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Things to do in  Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon

Drenched in sunshine, history, and old-world charm, Portugal's sophisticated, friendly capital makes a perfect introduction to Western Europe. The City of Seven Hills is best absorbed via electric bike or walking tour, taking in the views from elevated miradouros (lookout points), and visiting architectural highlights such as Lisbon Cathedral; the historical neighborhoods of Alfama, Chiado, and Baixa; the Belem Tower; and the Monastery of St. Jerome. To see a lot in a short time—and eat well along the way—hop on a Segway for a guided tasting tour. Your guide will lead you to the best pastels de nata (custard tarts) in the city, along with other local specialties. If one of the many versions of Portuguese bacalhau (dried, salted cod fish) doesn't win your heart, Lisbon offers a great variety of fresh seafood and a burgeoning international restaurant scene. Be sure to sample some Portuguese wines, which range from Vinho Verde, a light, refreshing white, to port, the country's signature fortified wine. Book a romantic sunset cruise on the Tagus River, and don't miss the chance to experience a beloved musical tradition with dinner and a show at a local fado club. Popular day trips from Lisbon include UNESCO-listed Sintra, a former royal retreat topped by a pastel-colored confection of a castle, and the resort village of Cascais. Lisbon's central location makes for easy access to Northern Portugal's Douro Valley and Porto, or to the seaside resorts of the Algarve.

Top 10 attractions in Lisbon



Once a hot spot destination for Portuguese royalty—Lord Byron called it a “glorious Eden”—Sintra is widely acclaimed as one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations, full of gardens, tiled villas, colorful palaces, and neo-Gothic structures, all surrounded by verdant hills rolling toward the Atlantic Ocean.More
Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

A mighty medieval fortress perched on the banks of the Tagus River, Belem Tower is one of Lisbon’s most visited landmarks. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), it’s a lasting symbol of Portugal’s maritime heritage, dating back to the early 16th century.More
Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio)

Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio)

Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio) was home to Lisbon’s Royal Palace until a 1755 earthquake brought it to the ground. The palace now stands elsewhere, and the square has been restored with ornate arches, grandiose civic buildings, and an equestrian statue of King Jose I. Marble steps lead from Praça do Comércio down to the River Tagus.More
25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril)

25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril)

One of Lisbon’s most famous landmarks is the massive, red suspension 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) which bears a close resemblance to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Originally named the Salazar Bridge, it was renamed after the Carnation Revolution to bring down the tyrannical regime that began on April 25, 1974.More
Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George's Castle)

Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George's Castle)

Since the 11th century, St. George’s Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) has stood tall in the Lisbon skyline, viewable from almost every point in the city. The Moorish castle overlooks various districts and offers some of the best panoramas of the city. Even if you have only a few hours, the former fortress offers plenty for you to do.More


Sprawling down the southern slopes of Lisbon, Alfama is the capital’s oldest and most picturesque district with steep cobblestone lanes and a sea of terracotta roofs. Head there in the day to take in the sights, browse the flea market, and ride the historic tram, then come back after dark to soak up the atmosphere at the many fado bars.More
Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)

Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)

Along the northern bank of the Tagus River lies this large stone monument celebrating Portugal’s Age of Discovery and sitting on the location that ships bound for Asia used to depart from in the 15th and 16th centuries. It was constructed for the Portuguese World Fair in 1940, inaugurated in 1960 upon the anniversary of Henry the Navigator’s death, and has been a Cultural Center of Discovery since 1985. The monument depicts 33 sculpted historical figures including explorers, monarchs, artists and missionaries, all led by Henry the Navigator at the front. The figures are spread along both sides of a ship, intentionally looking forward and facing the sea.Outside of viewing the monument itself, there is a large marble wind rose embedded in the pavement containing a world map that illustrates the locations of Portugal’s various explorations. There is also a museum with exhibition rooms in the monument, with panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River from its rooftop.More
Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca, just north of Lisbon, is known for its dramatic views and scenic cliff-top walking path. The westernmost point in continental Europe and once believed by Europeans to be the edge of the world, today it is home to a defensive lighthouse that was built in the 16th century and serves as a haven for local birdlife.More
Monastery of St. Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos)

Monastery of St. Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos)

UNESCO World Heritage–listed Monastery of St. Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) is one of Lisbon’s most elaborate buildings. Inspired by Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India, King Manuel I commissioned the edifice in the 1500s to thank the Virgin Mary for a successful journey. For 400 years, the monastery’s monks gave guidance and comfort to sailors.More
Pena National Palace (Palacio Nacional da Pena)

Pena National Palace (Palacio Nacional da Pena)

The crown jewel of UNESCO-listed Sintra, Pena National Palace (Palacio Nacional da Pena) never fails to inspire. The fanciful red and yellow palace is an exotic mix of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish, and Renaissance elements, commissioned by King Ferdinand II and completed in 1854 on a hilltop high above Sintra.More

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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Lisbon

