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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 views, amazing guide, wonderful experience

Our guide David couldn’t have been kinder, more knowledgeable or more accommodating. Thank you soo much David. We had an awesome day thanks to you. Great sights. All a must see. From ocean to castle to religious Art and experiences. Great tour

The best boattrip! Wonderful view and amazing guides

My family and I have tried several boattrips in different countries, but this one is the best we have tried so far! The boat was very nice, and the two guides on board were the most polite and friendly men we could imagine. The atmosphere were very cozy and down to earth - and not to forget - the champaign was great! All three of us, my husband, my 22 year old daughter, and I, will truly recommend this trip.

Lisbon 2-Hour Sailing Tour with Champagne Reviewed by Tinna, 04/15/2019

A fantastic bike tour - Bento our guide was brilliant!

Highly recommend - Bento was informative, friendly and knowledgeable. Excellent way to get around the city. Lots of tips and suggestions.

Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Hills Tour by Electric Bike Reviewed by Shirley Anne, 04/12/2019

Fun, cool way to discover Alfama, a must do

Because of an error in the booking system which did not have us on the noon tour with the German guide, the tour was already full and gone when we arrived on time. The guys were very flexible and tried to make this a positive event for us and gave us the option of going on the 3pm German speaking tour or do the tour at noon in English. We preferred the English tour which turned out to be the perfect decision. The three of us got a „private“ tour guided by the nice and lovely Mariana who we can definitely recommend. It was a highlight of our Lisbon stay and we‘ll do it again next time! Thanks Mariana. Claudia, Candia and Roland

Segway Tour of Alfama: Lisbon Reviewed by Roland, 04/11/2019

Well scheduled tour with a welcoming guide

The tour was well thought out and scheduled and our tour guide was kind, informative, and enthusiastic. An overall great experience!

Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Kelsie, 04/11/2019