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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.

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

Well worth the money, Xavier is fantastic!!

Got to see all of the beautiful sites of Lisbon. The electric bike was simple to use and made the hill super easy to climb! Xavier was fantastic and because he was keen to show us everything and took his time to answer all the questions, the 3hr tour actually lasted 4hrs and 40 mins!

Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour Reviewed by Rebecca, 02/19/2017

A wonderful evening getting to know Lisbon and some of its treats

Tiago started with plenty of ingredients and he certainly combined them to make for a very memorable evening. Humour, fun, great food and drinks laced with plenty of historic and cultural insight.

Lisbon: Gourmet Walking Tour and Tastings Reviewed by John, 02/16/2017

An incredible cultural and historic approach of Lisbon

Ricardo is the best guide i ever encountered. He entertained us with tiny details and historic references, bringing together this elements in an amazing diverse tale of lisbon, it's past and it's future. All of this facing heavy rain and bone freezing humidity. At the end of this 3h journey every walkers where still hooked to the story, even with the harsh weather. Congrats to Lisbon for summing up an outstanding cultural and historic heritage, and HUGE congrats to Ricardo for wrapping it up in such an amazing way.

Lisbon: Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Jean baptiste, 02/16/2017

Super what ever your paying Carla it isn't enough ! ? Superb guide

Carla was thorough in explaining things , understanding to our questions & took us through a magical mystery tour of the history stories & lifestyle of the Portuguese people in Lisbon

Miguel is the guide of choice. Make sure your tuk tuk is electric

Miguel was a flexible, knowledgeable, funny and flexible tour guide. I had one day to explore did morning in Bellam on my own but could never have covered the ground and leaned so much with tuktuklego.com and Miguel . He was funny, listened to my interests and planned accordingly, So follow Miguel and the company . Ask for Miguel and ask for tuk tuks that use electric power, you may end up with a polluting, diesal noisy option uknwowihgly,

Lisbon: Guided City of Hills Tour by Tuk Tuk Reviewed by Susan, 02/05/2017

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