Lisbon among Europe's most affordable places

Suggestions for a trip to Lisbon, a particularly affordable last-minute vacation destination....

Suggestions for a trip to Lisbon, a particularly affordable last-minute vacation destination. (Dmitry Saparov/Shutterstock.com)

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The average weekly rate for a two-bedroom vacation rental in Lisbon is €711, according to TripAdvisor.

In a study focusing on the most popular European vacation destinations this summer, travel website TripAdvisor has shown that the Portuguese capital offers the most affordable accommodations. By comparison, the average price of a week-long vacation rental in Barcelona is €1,115. A week in Rome costs on average €1,162 while one in Paris totals €1,177.

For a last-minute trip, the site recommends dates between August 24 and September 7, as multiple accommodations are still available during this period. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your visit to the historic city.

Must-see places
Don't miss the Belém district, with its splendid Belém Tower, an icon of Manueline architectural style erected at the mouth of the Tagus River. Contemporary art fans will enjoy a visit to the Museu Coleção Berardo, while sweet-toothed travelers should make time for a break at Pastéis de Belem to savor a famous local dessert: pastel de nata.

The Alfama district, with its narrow streets, is another classic destination. Head up to the Castelo São Jorge, a medieval castle atop the neighborhood, for a stunning panoramic view. Discover the charms of the local musical cultural at the Fado museum, then head to the new Lisboa Story Center for interactive exhibits on the history of the city.

Good to know
Lisbon is built on seven hills, so there is no shortage of steep streets such as those in the Alfama district. In these conditions, the tramway is more than convenient, it's a must! The Lisboa Card, available fom the Tourist Office, provides unlimited access to public transportation services along with discounts on entry to the city's major museums and monuments.

Seaside getaway
For a day trip to the beach, look no further than the coastal resort town of Sintra. Located 25 km from Lisbon, the town is accessible via train from the Rossio station. A longtime favorite destination for Portuguese monarchs, Sintra has charmed generations of visitors with its breathtaking sea and mountain scenery.

Nightlife
The working-class neighborhood of Bairro Alto comes to life at night, and party people flock from around the city to its bars and Fado houses. In the Docas neighborhood, former home to the docks where merchandise was loaded and unloaded from ships on the Tagus, bars and restaurants invite guests to grab a table on the terrace and stay into the wee morning hours. Jazz fans can take advantage of the Out Jazz festival, a series of free concerts held on Fridays and Sundays in public parks and squares all over the city. The festival is on now and continues through the end of September.


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