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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

Wonderful day w/ outstanding tour guide.

Had a very interesting day. Saw many beautiful sights. Delicious lunch, & learned a great deal about Lisboa. Our tour guide was friendly, very informative & pleasant to send the day with.

Great way to see Lisbon in a short amount of time!

We really enjoyed this tour. The tour guides were helpful, the route seemed like it hit most of the main areas, the videos were great, and I appreciated that we had a 10 minute break in the middle. We only had a short time in Lisbon and this was a great way to see the city. I also appreciated that they took mobile tickets - apparently not all tours do. Highly recommend!

Couldn’t ask for a more complete experience!

I wanted to get a sense of the surroundings outside of Lisbon and boy did I get what I’d signed up for. The tour was well-organized, informative, BEAUTIFUL and left us plenty of time to explore and chill. Our guide was beyond amazing.

Great tour, wonderful kayaking experience!

My husband and I booked this tour as a gift for our friends and we all enjoyed every minute of it! Our guide, Lorenzo and his colleague were very nice and friendly. They were also experienced and very knowledgeable. The tour was well organised, the pick up and drop-off was very helpful. The kayaking was our favorite part and I was positively surprised that it was not just a short paddling. We loved the beautiful scenery, the amazing turquoise water and the lovely isolated beach. Would definitely do it again!

Arrábida Kayak Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Gligore, 07/31/2018

The guide was extremely knowledgeable about history and culture

It was an excellent trip mostky due to timely and perfect organisation of the guide. He also spoke many languages which served botht the French and English-speaking tousist in the group. Guide was extemely knowledgeable about all aspects of Portuuese life: history economy and culture. we also saved a lot of time by him having bought tickets in advance so we could avoid the huge crowds and long queues.