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Sailing Tour of Lisbon
This tour of Lisbon takes place on a luxury yacht, letting passengers see the city's main sights from an entirely different perspective. Highlights include the Belém Tower, Terreiro do Paço, Cristo Rei, and the 25th of April Bridge. Visitors can choose a 1 or 2-hour tour.
Sunset Boat Tour
Setting off from central Lisbon, this intimate 2-hour sunset cruise lets passengers enjoy the city sights along the Tagus River. Highlights include views of Belém Tower and Christ the King monument (Cristo Rei).
Seven Hills E-bike Tour
This electric bike ride lets sightseers discover Lisbon's seven "high hills"' at their own pace. Each lookout point has excellent panoramic views of the Portuguese capital.
Lisbon Old Town Sailing Tour
A chance to discover the history and monuments of Lisbon with a scenic cruise along the Tagus river. Highlights include passing under the 25th of April Bridge and views over the Monument to the Discoveries, the Old Town, and the statue of Christ the King. An onboard guide will provide commentary during the tour.
Classic Lisbon Tour
This 4-hour tour includes visits to Lisbon’s most famous sights including Belém Tower, Jeronimos' Monastery, and the Monument to the Discoveries. A walking tour of the Alfama and Rossio neighborhoods is also included.
Tagus River Cruise
This cruise gives visitors the chance to take in the stunning city sights from the Tagus River. The route showcases main landmarks like the Monument to the Discoveries and 25th of April Bridge, as well as offering a panoramic view of the entire city.
Night Tour of Lisbon With Dinner & Fado Performance
This tour shows off Lisbon by night as you cross the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge and enjoy the views down the Tagus River. You’ll get to explore the city at night and dine on some traditional food at Timpanas accompanied by the unique sound of "Fado" music.
Best of Lisbon City Tour - History & Sightseeing Bus
This tour takes you around Lisbon on a caravel—a bus that looks like a boat—accompanied by your own tablet with a video guide. You’ll learn about the city’s history and pass its landmarks and neighborhoods like Alfama, Chiado, and Belém.
Medieval Tour by Segway
On this Segway tour, visitors can explore Lisbon’s medieval past in a modern way. You’ll pass through the oldest district, Alfama, the Portas do Sol viewpoint, and Lisbon Cathedral.
Up The Lisbon Hills by E-Bike Tour
This e-bike tour lets you scale Lisbon's hills with ease, taking you to the best lookout points over the city. You’ll get to spot monuments like the National Pantheon, São Vicente Monastery, and Sé de Lisboa Cathedral. Your expert guide will provide commentary along the route, which also includes Lisbon's oldest district, Alfama, and the elegant Chiado neighborhood.
Lisboa Story Center
This interactive exhibition center showcases the history of Lisbon with innovative technology and sensory experiences. An audio guide system will narrate dramatic scenes and key events through the years.
Sintra Mitos e Lendas (Myths & Legends)
Located on the northern outskirts of Lisbon, the magical city of Sintra is full of history and charm. This multimedia adventure includes 17 exhibition spaces portraying Sintra's myths and legends through 4D films, holograms, video mapping, and more.
Pilar 7 Bridge Experience
Take a tour of the 25 de Abril bridge at this interactive visitors center. Highlights include a virtual reality experience focusing on key areas of the bridge, plus an elevator ride up to a panoramic viewing point. You’ll learn all about the construction of the bridge and its history.
José Saramago Foundation Exhibition
An intimate look at the life and times of writer and modern-day philosopher, José Saramago. Literary critic, author, political activist, and Nobel prize winner, José Saramago dedicated his life to writing and the betterment of humanity. At the José Saramago Foundation, visitors get to step into his world through the words he left us. Featuring an impressive collection, the foundation holds a lifetime’s worth of writing, from poems, letters, and stories, to unpublished manuscripts and observations of the world around us. Winning the Nobel prize for literature in 1998, José was fascinated by the human condition, often re-imagining history through a poetic, emotional lens. "The Seed and the Fruits," the current exhibition, is a multi-dimensional journey from the writer’s impoverished childhood and early years right through to his death in 2010 at the age of 87. Filled with text, pictures, drawings, and mementos, viewers will gain a strong understanding of the man behind the pen
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Businessman, philanthropist, art aficionado; 20th-century oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian’s love of beautiful works saw him bequeath his priceless collection towards the establishment of a museum so the magnificent artworks could be appreciated by the public. Located amid tranquil gardens, the low, modern architecture of the gallery belies the ancient treasures within. Exquisite Paintings, sculpture, jewels and coins hail from Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Oriental art, while masterpieces from European greats like Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Degas are also on display, a highlight being Manet’s Boy Blowing Bubbles. Split into two distinct sections, 1900-1950 and the 50s to the present day, the modern collection features hundreds of pieces from Europe and the United Kingdom, with a specific focus on tying local works to the history of Portugal through the 20th century, while temporary exhibitions explore various themes, changing throughout the year.
Baixa / Chiado
0.2 miles from downtown
Welcome to Old Lisbon. Baixa’s pedestrian streets exude a charm of yesteryear, with expansive Praça do Comércio embodying Lisbon’s 18th-century grandeur. From there, head uphill to Chiado for a coffee in poet Fernando Pessoa’s old haunt, A Brasileira. Or take the gloriously old-school Santa Justa Elevator up to the roofless beauty of Carmo Convent.
Places to stay from $9 a night
Lisbon City Center
There’s so much going on in the city centre, it’s hard to know where to start. Baixa impresses with its architecture and Chiado enchants with its sophistication. Bairro Alto offers night owls a shindig with a view and Avenida Liberdade brims with designer shops. And for a taste of ordinary Lisboeta life, head to the residential streets of Saldanha.
