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Lisbon: the city's best neighborhoods

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About Lisbon

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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.


From $18 per night

Next weekend

From $37 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language Portuguese
Average weekend price $113 per night
Average weekday price $118 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Lisbon reviews

What other travelers say about Lisbon


Besides the disastrous stay at Lisbon Canaan Boutique...

April 4, 2020

Besides the disastrous stay at Lisbon Canaan Boutique Apartments Gaivotas , the trip was a good one. My advice, stay in real hotels, not apartments as the latter doesn't respond to your complaints or probably doesn't even care as much.

Anonymous United States of America

:-) Beautiful city, many attractions to visit, especially...

March 16, 2020

:-) Beautiful city, many attractions to visit, especially must see Sintra. Food is very delicious ( local cuisine), wines and ginghina. Don't forget to try pastel de nata and listen fado music. :-( I was shocked people offering me on the main streets and squares to buy drugs!!!

Aleksandra Serbia

Lisbon is a lovely city with plenty to see and do, and...

March 15, 2020

Lisbon is a lovely city with plenty to see and do, and beautiful views everywhere you turn. Much of the historic area can be visited on foot easily enough (though there will be plenty of climbing involved), but the public transit is also quite good; plenty of coverage throughout the old city and beyond along the riverfront via tram and bus, and the metro is quite handy for getting to the airport. Some of the more popular trams do get crowded, so expect to have to stand (and keep your stuff secure; pickpockets do prowl the trams popular with tourists). The food is also excellent, of course. Plenty of fresh seafood, naturally, as well as excellent pork and other meats. Definitely don't miss some of the local specialties, like bifanas (a simple but delicious pork sandwich), pastel de nata (egg custard tarts), and ginja (a sour cherry liquor).

Dennis Ireland

Enjoyed walking up to Castle of Sao Jorge with its great...

March 12, 2020

Enjoyed walking up to Castle of Sao Jorge with its great view and peacocks in its garden, exploring the winding streets and shops in the Alfama neighborhood, and the beautiful harbor. Wish I had more time to visit.

Ellen United States of America

When we initially landed in Lisbon we had to catch the train...

March 11, 2020

When we initially landed in Lisbon we had to catch the train to Porto and while at the station and boarding the train my father in-law who is elderly and in poor health had his wallet stolen by what was an obvious set up by some local criminals, so this is a very real problem. We came to Lisbon after spending a week in Porto ( which we really liked the area and property we rented ). Lisbon is full of graffiti and the smell of urine and abundance of street corner drug dealers and homeless was very surprising and disturbing. My wife and I felt safe enough walking around and I am a big guy and have no trouble handling myself but I would not recommend strolling around any dark alleys at night unless you are sure of yourself. I was approached many times by local street corner drug dealers to by drugs they don't even seem to have any fear of the Police. But if you are near a grocery store or other high end shop or business the Police are in sight otherwise there seems to be a lack of any enforcement. I have travelled to many countries and continents and throughout North America and Canada and I would say that now that I have seem Portugal I would not recommend it nor will I return. Also the prices for items ranging from Food to groceries and attractions was much higher than Porto.

Jeff & Louise Garant
Jeff & Louise Garant Canada

Lisbon is a great place to stay whether you have a romantic...

March 11, 2020

Lisbon is a great place to stay whether you have a romantic vacation to celebrate your anniversary, crazy weekend party trip with friends, or a family reunion. Plenty of great restaurants and cozy bars, wonderful museums, historical tram rides and city walks, music shows and much more. Not to forget friendly people and the fact that you can easily survive without speaking Portuguese because everyone speaks English and quite some speak french. I’ve visited Lisbon 3 times and there’s still so much to discover!

Maryna Germany

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