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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

Very well explained. Portuguese history!

Amazing tour. Very well organized. Every detail was explained. The host was very helpful and his English level is very high. Very good!

Lisbon: Free Walking Tour Reviewed by David, 06/19/2017

A fun, informative evening with Hélder, our wonderful guide.

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.

Lisbon: Gourmet Walking Tour and Tastings Reviewed by Patricia, 06/19/2017

worthwhile sight visits and interesting info from our lively guide

It was a good decision to join the tour. Very relaxing, informative and enjoyable.

Fátima, Óbidos and the Atlantic Coast Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/18/2017

Very nice trip with food and drinks and stories from Lisbon

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!

Lisbon 2-Hour Sailing Tour with Champagne Reviewed by Simon, 06/16/2017

Fantastic trip with a wonderful guide, Oygo.

Oygo was a wonderful guide on this most magic of journeys. All off his recommendations were superb.