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Lisbon
Travel Guide

Chiado showing a city and railway items

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

H10 Duque de Loulé
H10 Duque de Loulé
4 out of 5
Avenida Duque de Loulé, 81-83, Lisbon
The price is SG$135 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Lisbon City Center, 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! (511 reviews)
Great Find
"Quality boutique hotel - beautiful rooms, amazing roof terrace and very helpful staff. Would highly recommend it"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2020

H10 Duque de Loulé
TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto
TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto
4 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional de Lisboa, Rua C, Lisbon
The price is SG$159 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Olivais, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre, Atlantic Pavilion and Lisbon Casino. Lisbon International Exhibition ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"Conveniently located near the airport and major roadways. The room was clean and comfortable, and the staff and service was exceptional. They had excellent diner choices for doom service, and a delicious complimentary breakfast in the morning. We would definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on 19 Mar,2021

TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto
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$119 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Olivais, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lisbon Casino, Lisbon International Exhibition Fair and Lisbon Oceanarium. Gulbenkian Museum and Castle ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,503 reviews)
"Nice hotel. Great service from the staff. Kitchen was open till 12 which was awesome for our late arrival and the food choices and quality are very good. A modern and nicely designed hotel.The room was fine but the bed was hard, and I like hard beds! For some strange reason we were made to pay every ..."

Reviewed on 19 Dec,2020

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
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.
Lisbon Colours
Lisbon Colours
4 out of 5
Travessa da Queimada, 46, Bairro Alto, Lisbon
The price is SG$242 per night from 8 Jun to 8 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Bairro Alto, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Sao Roque, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Botanical Garden and Carmo ...
4.4/5Excellent! (436 reviews)
Pleasant stay in Barrio Alto
"All-in-all, very pleasant stay. I few hickups during my 7-night stay, which the kind staff tried to resolve to the extent possible. As street and neighboring-apartment noise was a problem for me to sleep, I recommend spending the extra money for the superior apartment next time, which I understand ..."

Reviewed on 5 Oct,2020

Lisbon Colours
Páteo Saudade Lofts
Páteo Saudade Lofts
3 out of 5
Rua do Crucifixo 31, Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon
The price is SG$74 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Lisbon City Hall, Santa Justa Elevator and Carmo Convent. Commerce Square and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (406 reviews)
"Clean, modern apartment, large enough for a short stay in Lisbon. Close to metro, shops and eating places. Reception very helpful with advice to improve my visit."

Reviewed on 1 Jan,2021

Páteo Saudade Lofts
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Baixa Castelo
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Baixa Castelo
5 out of 5
Rua dos Fanqueiros, 136, Lisbon
The price is SG$99 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Se and Lisbon Cathedral (Se). Commerce Square and Rossio Square are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (520 reviews)
Quarentena na baixa de lisboa
"The stay was very nice, the location was very nice and friendly."

Reviewed on 23 Jun,2020

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Baixa Castelo
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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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.