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Lisbon

Lisbon is the westernmost capital of mainland Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world. Visitors throng to Lisbon for its Mediterranean climate, good food, great wines, vibrant nightlife and ancient history.

HistoryThe strategic location of Lisbon at the mouth of the Tagus River has contributed to the city’s importance as a centre of trade between the Mediterranean Sea and northern Europe. It was originally settled by the Celts and subsequently captured by the Carthaginians, Romans, Suebi, Visigoths, and Moors. Christian crusaders later captured the city, forming the long-term Portuguese Royal Family.

Lisbon flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries during the Portuguese Age of Discovery, which lead to the accumulation of great wealth and power. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed much of Lisbon and further disaster fell in 1807 when Napoleon’s forces occupied Lisbon. However, the city slowly rebuilt over the 19th Century.

In 1910, the Republicans established the Portuguese Republic with the Estado Novo regime, the longest-living dictatorship in Western Europe ruled by Salazar. It was deposed by the 1974 by the Carnation Revolution and Portugal joined the European Community in 1986. Recent improvements to the metro system and the revival of older buildings in the city have transformed Lisbon into one of the trendiest cities in Europe.

LandmarksLisbon and nearby Sintra have three sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, in Lisbon and Palácio da Pena in Sintra.

Belém was where Portuguese explorers set off from on their voyages of discovery. Belém Tower is a fortified lighthouse, which stands on a little island on the right hand side of the Tagus. It was originally intended to guard the entrance to the port against invasion or pirate raids, but today it offers incredible views over the city.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a monastery with amazing stonework and burial place of the greatest Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. Sintra is a beautiful dreamy town dotted with tourist hotspots and historic attractions, such as the grand Palácio da Pena: a fairytale-like castle that sits atop a mighty hill, offering incredible views over the town below.

The heart of the city of Lisbon is Baixa. This historic district was constructed after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Its most notable feature is the Rua Augusta Arch, a triumphal arch designed as a gateway to the city. An elevator, located inside the arch, takes you to a vantage point that offers beautiful views over downtown, the Praça do Comércio and the Tagus River.

Lisbon's castle, Castelo de São Jorge, is an incredible piece of architecture that stands on top of the city's highest hill. Not only does it offer cultural and historical significance, but also provides beautiful views of the city and river, making it a fun trip for history-buffs and lay folk alike.

If you’re a fan of modern architecture, pay a visit to Parque das Nações: the newest district in Lisbon. Check out the Orient Railway Station, a truly eye-catching building and one of the main transportation centres of Lisbon. Here you can also find one of the world's longest bridges, the stunning Vasco da Gama Bridge.

Shopping, Restaurants and NighlifeIf it’s shopping you crave then pay Chiado a visit, Lisbon’s traditional shopping area. Here you can buy clothes from trendy designer boutiques, as well as books, crafts and pottery. You will also find plenty of coffee shops and restaurants serving traditional cakes such as ‘Pastéis de Nata’ and typical cod fish dishes called ’Bacalhau’.

As you can probably see, there’s never a dull moment in Lisbon.

Where to stay in Lisbon

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 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
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
Chiado showing a sunset and views as well as a couple

Chiado

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Lisbon City Hall while getting to know Chiado, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Lg. Academia Nacional Belas AR Stop or R. Vitor Cordon/R. Serpa Pin Stop to see more of the area.

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

Belem

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Noted for its museums and historical sites, there's plenty to explore in Belem. Top attractions like Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Centro Cultural Belém Stop or Lg. Princesa Stop to see more of the city.

Belem
Santos

Santos

4.5/5Wonderful!(24 area reviews)

Museums, restaurants and waterfront views highlight some notable features of Santos. Make a stop by A Barraca Theater or Puppet Museum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Santos-o-velho Stop or Santos Stop to get around town.

Santos

Top hotels in Lisbon

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
The price is SG$175 per night

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! (2,181 reviews)

"We were flying out to Canada at the height of the Corvo 19 crisis. They were organized clean and welcoming. We were really impressed"…"

Reviewed on 25 Apr,2020

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
5 out of 5
Avenida da Liberdade, 127, Lisbon
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$404 per night

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! (1,941 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 7 Mar,2020

Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade
TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto
TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto
4 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional de Lisboa, Rua C, Lisbon
The price is SG$200 per night

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre, Atlantic Pavilion and Lisbon Casino. Lisbon Oceanarium and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,033 reviews)

"Like - proximity to airport. Friendly and helpful staff. Dislike - that bathrooms aren’t separate from the bedroom. They are separated by a curtain. Toilets and shower enclosures are small and lighting in bathroom (especially at the sink and mirror) is very dim. Hard to shave and challenging for ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar,2020

TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto

Popular places to visit in Lisbon

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

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$101
Per adult
Small-Group 4-Town Day Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos
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Small-Group 4-Town Day Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos

94% of travellers recommend
SG$116
Per adult
Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

94% of travellers recommend
SG$104
Per adult
Lisbon Card
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Lisbon Card

84% of travellers recommend
SG$31
Per adult
Food & Wine Small-Group Walking Tour
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Food & Wine Small-Group Walking Tour

92% of travellers recommend
SG$70
Per adult
Best of Lisbon Small-Group Walking Tour
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Best of Lisbon Small-Group Walking Tour

96% of travellers recommend
SG$34
Per adult

Reviews of Lisbon

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 68.06375442739079%
4 - Good
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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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