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Top 10 things to do 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.

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

Perfect and family friendly way to see lisbon!!

Absolutely amazing and perfect way to see the sites of Lisbon with a family and three small children!! Using the 48 hour ticket we did both buses in one day including stop offs, then second day one more bus and the trams, secret to the teams, do not que up for hours on end walk up the street and jump on at the next stop with no waiting ;) lisbon is beautiful, make time to do the tram 28 both in the day to enjoy the sites, and at night to see the life :)

Lisbon: 2-in-1 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Reviewed by hayley, 08/13/2019

Amazing tour - well organized, fast paced and tons of fun!

Thank you for a great day. Bruno was amazing....he knew so much of everything, made knowledge fun, was very smart to take us to Pena Palace early to avoid the massive crowds and overall was terrific. His English was impeccable we loved his accent - dropping the r's at the end of every word was beautiful on our ears :) Thank you and we hope this review helps you get more customers!

Wonderfully relaxing way to see Lisbon’s coastline

We had a fantastic 2 hours on board a yacht with only 8 other guests. We enjoyed 2 glasses of green wine, which was delicious and enjoyed hearing about the iconic buildings and monuments around the city’s coastline. The crew were really friendly and thoughtful, providing us with warm blankets when it became chilly. We would highly recommend this cruise!

It was Excellent. Your tour guide Mr. Miguel was Marvelous.

Your tour guide Mr. Miguel explained to us the entire details so well that we didn't even know when we reached out destination. We're very happy. God bless you all and Mr. Miguel. Thanks

Great guide! Beautiful Sintra. Too short trip.

i know, the castle is the main atraction for most people, but i would have liked something more of Sintra, gardens and other places and a shorter view of the castle.

Pena Palace and Sintra Half-Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Sebastián, 08/12/2019