Perched upon lofty hillsides, Portugal's capital, Lisbon, is a city that looks good from every angle. The colourful jumble of historic buildings, the grand cathedral domes and majestic monastery, and the deep blue waters of the harbour, make Lisbon one of the most vibrant and picturesque places you could choose for for a holiday. And while you’ll find beautiful architecture and historical sites all over the city, the vibrant nightlife and spirited locals keep Lisbon truly young at heart.
Wander through the laid-back, bohemian backstreets of Lisbon, sample fresh seafood in one of the outdoor restaurants, jump on an iconic yellow tram, or enjoy a night of club-hopping along Bairro Alto. Whether you are a culture vulture, sun-worshipper, history geek or dancing queen, a holiday to Lisbon will delight time and time again.
As far as beautiful cities around the world go, Lisbon is up there with the best. With grand historic buildings, Roman ruins, Moorish castles and bustling neighbourhoods packed with personality, Lisbon has enough landmarks to keep even the most ardent sightseer busy. For the best views of the city head to the rooftop of the Miradouro da Graça, or head down to the water to soak up some harbourfront atmosphere.
The gothic monastery, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, along with Torre de Belem, the beautiful Rossio Square and the hilltop castle of Sao Jorge are among the top historic sights to take in but Lisbon also has plenty of more modern attractions. The popular Oceanarium and Lisbon Zoo are family favourites, while the city’s museums are a treat for any culture lover. Admire the gorgeous traditional art at the National Tile Museum or the take in some modern art at Museu Colecao Berardo.
Wine and Dine
Café culture is alive and well in Lisbon, and one of the most enjoyable things to do in Lisbon is savouring a Portuguese pastry, a speciality coffee and some people-watching at one of the city’s many tiny pavement cafés.
Lisbon is a fantastic place to eat out, with everything from cosy traditional restaurants to glamourous seafront eateries. There are lots of opportunities to try some Portuguese classics, such as bacalhau (salted cod), grilled sardines, and presunto (cured ham), but you’ll also find a wide variety of influences here, from South American to Indian. Many bars serve ‘pestiscos’, the Portuguese version of tapas, alongside their delicious wines.
With so many things to do in Lisbon during the day, you may want to chill in a cool bar when the evening comes around. Fun-loving visitors should head to the Bairro Alto district, which is home to some vibrant bars and clubs which stay open until the early hours. The port area is also must-visit for anyone who’s looking to have a good time. Take a stroll along Rua da Cintura to find somewhere fun to eat and drink. This area is one of the many Lisbon attractions which is lovely to visit during both the day and the evening.
If you want to sample some live music while you’re in town, be sure to visit a Fado House in Alfama. This distinctive Portuguese music has been popular here for many decades, so make sure you take in a little slice of the local culture during your stay.
Action and Adventure
One of the best ways to see more of Lisbon is by joining an electric bike tour of the city. You can get up close and personal with many Lisbon attractions with some battery-powered assistance up those hills! Or take to the water for gorgeous views of the distinctive skyline with a memorable sunset cruise along the River Tagus.
If you’re a football fan, a visit to Benfica’s Stadium of Light is a must, or take to the skies with for exhilarating cable car ride with spectacular birds-eye views of the city and the surrounding coast on the Telecabine Lisboa. You’ll also find lots of water sports on offer along the nearby beaches and plenty of hiking and biking in the hills behind the city.