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Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of its most enchanting cities. Walk through any one of its cobblestone streets and there's a good chance you'll come across some traditional fado music or pastelarias serving fresh pastéis de nata (custard tarts). The old-fashioned tram 28 is one of the last of its kind still operating in the city, and provides a unique way to the popular districts of Graça, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela.

The central district of Bairro Alto is a great place to try out some of the local cuisine the capital is famous for. Try some bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with onions, eggs and potatoes) or cozido à portuguesa (a typical stew).

To take in a blend of history and panoramic sights, pay a visit to the ancient castle of São Jorge and the Santa Justa Lift. Lisbon is also home to Ponte Vasco da Gama – the longest bridge in Europe – and the sister bridge of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Ponte 25 de Abril.

Lisbon is renowned for its surfing spots like Carcavelos and Costa da Caparica, with many offering long sandy beaches.


From £89 per night

This weekend

From £214 per night

Next weekend

From £103 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.60
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price £94 per night
Average weekday price £97 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Lisbon reviews

What other travellers say about Lisbon


Being more nature-ocean-country kind of type, we left only...

5 July 2022

Being more nature-ocean-country kind of type, we left only half a day to visit Lisbon. The capital definitely deserves more attention. We visited Time Out market, Alfama district, Parca do Comercio. All very nice. Since it was Sunday and afternoon we missed museums.

Anita Latvia

Could be a beautiful city but it’s very run down.

4 July 2022

Could be a beautiful city but it’s very run down. Such a shame as there’s graffiti everywhere and very dirty. The charm gets lost in the ugliness and dirty buildings, unfortunately. But the food- AMAZING. Come to Lisbon just for the food!


Very nice!

3 July 2022

Very nice! I really loved the tiles and the streetart you could find everywhere! The city is really nice! I walked around Belem, Bairro Alto, Alfama, Mouraria and of course Baixo Chaido! We were also in Cascais, but if you want to go to a beautiful beach then Leave the train to Cascais in Estoril! The beach is much calmer with less people. After the beach you can take a train to Cascais and look at the beautiful city and the boca inferno! Definitely try the Pasteis de Nata in Lissabon! They are great. Partying on the Rooftop bar is recommendable! And the metro is nice too!


Lisbon: Wonderful and often overlooked.

3 July 2022

Lisbon: Wonderful and often overlooked. It’s physically beautiful with a rich history dating back 2700 years. The food is great as is the nightlife. Eat down by the river or Time Out for a real flavor of the city. Check with your Concierge for Michelin Star reservations. Surrounding towns, like Sintra or Cascais and the beach are a must. Lapa Palace is an exquisite jewel of a hotel. It’s located in the diplomatic embassy section of town which is quiet and close to good dining. Taxis and Uber give you quick access to everything.

Richard United States

Lisbon is a very interesting City.

3 July 2022

Lisbon is a very interesting City. The Time out Market is a must see if you like Food! The Transport system is good & very reasonable. My Train trip to Cascais was great. The Bus trip to the Capacarica Coast was very nice as well.

Ulrich Australia

Fascinating history, incredible monuments and detailed...

30 June 2022

Fascinating history, incredible monuments and detailed information in the museums. Delightful tropical gardens too. The people were friendly and helpful but the maps were scarce. Nearly everyone spoke English and went out of their way to be helpful. Loved the food too. We spent 7 days but included a day in Sintra and one in Cascais. The transport system is excellent.

Louella Andorra

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