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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

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip & would highly recommend it.

Very interesting and informative trip. We learned much about the areas we visited. The guide was both friendly and professional.
Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour Reviewed by Garry, 02/03/2016

An excellent tour with an excellent guide!

I really enjoyed this tour around Sintra, Cascais and Estoril. This day was the highlight so far of my trip. Our guide Joana Sancho has a great knowledge and gave us very useful recommendations. Thanks for the really pleasant tour!

Great combo about history of Lisbon and of Benfica club

This was a great way to get to know a lot about one of the largest football clubs in Europe - SLB - and also about the history of Lisbon and Portugal. The stadium is huge and impressive. The location is a bit out of the city centre but it is super easy to get there by Metro. I had no issues getting in using my mobile voucher.
Lisbon: Luz Stadium Tour and SL Benfica Museum Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/25/2016

Fun way to discover the history of Lisbon

I had no difficulties in getting in using the voucher on my mobile. Inside I found a quite interesting and fun way to learn a lot about the History of Lisbon. A very good way to spend 1 or 2 hours in the city. Also, this place is located in one of the most beautiful plazas I ve seen!
Lisboa Story Centre: 1-Day Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/25/2016

Really interesting, informative and enjoyable!

We decided to do the tour on our first day in lisbon which was a great idea as we were well equiped with local info on areas and points of interest we wanted to explore! Our guide was very knowledgable on the architecture, religion, culture and local food. we really found the experience on the tram enjoyable & the churches and cathedrals were stunning! Would strongly recommend! Great value & will use again. Duo travellers from liverpool england.
Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour Reviewed by Gary, 01/09/2016

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