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Top 10 things to do 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.

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

a wonderful day driving along the coastline and across the countryside

Paolo was an Excellent guide with very good English skills. He gave us information and history as we drove along. He made appropriate stops for photos and washroom breaks. We were a group of 6 and we all had an outstanding day experiences the sites of Sintra and Cascais. Thank-you! Hugh and group from Ontario Canada.

Good introductory step to the history of Lisbon

Patricia was very fun and knowledgeable person to show us around. She was very enthusiastic and organized in here information.

Informative, entertaining, knowledgeable host. A great day!

We had a group of 8. Great opportunity to see several sights in the Lisbon region. The host was excellent, his knowledge of Portugal and it's history was amazing. We went to the kings Palace in Sintra, also the garden was amazing, we stopped at a lovely restaurant for lunch overlooking the atlantic ocean but far from the crowds. The afternoon was spent seeing sights in Cascais and stopping at other sights (all other stops were negotiated first with the group). It was a great day, I would highly recommend this tour. Thankyou to our host.

Sintra & Cascais Small Group Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Amanda, 10/05/2017

A great way to see the lovely city of Lisbon!

Six ladies (five Segway virgins) had a wonderful time - we were a bit nervous at first but our guide was very patient and made sure we were all confident and able enough to hit the streets and off we went. Great way to get a snap shot of Alfama and to note places for a return visit. Try the delicious sour cherry liquor - Ginja de obidos, sold by older ladies on every street corner- it sets you upfor the rest of the tour!

Met on arrival, no queuing for taxis. Excellent, affordable.

I read horror stories about queuing for a taxi at Lisbon airport, about dirty taxis, rude drivers who scam tourists 20-30 Euros for a 30 minute ride into the city center. It was based on these reviews that I found this convenient transfer service. We were met upon arrival, and escorted into our waiting taxi. The driver was well dressed, courteous, helped us with our luggage, and spoke English. He welcomed us to Lisbon and provided us with a map of the city. We arrived at our hotel in 30 minutes, at a fraction of the cost in dollars. No hassle, no stress or anxiety, a perfect way to start a holiday. I cannot recommend this service enough, and would most certainly use them again.