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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

The best way to avoid long lines, mid-day crowds, and afternoon heat.

With the fast-track ticket, we skipped the long line and reached the breath-taking cloisters before the crowd and the 105 degree heat.

Jerónimos Monastery: Fast-Track Ticket Reviewed by Steven, 08/13/2018

The perfect introduction to our week in Lisbon.

The personable, enthusiastic guide went above and beyond the call of duty to convey the history of the city and the day-to-day experiences of a life-long resident. In response to questions, he included several sites not listed on the original itinerary, ignoring the posted time limitation of the tour. He provided an array of tips for our extended stay, including restaurant recommendations. At the conclusion, he not only drove us to our restaurant, but also took measures to ensure quality service.

Excellent driver who saved my good memories of Portugal

Everything about arranged transfer was as agreed - punctual and comfortable. But the most important thing is that I dropped my cell phone in the car, but the driver was honest enough to keep it safe, and now I expect that your local provider will send me back to Serbia. Very kind and professional. Best recommendations to Hi Portugal company!

Great way to see the caves from inside. Boat pilot was very capable.

Duration (75 minutes) was right for us. Amazing view of the caves. Reliable company.

The itinerary was very interesting and our guide Manuel was excellent!

Manuel was very attentive without being overbearing. He is knowledgeable about his country and made our day quite enjoyable.

Évora Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/10/2018