Lisbon
About

The second oldest city in Europe and capital of Portugal, overlooked by seven picturesque hillsides, has the looks and charm which can only be crafted over centuries. Add to this a lovely Mediterranean climate, that grants a 6 month summer season and the warmest winters in Europe, and you have a dream city.

Lisbon’s rich history is clearly reflected in the marvelous Romanesque and Gothic palace architecture that never ceases to please the eye, and the tight web of cobblestone streets and back alleys that are a joy to just stroll around, discovering amazing sights behind every other corner. Walking through Lisbon, you can’t help but feel both the medieval vibe in the majestic cathedrals and the cultural heritage testifying to the audacity of one of the biggest powers in the age of discovery. Sightseeing Lisbon is a breeze thanks to a superb public transport system that puts everything within easy reach. But Lisbon is also one of those cities that can be just explored spontaneously, which will add to the joy of finding unexpected treasures.

But Lisbon is more than just pristine views. Take your time to try some culinary marvels and drinks, discover the bustling cultural angle and great art scene or dwell in the sun at Lisbon’s excellent beaches. And lastly, Lisbon really knows a good night out – the nightlife is wildly amazing, and the absence of open-container laws means a festive mood and a bohemian vibe is ever present.

 

Facts
  • Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe
  • The Vasco da Gama bridge in Lisbon is the longest in Europe, with a total length of 12.3 km
  • The Livraria Simão in Lisbon is one of the smallest bookshops in the world
  • In 1755 a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami decimated most of Lisbon
Flights to Lisbon
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Eat

Bacalhau à Brás

A Lisbon traditional – shredded salted cod, mixed with onions, fine-chopped fried potatoes bound with a scrambled egg nest.

Caldo Verde

Green soup made of potatoes, collard greens and sliced Portuguese sausage with a pinch of olive oil. Perfect with a slice of focaccia.
Drink

Vinho do Porto

Portugal’s hallmark fortified wine ,typically sweet and consumed with dessert. You can get a bottle at every café in Lisbon.

Ginja

A popular Portuguese specialty liqueur, made with ginja (sour cherry) berries infused in alcohol. Usually served with pieces of fruit.
See

Lisbon Oceanarium

The largest indoor aquarium in Europe with amazing ocean wildlife on display and one of the few aquariums in the world to house a sunfish!

Bairro Alto

The heart of Lisbon, filled with cozy restaurants and bars, and becoming vibrantly live in the evenings with music and nightlife crowds.
Perfect for
Architecture
Bar Tours
Cafes
Church Landmarks
Concerts
Culture
Delicasies
Fine Dining
History
Museums
Music Events
Nightlife
Photography
Restaurants
Sightseeing
Sunset Watching
Tapas
Walks
Wine Tours
Places

Castelo de São Jorge

This glorious castle on a hilltop is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lisbon. The castle was a stronghold for the Moors in the 11th century and was captured by Afonso Henriques, who conquered Lisbon in 1147. Henriques was the first king of Portugal, and the castle was his royal residence. The castle itself offers a tour though Portuguese history with a museum, ramparts and courtyards to explore, and an archeological site well worth seeing. When getting up on the castle walls, the panorama of Lisbon stretching before your eyes is absolutely stupendous.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Marked by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this monastery was built during the 16th century to honor Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India and the discovery of the sea route which consequently made Lisbon one of the richest cities in Europe. The name originates from the Order of St Jerome, whose monks lived in the monastery, and it was also the final resting place of kings. This masterpiece took around 100 years to complete and is one of the best surviving examples of the intricate Portuguese Gothic Manueline architecture remaining after the devastating 1755 Lisbon earthquake. With stunning detail and ornamentation inside and out, the structure nothing short of astonishing - the spiry facade features small, incredibly detailed elements and turrets, and honeystone interior is rich with lush detail in scalloped arches, columns with vines, knots and leaves and other elements intertwining in puzzling ornaments.

Torre de Belém

Located on the northern banks of River Tagus, where sailors escaped the merciless winds, this massive 30 m high Manueline style tower is a striking remnant of the Age of Discovery, built in 1515 as a harbor defense tower and symbolic gateway to Lisbon. With its turreted terrace, Renaissance loggia, masterful stonework ornamentation and statues and even a cloister it is regarded as one of the finest landmarks of Lisbon. You can climb the narrow staircase up the tower to enjoy the beautiful views and take some great pictures.
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