Lisbon and Seville: The Best of Portugal and Spain
Considering a sunny holiday in Lisbon or Seville? Check out our guide to see the best destinations in Portugal and Spain!
When dreaming of holidays in the sun, Lisbona and Seville always come to mind. Portugal and Spain are hot destinations for all types of travellers, and offer lots to see, eat, and drink. While Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region in Spain. Connected by history, the two countries share ancestors, examples of Mudéjar architecture, music styles, and food. Thinking of planning a holiday in the sun to these amazing destinations? Read our guide on Lisbon and Seville: The Best of Portugal and Spain.
Lisbon is the capital of Portogallo and one of the most dynamic cities in Europe. Also known as the City of Seven Hills, it will leave you breathless with wonder…and its notoriously steep hills. Lisbon is a popular destination all year round, so no matter when you visit, you’ll be glad you did. Just remember to pack comfortable shoes when you go!
Top Things in Lisbon
Morning, noon, or night, there’s always something to do in Lisbon. The city is home to lots of young people, so no matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Lisbon has something for you!
For those who like to do a bit of retail therapy while on vacation, you’re going to love Lisbon. Starting with the Chiado neighbourhood, you’ll find several well-known and local shops amongst the beautiful 18th century architecture. But if you’re more into vintage, head to the Barrio Alto district. Also known as Lisbon’s SoHo, you’ll be spoiled with the selection of record shops, vintage boutiques, bars, restaurants, and cafes here. We also recommend coming here for the nightlife, too!
Lisbon is also home to several museums, some of which should not be missed. The most popular is the Museo Calouste Glubenkian, which boasts a large collection of Renaissance paintings. But if you’re more into museums that are a little less focused on art, we suggest the Museu Nacional dos Coches. The museum features an impressive collection of 17TH to 19TH century carriages.
No trip to Lisbona can be called a success without visiting Belém. For the history buffs, Belém is an old port from where ships commanded by the likes of Vasco da Gama and Henry the Navigator set sail. The area today is certainly a hot spot for tourism, but is worth a visit for the food, drinks, and the neighbourhood vibe.
Where to Stay in Lisbon
Our top recommendation in Lisbon is Oasis Backpackers Mansion, located in the popular Barrio Alto. With a high rating, clean facilities, and friendly staff, you’ll feel at home at Oasis. The hostel is also known for its free activities, ranging from free walking tours, to pub crawls, and grill parties. Just like Lisbon, there’s always something going on at Oasis Backpackers Mansion.
More about Lisbon
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Seville is one of the prettiest cities in Spain and is the capital of Andalusia. Rich in cathedrals, culture, and sun, Seville is certainly worth a visit. The Andalusian capital, while famous for its history, is also well known in pop culture. A fan of Assassin’s Creed? Game of Throne’s? Star Wars? All have scenes filmed in beautiful, sunny Seville!
Top Things in Seville
A sophisticated mix of monuments, plazas, revolutionary architecture, tapas bars, and amazing nightlife, Seville has something for everyone. United by tapas, but divided on football, Seville is waiting for you to discover it.
When thinking of Spain, certain things come to mind: tapas, Flamenco, and incredible nightlife are usually at the top of everyone’s list. And you’ll find all of this in Seville. Being the birthplace of Flamenco, a visit is incomplete without taking in a traditional Flamenco show. We recommend checking out La Casa del Flamenco, located in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood.
As we mentioned, Seville is home to lots of beautiful architecture, much of which is used as a backdrop to lots of famous films. And the Plaza de Espana is one of those places. Covered in intricate tile work, film buffs will recognise it from Star Wars: Episode II. Entrance is free, so spend some time wandering around. You’ll surely find a few great spots to photograph here.
La Giralda is Seville’s famous bell tower, and is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. La Giralda is easily one of the most recognisable landmarks here, and climbing to the top is worth it for the view. Make sure you pace yourself though – you’ll need to climb 35 flights of stairs before reaching the top.
Where to Stay in Seville
Our top recommendation for hostels in Seville is Oasis Backpackers Palace. This centrally located hostel will make you feel home, but will also ensure you have a great time in Seville. With three breakfast options, a rooftop lounge, a swimming pool, and more, you’ll be more than satisfied with your time at Oasis Backpackers Palace.
More about Seville
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How can I travel from Lisbon to Seville?
While the distance between Lisbon and Seville isn’t all that far, travelling between the two isn’t necessarily the easiest. Both trains and busses detour through Faro in the Algarve, so the trip can take upwards of 13-14 hours. However, travelling by car between the two destinations takes just about 5 hours of driving. But if time is of the essence, we suggest hoping on a plane, which takes just over an hour!
Lisbon and Seville: The Best of Portugal and Spain
The ideas of colourful architecture, delectable food and drink, and incredible culture have probably gotten you excited to start planning your holiday to Lisbon and Seville! These sun soaked destinations will surely fulfil your holiday dreams and needs. Just remember to pack the sunscreen!
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