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.
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What people are saying about 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 :)
Our guide Luis was the best. He was so knowledgeable about the places as well as the history of Portugal. Though it was crowded he took us to the best place for lunch n to buy souvenir. During the end of the trip I left my hat back in the van which he was so kind n helpful to come back to return it. It was our best trip ever.
A trip on a small van is a great idea: flexible, fast, confortable, good way to make friends. Best words for our guide, Nuno, who is a good driver, excellent English speaker, well documented, very friendly, reliable, a nice guy to spend a day trip with.
My daughter and I loved this tour. Our guide, Manuela, was very friendly and knowledgeable about street art, and also gave us helpful tips for the rest of our holiday. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip - highly recommend.
This was an excellent day trip. Our guide could tell us about everything from buildings, history to modern culture and the political situation in Portugal. To se Lissabon from the river Tajo was amazing.