Airports in Lisbon
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Lisboa (LIS): 7 mi from city centre
Flights to Lisbon: practical information
Cheap airlines to Lisbon
Portugal is accessible thanks to so many international cheap flights to Lisbon with major airlines like British Airways and TAP Air Portugal. As far as low cost flights to Lisbon Airport (LIS) go, EasyJet is the best option with departures from Edinburgh, Liverpool, London (Luton and Gatwick) and Bristol.
When to book cheap flights to Lisbon
When flying low cost, book at least two months ahead. Start to compare cheap Lisbon flights early to make sure you find the best deals. Generally, you'll find the best rates for tickets from London to Lisbon 4-6 months in advance.
- Peak season: Spring to Autumn and Carnival in February and March.
- Low season: Early spring, late autumn and winter.
Direct flights to Lisbon from London take 2h 45min.
Experience Lisbon: what to do, what to see
From the Tower of Belem to Jerónimos Monastery, you will discover the beauty of Manueline art and your evenings will be serenaded by the melancholic verses of the city's fado singers. Lisbon is succulent, it's beautiful... who wouldn't want to spend their holidays in Lisbon?
Essentials in Lisbon
Tower of Belem: This sixteenth century fortress, built under the reign of King Manuel I, was originally constructed to protect the port of Lisbon. It's an example of typical Moorish architecture and is known worldwide as the place were Magellan and de Gama used to prepare for their journeys to the New World.
Jerónimos Monastery: The Portuguese always had a talent in taking something old and turning it into something new. While this building is undeniably Gothic, the traditional characteristics have been used in a completely new way. This was very typical at the time when it was built. Admission is free!
Alfama: The oldest district in the city, Alfama was once Arab territory but today is a refreshing mix of cultures and styles. It's labyrinth of streets are enjoyable to wander on foot; you'd be crazy to try and take your Lisbon car hire here! When night falls, the place picks up and the parties begin.
Find more information on visitlisboa.com.
Accommodations in Lisbon
Lisbon is a very tourist-friendly capital. The number of small pensions and cheap home-stays is impressive! For more comfort, stick to the mid-range hotels in Lisbon. Accommodations are divided into five categories: pensão (pension), inns (upscale), pousada (historic house), albergaria (small hotel) and alojamento (the most common, it's a classic hotel with no restaurant).