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Portugal's capital city offers an unpretentious culture coupled with a splendid, historic cityscape. As one of Europe's oldest cities, it's also one of the most fascinating to explore! Here are some top tips to get you started.

Jeronimos Monastery

Jeronimos Monastery

The magnificent Jeronimos Monastery near the shoreline of Belém was once home to the Hieronymite monks – Catholic hermits whose primary role it was to pray for the King's soul!

Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto

The loosely translated Upper Neighborhood is Lisbon's most historically opulent quarter. Bairro Alto is a great place to wander, its preserved romantic ambiance boasts some of the city's top attractions!

Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral

Built in 1147 and subsequently developed over time, the Lisbon Cathedral is a bold mix of architectural styles, yet maintains the imposing authority of its Medieval incarnation.

Rossio Square

Rossio Square

Once the scene of celebrations, bullfights, executions, and uprisings, Lisbon's historic Rossio Square is the meeting point of choice for locals and tourists alike.

Alfama

Alfama

The city's oldest district can be found between the São Jorge Castle and the Tagus River. Alfama is the place to be for Lisbon's best restaurants and Fado bars!

Tagus River

Tagus River

Whether cycling along its bank or cruising its waters, be sure to explore Lisbon's pulse. Tagus River's estuary is a haven for fish, crustaceans, and birds, including flamingos!

Commerce Square

Commerce Square

Called Praça do Comércio in Portuguese, this vast town square is also known as Palace Square (Terreiro do Paço). The Royal Palace stood here before being flattened by the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake!

Belém Tower

Belém Tower

Not only did his 16th-century harbor fortress defend the municipality of Lisbon from coastal attack, but Belém Tower was also crucial to Portugal's role in the era's Age of Discovery!

Chiado Square
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Chiado Square

Chiado's subsequent recovery after a devastating fire in 1988 has made it perhaps the wealthiest corner of the city. It's now Lisbon's most famous shopping district!

Santa Justa Lift

Santa Justa Lift

With the advent of electric power, Lisbon built two elevators to improve access between its hilly streets. This peculiar feat of engineering is a true relic!

Planning Your Lisbon Visit

Best time to visit?

Lisbon is lucky enough to have the warmest winters in Europe without the disadvantage of suffering from intense summer heat. Nevertheless, the subtropic coastal climate is prone to sudden bursts of rain even on its clearest days, so be warned! Going in late spring or early autumn generally means cheaper hotel prices and more manageable crowds.

How many days?

The heart of Lisbon makes a great choice for a long weekend, but many of its top attractions lie within the city's greater subregion. Top day trips include Belém, Sintra, Fátima, and Cascais, with many more besides. Each will need at least an entire day to see, if not two.

How to get from Lisbon airport to the city?

Though Lisbon is cheap by the standards of most European capitals, getting one of the cabs waiting outside the airport can be expensive. If you're traveling somewhere central without much luggage, it's undoubtedly cheaper and easier to take the metro. It should only take about 25 minutes to the city center.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or autumn

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What people are saying about Lisbon

Amazing Sintra Palace, gorgeous Cavo di Roca

Perfectly organised tour to places everybody must visite. Pena palace is very impressive situated at the top of a hill with a wonderful view. Cavo di Roca is unforgetable.

Sintra, Pena Palace, Cape Roca & Cascais Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 13/01/2019

Nice tour for the first day of your stay in Lisbon

The tour was nice, although it wasn't so easy to find the guides in the first place. Pedro took his time and answered all the questions, the atmosphere was very good and we learned a lot about the habits and local gastronomic specialities. This tour is escpecially good for the start of your journey in Lisbon since you get to know nice places for views, where to eat etc. .

Great tour, definately must see when visiting Lisbon!

We really enjoyed our trip. Cabo da Roca and it’s stunning view. Pittoresque and romantic Sintra and wonderful Pena Palace! Our guide was really friendly and helpful with some tips for great Fado experience!

Paulo was a very good guide who showed us Sintra and Cascais while exp

Paulo was a very goog guide who showed us Sintra and Cascais while explaining all history about the region. So many thanks from Catalonia!

Sintra and Cascais Full Day Group Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 06/01/2019

Rebecca is an amazing guide - the best I’ve seen!

We did the 10am tour on Jan 2nd and thoroughly enjoyed it. Learnt so much about Lisbon and Portugal. Not only about the places we saw but also the culture, food, traditions and many other things. Our guide made such an effort to engage with us and our kids. Was truly an awesome experience.