SWD minimoon in… Lisbon

Colourful, culture-rich and surrounded by beaches, Lisbon ticks all the boxes for a European minimoon. 

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Alfama, the oldest district of the city.

Think of Portugal and chances are you associate it with long, languid beach holidays rather than city breaks, but capital city Lisbon is fast becoming a popular destination for couples seeking a shorthaul getaway.  It’s also regarded as the sixth-cheapest city break in Europe, making it a budget-friendly option for honeymooners.

What to do

See the sights

Built across seven hills, Lisbon is a joy to explore: winding cobbled streets, pretty pastel buildings and spectacular views from the peak of every slope.

An illustrious history ensures plenty of cultural landmarks to visit along the way, from the Moorish S£o Jorge Castle and the iconic Belém Tower to the 16th-century Jer³nimos monastery.

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Belem Tower on the bank of the Tagus River
Monastery of the Hieronymites, Lisbon, Portugal
Monastery of the Hieronymites in Santa Maria de Belem

Discover the local delicacies

Be sure to stop off at a pastry shop on your travels. Lisbon’s famous custard tarts (known as Pasteis de Nata) are a slice of heaven.

Visit the coastline

Lisbon is Europe’s sunniest capital city, so if all that sunshine has you hankering for the beach, you’re a half hour journey from sweeping stretches of sand and sea. The Cascais-Estoril coastline to the west of the city is the most popular with tourists, while surfers tend to make for the wild and rugged Costa da Caparica coastline. There’s even a nudist beach, Praia do Meco, if you’re so inclined¦


Where to stay 

Sana Rex Hotel

Stay in a standard double room in this three-star hotel, which overlooks the urban Parque Eduardo VI in downtown Lisbon.

Rooms start from £350pp per night. Visit the Sana Rex website for further details.  

Hotel Lisboa Plaza

This elegant four-star hotel is a short stroll from Rossio Square. Stay in a standard double room or upgrade to a superior room.

Rooms start from £375pp per night. Visit the Hotel Lisboa Plaza website for further details.  

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Expect stunning views and spacious rooms at this luxurious five-star hotel, which is just minutes from the city centre.

Rooms start from £440pp per night. Visit the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon website for further details.