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LisbonPortugal

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

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
4 out of 5
The price is SG$58 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Parliament (Sao Bento Palace) and Mercado da Ribeira. Commerce Square and Rossio ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my 8 days stay at Lisbon Serviced Apartments- Santos. It really felt like home. There was everything I needed such as washing machine, dish washer, coffee machine, oven, etc. exception cleaning and check in staff and really easy check out. Would definitely go back."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov,2020

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Corinthia Lisbon
Corinthia Lisbon
5 out of 5
The price is SG$170 per night from 15 Dec to 16 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Lisbon hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lisbon Zoo, Gulbenkian Museum and El Corte Ingles Mall. Rossio Square ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,341 reviews)

"The hotel was so clean and the staff were super friendly and helpful, we enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep,2020

Corinthia Lisbon
Tivoli Oriente
Tivoli Oriente
4 out of 5
The price is SG$193 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Lisbon hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre, Lisbon Oceanarium and Lisbon Casino. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)
Great place in lovely location

"Great choice for us after arrival at the bus station within short walking distance. All good. Abundant breakfast at the earliest hour before a flight. Nice, newer area in Lisbon. Much to do. Good restaurants nearby."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

Tivoli Oriente
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

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
4 out of 5
The price is SG$58 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Parliament (Sao Bento Palace) and Mercado da Ribeira. Commerce Square and Rossio ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my 8 days stay at Lisbon Serviced Apartments- Santos. It really felt like home. There was everything I needed such as washing machine, dish washer, coffee machine, oven, etc. exception cleaning and check in staff and really easy check out. Would definitely go back."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov,2020

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Rossio - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
Rossio - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
4 out of 5
The price is SG$207 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Carmo Convent, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Restauradores Square and Lisbon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (11 reviews)
Great location!

"Very convenient location and the apartment is beautiful. Can be a little noisy if you leave the windows open Apartment is on the second floor with no elevators so be mindful of heavy suitcases. Otherwise the apartment itself and location is perfect!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep,2018

Rossio - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
Graça Castle - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
Graça Castle - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
4 out of 5
The price is SG$165 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Alfama, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Martim Moniz Square and Rossio Square. Castle of Sao Jorge and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)
The best view of Lisbon!

"It was amazing! The view is just the best of Lisbon! Awesome view over the 25 de abril bridge, the castle and the Tejo River! This is the best place you can stay in Lisbon! I loved it! I’ll be back soon!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep,2020

Graça Castle - Lisbon Cheese & Wine 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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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.