The historic heart of Lisbon is the Old Town. The area is made up of a series of districts that each have their own unique atmosphere and attractions. Tram 28 runs through the Old Town and stops frequently. Get off and explore the area on foot or station-hop from site to site.
Start in the Graça district of the Old Town to get your bearings. This hilltop neighborhood has stunning views from outdoor cafés.
Discover the Moorish history of the city at Castle de São Jorge, which dominates the hillside overlooking Alfama. Moorish rulers built the castle in the 6th century. Enjoy a multimedia show about Lisbon’s turbulent history in a restored room of the palace.
Move on to discover downtown Baixa with its large squares full of neoclassical buildings and cafés. This district was rebuilt after the Lisbon earthquake and was one of Europe’s first instances of urban planning, with pedestrian avenues, decorative arches and theaters.
Catch the tram to Chiado, a district full of 16th-century buildings. Browse designer boutiques and old bookstores. Sit in cafés where the artists and literary personalities of Lisbon once met and worked.
Explore the streets of Barrio Alto, with its mix of 16th and 19th-century homes. This district was once a working class neighborhood, but is now home to some of the most popular bars in the city.
In the evenings, catch some authentic Portuguese music in Alfama’s Fado bars, enjoy tapas and wine in Barrio Alto or sip cocktails on rooftops with views in Chiado. Tram 28 runs from early in the morning until late in the evening. Purchase a 24-hour ticket for unlimited rides for a day.
You can also discover the Old Town by joining a walking tour for a fee. Knowledgeable guides will give you insight into the Old Town’s mix of Roman and Moorish cultural influences, the history of Jewish persecution and the effect of the 1755 earthquake on the city. Organize tours through your hotel or tourist information centers within the Old Town.
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This medieval fortress offers insight into Lisbon’s long history as well as stunning views of the city and river below.
See the people-packed central square whose swirling wave-patterned cobbles are thought to have inspired copycat pavements across the rest of Portugal and beyond.
This medieval cathedral is the oldest church in the city and combines a wide range of architectural styles, including gothic, Roman and neoclassical.
Visit this museum to admire many ancient treasures including art and artifacts from Greece, Rome and the Far East.
Ride the elevator designed in the 19th century to connect the districts of hilltop Bairro Alto and downtown Baixa. Enjoy views from the café atop the gothic lift.
People-watch in this historic square while you enjoy a coffee and pastry in the café where the city’s literati once gathered.
The Lisbon Card gives you the freedom to explore the city at your own leisure for 24, 48, or 72 hours. Enjoy unlimited travel on Lisbon's public transportation systems, and take advantage of included admission to some of the city's top museums and attractions.
The natural and historical beauty of Portugal is lined up for you on this full-day tour covering Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. Discover the coastal playground of Lisbon, understand why Queen Maria II loved Pena Park, and visit the famous Pena National Palace.
The romantic charm of Sintra and Cascais is on full display as you get to know these idyllic towns. Your guide shows you the lush forests, gardens, and grand palaces that combine with the coastal beauty of Cabo da Roca to form some of the most beautiful scenery in Portugal.
Embark on a lively night of tasty Portuguese food, drinks, and traditional music on this sunset walking tour with a local guide. Hear the soulful sounds of Fado music in local taverns, explore the oldest quarter in the city, and finish with a live Fado performance while indulging in a dinner of traditional Portuguese tapas and wine.
Spend a day discovering the romantic village of Sintra, a UNESCO-listed town full of Portuguese history and magical castles. After lunch, travel along the coast to Cabo da Roca—Europe's westernmost point—make a stop at the fishing village of Cascais, and pass the coastal town of Estoril.
If you’re after a bit of adrenaline hop-on an electric scooter and discover Lisbon. Cruise with ease through the narrow streets of the old neighborhoods. Get to the highest points of the city with no effort and enjoy the breathtaking views Lisbon has to offer.
Baixa is a sophisticated district of downtown Lisbon. It has picturesque squares, pedestrianised streets and avenues lined with elegant shops, cafés and theatres.
Explore Moorish castles and medieval alleyways in Lisbon’s oldest district before an evening of traditional live music at an authentic Fado bar.
Santos is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Lisbon, covering the Alcantra, Lapa and Madragoa areas. It’s known for possessing the perfect blend of old-world charm and contemporary flair.
In this Portuguese city, travel back to times of global discovery. Tour this historic launch point for explorers seeking distant riches.