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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

Totally enjoyable.. well worth the day and money spent!

João was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed his sharing of history throughout the trip. The guys on my tour were very punctual and kept to free time allocated allowing the tour to be smooth.

Amazing tour with an amazing tour guide Andre Feldman

We are a family of four, and were so glad we booked this tour. Our tour guide was so informative, funny person, and most of all very kind Mr. Andre Feldman, He made sure our tour is relaxing, enjoyable and memorable. No rush at all, we really had the best time here in Lisbon. This tour is highly recommended. Thank You So Much Lisbon Native Tours for such effecient and reliable tour.

Amazing day tour to Sintra, Cascais, and Cabo da Roca - recommended!!

My one day tour to Sintra, Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and the coast line was AMAZING! Truly all that I could hope for. Antonio was the best guide and gave an insightful look at the history of Portugal and the places we visited. We had a half English speaking, half Portuguese speaking group. Antonio easily translated between the two and it enhanced the tour allowing me to learn some Portuguese! Usually I don't like organized tours, preferring to do exploring on my own, but this was the perfect way to see so much in one day and have a great guide along the way! We stopped at points along the coastline, skipped the lines at Pena Palace, and got great, local food recommendations throughout the day. I would highly recommend this tour, especially with Antonio :)

Our guide had an incredible amount of knowledge!

João was attentive, thoughtful and made many good suggestions. His knowledge of Portuguese history is astounding!

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour -- highly recommended!

(November 26, 2018 Tour) - Our family of 7 thoroughly enjoyed this tour, thanks to our amazing tour guide Andre. He is the best! Andre picked us up from our Lisbon accommodation at 8AM with a van that comfortably fit 8 people in total. We were able to attend mass in Fatima, have fantastic seafood and see giant waves in Nazare, make a quick stop in beautiful Sao Martinho do Porto, and end our tour in the most charming medieval town of Obidos. This tour covers it all! We learned so much about the history and culture of Portugal. Andre is patient, passionate and knowledgeable. He speaks English (and other languages) very well. We had no difficulty understanding and communicating with him. Our family cannot say enough good things about him. We highly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for a genuine Portuguese trip. We will definitely book with this company again if we ever come back to Lisbon. Thank you, Andre! Obrigado!

Fátima, Nazaré, Óbidos & São Martinho do Porto Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/30/2018