a relaxing day or afternoon, enjoy a meal with panoramic views of Lisbon at the award winning, luxurious Panorama Restaurant, located on the hotel’s rooftop. 24-hour room service is also available. Starwood preferred guests are eligible for additional perks such as the private Club Lounge, upgraded amenities and complimentary access to the fitness center.

On your last morning sleep in as check-out isn’t until 12 p.m. Sheraton Lisboa hotel & Spa will make your stay in Lisbon comfortable and relaxing. Let assist you in making your booking today (!