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Lisbon
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in Lisbon

Rossio Garden Hotel
Rossio Garden Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua Jardim do Regedor, 24, Lisbon
The price is SG$46 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Lisbon Coliseum and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (969 reviews)
Great Stay but WiFi problems

"Lovely hotel, everything you could want for the price. The only thing that I would recommend the hotel addresses is their WiFi coverage and bandwidth. I had to do a few Zoom meetings and it never worked properly. I had to switch over to my 4g hotspot."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov,2020

Rossio Garden Hotel
Myriad by SANA Hotels
Myriad by SANA Hotels
5 out of 5
Cais das Naus, Lote 2.21.01, Parque Das Nacoes, Lisbon
The price is SG$304 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Parque das Nacoes, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vasco da Gama Tower and Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre. Lisbon Oceanarium and Lisbon ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (678 reviews)

"A truly exceptional hotel with one of the most exceptional Management and staff who went above and beyond ."…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep,2020

Myriad by SANA Hotels
Hotel Mundial
Hotel Mundial
4 out of 5
Praça Martim Moniz, 2, Lisbon
The price is SG$132 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Martim Moniz Square and Rossio Square. Se and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"Very clean, staff friendly. Hotel is situated centrally."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct,2020

Hotel Mundial
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Lisbon

Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
4 out of 5
Rua Luciana Stegagno Picchio, 12, Lisbon, Lisbon
The price is SG$232 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Sao Domingos de Benfica, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Estádio da Luz and Colombo Shopping Centre. Lisbon Zoo and University of Lisbon ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (432 reviews)

"The room was very clean, comfortable and the whole stay was easy and relaxing. Would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct,2020

Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
Ascensor da Bica - Lisbon Serviced Apartments
Ascensor da Bica - Lisbon Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
Largo de Santo Antoninho, 1, Lisbon
The price is SG$61 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Bica, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Mercado da Ribeira, Rossio Square and Commerce Square. Se and Lisbon City Hall are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (480 reviews)
Excellent location, v good accommodation.

"Excellent location and good quality accommodation. I found the apartment well sound proofed and the air conditioning was good. I felt safe in the area. Lots of bars, restaurants and sights in short walking distance. It was handy being near Cais Sodre train station for: the metro, trips to the beach ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep,2020

Ascensor da Bica - Lisbon Serviced Apartments
Chiado Square - Lisbon Best Apartments
Chiado Square - Lisbon Best Apartments
4 out of 5
Largo do Chiado, 5, Lisbon

Located in Chiado, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Fernando Pessoa Statue, Santa Justa Elevator and Carmo Convent. Rossio Square and Lisbon ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)

"This was by far our favorite rentals that we stayed in on our trip. The location was right next to the subway entrance (and my husband was pleased that there was a McDonalds next door). We stayed at Christmas time and the square was beautifully decorated. The parking was easy (decent sized and easy ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug,2020

Chiado Square - Lisbon Best Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Lisbon

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Top Destination

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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.