Lisbon District

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Visit Lisbon District

Walk cobblestone streets, listen to the soulful tunes of local musicians and enjoy fresh seafood in the capital of Portugal.

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

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Lisbon Old Town

4/5Very Good!(734 area reviews)

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

Lisbon Old Town
Alfama showing a coastal town and a sunset

Alfama

4.5/5Wonderful!(158 area reviews)

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

Alfama
Santa Justa Elevator which includes a city and landscape views

Baixa

4.5/5Wonderful!(559 area reviews)

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

Baixa
Padrão dos Descobrimentos showing a monument, a river or creek and heritage elements

Belem

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

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

Belem
Santos

Santos

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area 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.

Santos

Top hotels in Lisbon District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
3 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional Lisboa, Rua C-2, Lisbon
SG$140
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lisbon Casino, Lisbon Oceanarium and Lisbon International Exhibition Fair. Rossio Square and Santa ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,944 reviews)

"I booked the double room. Great room however the beds are right next to the bathroom.Bathroom doors are see through glass, basically no privacy if theres two people."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan,2020

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Corinthia Lisbon
Corinthia Lisbon
5 out of 5
Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 105, Lisbon
SG$155
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

This family-friendly Lisbon hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Lisbon Zoo and Gulbenkian Museum. El Corte Ingles Mall and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,469 reviews)

"Excellent hotel. They booked car to our final destination. Clean and beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan,2020

Corinthia Lisbon
EXE Saldanha
EXE Saldanha
3 out of 5
Avenida Defensores de Chaves 5-9, Lisbon, Lisbon
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
SG$62
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Atrium Saldanha, Marquis of Pombal Square and Gulbenkian Museum. Rossio Square and Martim Moniz ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)

"The hotel is in a good location walkable to the metro and old town. The room was large and very clean. There was a good selection at breakfast especially the fresh fruit. There are sophisticated coffee machines but the coffee is not that good and the rooms could have a kettle to make teas and coffees. ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan,2020

EXE Saldanha

Popular things to do in Lisbon District

Lisbon Oceanarium
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Lisbon Oceanarium

4.5/5(177 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(833 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.

Castle of Sao Jorge
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Castle of Sao Jorge

4.5/5(720 reviews)

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

Commerce Square
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Commerce Square

4.5/5(672 reviews)

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

Belem Tower
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Belem Tower

4.5/5(731 reviews)

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

Lisbon Zoo
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Lisbon Zoo

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Be kissed by a seal, splashed by a dolphin and have your photo taken with a python at this family zoo in the center of Lisbon.

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$90

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.

Óbidos, Nazaré & Fátima Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Óbidos, Nazaré & Fátima Small-Group Full-Day Tour

SG$90

Follow the pilgrims' route to Fátima, one of the most important Christian sites in the world, with approximately 5 million visitors each year. Visit Nazaré, a quaint seaside fishing town, and fall in love with Óbidos, an enchanting medieval-era village with white-washed walls.

Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise
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Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise

SG$38

On this small-group sailing cruise, relax as Lisbon's setting sun fills the sky with a warm evening glow. Take in the city's top sites from the Tagus River's serene waters and wind down with a refreshing glass of champagne while your expert crew and captain handle the sailing.

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Tramcar Tours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Tramcar Tours

SG$45

This open-top bus tour lets you easily explore the city by hopping on and off at a variety of main attractions like the Jerónimos Monastery, the Tower of Belém, the Monument to the Discoveries and Parque das Nações.

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$88

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.

Reviews of Lisbon District

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Only ever been to Lisbon for work purposes so only knew a small part of it before this visit. There is so much history, wonderful buildings, quaint back streets and of course trams, walking is the best way to explore with maybe a tram ride included.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

I have been to Lisbon about 5 or 6 times but this was the first time I signed up to a free walking tour and was definitely worth it! ALways something new to see in this city!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Not a city person so rating as OK

4/5 - Good

Christopher

Jan 19, 2020

Great things to do in the immediate area and great visits by public transport, taking you to a range of lovely places. Tram, bus and train very reasonable in cost compared to the UK. Always on time!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Beautiful city and very friendly,

5/5 - Excellent

Danny

Jan 8, 2020

Lisbon is one of my top cities. Simply Amazing!

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