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Michael visits Lisbon Part 2   Oct 14, 2016

I've found the travel experience is much better if it's combined with a cultural or sporting emphasis. I love running so every year pick a different European city to run a marathon.  As well as an opportunity to see city highlights, this year I chose Lisbon.  There is no better way to see a city at the same time challenging yourself to improve on the last marathon

Starting in elegant Cascais with its manicured lawns and sandy beaches, the route takes you along the Tagus river.  Far off is the massive April 25th Bridge commemorating the overthrow of the last dictator of Portugal.  Then it’s a brief diversion into the old town before passing the harbour where massive cruise liners moor up at Santa Apolonia.  We finished at Oriente, like our docklands, an area newly regenerated to end at the Parque des Nacios, site of the 1998 EXPO. 

It was my best ever time of 4 and a half hours for the 26 miles on a perfect autumn day, and I treated myself (along with many others) to a footbath!

There is a regular nightly sleeper from London to Lisbon with de luxe cabin available to book contact sales@traintours.co.uk or phone 0207 619 1083, for enquiries 0901 235 0105 (62p per minute + network extras).  We stayed at the 5* Governors Residence in Belem with outdoor pool and gourmet restaurant, all the staff very welcoming, convenient for access by tram to Lisbon city which stops outside.