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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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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

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

Very informative start to our city break in Lisbon.

In particular Joao(John) B made our tour enjoyable and recommended various eateries. We have tried some and they were excellent. He kept the pace steady in the soaring heat and was considerate to the age ranges. We decided to do the Alfama tour in the afternoon as well !!

Lisbon: Free Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/19/2018

Great day on our private tour with our guide Miguel

We didn't get the best weather (cloudy, windy and cold) but we didn't even notice as we had such a great and relaxing day! Miguel was a great tour guide! He gave us lots of info as well as answered the many questions we had about Portugal. The ease of getting around and having someone there to tell us what places to see and what to note during our free time were priceless. It was worth spending the extra money for a private tour.

From Lisbon: Private Tour to Sintra and Cascais Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/18/2018

I highly recommend the Sintra eBike tour!

My sister and I had absolutely wonderful time on our eBike tour of Sintra and the coast! The views were beautiful, the lunch was so tasty, the bike riding was fun, and our guide was the best! The tour lasted about 8 hours and we loved every minute if it! Our guide, Daniel, was fantastic - I wish I could have brought him along with us for the rest of our Portugal vacation! Daniel grew up in Sintra and shared all the secret spots and special views. He is also very friendly and kind and we felt very safe. The bike ride itself was super fun! Both my sister and I are avid cyclists, but neither of us had ridden an eBike before. It was so cool to have assistance on the climbs. We probably rode about 30 miles, but I wasn't even tired at the end of the day. If you know how to ride a bike and are in moderately good shape, you will do just fine. I could go on and on about what a good time we had. It was probably my favorite part of my Portugal vacation. I highly recommend this tour!

AWESOME! Definitely get the fast track ticket to avoid the line.

An amazing place with huge historical interest and the prettiest architecture in Portugal. A definite must! The fast track ticket saved me 45 minutes of waiting in the long line in the rain. I got there at opening time and was able to have a terrific time before the cruise ship people flocked in.

Jerónimos Monastery: Fast-Track Ticket Reviewed by Janet, 06/09/2018

Very enjoyable, learned a lot about Lisbon.

Pierre our guide was very good. He was friendly and very knowledgeable about Lisbon and gave clear instructions about the electric bikes and what to do and where to go. It was a great experience.

Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Hills Tour by Electric Bike Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/07/2018