Cheap Seats: Bargain Airfare to Lisbon and Salzburg
Next month — Jan. 11-13Lisbon, Portugal: 40.98 pounds round tripFly Easyjet from London Luton to Lisbon.
Start with a short tram ride to the parish of Belem, on the outskirts of Lisbon, and explore its many sights and museums. The quadrangular Tower of Belem marks the spot from where caravels once set out across the sea. Inside, visitors can browse a small collection of antiques or climb up to its ramparts for a panoramic view of the boats along the River Tagus.
Lisbon’s most visited tourist attraction, the National Coach Museum, is housed in an 18th-century riding academy and connected to the Belem Royal Palace. Tourists can walk amid coaches — many of which are ornately gilded and adorned — from the 17th through 19th centuries on display in a former horse ring.
Another area attraction not to be missed is the Maritime Museum housed in a wing of Jeronimo’s Monastery. The museum holds large collections of 15th- through 19th-century sailing ships and naval uniforms alongside a variety of 20th-century vessels.
Overlooking the River Tagus sits the Memorial to the Discoveries, which immortalizes notable explorers, such as Vasco da Gama. In front of the memorial lies a multicolored marble world map with the dates of discoveries marked.
Back in the center of Lisbon, be sure to visit the moated St. George’s Castle, which overlooks the city and features splendid grounds covered with olive, pine and cork trees, along with peacocks and swans.
Three months — March 15-17Salzburg, Austria: 134.54 pounds round tripFly British Airways from London Gatwick to Salzburg.
Weekend trips to Salzburg should start with an exploration of the Old City and a visit to No. 9 Getreidegasse, the birthplace of Mozart. The Mozart Museum, with exhibits including Mozart’s childhood violin, clavichord and personal correspondence, now occupies the home. You also will find jewelry shops, antique stores, stylish fashion houses and shoe boutiques in the neighborhood.
Next, visit the Salzburg Cathedral with its impressive dome, where Mozart was baptized and spent many years of his life composing. Highlights in the cathedral include the baptismal font, main organ and portals.
From there, art enthusiasts should make a quick stop at Salzburg’s Residenz Gallery to see its collection of paintings by European artists of the 16th through 19th centuries. Visitors also can see the palace’s state rooms, formerly used as living quarters by Salzburg’s prince archbishops.
Cross the Salzach River to visit Mirabell Palace, whose remains include a chapel, the marble hall where a young Mozart and his sister gave concerts and the marble angel staircase with sculptures by Georg Rafael Donner. From there, stroll to Mirabell Gardens. Enter through Rainerstrasse and start up Rosebush Hill and you’ll arrive at the top of the steps where Julie Andrews and her charges showcased their singing ability in “The Sound of Music.”
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