If you've always wanted to experience Carnival but can't make it to Rio di Janeiro in February, Lisbon hosts a great European alternative every year, with floats, traditional parades, costumes and parties all night. Rent near the Parque das Nações for the buzzing Carnival at your doorstep.
Lisbon is one of the cheapest capital cities in Europe and one of the prettiest. Carnival is a glamorous time to visit the city.
The best time to enjoy a whole lot of caipirinhas and mojitos on the bar-lined hills of the Bairro Alto is when Lisbon turns out on June 13 (or the nearest weekend) for the Feast of Saint Anthony of Lisbon - the patron saint of Portugal who was born in the capital.
Every bar and club in the district shuts its doors and moves its drinks to the windows, or on to tables outside and the streets become one huge party. A bit like the Notting Hill carnival should be: drink- and music-filled and unbelievably friendly.
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