The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is a city characterised by its narrow cobblestoned streets, Gothic-inspired architecture and beautiful panoramic views. In fact, it’s admirable to see how Lisbon has rebuilt itself after the earthquake of 1755, which saw the city completely decimated by this natural disaster. Now, the capital stands as a symbol of rebirth and rebuild. There’s no wonder that so many tourists are attracted to this fascinating city! Lisbon is perfect for every traveller. Want to experience the nightlife? In Lisbon, it’s buzzing. Want to taste the local cuisine? In Lisbon, it’s delicious. Want to explore the sights? In Lisbon, they’re amazing. It doesn’t matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for… Lisbon is the city break destination for you! So, find out where to stay, what to see and what to eat with our Lisbon city guide.
Where to stay in Lisbon
Lisbon has a wide range of districts which are great choices when it comes to deciding where to stay. Alfama is the oldest part of Lisbon as well as one of the most stunning. For a relaxing 4-star experience, book the Heritage Avenida Liberdade. As the name suggests, the hotel highlights the Portuguese capital’s heritage. Taking you back in time with a slightly modern twist. It’s also conveniently located along one of the most popular avenues in the city, known for its shopping.
For something slightly more upscale in a fantastic location, stay at the 5-star Bairro Alto Hotel. You’ll be surrounded by several bars and restaurants and have access to wonderful rooftop views of Lisbon. For a budget-friendly option, choose the 4-star VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel. With a rooftop swimming pool, you can take a dip and admire the surrounding views of Lisbon!
For even more options, check out our top hotels in Lisbon.
What to do in Lisbon
Full of fascinating buildings, steep hills and trademark views, Lisbon is as charming as it is exciting…
The Belém Tower is perhaps considered to be one of the most iconic landmarks in Lisbon. This medieval tower is situated right on the mouth of the Tejo and offers amazing views. Plus, the tower has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical maritime significance.
What else is Lisbon known for? It’s trams of course! Hop on Lisbon’s famous transport to make your way up to the picturesque Bairro Alto. Roam around the district’s steep hills and cobblestoned alleys as you admire the sights. Visit Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara for breath-taking views which give off a real essence of Portugal’s capital. If you’re a sucker for fascinating street art, Bairro Alto has plenty for you to see. Plus, it’s absolutely buzzing for nightlife. Wander the streets and find hidden gems in quirky clubs and trendy bars.
The stunning grounds of this monastery are well worth a visit. These lush gardens are centred around a Gothic-inspired chapel which then opens out to a monastery. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jerónimos Monastery adds to the list of major sights within Lisbon. Once you’ve stepped foot inside the monastery, you’ll discover many of Portugal’s ancient figures entombed.
São Jorge Castle
Located in the popular district of Alfama, you get to discover Lisbon’s older side. Especially with a trip to São Jorge Castle. These castle ruins highlight Lisbon’s Moorish influences. Explore this 11th-century castle and enjoy the archaeological museum that can also be found on site. Thanks to its hilltop location, you’ll have the opportunity to discover Lisbon’s beautiful views as well as the Tagus River.
Where to eat in Lisbon
Portugal is well-known for its cuisine, so it’s only right that you sample some of Portugal’s best-tasting traditional dishes. A Casa do Bacalhau serves as a great introduction to one of Portugal’s most famous dishes – Bacalhau! Cod is what takes centre stage at this restaurant. So much so that it’s served up in at least 25 of their dishes! On the other hand, A Taberna da Rua das Flores is perfect for a range of Portuguese dishes. In fact, it is so tasty here that you can expect quite a long wait for lunch and dinner. Or head to Belcanto for an all-around foodie experience. Not only will you get to try typical Portuguese favourites, but you can wash it down with a glass of wine!
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Flight time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Time difference: GMT +0
Best time to go: March – October