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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

Excellent and Professional Service that is dedicated to your desires

Joel who spoke excellent English designed a great alternative tour when it became obvious that my wife and I were not comfortable with the crowds we encountered. I had originally designed a tour with two stops at some distance apart. Our first venue was quiet and peaceful, a delight for us. Due to a national holiday, the second venue was very congested. Joel had warned us that it would be, but I did not want to hear the message. When it became apparent that Joel was correct, I asked for a recommendation that would be more to our liking. He, on the spot, arranged a great venue including food (lunch overlooking the beach) that be came the highlight of our tour. When we have the opportunity to get back to Lisbon, we will use him again.
Private Full-Day Tailored Tours from Lisbon Reviewed by Robert, 04/26/2016

Everything went well and we learned a lot!

We saw two very different wineyards, tasted some very good wines, had a good lunch and had a possibility to learn about wines as much as we just wanted to ask. The countryside and the wineyards were absolytely beautiful and the guide was very good, too!
Alentejo Wine Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Jaana, 04/26/2016

Nice way to see the city and the various miradouros

We had Beatrice as our driver. She was fabulous and knowledgeable. Lisbon is very hilly so the tuk tuk was a good way to save your legs and feet from tiring out. Ask to go to the various miradouros (viewpoints) to see the various views of Lisbons. You can customize the itinerary and stay as long or little as wish. Tiles, street cart, miradouros, eat, or whatever you want to do, just let the driver know. Better than waiting and getting on the packed 28 tram.
Lisbon: Guided City of Hills Tour by Tuk Tuk Reviewed by Lucia, 04/25/2016

Frederico was a great guide and gave us very intersting info about the

Frederico was a great guide and gave us very intersting info about the city and the history.
Lisbon: Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Madalina, 04/14/2016

Very entertaining and fun way to see the Amalfa district.

6 'mature' friends thoroughly enjoyed our morning exploring Lisbon's old town on segways. 4 had never been on a segway before but quickly mastered how to do it. Our host Malvina was very patient and understanding and did a great job leading us through the narrow streets of the Amalfa district. All agreed this was probably the highlight of our short break to the beautiful city of Lisbon.
Segway Tour of Alfama: Lisbon Reviewed by John, 04/12/2016

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