Lisbon Vacations

Sitting on Europe’s west coast at the mouth of the Tagus River is Lisbon, the Portuguese capital that offers travelers an intimate experience, is an artsy, rising star on the European travel scene. Known for its spectacular plazas, serenity, and unique nightlife, Lisbon is perfect for those seeking a more relaxed European experience but still have ... Read more
plenty of things to do. Major attractions include the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a monastery built in the 16th century, The Tower of Belem, which is a monument to Vasco da Gama’s maritime discoveries, and the quaint town of Sintra, which lies about 20 minutes to north of Lisbon by train. In Sintra there are many grand sights, including the grand Pena Palace, a multicolored castle-like building that offers panoramic views of Lisbon and the Atlantic Ocean. A popular thing to do is take in a fado performance, which is live guitar and singing that has been woven into the fabric of the city. For nightlife, check out the Bairro Alto, a funky neighborhood perched upon a hill that comes alive every night with thousands of young people celebrating life in the street. Hotels and hostels can be found in most every part of the city, but look for one close to the main drag here – the Avenida de Liberdade – as this location gives travelers the best access to the rest of the city. In Lisbon be sure to enjoy the many options that are making this city one of the hippest places to be.

Lisbon places to stay and top hotels

Lisbon things to do and experiences

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Lisbon has all the charm and walkability of Europe’s big hubs, but without any of the freezing cold or baking hot extremes. With that said, spring and fall are still some of the best times to visit. Winter sees ... Read more
daytime highs in the upper 50s (15C), which is certainly manageable, but it’s also the wettest season. Summer’s highs in the low 80s (26-29C) make for great beach weather, but you will be battling high season crowds for space on the sand and in line for the city’s main tourist attractions. Spring and fall, on the other hand, offer pleasant temperatures in the range of 60-75F (16-24C) and the chance to have the city (mostly) all to yourself. Major festivals include Carnaval in March and Festival Silêcio in June.

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Lisbon reviews & trip reports

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Lisbon reminds me of my home city of San Francisco, but that's not the only reason I love it. It's an incredible place to explore, from the history to architecture to food -- and doesn't break the bank. Love it there.

Recommended for:FoodiesArt & Design LoversSolo Female Travelers

Incredible place with unique history. Worth to come back to keep exploring. For such a small country there is quite a lot to see. Highly recommend LX Factory in Lisbon. Don’t forget to visit Sintra as well which is relatively close to Lisbon.

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Lisbon is fantastic. I will go there again. Porto is better. An amazing city

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Klang, Malaysia

What a beautiful place and leisure to visit this place. We can only tour ride to see Cristo-Rei Statue, 25th April Bridge.

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Edinburgh, UK

Lisbon is a walking city and while you can get a big red tourist bus I would recommend putting your favourite trainers on and hitting the tarmac. Watch out for those hills though. Wander through the cobbled streets of the Alfama district, sit in Rossio square to see the impressive Station building. Admire the Eden Theatre, Sé de Lisboa cathedral and the cafes and boutiques of the elegant Chiado neighborhood.
When in Lisbon, you should try the national dish bacalhau (salted cod) and a bifana (pork sandwich). Many locals will mention Bifanas do Caldas which is up near the Castle. I will be going back for the custard tarts though they are fantastic and the best are notoriously from Pasteis de Belem where you can watch them being made.
Cervejaria Ramiro ( “Is the place to eat seafood” according to everyone and the queue outside shows that’s true. We went early around 5pm and walked right in but when we left there were over 50 people waiting outside! Fresh, simple and beautiful raciones of fish and shellsfish are sold by weight and simply served with garlic and bread.
We made a brief stop at the Time Out Mercado Da Ribeira Lisbon, located right in the city. The market features a number of food booths, and would be a great place to stop for lunch. I’d recommend trying a few different places, because there were so many options.
If you’ve never been to Lisbon, you should visit the Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s party neighbourhood. The drinks are cheap and you have a great selection of rowdy through to local holes in the wall with sour cherry liqueur shots.

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São Paulo

Lisbon is a really nice city with a lovely sight... for those who wants to come I recommend.
But don't expect a warm service in the restaurants they are not polite at all
Miradouros are one of the things in lisbon that you must see

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Milano, Italia

Lisbon become more beautiful every time I come back. It's mixtures of history and liveliness, every week a new place is created or renovated, all under a unique sunlight

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This city is awesome! Great food! Great people! Except for all the hills, this place is pretty perfect!

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Greater Vancouver, Canada

A nice city for every one. Very popular for his strees arts. Nice places to visit. Don't search for shooping, just enjoy the old and new hip places

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Local from Lisbon, Portugal

The Bairro Alto is one of the historic districts of Lisbon, with a diversity that makes it unique. During the day is a village where everyone is known, and at night turns into a cosmopolitan and bohemian environment. Built in the late sixteenth century, the Bairro Alto is one of the most typical of the city, with narrow, cobbled streets, centuries-old houses and traditional trade. Since the 80s became the most famous area of Lisbon nightlife with numerous bars, restaurants and taverns fado houses. There are more and more fashion shops, ateliers, galleries and alternative spaces. It is between Principe Real and Chiado, and the São Pedro de Alcantara belvedere from where you have a beautiful view on the east side of Lisbon, including the beautiful neighborhoods of Graça and São Vicente de Fora and the St. George Castle.

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Trendy apartment in Bairro Alto, Lisbon

Excellent location, right in the center of everything to explore the best spots in the city! The three bedrooms and two bathrooms have plenty of space, a gourmet kitchen equipped with everything we need, you'll feel like home!

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