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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

Duarte recommended all the right places that matched my interests

I had a packed, fascinating day visiting three palaces and a unique mansion in Sinatra.

Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Private Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 16/02/2019

BEST day excursion ever taken, in any country!

Our excursion was fabulous! Our guide, Andre, was prompt, spoke excellent English, was extremely knowledgeable of the history on our tour stops as well as other Portuguese facts. He did not rush us from any of our stops and took incredible pictures for us at these beautiful sights. He told us how we could get our religious articles blesses in Fatima! We had enough time to explore on our own at each location. Each stop had a different vibe-religious, historic, nautical/nature. It gave us a comprehensive feel of Portugal. Andre went above and beyond for our small group-each group spoke different languages and he communicated equally and fluently to both groups. Our day excursion went beyond the recommended time and he was as pleasant, accommodating and funny at the end as he was in the morning! This man certainly found his niche in this business!! The company was excellent with communicating and adjusting our reservation. HIGHLY recommend this tour and tour guide

Great tour get to see everything in one day !

The tour was great ( it was nice and sunny ) and the tour guide Fernando was amazing he took care of everyone very well, funny and very punctual! We got to see everything we wanted to see in one day. Got given just enough time to take pictures and walk around in each place. Extra that was not includes in the tour was 2 entrance tickets cost around€22 each which was optional . If you have less than 4 days in Lisbon and like to have a personal pick up and drop off location then would recommend this tour but if you have more time then you could do each city separately.Great day overall we definitely do it again. NOTE: pick up confirm after 10pm which we worried but someone called to confirmed.

Great trip, lots to see and take in and wonderful guides

We had a great guided tour around Sintra and the Quinta de Regaliera. Picked up promptly from our hotel in Lisbon and Agnes is very knowledgable about the Sintra/Cascais/Lisbon area and it's history. We learnt lots of new information and saw areas we wouldn't have discovered on our own so highly recommended. Shout out to Paolo who is a very accomplished and safe driver, nothing was to much trouble for either. Agnes took some great photos of us as well so big thank you! We were worried about how steep the walk would be as I'd fell on the cobbles in Alfama the day before and hurt my knee - although some parts of Sintra can be steep, Agnes makes sure the pace and route was suitable so we had no problems. I would highly recommend this tour.

Fantastic trip, one of the best guides ever!

José was great. He is well read, well-informed, accommodating, creative and very funny. We had a wonderful day. I did not know when I booked that it was a private tour. I would not have booked it had I known - that would have been a mistake. I can not recommend him highly enough.

Meet the Real Portugal: Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Heather, 10/02/2019