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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

Driver and vehicle were great. Enough time for a whistle stop tour.

Unable to get into the Pena Palace due to lenghth of queue...45 minute wait! Probably advisable to let guests know that they are unlikely to have the time to visit the interior of the Palace as this will prevent them wasting money buying a ticket.

Our Belem Tower tour was most educationa with our guide Chico.

Chico our guide was very energetic and most knowledgeable about the history of Portugal. Very enjoyable experience that started at Placa Comércio in Lisbon. The complimentary Belem Pasteis were most appreciated. Highly recommend.

Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour Reviewed by Claire, 05/19/2019

Bruno is extremely knowledgeable on the history of Lisbon.

Bruno knew lots of modern and historical stories of Lisbon. He took us through many non tourist areas as well as tourist places. As he studied archeology, he was able to share intricate historical detail of Lisbon's old town. We thoroughly enjoyed his company and would highly recommend him.

Lisbon: City Center 3-Hour Private Walking Tour Reviewed by Maire, 05/19/2019

Great trip, new experiences & highly recommend

Driver/Guide was friendly knowledgeable tried to give us good overview of area and key highlights plus unusual dining experience which we loved - got us there early so we would have to wait queue - would recommend service

Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra and Cascais Tour Reviewed by Serenella, 05/16/2019

We had a wonderful day and a great sunset.

The captain was very informative and the weather was perfect. The views were spectacular.