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Lisbon

Riding the Lisbon Tramway

Riding the Lisbon Tramway

Recent reviews from experiences in Lisbon

Beautiful sunset tour
Emma-G, Jul 2021
2 Hour Lisbon Sunset and Wine Sailing Tour
Amazing way to see Lisbon!
Best way to see Lisbon
Christopher_F, Jul 2021
Lisbon 2 Hour Historical Private Guide Tuk Tuk Tour
If you want to see as much of Lisbon as possible this is the best way to do it.
Amazing experience
Chiara_C, Jul 2021
Lisbon Surf Experience
This was a great way to see Lisbon from another side and you will love surfing after this!!!
Getting to know Lisbon
Nancy, May 2021
Lisbon 2 Hour Historical Private Guide Tuk Tuk Tour
Our guide Ana was excellent—very good English and an excellent driver!
Amazing experience
Pedro_L, May 2021
Lisbon Sailing Tour on a Luxury Sailing Yacht
A must do to anyone wanting to see Lisbon from the river side and learn a bit of the city's history.
Very interesting tour with a great driver
Laetitia_N, Jul 2021
Tuk Tuk Lisbon Guided tour!
If you want to see more and stay more in the tuk-tuk you have to add some extra fees.
Relaxed and Personalized ride through Lisbon
Arturo, Jul 2021
Bike Tours Lisbon - Center of Lisbon to Belém
We saw everything we wanted to see in the city.
An unforgetable Portuguese experience.
Frank_J, Jun 2021
Sintra, Regaleira and Pena Palace, tickets included, from Lisbon
Maria is a remarkable guide (speaks great Spanish, English, Portuguese and French) with great knowledge of Sintra, Cascais and Lisbon.
Great day trip with a bit of everything
Tom, Jun 2021
Lisbon off-the-beaten-path Small Group Tour: Sesimbra, Arrabida & Wine Tasting
This is a great day tour for anyone who want to explore south of Lisbon and keen to see a bit of everything:) highly recommended 👍
A different way to see Lisbon
Michaela, Sep 2020
Sunset sailing with Drinks in Lisbon
A great experience and a wonderful way to see Lisbon in a different way.
Mario Diniz is a great guide
Bethan_J, Sep 2020
Private Tuk Tuk City Tour of Lisbon - 1:30h Tour
It’s a great trip choice if you want to see Lisbon in a short space of time.
First day Lisbon, great introduction
Ronald_S, Aug 2020
Private Tuk Tuk City Tour of Lisbon - 1:30h Tour
In conclusion, very corona friendly and a great way to get to see Lisbon!
Day trip
Laurie_B, Apr 2020
Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
The guide was great and it was very nice to be able to see the sights and not worry about driving.
Must do in Lisbon
Fan_Z, Mar 2020
From Lisbon: Óbidos, Nazaré, Batalha & Fátima
She gave good advice on what to do for the rest of our time in Lisbon.
Charles_S, Mar 2020
Sergio was very knowledgeable of the history and English was good.
All day trip
Judy, Mar 2020
Lisbon Full-Day Small Group City Tour with River crossing by Ferry
Nice way to see Lisbon.
Best introduction to Lisbon
Danny_B, Mar 2020
Best of Lisbon Guided Walking Tour
Our guide Danni was so interesting & funny and told us so much about the areas of Lisbon she loves with personal insights and recommendations on places to visit and bars and restaurants.
Awesome day!
Gwen, Mar 2020
Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
He gave us really good suggestions for what to do in our spots as well as back in Lisbon.
Highly Recommend!
Gretchen_P, Feb 2020
Lisbon All-in-One Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Tram Tour with River Cruise
What a great way to see the city!
Margaret_C, Feb 2020
Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
We didn't have a lot if time in Lisbon so this tour gave us the opportunity to see cascais and Sinatra.

All about Lisbon

When to visit

Come June, the city of Lisbon is transformed by a carnival atmosphere for Festas de Lisboa, a 2-month-long celebration of Portuguese culture, food, art, and music. For a slightly sleepier time without summer’s peak prices and crowds, early fall boasts still-warm weather and cheaper hotel rates.

A local’s pocket guide to Lisbon

Sérgio Montelobo

Originally from Coimbra, Sérgio has been based in Lisbon for years. When he's not exploring locally, he's trying to see as much of the world as possible with his family.

The first thing you should do in Lisbon is...

get a Lisboa Viva card—you’ll need it for all public transportation.

A perfect Saturday in Lisbon...

starts with getting the tram to Graça for the flea market, followed by brunch at the Decadente and a walking tour of Baixa and Chiado. Finish with dinner and drinks in the Príncipe Real neighborhood.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts). Go to Pastéis de Belém for the best ones in the city.

To discover the "real" Lisbon...

go to Campo de Ourique, which is probably the best place to live in Lisbon and where you'll find amazing craft shops, parks, and restaurants.

For the best view of the city...

head to the Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara to see the skyline and the river, then take the elevator down to Avenida da Liberdade for a closer look.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Fado is the only Portuguese music.

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