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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

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum featuring a lighthouse and general coastal views

Cascais

Cascais
Sintra showing a park, heritage architecture and a castle

Sintra

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

Lisbon Old Town

4/5Very Good!(776 area reviews)

Lisbon Old Town
Alfama showing a coastal town and a sunset

Alfama

4.5/5Wonderful!(165 area reviews)

Alfama
Santa Justa Elevator which includes a city and landscape views

Baixa

4.5/5Wonderful!(604 area reviews)

Baixa
Tamariz Beach which includes a beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people

Estoril

Estoril

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
SG$189
per night
10 Apr-11 Apr

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! (2,112 reviews)

"We stayed at this hotel because of the corona virus terror. We were there for an afternoon and evening. In that time we were deeply apprecictive of the kindness and helpful of the entire staff. Thank you to everyone who served us."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar,2020

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Radisson Blu Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Marechal Craveiro Lopes, 390, Campo Grande, Lisbon

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Gulbenkian Museum, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Santa Justa Elevator and Lisbon Oceanarium. Rossio ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,289 reviews)

"We enjoyed the ease of registration after a long flight. The rooms are large, clean, comfortable and well appointed."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar,2020

Radisson Blu Hotel
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
5 out of 5
Avenida da Liberdade, 127, Lisbon
SG$337
per night
3 May-4 May

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,929 reviews)

"Nothing not to like fantastic hotel in great location"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar,2020

Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade

Popular things to do in Lisbon District

Lisbon Oceanarium
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Lisbon Oceanarium

4.5/5(183 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(880 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(764 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(715 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(779 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(52 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

84% of travellers recommend
SG$31
Per adult
Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
SG$117
Per adult
Óbidos, Nazaré & Fátima Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Óbidos, Nazaré & Fátima Small-Group Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
SG$117
Per adult
Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise
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Small-Group Sunset Sailing Cruise

86% of travellers recommend
SG$39
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Tramcar Tours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Tramcar Tours

82% of travellers recommend
SG$55
Per adult
Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace
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Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace

94% of travellers recommend
SG$91
Per adult

Reviews of Lisbon District

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 68.06375442739079%
4 - Good
496
4 - Good 29.279811097992916%
3 - Okay
35
3 - Okay 2.0661157024793386%
2 - Disappointing
9
2 - Disappointing 0.5312868949232585%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.0590318772136954%

5/5 - Excellent

Taylor

23 Mar 2020

Myself and my partner had an amazing time in Lisbon. The people were friendly, the weather was beautiful and Portugal’s culture is so rich and diverse. We wished we could have stayed longer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

This was our first visit to Lisbon and in fact Portugal and we really liked it. Lovely city to visit and didn't really feel like a normal capital city, it had a more relaxed feel to the place and a fantastic blend between old and new styles.

5/5 - Excellent

Beth

8 Mar 2020

Lovely city to explore . Always lots of walking to do so wear trainers .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Mar 2020

Great place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Mar 2020

Beauitful and pleasant city with lots of tourist attractions, restaurants, shops and bars. Was disappointed with the amount of graffiti seen across the city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar 2020

There is plenty to see and do you just have to get out and about. We are seniors of below average fitness however we coped well with the hills. Buy the Lisboa ticket, worth it especially as we used our Expedia points to reduce the cost.

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