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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

Fantastic day with a lovely charming friendly gentleman, we loved it

A fantastic day customised for our own requirements, the guide was wonderful, charming and made our full day great loved it . I would recommend the personalised tour , we all felt like superstars in our private luxury vehicle
Full Day Lisbon Tour with Personal Driver Reviewed by Wendy, 09/20/2016

Ronnie was a great guide! Good tour. THX

Ronnie did do a great job. Tour was very interactive and did consider the best areas in town.
Lisbon: Free Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/19/2016

So glad we did this, lovely start to our holiday

Great experience, lovely guide. Took it at our pace. Got to take in most of the down town sites within an hour. Knew where we wanted to go back to later! Would highly recommend!
Lisbon Sightseeing: 1-Hour Running Tour Reviewed by Kerry, 09/18/2016

Fun, fantastic, would definitely do it again

Miguel was a brilliant guide pointing out all the interesting locations. Would never have found the old casino building ourselves. A great way to see a great city. If you are in Lisbon give it a go!
Lisbon Old Town Segway Tour Reviewed by Jo, 09/18/2016

Amazing day trip jampacked with a lot of fun and things to do and see

I am so glad I booked this day trip. I was picked up on time and the ride to Sintra was very comfortable. Our guide named Carlos was very funny and also very informative. Any questions we had for him he was able to help us. He is also very knowledgeable in a lot of Portugal's history. I totally recommend this day trip for anyone. It is very affordable and very rewarding. You really get to see a lot of the beautiful sites along the way. My favorite stop was spiraled Gardens. The best part about this trip was our amazing guide and also the fact that the tour groups are very small. It really feels personalized and you don't waste time by being in a large group.
Sintra Fairytale Castles Full-Day Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Moctezuma, 09/18/2016

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