Portugal's capital city of Lisbon offers all the culture to be expected of a European city, but is often noted for being a cheap city to visit compared to other European capitals. Lisbon has the added bonus of a prime position on the Atlantic Ocean; its warm climate will prompt you to try surfing along the Costa da Caparica coastline or enjoy wading in the calmer waters found by the Estoril, Cascais, and Oeiras coastline. If you prefer being closer to trendy shopping than the coast, book Lisbon hotels on Avenida da Liberdade. To make it easy to explore Lisbon and its neighboring cities, rent a car in Lisbon.
Driving In and Around Lisbon
When planning flights to Lisbon, you should also reserve your Lisbon car rental, because you can pick it up at the airport upon arrival. From the airport, it is just under 4 miles to the city center, a drive that should take about 15 minutes. Take in the beautiful architecture of the city as you drive, noticing the white limestone buildings and the decorative white and blue tiles. Your first stop should be to check out the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower. A stop at the Coach Museum offers the largest collection of royal coaches and other vehicles in the world. For more royal splendor, drive to the city of Sinatra where you can tour the National Palace and take in natural riches at the Park of Monserrate. Continue to venture beyond the city limits to Ericeira where you can fish in the Atlantic or surf at the internationally famed Ribeira d'Ilhas Beach.
Prepare to enjoy traditional Portuguese food at Lisbon's many sidewalk cafes and family-owned restaurants as you start planning your trip. Use Travelocity to search over 400 airlines and more than 510,000 hotels worldwide. Don't forget to book your car rental in Lisbon, Portugal.