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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

Agnes und Paolo are very nice. Agnes knows a lot about Quinta da Regal

Agnes und Paolo are very nice! We have learnt a lot ! Additionell we have visited Cascais. A wonderful day!!!

Excellent historical and cultural small group tour.

What a wonderful day I enjoyed to these fascinating Templar sites with my three tour mates, our guide Ricardo, and assistant Miguel. We also enjoyed two stops for a delicious local pastry and a tasty and convivial lunch. Our guide Ricardo has an extensive knowledge of Templar history which he related with great enthusiasm. I especially enjoyed hearing about the Portuguese Templar connection as we toured the sites. Miguel added so much to the conversation in terms of Portuguese art and culture. It was a full, rich and hospitable day.

Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Carol, 02/09/2018

We really enjoyed our visit to the Pena Palace and Cabo da Roca.

Our tour guide was Maria. She was a lot of fun and answered all of our questions. We had plenty of time to tour the castle. We were not rushed at all during this tour. I really enjoyed Cabo da Roca. The views were amazing. I highly recommend the full day tour.

was a perfect Tour, very good Guide, a lot of informations,

nice tour, relaxed, a lot of informations, very good guides, good organized, very good bikes, a lot to see withaout stress, would do it again

Lisbon Bike Tour: Downtown Lisbon to Belém Reviewed by Lydia, 02/01/2018

Very educational and enjoyable experience.

Overall experience with Bruno was great. We had a clean, nice mini-van. His English was fluent, he constantly offered to take pictures for us, he gave us plenty of time to visit sites. I felt he really went above any beyond to ensure we had a great time. Thank you so much!