Lisbon adventure for Val

Val at the Castelo de S. Jorge with the city in the background.

Val Baynton, GTO Contributing Editor, spent four nights in Lisbon, Portugal in November.

She says the warm, late autumn days made this a perfect time of the year to explore the city. There’s lots for groups to see from the 11th century Castelo de S. Jorge, and river side attractions to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum with over 6000 artefacts of classical and oriental art from antiquity to the early 20th century. Travel is made easy by the sight-seeing hop-on hop-off buses with several routes available around the centre, and there are also guided walking tours. Lisbon is set over a number of hills and some groups may wish to take the quaint trams up the steep hillsides! She also visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, and loved discovering the historic royal retreats, castles and 19th century romantic follies, set amongst the picturesque verdant hills and valleys around 20 miles west of Lisbon.