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Top 10 things to do 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.

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.


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.

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  • Best time to visit
    Spring or autumn

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What People Are Saying About Lisbon

It was a magical day and our guide was a perfect gentlemen

Our half-day tour was filled with fascinating information, beautiful sightseeing, all of which was facilitated by our guide. He gave us a sense of history that you don't find in books. It was a rare experience, one that we will cherish forever.
Half-Day Sintra Tour from Lisbon with Transfers Reviewed by Kristine, 10/18/2016

a wonderful, informative, enjoyable morning

This is not my first Get Your Guide activity, and so far they have never let me down. We were met by Margarita our guide for the morning promptly and once we had all assembled and briefly introduced ourselves, which broke the ice we got started. She looked after us with a real warmth, answered questions and talked and walked us through Rossio, Chiado and Alfama. We were not rushed at all - it was like taking a friendly ramble through a beautiful city. I would not hesitate to recommend our activity and Get Your Guide

Perfect walking food tour to tick all the boxes

Our guide Rebecca was perfect, very knowledgeable and funny! We had a variety of food and drink items we would have missed if not for this tour. Great group of people in our tour helped to make it a fun evening!
Lisbon: Gourmet Walking Tour and Tastings Reviewed by KATHY, 10/17/2016

I highly recommend Sailing with Nigel and his crew! You have to do it!

I never give online reviews these days, but this was so amazing I felt I had to spread the word! So I traveled to Lisbon from LA with 10 close friends to celebrate a very special day - my brother getting married. I booked Sailing with Nigel not knowing what to expect and it was incredible! Honestly, it made our whole trip to Lisbon and I highly recommend it. Let's face it-- when traveling to far away lands its easy immerse yourself in shopping, tourist traps and buying endless amounts of trinkets. But in the end, the best souvenirs are the memories that you spend with loved ones and friends. And Nigels 2-Hour Sailing Tour will be a special memory that I hold close to my heart for the rest of my life. I feel like we kind of found the Jewl of Lisbon with Nigel! Thanks so much, you really put a smile on all our faces and gave us the coolest memory possible. Lot's of love from Los Angeles. XOXOXO
Lisbon 2-Hour Sailing Tour with Champagne Reviewed by steven, 10/17/2016

Access to public transport simplified by having a 42 hr travel pass.

Public transport in Lisbon is excellent . By purchasing a 42 hr pass prior to our arrival, which we then collected at Lisbon Airport, our use of the system was enhanced and removed any stress associated with visiting a City for the first time and not speaking the language. Would definitely recommend.
Lisbon Card: 24-, 48-, and 72-Hour Options Reviewed by Eleanor, 10/17/2016

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