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3.7 miles from downtown
Hail the Age of Discovery! Belém is jam-packed with opulent buildings from Portugal’s golden era, when her explorers ruled the waves. Stand agog at Jerónimos Monastery’s stunning stonework, replete with maritime motifs saluting Vasco da Gama and company. Then set a course for the unique Belém Tower, jutting out into the Tagus like a caravel of old.
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Parque das Nacoes
4.5 miles from downtown
A classic for a Sunday stroll. The steel curves and glistening glass of Parque das Nacoes are a far cry from central Lisbon’s old-world splendour. Follow the riverside boardwalk past the array of new-fangled buildings and sculptures. Give your taste buds a fishy treat at a waterfront eatery before feasting your eyes on marine life in the outstanding Oceanarium.
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0.4 miles from downtown
Bairro Alto has something of the Jekyll and Hyde about it. Climb the quaint cobbles during the day and you’d never guess what night-time antics go on here. The narrow streets fill with revellers who spill out of overflowing bars, plastic cups in hand. Catch the sunset from Park Bar’s terrace before ducking into the maze of watering holes. “Saúde”!
Places to stay from $9 a night
Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of Portugal's most charming cities. Walk down any 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" or custard tarts. The old-fashioned tram 28 is one of the last of its kind still operating in the city, and provides a fun way to get between the popular Graça, Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela districts.
The central Bairro Alto district is a great place to try out some of the capital's famous cuisine. Be sure to order some "bacalhau à Brás" (shredded cod with onions, eggs, and potatoes) or a classic "cozido à portuguesa" stew.
Visit the ancient São Jorge castle and Santa Justa Elevator for a fascinating blend of history and panoramic views. Lisbon is also home to Ponte Vasco da Gama—the longest bridge in Europe—and its sister bridge, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Ponte 25 de Abril.
Lisbon also has great surfing spots like Carcavelos and Costa da Caparica, offering plenty of long sandy beaches.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||December-February|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.13|
|Average weekend price||$80 per night|
|Average weekday price||$81 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
“Crowded, noisy, lots of restaurants and pastelarias (?). Definitely for younger crowds who like old Lisbon.”
“After enjoying the chaos around Rossio Square, head up the the Avenida Libertade to have a cafe under the trees.”
“Basically, the rodeo drive of lisbon high-end shops, banks, a couple of nice hotels. It has a nice tree lined up and down Giving shade. Especially when Madonna and her entourage LOLare shopping.”
“Easily accessible by Metro, Bus. The neighboring shopping mall is the largest in Iberia and worth spending time in”
“Really nice open space and plenty of restaurants and the Vasco da Gama Mall at your doorstep. Ride the cable cars—- get a senior discount”
“It’s worth checking out. I stopped at the Museo de Cerveja and enjoyed a drink there.”
“Once you've seen one, you've seen them all. The history on the ground it stands is way more interesting, so see it as part of an Alfama walking tour.”
“St. George castle is interesting and well located atop the city. There are soooo many castles in Portugal. If Lisbon is a one time visit, you should definitely see it. But if you have time, there are so many other castles of even greater interest, in my opinion. Certainly Sintra and Mafra close by are, I think more interesting. The convent at Tomar is larger, more complex and full of rich history. The castle at Palmela, to the south is very interesting as is the castle at Montemor between Figueira da Foz and Coimbra.”
“You can take public transportation, but it was not expensive to take a ride what from the city center. ”
“Very impressive, and the Alcantara docks which are close by are good for a meal and a drink ”
This was truly a gret place to experience your first solo travel. People are helpful and friendly. I encountered helpful strangers a few times when there was a language barrier or direction issus. There are so many things to see, do and eat.
Lots of sites and restaurants to explore. My wife and I stumbled across the Time Out Market and could not get enough. Easy to access surrounding areas like Sintra and Porto, public transportation is cheap and simple to use.
Lisbon is a charming city with friendly and helpful people. Many speak some English. The public transport is excellent. Restaurants of all food types and ethnicities abound. Just don't expect exceptional efficiency. I consider Portugal "1.5 world" -- definitely not 3rd world or developing world, but a little off of first world efficiency. Be patient, have a drink, enjoy the views. It's all fine.
Lisbon is a great place for a time out during the off season. Lots of alternatives for all tastes: history, museums, parks, restaurants, bars, etc. There is a metro station at the airport port terminal that can take you to the heart of the city for the cost of a ticket (1.25 euros). If you are a budget traveler and if you are traveling light, it is a great alternative during the off peak times.
We have been to Lisbon numerous times and love it. So much character. Love the many old buildings and squares. Friendly people. Just beware pick pockets. Getting around is very easy on public transportation.
Ease of getting around Lisbon with out a car. There are Lifts, trams, carriages, buses, private and group, trains and taxis. Many sites to see such as museums, churches, monuments, government bldg etc. We did a city center "free walking" tour and learned a lot of history and culture of the Portuguese people. Old Town was the most interesting. Weather was great, not to hot but partial sun. We found the food fantastic, and it wasn't always cod fish. Many kinds of seafood or beef and chicken dishes.
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Freeport Shopping Experience
Featuring over 150 brands, Freeport Lisbon Fashion Outlet is a perfect spot for a day of retail therapy. Discounts of up to 70% are available year round. This shuttle service takes shoppers to the outlet which is 30 minutes from Lisbon.
A performance of fado, Lisbon’s most famous musical style. You’ll see a 50-minute fado show performed by 2 singers and 2 guitarists. Fado is a type of music that's strongly associated with the city.