Venture to Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon this New Year for a
memorable celebration. This stunning city is home to half a million
people, rich in history and teeming with architectural delights that
make exploring a must!
Plan to visit places like Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), St George’s Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge), Torre de Belem, the National Azulejo Museum, the church Igreja de Sao Roque and for a more modern feel to the capital go to Parque das Nacoes for some shopping and relaxation. Jump on a cable car for some great views or just wander around and take in the sights.
Lisbon has a large selection of museums to peruse including Museu Coleccao Berardo, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Museu do Oriente which should all get your cultural juices flowing.
For something a little different you might like to take a ride on the Elevador de Santa Justa for some lovely views over the city.
While you are out exploring remember you have to ride on one of the city’s furniculars at least once!
During December you can summon the festive spirit with a wander down Avenida da Liberdade with its fabulous lights and decorations all the way down to Edward VII Park and its Christmas Village.
Lisbon knows how to do New Years Eve well, with an impressive
fireworks display over Praca do Comercio (also know as Terreiro do
Paco) where thousands of people gather for the live entertainment.
Or venture to Torre de Belem for their pyrotechnics and
To get some great viewing spots for the fireworks head to St George’s Castle or Belvedere of San Pedro de Alcantara.
If you are staying in or near Parque das Nacoes, they also have their own fireworks display at Vasco da Gama Towe all within easy reach of the bars and restaurants.
The bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels will have their own New Year events planned, get your reservations and tickets in advance, as with most places at New Year, they will book up quickly.
Enjoy some delicious Portuguese fare at some of these wonderful restaurants:
Taberna Sal Grosso
Frade dos Mares
Casa da Comida
Currently no working live webcams for Lisbon, but we’ll keep checking.
Lisbon gets pretty busy at New Year, so book your room in advance
to make sure you get the hotel you want:
Hotel Avenida Palace
Heritage Avenida Liberdade
Inspira Santa Marta Hotel
Internacional Design Hotel
As Janelas Verdes
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.