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
Jugo our tour guide was really good and helpful giving us many history details about the places we visited.
We used this car service to pick us up from the airport to our apartment in Alfama. We also arranged for them to take us back to the airport as well. Both trips were great! They were on time, friendly and accommodating. Depending on where you are staying they may not be able to take you directly to your hotel/rental as not all streets are drivable. We were dropped off two blocks from our apartment. No big deal but if you are traveling with more than two suitcases this could be a challenge. Again - highly recommend this company! So much easier than trying to get a cab.
Our guide was fabulous! Unfortunately I did not get his name. He looked after us very well from safety briefing to the end of the tour. One of the people on the tour had an upset tummy and the guide made him feel comfortable to ask for breaks. It was a glorious day which also helps....and our guide let us enjoy the weather. Took us to all the best Miradouro - view points. He gave us great commentary but not too much or too little. I would not advertise it as a food tour but I was expecting that from other reviews. So for me it didn’t matter. We did have food right at the end and it was delicious. But more of a tour with food as opposed to a food tour. I would highly recommend it!!
We had a wonderful tour. Plenty of time to fit everything in and we thoroughly enjoyed our day and tour guide, Pedro! Highly recommend it!
Ny guide was Pedro and he was really passionate about history and trees and his knowledge was explicit! Thumbs up