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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

A noteworthy feature of Cascais is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Cascais Beach and Guincho Beach.

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

Lisbon Old Town

4/5Very Good!(777 area reviews)

Lisbon Old Town is highly notable for its stunning river views, and you might want to visit top sights like Rossio Square and Castle of Sao Jorge. See more of Lisbon by jumping on the metro at Avenida Station or Rua Câmara Pestana Stop.

Lisbon Old Town
Sintra showing a park, heritage architecture and a castle

Sintra

Sintra is popular for its colourful gardens, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Quinta da Regaleira or Sintra National Palace.

Sintra
Alfama showing a coastal town and a sunset

Alfama

4.5/5Wonderful!(165 area reviews)

Alfama is a destination travellers like for its historical sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at R. Graça Stop or Sapadores Stop to explore sights like Castle of Sao Jorge.

Alfama
Santa Justa Elevator which includes a city and landscape views

Baixa

4.5/5Wonderful!(604 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Rossio Square to Santa Justa Elevator – discover Baixa, a destination also famous for its shopping.

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

Estoril

Estoril is a destination visitors seek out for its beaches, abundant dining options and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Estoril Casino or Tamariz Beach while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Estoril

Top hotels in Lisbon District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The One Palácio da Anunciada
The One Palácio da Anunciada
5 out of 5
The price is SG$238 per night

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Liberty Avenue and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel great location great staff - pool and pool bar were fantastic and the service from staff was second to none. Definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul,2020

The One Palácio da Anunciada
Avenida Palace
Avenida Palace
5 out of 5
The price is SG$335 per night

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Liberty Avenue, Rossio Square and Restauradores Square. Santa Justa Elevator and Carmo Convent ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (993 reviews)

"The staff was very helpful as we tried to get back to the United States during the Covid-19 crisis. Very professional during a stressful time. Breakfast was great. Wish we had more time before we had to leave for our flight."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar,2020

Avenida Palace
H10 Duque de Loulé
H10 Duque de Loulé
4 out of 5
The price is SG$141 per night

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and Botanical Garden are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (470 reviews)

"beautiful rooms, tile and furniture. We had very attentive staff, and a sparkling clean room. The bathroom was fully tiled, with soft slippers and robes available"…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar,2020

H10 Duque de Loulé

Popular places to visit 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 things to do in Lisbon District

Lisbon Card
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Lisbon Card

SG$31
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
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$102
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour

SG$118
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Small-Group 4-Town Day Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos
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Small-Group 4-Town Day Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos

SG$118
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Best of Lisbon Small-Group Walking Tour
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Best of Lisbon Small-Group Walking Tour

SG$35
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Lisbon city Private Transfer to Airport (LIS)
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Lisbon city Private Transfer to Airport (LIS)

SG$37
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Lisbon District

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 68.08259587020649%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.262536873156343%
3 - Okay
35
3 - Okay 2.0648967551622417%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5309734513274337%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.058997050147492625%

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.

Chiado showing a city and railway items

Lisbon

Guincho Beach which includes a sandy beach, general coastal views and tranquil scenes

Praia do Guincho

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