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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

amazing tour. amazing city. don't miss it

taking tours in foreign cities with local guides in one of the most fun activities we like to do when traveling. we can alway hang around alone, but with a local guide, who knows the city, its history, its stories makes the experience even more WOW.

Exceedingly interesting and surprising tour

I was picked up at my hotel exactly on time by Stanislav, and me and my six Spanish co travellers had a wonderful day touring the coastal cities and arriving in Sintra to visit two outstanding and surprising castles. Very recommended!@

Sintra Full Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Anita, 12/08/2017

We wanted to go to Pena Palace & that is what we did. It was great!

We really enjoyed this tour. The driver, Joseph asked us what we wanted to see, which was the Pena Palace and he made it happen. He was very knowledgable about the history of the area as well. We highly recommend this tour.

Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers Reviewed by Bonnie, 12/01/2017

Perfect way to see the city and hear about it's history.

Perfect way to see the city and hear about it's history, try it you wont regret it.

Seven Hills e-Bike Tour Reviewed by Carl, 11/27/2017

We really loved the boat trip. It was really awesome!!!

Two hours of an amazing view on Lisboa. We enjoyed ourselves on this little spectacular trip. Despite rainy weather, they agreed to do the trip. And as soon as we got on the boot, tge weather got better and we got our beautiful sunset view. There were two guys, who told us about a lot of sightseeings, gave us blankets and drinks. Really nice, relaxing experience. It was a highlight of our Lissabon trip and its perfect ending.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise on the Tagus River Reviewed by Tatjana, 11/26/2017