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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

A fun and relaxed way to tour a great City

We were a family of four , two adults and teenage twin daughters. One of my daughters was feeling unwell but our guide, Simon, was very accommodating and organized for us to cycle back to our ship to drop her off first before we started the main tour. The electric bikes were very easy to use after minimal tuition and we were able to take in most of the key sights and make short work of a number of steep hills.

Fantastic! Great wine, brilliant guide, beautiful scenery

There are so many wine tours in and around Lisbon to choose from so I was very wary before booking any excursions for my girlfriend and I. However, this particular tour was fantastic and gave us so much more than we had anticipated. Our guide was friendly, funny and tailored the day around what we wanted to do and see to maximise our team. He also had superb local knowledge. We saw three excellent wineries and felt like we got a real 'off the beaten track' experience. Our guide even stopped off at the Christ the King statue overlooking the city on our way home so we could get a picture. Excellent service and would recommend to couple or friends of all ages.

Very informative, easy walking; great experience.

Highly recommended activity; thoroughly enjoyable and I learnt some very interesting details about Portugal's history. Our guide, Eduardo Estevao, was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and held our attention throughout.
Lisbon: Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Paul, 08/12/2016

A day full of action and beautiful landscapes

We were really excited when the day of the trip finally came. It started with going to the meeting point where the guide picked us up very quickly. He was very friendly and kind. Afterwards we made our way out of the city and drove to Sesimbra, which is a small town fourty minutes away from Lisbon. We stayed there for an hour which gave us the opportunity to buy some food for lunch and the guide also bought Pasteis de Nata for us. Afterwards we prepared our kayaks and made our way to the ocean. Two persons could sit together in one kayak. Although we have never been kayaking before, we had no problem following the instructions of the guide and it was easy. After 20 minutes we arrived at the nature reserve. We saw stunning cliffs and even paddled into some caves which was pretty cool. After a while we reached a beautiful beach with turquoise water where we stayed for an hour and had lunch. It was a great experience. We will never forget these memories and recommend this tour highly!
Arrábida Kayak Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/12/2016

Great tour, great insight in Lisboa food!

Our guide Daniela was the best! She told us so many things about Portugal, Lisboa and Portuguese people! And the wonderful dishes we got to taste during the tour were just great! All in all, a really great way to explore Lisboa!!
Lisbon: Gourmet Walking Tour and Tastings Reviewed by Nicoline, 08/11/2016

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