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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

Awesome tour, a must do (especially with little time)

We enjoyed the tour a lot, it was well organized and planned since we got to see and experience a lot in a short time. The organisation was good and flexible (if anyone wanted to skip something etc.). Our guide, Catarina, was great. She introduced us not only to history of places we visited, but was keen to answer questions about the region, history, getting around. We had no problems finding the meeting point and everything was on time.

A very good tour with an excellent and flexible guide.

Very interesting tour with 3 complete different wineries from big scale to small organic producer but all with good wines. We will absolutely recommend this to people who like private tours with a very knowledgeable and a flexible guide that can adapt it to your needs.

Very memorable day -lots of fun and great value for the money !

The tour was just great ! All the attractions were really worth of seeing, and looked exactly how they were advertised ! And all members of our family were truly satisfied with it ! Big bonus was having a tour guide in person of Jose.Jose is a very charming man who is a fountain of knowledge about the region, events what took place there and all of it he serves with interesting anectodes and good-hearted humour. Sintra is a beautiful place full of interesting historical sites.If you have a day to spare taking a tour is a good choice as you can visit more places than you normally would going there on your own.And you can do it at pleasant, relaxing pace without worrying about how to move around without unneccesary wasting your limited time ... Wine tasting was also good but our suggestion would be to have few more wines added to the tasting. The local wines are very unique so it is a rare opportunity to taste them , and I guess it could help to increase their sales abroad too.

The Aquarium and the area it is located in are stunning.

The Aquarium was absolutely stunning. All of our boys really enjoyed it. We loved everything about it. Could have done with more information about some of the creatures though. Its a beautiful building too, really well designed.

A great way to get introduced in the world of surfing!

We booked two surf lessons, so we had two great days at the beach. Filipe is a great teacher! It was a pleasure and a great experience from the pick up, to the amazing location, the surf lessons, the pictures and last but not least the surfing itself :)
Lisbon 4-8 Hour Costa da Caparica Surf Adventure Reviewed by Giulia, 07/14/2016

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