Cheap Flights to Lisbon
Located within the city limits, Lisbon Portela International Airport (LIS) appears in the classic film Casablanca. It is the main international gateway into Portugal and a domestic hub. The neighboring parish of Portela is home to the Church of Cristo Rei da Portela, which features a modern architectural design.
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon is situated on the hills overlooking the Rio Tejo and has attracted visitors for centuries. Bohemian bars, riverside dance clubs and late-night street parties are set against a backdrop of Roman and Moorish ruins, cobblestone streets and café-lined grand plazas. The city is also home to museums and historic architecture like the Belem Tower, one of the most famous and frequented landmarks in the city.
Lisbon Portela International Airport (LIS)
Although it is an older facility, Lisbon Portela International Airport is easy to traverse through due to its 2009 renovations. The airport is consistently nominated as one of Europe's leading airports. It has two terminal buildings: Terminal 1 is the main building and features two check-in halls, a variety of shops and many services. It handles international arrivals and departures. In addition to TAP Portugal, major carriers providing flights to Lisbon include Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and United Airlines. Terminal 2, located on the southern edge of the airport and accessible by a complimentary shuttle bus, serves domestic flights and low-cost carriers like easyJet and Ryanair. Travelers can reach the city by AeroBus service, metro or taxi. While the metro and AeroBus charge approximately $2 and $4 respectively, a taxi provides the easiest connection for about $15.
Attractions in Lisbon
Popular attractions in Lisbon include the 18th-century Basilica da Estrela with its sugar-white dome and pink marble interior as well as the UNESCO-listed Jerónimos Monastery. Flights to Lisbon Portela International Airport enable visitors to tour iconic structures like the Moorish Sao Jorge Castle, the 12th-century Lisbon Cathedral and the historic 18th-century aqueduct that contains the largest stone arch in the world. The city's renowned museums include the National Museum of Ancient Art, which is housed in the former Palace of the Count of Alvor. Urban green spaces include the Lisbon Botanical Garden and the Park of Nations. Built for the 1998 World Expo, the park is home to the Oceanario, one of the largest aquariums in the world.
Lisbon Travel Tips
Boasting 3,300 hours of annual sunshine, Lisbon is one of Europe's warmest capital cities. Atlantic Ocean breezes temper the city's Mediterranean climate that causes summer temperatures to hover in the low 80s. The average winter temperature is 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Because rain is distributed throughout the year, precipitation seldom disrupts outdoor events like soccer matches and concerts in the multipurpose stadiums. The climate provides the ideal conditions for festivals dedicated to films, jazz and contemporary arts.
Prawns, oysters and octopus dominate local menus. Popular dishes in this port city include the delectable seafood stew caldeirada and tuna steak. At a nice restaurant, expect to spend $60-$100 for a meal for two.
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