|Sent on:||Sunday, February 5, 2012 9:33 PM|
Anyone fancy a short break to Lisbon at Easter? Details below:
The World Heritage Belem Tower is to Lisbon what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or Big Ben is to London. It is the city's most photographed landmark, which along with the marvelousJeronimos Monastery should top your list of must-see monuments.
But Lisbon's biggest attraction is the city itself, a city that is not spruced up for the tourist to see, but an authentic place that stands out in such an increasingly homogeneous world. Although it boasts a range of must-see sights, its biggest pleasures are its streetlife andsetting, admired from a pavement cafe, from the top of a hilltop miradouro, or simply by wandering around the atmospheric "bairros."
Not too many other cities have such an intriguing mix of the old and the new, or so many contrasting faces, making this a city for unhurried exploration and a place to get lost in, discovering its many distinctive sights and characteristic images.
There are two unique architectural styles -- the elaborate 16th century Manueline of theBelem district (named after King Manuel I), and the uniform but elegant 18th centuryPombaline of downtown (named after Marquês de Pombal who oversaw the area's rebuilding after the Great Earthquake of 1755) -- along with fine art nouveau shops and cafes that have almost disappeared elsewhere. Just as distinctive are its striking centuries-old tiled façades in the old quarters, and the turn-of-the-century trams and colorful funiculars that have been retired throughout Europe but that remain a common sight in this city, as there is no easier (or more charming) way to climb its hills.
Looking down at the pavements,the concrete and asphalt of other cities is replaced here by imaginative cobbled patterns, and even the most modern structures concentrated in theParque das Nações district are unique in keeping a maritime theme in their architecture. They reflect the city's historical relationship with the sea, which makes it an ideal home to the fantastic Oceanarium. It too sets itself apart from other aquariums in the world for its innovative design, and even the museums house treasures not found anywhere else, from the unique Lalique jewelry displayed in the Gulbenkian Museum, to the one-of-a-kind collection of the Tile Museum.
All of this is what makes Lisbon such a memorable and charming city for seasoned travellers, although there are also the ostentatious palaces and old churches typical of any great historical capital, and the stunning contemporary architecture expected in any great modern city.
Flight timings below:
Friday 06 April
Depart Heathrow 1455 arrive Lisbon 1735
Staying 3 nights at a four star hotel
Monday 09 April
Depart Lisbon 1830 arrive Heathrow 2105
The cost will be £459.00 per person based on two people sharing. Single supplement on request.
If you are interested in reserving a place, please pay a non refundable deposit of £90.00.
I look forward to hearing from you all!