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.

Lisbon District Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Lisbon District

Lisbon Old Town
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Lisbon Old Town

Known for urban, architecture, monument

4/5(696 reviews)

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

Alfama
Alfama showing a coastal town and a sunset

Alfama

Known for romantic, castle, historicalBuilding

4.5/5(154 reviews)

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

Baixa
Santa Justa Elevator which includes a city and landscape views

Baixa

Known for monument, shopping, cathedral

4.5/5(528 reviews)

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

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

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. 

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.

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$115
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

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

4.2/5Very Good! (2,177 reviews)

"Convenient to the airport, very nice restaurant andbar"…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec,2019

Radisson Blu Hotel
Iberostar Selection Lisboa
Iberostar Selection Lisboa
5 out of 5
Rua Castilho 64, Lisbon
SG$167
per night
23 Dec-24 Dec

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! (463 reviews)

"Fairly generic upscale hotel, everything was nice but nothing was exceptional."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2019

Iberostar Selection Lisboa
Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 46, Lisbon
SG$126
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

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! (1,201 reviews)

"Fabulous hotel. Very modern. Beautiful rooms. On roof pools with great views. Very clean. Large shower with rainfall shower. Amazing modern artwork in room. Breakfast was delicious with lots of choices. Anna Gomes at the front desk was very helpful and friendly. Spa massage was very relaxing. Tons ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec,2019

Jupiter Lisboa Hotel

Popular things to do in Lisbon District

Castle of Sao Jorge
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Castle of Sao Jorge

4.5/5(689 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(175 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(801 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(705 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(463 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(558 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.

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.

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.

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$102

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.

SURF & SUP PADDLE CASCAIS,LISBON OCEAN ACTIVITIES
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SURF & SUP PADDLE CASCAIS,LISBON OCEAN ACTIVITIES

SG$38

OCEAN ACTIVITIES, which currently finds itself in the beach of the Conceicao in Cascais in front of Beach Bar.

Reviews of Lisbon District

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.381107491856678%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.1498371335504887%
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2 - Disappointing 0.5863192182410424%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

Excellent climate. Good food and a lot to see. But people are not very friendly, quit rude sometimes. Also, always on the watch to your belongings (heard so many people being mugged), so not very relaxing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

Friendly people beautiful buildjngs very clean. Noticed quite a few large groups of imigrants around but fortunately plenty of police as well. A sign of the times I suppose but not a good one. Lisbon is a lovely city and December is a good time to se

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Dec 2019

Really enjoyed Lisbon but would definitely do some in-depth research before had as you do need to use the trams and trains to get to most of the sights

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Dec 2019

A lovely city to visit - would not recommend for anyone who isn't able to deal with inclines - very hilly city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Dec 2019

I think Hotel staff can do more and recommend these places to families so they are more clued into places to see, which according to the locals are better tourist attraction. Try to be more proactive

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov 2019

Interesting city with a safe feel. Nice shops & restaurants also .

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