Lisbon’s streets are lined with medieval architecture and whitewashed houses, but the city is also well known for its thriving contemporary cultural scene. The capital of Portugal has great weather and laidback locals and is a popular holiday destination year-round.

Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the historic Alfama district to admire the medieval buildings, churches and small squares. Visit the Castle of São Jorge, located on a hill above the Alfama district, to hear musicians playing guitars and serenading visitors. The Portuguese are known for their love of music and bands play in bars and on the street. Listen to soulful balladeers play fado (“fate”), a style of music invented in Lisbon.

Explore the streets of the elegant Chiado neighborhood, which are lined with colorful tiled mansions and boutiques. Rest in a café and eat traditional dishes such as bacalhau (salted cod). Lisbon is situated along the Atlantic Ocean and seafood is one of the city’s specialties. Try catch-of-the-day specials including octopus, sea bass and sardines.

Indulge in coffee and pastries at the world-famous Pastéis de Belem. Join the long lines of locals and visitors waiting to try the thin flaky crust and warm egg-custard center of a pastel de nata, Lisbon’s signature pastry.

Discover a broad array of museums. The Gulbenkian Museum houses some 6,000 artifacts and artworks from Rome, Greece, the Far East and Europe. The newly expanded Museum of Design and Fashion offers an eclectic mix of exhibits portraying the history of 20th-century design and fashion.

The Maritime Museum pays homage to Portugal’s long nautical history, with exhibits of boats and maps dating back to the 1800s. To view fish and sea life from all over the world, visit the Lisbon Oceanarium. This is one of the largest indoor aquariums in Europe, with more than 8,000 fish, birds, mammals and ocean invertebrates.

Lisbon is just a short flight from most European destinations. The airport is 4 miles (10 kilometers) north of the city center. Once here, get around using the underground subway system, buses or above-ground trains. Walking is also a great way to discover the many bars and restaurants hidden in the city’s alleyways.

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Where to stay in Lisbon District

Lisbon Old Town
Lisbon featuring a city and heritage architecture as well as a large group of people

Lisbon Old Town

Known for urban, architecture, monument

4/5(598 reviews)

Discover views over the old town from hilltop Graça, Moorish history in Alfama, bustling downtown Baixa, bohemian Chiado and nightlife in Bairro Alto. 

Baixa
Santa Justa Elevator showing a city and landscape views

Baixa

Known for monument, shopping, cathedral

4.5/5(453 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(135 reviews)

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

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. 

Top hotels in Lisbon District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Marechal Craveiro Lopes, 390, Campo Grande, Lisbon
SG$129
per night
8 Nov-9 Nov
4.2/5Very Good! (2,084 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay before morning flight out of Lisbon. Restaurant was a pleasant surprise. Service throughout was stellar, including free shuttle to airport."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct,2019

Radisson Blu Hotel
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
3 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional Lisboa, Rua C-2, Lisbon
SG$147
per night
13 Nov-14 Nov
4.4/5Excellent! (1,758 reviews)

"Quick walk from airport arrival terminal. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct,2019

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Ramada by Wyndham Lisbon
Ramada by Wyndham Lisbon
4 out of 5
Avenida Engenheiro Arantes E Oliveira 9, Lisbon
SG$97
per night
1 Nov-2 Nov
4.1/5Very Good! (825 reviews)

"Great hotel close to the metro! Staff were efficient and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct,2019

Ramada by Wyndham Lisbon

Popular things to do in Lisbon District

Castle of Sao Jorge
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Castle of Sao Jorge

4.5/5(602 reviews)

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

Lisbon Oceanarium
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Lisbon Oceanarium

4.5/5(154 reviews)

Enjoy an underwater adventure at one of the world’s largest and most diverse aquariums right on Lisbon’s beautiful waterfront.

Rossio Square
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Rossio Square

4.5/5(711 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.

Belem Tower
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Belem Tower

4.5/5(624 reviews)

Belém Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the northern bank of the Tagus River in the Belém district of Lisbon.

Jeronimos Monastery
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Jeronimos Monastery

4.5/5(409 reviews)

See where monks once worshipped at this beautifully decorated monastery and where Lisbon’s famous custard-filled pastry is said to have been invented. 

Lisbon Cathedral
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Lisbon Cathedral

4/5(488 reviews)

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

Top activities in Lisbon District

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$114

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.

Private Premium Car Transfer from Lisbon to Porto with 2 Sightseeing Stops
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Private Premium Car Transfer from Lisbon to Porto with 2 Sightseeing Stops

SG$233

Save your time and experience a private premium door-to-door transfer. You will be picked up wherever you wish in Lisbon at your chosen time by a qualified local English-speaking driver.

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