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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Chiado Square
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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

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

Fantastic tour of Lisbon’s nearby attractions.

Paulo picked us up at our hotel just before 9 a.m. We traveled in a comfortable minivan to the National Palace in Queluz, where we purchased admission tickets for the Pena Palace and gardens. The Sunday morning tour there was stunning. He then drove us to Sintra, where we had lunch and meandered through its lovely streets and shops. Then it was on to Cabo Da Roca and Cascais. All during the ride, Paulo explained what we were seeing and answered our questions thoughtfully. We were dropped off at our hotel at 6 p.m.— an amazing day! We HIGHLY recommend this trip— ask for Paulo for an incredible tour!

Sintra - Cascais Estoril - Full Day Tour Reviewed by Joan, 10/16/2018

Incredible day of cycling and touring historic Sintra and Cascais.

Daniel took on an incredible journey. We toured the incredible labyrinth and tunnels at Sintra as well as visiting the the historic buildings of Portugal’s past. The electric bike were plenty powerful to assist on the large hills. We covered over 40 kilometers between 10 am- 7 pm. Daniel was in no rush to get through the tour. If you have plans make sure you make your guide aware of your schedule. Our electric bike tour was our best memory of Lisbon and Portugal.

Paulo is an excellent guide who makes sure his guests enjoy the tour

Great tour to see Sintra, Cascais and the palaces. Wonderful meal and excellent guide.

Sintra - Cascais Estoril - Full Day Tour Reviewed by Gerard, 10/13/2018

Great! Enjoyable activity for three generations!!!!

Nice guides (Er)Nani and Alberto(?) gave us a lovely afternoon. Nani informed us about a lot of things. The bikes were ok. The last guide arranged traffic and took care of my mother when needed.

Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Hills Tour by Electric Bike Reviewed by Joanna Leonarda Antonia, 10/12/2018

Excellent guide could have longer in Fatima

Guide was Pedro dos Santos who was excellent. .a fully packed programme..only slight criticism was could have had longer at Fatima. .another half an hour would have been ideal. .but overall an excellent trip