Top Tours & Activities 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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'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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+351
- Best time to visitSpring or autumn
Things to Do in Lisbon
Top Attractions in Lisbon
- 1Tagus River
- 3Chiado Square
- 4Bairro Alto
- 5Rossio Square
- 7Lisbon Cathedral
- 8Lisbon Oceanarium
- 9Belem Tower
- 10Castle of Sao Jorge
- 11Parque das Nações
- 12Alentejo Region
- 13Santa Justa Lift
- 14Lisbon Oriente Station
- 15Rua Augusta Arch
- 16Jeronimos Monastery
- 17Commerce Square, Lisbon
- 18Arrabida National Park
- 19Estádio da Luz
- 20Museu Benfica - Cosme Damiao
Other Sightseeing Options in Lisbon
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What People Are Saying About Lisbon
Very good service! Good vibes! The guide speaks well french and english! We had a very great memories and spent a super moment. Perfect!
Ms. Reneta covered all places and timed the two hour visit to nicety. Recommend highly for visitors
Had a great tour today. I was specicifically interested in WWII Lisbon, having read some books on the subject. This really brought it to life and helped me understand how it fits in with Portuguese society today. As others have mentioned, there's lavish use of English idioms, a few swear words dropped and phenomenal character. Thanks so much. A real highlight of my visit.
This tour through the Alfama started with the challenge to find the meeting point - it`s only a garage door. But what we found inside was much more that we expected to find there. Our tour guide Hugo Portugal is a funny guy with perfect English knowledge. He gave us a lot of time to get familiar with the Segway`s. As long as we are not familiar going uphill and downhill the tour did`t start. This training time wasn't part of our 2,5h tour!! The tour itself was not easy at the beginning (up- and downhill, worst street conditions) but after some minutes we nearly grew together with these two wheeler and it makes more and more fun. After 30min we could really enjoy this tour and we won`t get off. Hugo Portugal explained us the history from the passed highlights and also gave us the necessary time to make photos. We can absolutly recommend this tour and also Hugo Portugal. We enjoyed it soooo much - it was the main topic for the rest of our holidays! Thank you very much !!! :-)
We had a very interesting day with Paulo who is a wealth of information. Nothing was too much and he was happy to discuss any and all subjects relating to Portugal past and present. We packed a lot into the day but did not feel rushed. We visited places off the beaten track that we would otherwise not know about which added to the experience. Paulo gave us tips about reaching other places we planned to visit and followed up with information by email after our tour. This was such a rewarding tour I would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting Lisbon.