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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

Very knowledgeable guide, pleasant and funny

My Tour guide was great. He was very knowledgeable, he was very pleasant and funny. He went the extra mile

Free Walking Tour of Lisbon Reviewed by Consuelo, 04/17/2018

An exceptionally interesting and fun day!

We were picked up at the advised place by our very friendly guide, Vasco who introduced us to all the other guests. We then travelled to Cascais. We were given a history and interesting facts all along the journey. We had some great free time there before heading to Cabo da Roca which incredibly beautifully as was the drive up along the coast and through the hills to get there. The palaces of Pena were amazing with plenty of time to explore the palace and gardens. Then on to lunch in Sintra and the final treat of the day: Quinta de Regaleira with its amazing gardens, tunnels and buildings. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot and had a very enjoyable day.

Sintra Full Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Jill, 04/17/2018

It was perfect. Miguel was an excellent guide and very plaisant.

Many thanks to Miguel our guide. It was a very nice day. All the organisation was perfect. I recommand this company. April 2018. Best regards Gilles

They were at the airport although my flight was more than one hour del

Great service, she was right outside customs, and showed me the driver who brought me to my destination. Very professional. 100% right! I will use their service again.

Lisbon Airport Shared Arrival Transfer to City Hotel Reviewed by Consuelo, 04/16/2018

A fantastic way to an insider's view of Lisbon and its music.

My sons (15, 16 yo) and I had a wonderful evening. We saw parts of Lisbon that we hadn't seen and enjoyed dinner, walking and listening to music. Our guide was local, fabulous and fun to spend time with.