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Conveniently close, why not recharge the batteries with a short break in Lisbon

TramEurope’s most westerly and sunniest capital. It's a compact and intimate city, ideal for a short city break or a longer romantic stay, with a lively café culture and a nightlife. It has world-class restaurants, excelling in seafood, its reputation for style and long pedigree in art and culture.

Another real bonus is that is officially Western Europe's least expensive capital.

Portugal’s first city remains high on every discerning weekend-breaker’s hit-list. In this guide to their capital, your Getaway team have discovered the major attractions in Lisbon and also offer their insider’s tips on the essential things to do in the city that many visitors (and many non-resident guides) miss. Explore our guide to Lisbon’s best museums and attractions, restaurants and cafés, and clubs, bars and live music – along with the best shopping and some great hotels – and immerse yourself in their city.

Bafflingly, Lisbon didn’t take off as a tourist destination until after its World Expo in 1998. Hard to understand, as it’s Europe's second oldest capital after Athens predating Rome and London by hundreds of years.

Its glorious past can be felt in every street, just turn a corner and you’re face to face with a relic of its role as a big-hitting maritime power. This is a history reflected in its name – Lisbon comes from Allis Ubbo, Phoenician for ‘safe harbour’.

Home to some half a million residents, Portugal’s capital is built over a number of hills that provides stunning city vistas. The city is split into neighbourhoods called bairros. While some are more lively than others, each has its own charm, from the  oldest  Alfama,  to Cais do Sodré, fast emerging as the hippest. Despite the city’s history – and its network of charming time-warp, vintage yellow trams Lisbon has a distinctly modern edge.

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Marbella much more than just Glitz and Glamour

Marbella frontMarbella the beautiful town nestled on the Costa del Sol, is a top destination for holiday makers and homeowners from all over the world. Since the 1970s, Marbella has become famous as a playground for the rich and famous. Yet underneath the glamorous facade, there is much more to discover. Set in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca, Marbella has a diverse cosmopolitan atmosphere- with expat communities of several different nationalities. The area exudes charm, tradition and elegance with sandy beaches, excellent climate, a multitude of leisure facilities, including some of the best golf courses in Europe; Michelin star restaurants, world-class nightlife and International luxury shopping brands, all attract visitors year round.

Orange squareFood is as integral to Spain as its rich history with each region home to its own unique flavours and cuisine, Andalucia is no exception. In Marbella and the surrounding areas the Andalusian cuisine which is twofold, coastal and rural, is represented with every turn you make.

There is something for everyone, as traditional tapas bars, authentic fish restaurants, gourmet delis, Michelin star restaurants and of course the chirinquitos all offer their delights. 

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