Lisbon nightlife starts late and most of the bars and clubs, spanning every taste from uber-smart to contemporary chic, do not tend to fill up much before 11 p.m. Nightlife is concentrated on the waterfront between the Docks and Avenida 24 de Julho, the 16th century Bairro Alto area and the promenade along the Tagus river, which hums with activity day and night.

Portugal is famous for its melancholy fado singing and many of the fado houses in the city’s older neighbourhoods - Alfama, Bairro Alto for example - will serve a lavish dinner as part of the entrance fee.

Although Lisbon’s traditional cuisine is based on cod, the city’s heady cultural mix has paved the way for a whole range of innovative fusion cooking involving Mediterranean, African and South American influences.

Seafood of all types is easy to find and superb Portuguese wines or port make an ideal accompaniment. Finish your meal with a traditional custard tart; a Pastel de Belém.

If you are looking for daytime diversions, both the Parque das Nações and Oceanarium are great entertainment for all ages.