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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Top hotels in Lisbon Old Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ramada by Wyndham Lisbon
Ramada by Wyndham Lisbon
4 out of 5
Avenida Engenheiro Arantes E Oliveira 9, Lisbon
SG$104
per night
27 Oct-28 Oct

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Bela Vista Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Gulbenkian Museum and Rossio Square. Castle of Sao ...

4.1/5Very Good! (828 reviews)

"Easy access to Metro. Clean rooms and quiet hotel even though there are large tour groups. Enjoyed bar area with several large TVs and good food. Very friendly and helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct,2019

Ramada by Wyndham Lisbon
Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 46, Lisbon
SG$130
per night
12 Nov-13 Nov

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Campo Pequeno Bullring and Culturgest. Gulbenkian Museum and Jose Alvalade Stadium are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,138 reviews)

"Fab hotel, good metro links to centre. Lovely pool, bar and breakfast. Helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct,2019

Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
Dom Pedro Lisboa
Dom Pedro Lisboa
5 out of 5
Avenida Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco 24, Lisbon
SG$146
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Amoreiras Shopping Center and Gulbenkian Museum. Rossio Square and Lisbon Zoo are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,058 reviews)

"Very nice place to stay in Lisbon Very close to many amenities as well"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct,2019

Dom Pedro Lisboa
Luzeiros Suites
Luzeiros Suites
3.5 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 77, Lisbon
SG$115
per night
15 Nov-16 Nov

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Campo Pequeno Bullring and Gulbenkian Museum. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (42 reviews)

"Really cool recently renovated property. The room design is really unique and very large. Everything was immaculately clean, the bed was large and comfortable, the rain shower was wonderful. The breakfast was top notch. The only downside was that you can hear the metro trains from the room as the ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct,2019

Luzeiros Suites
VIP Executive Picoas Hotel
VIP Executive Picoas Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Filipe Folque, 12, Lisbon
SG$93
per night
10 Nov-11 Nov

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Center for Modern Art, Gulbenkian Museum and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (340 reviews)

"At check in the staff were so friendly and welcoming. Our room was large, clean, comfortable bed with luxurious linens. An excellent breakfast is available for a very reasonable price. Location is 5 minute walk to 2 metro stations so getting around was easy. No negatives."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct,2019

VIP Executive Picoas Hotel
Iberostar Selection Lisboa
Iberostar Selection Lisboa
5 out of 5
Rua Castilho 64, Lisbon
SG$175
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and Gulbenkian Museum ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (403 reviews)

"This hotel was close to everything. The room was so nice and fancy! The massage was also really good there too. Restaurant was also delicious !"…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct,2019

Iberostar Selection Lisboa

Popular things to do in Lisbon Old Town

Castle of Sao Jorge
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Castle of Sao Jorge

4.5/5(614 reviews)

This medieval fortress offers insight into Lisbon’s long history as well as stunning views of the city and river below.

Rossio Square
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Rossio Square

4.5/5(723 reviews)

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.

Lisbon Cathedral
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Lisbon Cathedral

4/5(499 reviews)

This medieval cathedral is the oldest church in the city and combines a wide range of architectural styles, including gothic, Roman and neoclassical.

Gulbenkian Museum
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Gulbenkian Museum

4.5/5(152 reviews)

Visit this museum to admire many ancient treasures including art and artifacts from Greece, Rome and the Far East.

Santa Justa Elevator
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Santa Justa Elevator

4/5(563 reviews)

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. 

Commerce Square
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Commerce Square

4.5/5(586 reviews)

People-watch in this historic square while you enjoy a coffee and pastry in the café where the city’s literati once gathered.

Top activities in Lisbon Old Town

Lisbon Card
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Lisbon Card

SG$30

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.

Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour

SG$113

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.

Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace
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Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace

SG$98

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.

Lisbon: Small Group Fado Music, Local Tapas & Wine at Sunset
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Lisbon: Small Group Fado Music, Local Tapas & Wine at Sunset

SG$103

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.

Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

SG$101

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.

Lisbon: E-Scooter Rental
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Lisbon: E-Scooter Rental

SG$23

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.

Other areas in Lisbon District

Baixa
Santa Justa Elevator showing a city and landscape views

Baixa

Known for monument, shopping, cathedral

4.5/5(465 reviews)

Baixa is a sophisticated district of downtown Lisbon. It has picturesque squares, pedestrianised streets and avenues lined with elegant shops, cafés and theatres.

Alfama
Alfama showing a coastal town and a sunset

Alfama

Known for romantic, castle, historicalBuilding

4.5/5(136 reviews)

Explore Moorish castles and medieval alleyways in Lisbon’s oldest district before an evening of traditional live music at an authentic Fado bar.

Santos
Santos
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Santos

Known for romantic, museum, library

4.5/5(18 reviews)

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.

Belem
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Belem

Known for temple, monument, museum

4.5/5(13 reviews)

In this Portuguese city, travel back to times of global discovery. Tour this historic launch point for explorers seeking distant riches.