Lisbon

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Visit 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

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Lisbon Old Town

4/5Very Good!(705 area reviews)

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

Lisbon Old Town
Alfama showing a coastal town and a sunset

Alfama

4.5/5Wonderful!(155 area reviews)

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

Alfama
Santa Justa Elevator which includes a city and landscape views

Baixa

4.5/5Wonderful!(537 area reviews)

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

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

Belem

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

In this Portuguese city, travel back to times of global discovery. Tour this historic launch point for explorers seeking distant riches. 

Belem
Santos
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Santos

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 area 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.

Santos

Top hotels in Lisbon

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
Dec 16 - Dec 17

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! (2,179 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$173
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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! (468 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

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! (1,210 reviews)

"The property was located very close to a metro, making it easy to get into the heart of the city. It was also easy to find in a nice area close to other amenities."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec,2019

Jupiter Lisboa Hotel

Popular things to do in Lisbon

Castle of Sao Jorge
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Castle of Sao Jorge

4.5/5(696 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(809 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(712 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(469 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(564 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

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.

Lisboa City Tour & Shopping from Algarve
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Lisboa City Tour & Shopping from Algarve

SG$114

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Belem Lighthouse, Avenida Brasilia, Belem 1400-038 Portugal Belém is the southwesternmost district of Lisbon. Far from the city centre, but easily accessible, this neighbourhood is located at the mouth of the River Tagus.

Reviews of Lisbon

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Greg

Dec 12, 2019

Definitely loads of places to see.

5/5 - Excellent

Mohammed

Dec 12, 2019

Just a lovely, friendly place to visit, with lots of culture, history and great food!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

I think Lisbon is a great city. Very walkable and lots to see and do. I would definitely go back again!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

Just watch out for the pavements. In places very uneven and very slippery, especially when wet.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

Purchase a day pass for public transport - great value and valid for metro, trams, funiculars and lift.

5/5 - Excellent

Tim

Dec 10, 2019

A really fantastic place in an amazing country. The Portuguese are great!