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Lisbon DistrictPortugal

Walk cobblestone streets, listen to the soulful tunes of local musicians and enjoy fresh seafood in the capital of Portugal.

Lisbon’s streets are lined with medieval architecture and whitewashed houses, but the city is also well known for its thriving contemporary cultural scene. The capital of Portugal has great weather and laidback locals and is a popular holiday destination year-round.

Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the historic Alfama district to admire the medieval buildings, churches and small squares. Visit the Castle of São Jorge, located on a hill above the Alfama district, to hear musicians playing guitars and serenading visitors. The Portuguese are known for their love of music and bands play in bars and on the street. Listen to soulful balladeers play fado (“fate”), a style of music invented in Lisbon.

Explore the streets of the elegant Chiado neighborhood, which are lined with colorful tiled mansions and boutiques. Rest in a café and eat traditional dishes such as bacalhau (salted cod). Lisbon is situated along the Atlantic Ocean and seafood is one of the city’s specialties. Try catch-of-the-day specials including octopus, sea bass and sardines.

Indulge in coffee and pastries at the world-famous Pastéis de Belem. Join the long lines of locals and visitors waiting to try the thin flaky crust and warm egg-custard center of a pastel de nata, Lisbon’s signature pastry.

Discover a broad array of museums. The Gulbenkian Museum houses some 6,000 artifacts and artworks from Rome, Greece, the Far East and Europe. The newly expanded Museum of Design and Fashion offers an eclectic mix of exhibits portraying the history of 20th-century design and fashion.

The Maritime Museum pays homage to Portugal’s long nautical history, with exhibits of boats and maps dating back to the 1800s. To view fish and sea life from all over the world, visit the Lisbon Oceanarium. This is one of the largest indoor aquariums in Europe, with more than 8,000 fish, birds, mammals and ocean invertebrates.

Lisbon is just a short flight from most European destinations. The airport is 4 miles (10 kilometers) north of the city center. Once here, get around using the underground subway system, buses or above-ground trains. Walking is also a great way to discover the many bars and restaurants hidden in the city’s alleyways.

Where to stay in Lisbon District

Cascais, Lisbon District, Portugal

Cascais

Cascais
Lisbon which includes heritage architecture and a city as well as a large group of people

Lisbon Old Town

4/5Very Good!(445 area reviews)

Lisbon Old Town is highly notable for its stunning river views, and you might want to visit top sights like Rossio Square and Castle of Sao Jorge. See more of Lisbon by jumping on the metro at Avenida Station or Rua Câmara Pestana Stop.

Lisbon Old Town
Ursa Beach which includes a sunset, general coastal views and rocky coastline

Sintra

Sintra
Alfama featuring a coastal town and a sunset

Alfama

4.5/5Wonderful!(79 area reviews)

Alfama is a destination travelers like for its historic sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at R. Graça Stop or Sapadores Stop to explore sights like Castle of Sao Jorge.

Alfama
Chiado showing a sunset and views as well as a couple

Chiado

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Chiado. Spend some time visiting top spots like Lisbon City Hall, and catch the metro at Lg. Academia Nacional Belas AR Stop or R. Vitor Cordon/R. Serpa Pin Stop to see more of the area.

Chiado
Padrão dos Descobrimentos showing street scenes, a bridge and heritage elements

Belem

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

Noted for its museums and historic sites, there's plenty to explore in Belem. Top attractions like Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Centro Cultural Belém Stop or Lg. Princesa Stop to see more of the city.

Belem

Top Hotels in Lisbon District

The One Palácio da Anunciada
The One Palácio da Anunciada
5 out of 5
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 112-134, Lisbon
The price is CA $168 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Liberty Avenue and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)

"Is a nice boutique hotel with good location to shipping area in lisbon. However, the staff may need to pay more attention to the guests: i experience the room not being serviced at 3pm even i put on the cleaning sign at 10am, bathroom amenities not being refilled, etc. On the other hand, swimming ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

The One Palácio da Anunciada
Iberostar Selection Lisboa
Iberostar Selection Lisboa
5 out of 5
Rua Castilho 64, Lisbon
The price is CA $151 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and Amoreiras Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (562 reviews)

"Great overall. You Have to pay for water. So go across the street and just buy a case"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2020

Iberostar Selection Lisboa
Hotel Real Parque
Hotel Real Parque
4 out of 5
Avenida Luis Bivar, 67, Lisbon
The price is CA $106 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of El Corte Ingles Mall, Gulbenkian Museum and Marquis of Pombal Square. Lisbon Zoo and Rossio ...

