Tour Ancient Lisbon Sites While Staying in a Modern Four-Star Hotel
Archaeologists believe that in the first millennium BC—long before Paris, Rome, and London were even on the map—Lisbon was a trading post for the ancient Phoenicians, who probably passed through on ships to trade with inland tribes. The city has been a favorite port of call for travelers for thousands of years since. There’s a timeless quality to many of Lisbon’s most noteworthy attractions, from the narrow hilltop streets of the Bairro Alto district to the Moorish castles that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
On this trip from SATA, you’ll stay just outside the city center of Lisbon at the Hotel Açores Lisboa. This deal includes six nights of hotel accommodations. Round-trip airfare is scheduled out of Boston (BOS), New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), or Washington, DC (DCA).
Stay in a Four-Star Hotel Steps from a World-Class Art Museum
Located about a 20-minute walk northwest of downtown, Hotel Açores Lisboa has modern accommodations close to the heart of the city. Chic guest rooms are equipped with satellite TV and WiFi. There’s an onsite restaurant and bar that serves regional dishes and a breakfast buffet.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, you can find the sprawling Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and its picturesque gardens. The art museum contains a world-class collection of ancient and modern pieces from painters such as Rembrandt, Renoir, and Monet.
Moorish Castles, Hilltop Views, and Historic Sites
Lisbon is known as “The City of Seven Hills,” and there are plenty of nice vantage points from which you can scope out the broad cityscape and the adjacent Rio Tejo, or Tagus River. Right on the Rio Tejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and bastion of the city since 1515, the ornate Belém Tower, with its white Moorish-style architecture. While you’re here, it’s also worth visiting the Jerónimos Monastery, another World Heritage site with sculpted columns depicting sea monsters and coral.
For a day trip, try finding your way to Sintra, located just outside of town. Brightly colored palaces, Moorish castles, and world-class beaches decorate the charming seaside village.