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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

Amazing tour, well informed, definitely recommended!

Absolutely amazing wine and food. Well presented, and well informed. Our guide was very passionate about what he was presenting, which made all the difference. Fantastic value for money - I'd definitely recommend it!
Lisbon: 2-Hour Wine and Tapas Tasting Tour Reviewed by Laura, 05/23/2016

Highly recommended for independent day excursion for cruise passengers

We wanted to see more than what the cruise ship excursion had to offer so we decided to hire "Taking You There" this second time at Lisbon. From the start, our guide set an itenerary based on OUR interests! We wanted to focus on the Pena Palace and the Castle of the Moors along with Cascais and we had a memorable picturesque 8hr day. Our guide Joao picked us up at the cruise terminal in a spacious car and started to give us a brief history of area on our way to Sintra. He was so easy to talk to that it felt a friend had picked us up for our visit. He is very knowledgeable in the history of the royal family with regards to the Pena Palace and the design of the Castle of the Moors. The day was at a leisurely pace, no rushing and no waiting for other people. Joao returned us back at the cruise terminal on time without any worries. "Taking You There" is literally that, tell them what you want to see and do and they'll take you there!

A relax and refresh trip to Sintra and Cascais

I was travelling with other 6 friends and sort out this local tour through Accor Hotel's website. The price is reasonable and I got a further discount by enrolling more than 6 people. As our group stayed at two different places, we inquired the local supplier the logistics and they replied within a short time. The local supplier is very flexible by offering to pick us at our places without additional travelling. In terms of the trip, it is excellent. The guide (Pedro) is very knowledgeable to the history and background of Lisboa, Sintra and Cascais. He is fluent in English and was proactive to share with us what he knows all the way. Even though I have been to Sintra on my own last year, I can still learn additional thing from him. We are also happy talking to him. The whole group really enjoyed this trip and is value for money.
Best of Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/19/2016

Great overview of the center city wth a highly knowledgable guide!

We had one day in Lisbon before beginning a walking tour of Portugal and found this overview of the central city and related history and cuture very informative. Our guide was especially engaging and well informed.

A great experience, great visit. Very careful to accomodate our baby.

He arrived on time to pick us. He had 2 baby car seat for our 11th months son. Gave us plenty of time to visit everywhere. He took the time to teach us about Lisbon and Sintra with fact about the city and the monument we saw. Thanks you again Louis

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