4.1/5Very Good! (981 reviews)

"Location,good value, very pleasant staff ,near metro for airport."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 11, 2020

Hotel Real Parque
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Lisbon District

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
4 out of 5
Rua do Merca-Tudo, 13, Lisbon
The price is CA $58 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Parliament (Sao Bento Palace) and Mercado da Ribeira. Rossio Square and Commerce ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)

"Great location. Newly renovated. Spacious. Better value than many hotels. Super fast wifi. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2020

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Praça dos Restauradores, 24, Lisbon
The price is CA $91 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Liberty Avenue and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,149 reviews)
VIP Eden Executive

"This hotel is undergoing renovations. It is an older hotel but good value for your money. It is very centrally located. Bus stops right outside the door. I'd stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
Ascensor da Bica - Lisbon Serviced Apartments
Ascensor da Bica - Lisbon Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
Largo de Santo Antoninho, 1, Lisbon
The price is CA $56 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Mercado da Ribeira, Rossio Square and Commerce Square. Lisbon City Hall and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (469 reviews)
Clean serviced apartments.

"We had a flat overlooking the steps to the side door, so didnt get the noise from the trams or road outside. Small windows though. Interesting little kitchenette, quite surprisingly well equipped! In very convenient position for Caise du Sodre station (well worth a trip along the coast by train to ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2020

Ascensor da Bica - Lisbon Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Lisbon District

Lisbon Oceanarium
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Lisbon Oceanarium

4.5/5(95 reviews)

Enjoy an underwater adventure at one of the world’s largest and most diverse aquariums right on Lisbon’s beautiful waterfront.

Rossio Square
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Rossio Square

4.5/5(472 reviews)

See the people-packed central square whose swirling wave-patterned cobbles are thought to have inspired copycat pavements across the rest of Portugal and beyond.

Castle of Sao Jorge
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Castle of Sao Jorge

4.5/5(442 reviews)

This medieval fortress offers insight into Lisbon’s long history as well as stunning views of the city and river below.

Commerce Square
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Commerce Square

4.5/5(320 reviews)

People-watch in this historic square while you enjoy a coffee and pastry in the café where the city’s literati once gathered.

Lisbon Zoo
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Lisbon Zoo

4/5(14 reviews)

Be kissed by a seal, splashed by a dolphin and have your photo taken with a python at this family zoo in the center of Lisbon.

Lisbon Cathedral
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Lisbon Cathedral

4.5/5(339 reviews)

This medieval cathedral is the oldest church in the city and combines a wide range of architectural styles, including gothic, Roman and neoclassical.

Top things to do in Lisbon District

Lisbon Card
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Lisbon Card

CA $31
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace
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Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace

CA $102
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Small-Group 4-Town Day Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos
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Small-Group 4-Town Day Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos

CA $116
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

CA $104
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Tramcar Tours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Tramcar Tours

CA $54
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Lisbon city Private Transfer to Airport (LIS)
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Lisbon city Private Transfer to Airport (LIS)

CA $36
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Lisbon District

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
669
5 - Excellent 61.772853185595565%
4 - Good
362
4 - Good 33.42566943674977%
3 - Okay
47
3 - Okay 4.339796860572484%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 0.36934441366574333%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.09233610341643583%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 1, 2020

We didn’t do any sightseeing as everything was closed. We had our daily walk and loved the place. Portuguese people are the best. Very friendly and helpful during a very stressful time for us.

5/5 - Excellent

Marguerida

Mar 25, 2020

This was a memorable city and we will be back to explore the incredible beauty and history.

5/5 - Excellent

JB

Mar 23, 2020

Even though some things were closed due to COVID. There was still lots to see and do in the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

Can't wait to return one day when the world is normal again. We would stay in the same hotel and see the sights of Lisbon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

Very unique city with pleasant locals. Lots of fine restaurants and attractions

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 21, 2020

Didn’t see much but the people were helpful.

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Cities near Lisbon District

Chiado featuring railway items and a city

Lisbon

Obidos showing a church or cathedral and night scenes

Obidos

Guincho Beach featuring waves, tranquil scenes and a beach

Praia do Guincho

Ursa Beach which includes a sunset, general coastal views and rocky coastline

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