Top Tours & Activities 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
Things to Do in Lisbon
Top Attractions in Lisbon
- 1Tagus River
- 3Arrabida National Park
- 4Bairro Alto
- 6Chiado Square
- 7Lisbon Cathedral
- 8Rossio Square
- 10Belem Tower
- 11Lisbon Oceanarium
- 12Castle of Sao Jorge
- 13Parque das Nações
- 14Lisbon Oriente Station
- 1525 de Abril Bridge
- 16Santa Justa Lift
- 17Rua Augusta Arch
- 18Commerce Square, Lisbon
- 19Christ the King
- 20Graça Historic District
Other Sightseeing Options in Lisbon
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What People Are Saying About Lisbon
Amazing tour. Very well organized. Every detail was explained. The host was very helpful and his English level is very high. Very good!
The selection of typical Portuguese wines and foods at a variety of local places was quite nice. Hélder did a fantastic job of engaging everyone. His explanations were clear and interesting, and he answered any questions. Our group got along so well that we were sorry to see the tour come to an end. We definitely recommend Hélder as a guide and highly recommend this tour. It was well worth the money.
It was a good decision to join the tour. Very relaxing, informative and enjoyable.
Very nice trip with Nigel and a friend. We were running the last two miles to get to the marina and over the (damn) street under the bridge. Nigel helped us with some phone calls to find it. ;-) We arrived 20 min late and he still was waiting for us. On the boat we were 4 guets. Once we arrived, the trip was very nice with food and drinks and stories from Lisbon. The trip took about 2.5 hours and started at about 19:30 (because of us) and ended after the sunset, so we saw the city, the bridge, Cristo Rei, Belem and much more by day and by night. Super trip!
Oygo was a wonderful guide on this most magic of journeys. All off his recommendations were superb.