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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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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

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

Stunningly beautiful experience and great day with Enol

We had a wonderful time, better than I even hoped for. Fog cleared to reveal turquoise water, saw fish, sheer cliff walls, and the paddling was easy (I had worried about that). Beach was lovely, too, and castle was neat to see. Enol was an excellent guide and great to talk with. Highly recommend.

Arrábida Kayak Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Ginette, 18/09/2018

very good experience on a lovely boat along River Tagus

Lovely cruise with very nice guides who speak many languages and and are here to make your trip enjoyable!! I highly recommend to do the cruise with this crew!!

Lisbon: 45 Minute Express Cruise Along River Tagus Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 18/09/2018

perfect day to visit some beautiful places

perfect and great tour guide, recommend it to anyone who likes to visit this small and beautiful villages.

From Lisbon: Fatima, Obidos, Batalha and Nazaré Group Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 16/09/2018

Amazing, Jasper especially was a great host to have. Highly Recommend

Amazing tour, we got a comfortable car, stopped at local coffee shops to interact with the local food & beverage of Portugal. Jasper was very well informed and has studied the country very well, he was able to answer any questions we have and tell us about the history in a very admirable way. We got to skip the line, see everything first without any trouble, he even suggested great restaurants for us to go try. Jasper speaks english fluently and is very down to earth, the tour was one to remember. Go try and see for yourself, you wont regret it.

Sintra and Cascais: Full-Day Private Tour Reviewed by Omar, 16/09/2018

Includes a glass of wine, or two... or three :) Excellent!

While there are many similar tours, this one was among the cheaper options and we’ve had a wonderful guide Juan who sailed the world with his boat. Great tour, great conversations, highly reccomended.

Lisbon: Sunset Sailboat Ride with Wine Reviewed by Jakub, 15/09/2018