HOTEL IN LISBON
I stayed in the Sana Reno Hotel in Sao Sebastaio – http://www.reno.sanahotels.com/ which is a 3 minute walk to the nearest Metro and no more than 6-8 euros in a taxi to town (very cheap when you have four of you!)
The hotel was around £35 a night including breakfast, which was a mixture of cooked and continental. My main attraction to this hotel was the rooftop pool on the 8th floor – it was actually larger than I thought with around 15 sunbeds and a few chairs. There is a phone where you can ring the bar for food and drink and they will bring it up to you, which is an added bonus!
The staff were very friendly and polite, especially when we managed to book the wrong time for our transfer…
The hotel is officially a 3 star but I have stayed in 4 star hotels that are not up to the standard of the Sana Reno – the interior is modern and clean and overall, I was very impressed.
THINGS TO DO IN LISBON
A long weekend should be enough time to see most of the sights in Lisbon. A few ideas of mine were:
Free walking tour around the City with Sandeman’s – http://www.neweuropetours.eu/ – they usually have tours at 10am, 11am and 2pm and each tour lasts around 2.5 hours with a break. You then tip what you think is appropriate. The tour guides are very informative and you get to learn a lot about the history of Lisbon while walking around at the same time.
Take the no 28 tram route around the City but try and get on at the beginning or the end to guarantee seat, otherwise, it gets a little crowded!
Visit Sao Jorge Castle up on the hilltop overlooking Lisbon and the River Tagus – entry €8.50
Pay €2.50 to get the lift up the Rua Augusta arch on the Praça do Comércio which was built to commemorate the city’s reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake. Great views over Lisbon.
Walk around Barrio Alto, Chiado and Rossio districts
Explore Belem – get Tram 15 from Praca de Figueira to Belem via Alcantara which is around 20-25 minutes. Visit Pastéis de Belém which is the home of the pastel de nata (custard tarts) since 1837.
Day trip to Cascais – cute coastal town around 30 minutes from Cais De Sodre station with beaches, restaurants and shops.
Day trip to Sintra which is 30km outside Lisbon – trains run from Rossio and take around 40 minutes and about €3. It is a resort town in the foothills of the Sintra mountains, which used to be a royal sanctuary. You will see some amazing buildings and palaces and the Pena National Palace at the hilltop.