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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

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Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

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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
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Sintra

Sintra

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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
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Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio)

Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio)

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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
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25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril)

25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril)

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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
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Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)

Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)

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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
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Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca

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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
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Alfama

Alfama

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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
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Fátima

Fátima

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Fátima is one of the most important shrines to the Virgin Mary in the world, as three shepherd children are said to have stated that Mary appeared to them. The last event, on Oct. 13, 1917, is known as the Miracle of the Sun and was attended by upwards of 40,000 people. A marble pillar with a statue of Our Lady marks the exact spot in the Chapel of Apparitions, and millions of pilgrims make the journey to see it yearly.More
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Monastery of St. Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos)

Monastery of St. Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos)

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

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

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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

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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

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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.
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Patient Guide
Chantal_Z, Sep 2020
Excellent Sintra and Pena Palace, Small-Group Tour from Lisbon
Sintra is stunning and this is a good quick tour to see if you want to go back to certain places.
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Sintra Majik Tours provide a professional and enjoyable day you will not forget
Carol_H, Sep 2020
Private Tour: Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon
Because of the fire hazard we were not able to visit Pena Palace, but Francisco made our time in Sintra interesting with a tour of the National Palace and a stop for coffee and a tasty pastry that Sintra was know for.
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Great tour
Polly_S, Sep 2020
Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
A good chance to see a lot of Portugal in a short amount of time.
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Excellent tour
Hannah_F, Aug 2020
Bike Tours Lisbon - Center of Lisbon to Belém
Would definitely recommend it as something to do in Lisbon with kids or without - it’s a great way to orient yourself in the city
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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!
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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.
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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.
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All day trip
Judy, Mar 2020
Lisbon Full-Day Small Group City Tour with River crossing by Ferry
Nice way to see Lisbon.
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Fátima
Charles_S, Mar 2020
PRIVATE Car Fatima - HALF DAY
Sergio was very knowledgeable of the history and English was good.
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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.
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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.
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Perfect for a long layover
Brad_S, Feb 2020
Private Driver around Lisbon - Customizable Tour
We met at the airport when I arrived and he drove to the key sites with perfect English descriptions of the sites and history and dropped me back at the airport in plenty of time to catch the next flight.
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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!
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Fantastic
Tracy_F, Feb 2020
Arrabida and Sesimbra Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting
The trip was fantastic best trip we went on and we went on a few Lisbon and area is beautiful and our guide made sure he took us to see spectacular views.
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Amazing experience, amazing Driver (Luis)
Julia_F, Feb 2020
Lisbon Airport Transfer
To top it off, he played great music in the car and had awesome tips about things to do around Lisbon.
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2.5 hrs well spent
Paul_S, Feb 2020
Lisbon Hills Electric Bike Guided Tour
A brilliant way to see the beautiful Lisbon taking you to places we would never of seen on foot.
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Walking tour of Lisbon
Paul_M, Feb 2020
Best of Lisbon Guided Walking Tour
Sebastiao Braga was a great tour guide who spoke excellent English, he was very informative and entertaining and had a great historical knowledge of Lisbon.
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Novice Surfers...will definitely do it again!
dmcardle277, Feb 2020
Lisbon Surf Experience
This was a great way to see another side of the city.
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Patrick was great
ahrens, Feb 2020
Lisbon: 1-Hour City Tour on a Private Tuk
It was very scenic and the perfect way to see Lisbon.

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