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
This tour is great for seeing three different locales outside of Lisbon--an amazing Catholic pilgrimage site, an ocean town where the ocean creates the largest waves in the world, and a charming hill town. In fact, I'd been on this very tour before and liked it so much that I booked it again with a friend who had not been to Portugal. The two of us were the only passengers along with our guide John, who was an excellent driver and a great tour guide. He knew all the details of the areas we visited, in addition to Lisbon. He was very personable and spoke fluent English.
I booked this tour the day before since I only had one day in Lisbon during the off season I was just happy that there was a tour running on Friday. I ended up on a all Spanish tour since I was traveling by myself. But it was beyond my wildest dreams. Antonio spoke in Spanish to everyone else on the tour then would speak English to me. I could of been extremely on my own, but Antonio made it so I would understand the jokes and really made it an amazing tour. I would recommend this to anyone. Was an amazing day intinerary. My only complaint is that I wish I had more time. Thanks for such an amazing day.
João was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed his sharing of history throughout the trip. The guys on my tour were very punctual and kept to free time allocated allowing the tour to be smooth.
We are a family of four, and were so glad we booked this tour. Our tour guide was so informative, funny person, and most of all very kind Mr. Andre Feldman, He made sure our tour is relaxing, enjoyable and memorable. No rush at all, we really had the best time here in Lisbon. This tour is highly recommended. Thank You So Much Lisbon Native Tours for such effecient and reliable tour.
My one day tour to Sintra, Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and the coast line was AMAZING! Truly all that I could hope for. Antonio was the best guide and gave an insightful look at the history of Portugal and the places we visited. We had a half English speaking, half Portuguese speaking group. Antonio easily translated between the two and it enhanced the tour allowing me to learn some Portuguese! Usually I don't like organized tours, preferring to do exploring on my own, but this was the perfect way to see so much in one day and have a great guide along the way! We stopped at points along the coastline, skipped the lines at Pena Palace, and got great, local food recommendations throughout the day. I would highly recommend this tour, especially with Antonio :)