Lisbon is a vibrant city and one of the cheapest capitals in Western Europe. It is home to one of the two styles of fado music that are native to Portugal. And Lisbon is on the coast, meaning you can combine your city break with some relaxation on the beach.
Lisbon Travel Guides
Five Things to Do in LisbonThere's so much to do in Lisbon - here's just five suggestions.
- Take a ride on Tram 28, one of Lisbon's three vintage trams still in operation. The tram takes you through the 17th-century old town and past many interesting sights. Read more on the Tram 28 in Lisbon.
- Head to Belem and see the Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and try the famous Pasteis de Belem (pastel de nata) pastries in this historic area. More: Belem in Lisbon.
- Visit St. George's Castle and get great views of the city. Read more on St George's Castle in Lisbon.
- After visiting St. George's Castle, wander around Alfama's medieval alleys, which survived the 1755 earthquake. You can also enjoy some Fado (traditional Portuguese music). See this Lisbon Sunset Walking Tour with Fado Performance.
- Visit the Gulbenkian Museum, one of the must-see private art collections in Europe. More on the Gulbenkian Museum.
Best Tours of Lisbon
A guided tour of a city is the perfect way to get to know a city. Though Lisbon is not big, finding the interesting sights is much easier with the help of a guide. These tours are all exceptionally good value, especially the first one.
- Food and Wine Tour
Portuguese cuisine is not as famous as Spanish food, but it's just as tasty. Sample some classic dishes, washed down with local wine.
More: Lisbon Small-Group Gourmet Portuguese Food and Wine Tour
- Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Four routes around Portugal, and they even throw in the tram too!
Read more: Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Tram
- Tour of Lisbon and Region
Combine an exploratory look at Lisbon with a whistlestop tour of the region. Great for those short on time, but you be better off doing a whole day tour of the region separately.
See: Lisbon Sightseeing Tour with Sintra, Cascais and Estoril
Best Day Trips from LisbonGet out of the city for a day and breathe the fresh Portuguese country air.
Spend a whole day in the mountainous region of Sintra. See the UNESCO-protected Pela Palace, enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal, take a tram to the village of Colares, visit the fishing port of Cascais and the cliffs at Hell's Mouth.
Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon or read how to get from Lisbon to Sintra by yourself.
Tours often combine beautiful Sintra with other sights in the region and this is one of the best. Great way to see the two places.
Sintra and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon
- Obidos, Nazare, Fatima and Batalha
See the UNESCO World Heritage-protected Batalha Monastery and the Sanctuary of Fatima on this insight into Catholicism in Portugal.
Obidos, Nazare, Fatima and Batalha Day Trip
See also: Best Lisbon Beaches
Accommodation in LisbonLisbon is divided into several districts. Some of the popular ones are Alfama, Baixa, Chiado, Belem and Bairro Alto. Bairro Alto is a popular nightlife district, so if you are looking for a quiet night's sleep this may not be the area to stay, but if you want to roll home after a night out, it might be just right!
Getting to Lisbon
By Air Lisbon airport is well connected to most of Europe. Flights to most Western European capitals usually cost under 50 euros. Flights from the UK are normally a little more expensive - the cheapest option might be flying to Madrid and transferring there.
Book a flight to Lisbon
By Rail Lisbon is well connected by rail to Spain, so why not visit two countries instead of just the one? There is a good sleeper train service from Madrid to Lisbon as well as from Salamanca to Lisbon. There are no trains from Seville to Lisbon but the bus journey is shorter than either of the Madrid or Salamanca trains.