VIEW FROM THE ROOFTOPS It's worth the climb to the National Pantheon
Caza das Vellas Loreto, cazavellasloreto.com.pt There’s only one item for sale in this woodpanelled shop – candles. More than 3,600 different shades and shapes have been manufactured on the premises since 1789, with prices starting from 1.50 euros.
WHAT TO DO Take the tram A convenient way to traverse Lisbon’s anklebusting seven hills, the 19th-century tram network is also great for sightseeing. Route E28 is the most famous, but equally scenic – and less crowded – are routes 12 and 25. Alternatively, visit the 28 Tram Cafe (Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 45), a replica of the oldfashioned wooden carriage built to scale.
Soak up views Spread across seven hills, the city has plenty of high points. To watch the sunset, visit the ramparts of Sao Jorge Castle, or save money on an entry ticket by climbing to Nossa Sra do Monte in Graca, where there’s the added bonus of including the 11th-century fortification in your view.
Eat pastel de nata Pasteis de Belem (pasteisdebelem.pt/es) has been making award-winning custard tarts using a secret recipe since 1837, but expect large queues at the blue-tiled bakery and cafe. Instead, try Zarzuela (www.zarzuela.pt) on Rua do Arsenal, where tarts were named amongst the best 12 in Lisbon.
TRAVEL FACTS Monarch (www.monarch.co.uk) operates year-round ﬂights to Lisbon from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester with fares, including taxes, from £69 one-way (£119 return). For more information on the city, visit www.visitlisboa.com
PARIS MATCH The city’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Read the June 8th 2016 edition of the Times of Tunbridge Wells