Top attractions in Lisbon
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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'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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitSpring or autumn
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What people are saying about Lisbon
Our guide, Carolina truly seemed to enjoy her job. She provided us with useful tips for our stay in Lisbon, in addition to food tasting and history. She knew history of Portugal that we wish our previous day’s bike tour had provided. Fun and informative tour.
So easy as they pick you up and proceed to take you to see ALL of Lisbon! Paulo went out of his way to show us all of the sights and explain the history of Lisbon and the places you will see. So many places we would have not known if we had wakes by! Not only that but he drops you right at sites and waits for you. He also gets you into places without waiting in line! I would highly recommend!
I’m really glad I signed up this trip. The group is awesome, the tour guide is amazing !I remembered his name is Nuno(forgive me if I spelled wrong ).He is very knowledgeable, knew everything about history of the area; he’s very responsible for the whole group, taking care of our feelings ; he’s very funny and kept telling jokes on the way; he’s very organized and guide us the whole tour even he’s not necessary to do so. Our journey is full of laugh from beginning to the end. A memorable tour!
This was a super tour that was lead by a wonderful tour guide, Phillip. Phillip knew the area extremely well, was very friendly and so considerate of all the participants on the tour. The tour was well planned, organized, and in a comfortable mini van, small group, best way to go!
Great day out. Rita was so nice, informative and would do anything to help in what was horrible conditions, from rain, drizzle and fog. Definitely recommend the tour to anyone going to Sintra