Cheap flights to Lisbon Portugal

Hazy views and melancholic strains of fado
Flights to Lisbon from
  • 35 GBP per person
  • Flights from London starting at 40 GBP
  • Flights from Birmingham starting at 67 GBP
  • Flights from Manchester starting at 52 GBP

About Lisbon

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Yellow trams clatter up Lisbon’s seven hills, as they have done for over a century – offering dizzying views of the hazy Atlantic and zigzagging terracotta rooftops. Ride one to the old fishermen’s district of Alfama, where rickety balconies are weighed down with bougainvillea. Local women gossip in front of azulejo-covered walls – the dapper Portugese tilework – their shadows lengthening in the late afternoon sun. A little further up, you will reach the Castelo do Jorge, a Moorish fairy tale castle.

Beneath the streets of downtown Lisbon lies a hidden Roman Underworld complete with chambers, bridges and corridors.

Make sure to check out the downtown Baixa District, swerve off from the checkerboard Rossio square and allow yourself to get a little lost among the melancholic strains of fado music and the sweet, buttery aroma of pasteis de nata – Portugal’s signature sweet treat. Find a café serving up the best of both, and fall irrevocably in love with Lisbon.

Lisbon is not officially the capital of Portugal: there has never been an official document proclaiming it so.

How’s the weather in Lisbon in October?

  • Temperature 15-22 °C
  • Dry days 23-
  • Average rainfall 85 mm
  • Snow days 0

Demographics

  • Population 548K
  • Local time :
  • Currency Euro

What does Lisbon cost?

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Restaurants

  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 6.49 GBP

Markets

  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle): .77 GBP

Transportation

  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport): 1.3 GBP
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): 3.03 GBP

Sports And Leisure

  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult: 33.48 GBP
  • Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend): 7.55 GBP
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat: 5.19 GBP

Clothing And Shoes

  • 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar): 67.53 GBP
  • 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...): 24.17 GBP
  • 1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes: 61.3 GBP
  • 1 Pair of Men's Leather Business Shoes: 74.81 GBP

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About Lisbon

Don’t let the sad strains of the fado songs fool you – Portugal’s capital is more focused on hedonism than heartbreak. With new life breathed into its oldest, seamiest neighbourhoods, there’s never been a better time to lose yourself amid its winding streets.

Lisbon is a city that really comes alive when the stars come out. During the day it’s pleasant to stroll around the grand, sun-soaked squares or browse the designer shops in the elegant Chiado district, but it’s only in the evening that the action really hots up.

Today’s hottest hood, the riverside Cais do Sodré, used to be the city’s red light district. These days you’re more likely to bump into hipsters and burlesque dancers than sailors and strippers, but the neighbourhood still retains a few of its rough edges. The Pensão Amor (Guesthouse of Love) doesn’t hide its former incarnation as a brothel – in fact, it revels in it. Now hosting everything from art exhibitions to club nights, it’s one of the city’s coolest venues, so be prepared to queue to join the fun.

For a slightly more chilled scene, explore the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Barrio Alto. Here, in one of the oldest parts of the city, the party spills out onto the streets from dozens of hole-in-the-wall bars and restaurants. Sagres in hand, cynical suits mix with wide-eyed foreign students, gays with straights, locals with in-the-know holiday makers.

This is also one of the best places in the city to catch authentic fado – the local version of blues that’ll have you sobbing into your vino verde. Don’t be surprised if your waitress whisks off her apron and takes the mike. The smaller fado joints are often family affairs, with everyone pitching in.

A word of warning: If you’re not used to late nights, you might be in for a shock. As in many Latin cities, the bars don’t get full until well past midnight. The best advice? Siesta like the locals, so you’ll have enough energy to party until the sun comes up over the Tagus River.

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