Mini guide to Lisbon, Portugal
Art Deco rules the waves at the Hotel Britania near Avenida da Liberdade. The owners have put a Modernist stamp on rooms, with chrome lamps, plaid fabrics and shiny marble bathrooms. There’s a touch of Agatha Christie about the old-school bar (heritage.pt; Rua Rodrigues Sampaio 17; from £180).
Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa runs the bus, tram and funicular networks, with tickets available on board and at kiosks throughout the city (day passes £4; carris.pt). The Metro system is also useful for short hops (fares from £1; metrolisboa.pt).
When to go
Lisbon has mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. In June, both the Fado Festival of traditional song is held at the Castelo de São Jorge, and the Festa de Santo António is celebrated with particular fervour in the Alfama and Madragoa districts of the city (egeac.pt).
EasyJet flies to Lisbon Portela airport from Gatwick (from £90), and seasonally from Bristol (from £80) and Liverpool (from £80; easyjet.com). TAP Portugal flies from Heathrow (from £140) and Manchester (from £140; flytap.com). From the airport, AeroBus departs regularly for the city centre (carris.pt; fares £3).