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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.

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Top Hotels in Lisbon District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The One Palácio da Anunciada
The One Palácio da Anunciada
5 out of 5
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 112-134, Lisbon
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $171 per night

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Liberty Avenue and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel great location great staff - pool and pool bar were fantastic and the service from staff was second to none. Definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

The One Palácio da Anunciada
Avenida Palace
Avenida Palace
5 out of 5
Rua 1 De Dezembro 123, Lisbon
The price is $230 per night

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (993 reviews)

"The staff was very helpful as we tried to get back to the United States during the Covid-19 crisis. Very professional during a stressful time. Breakfast was great. Wish we had more time before we had to leave for our flight."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Avenida Palace
H10 Duque de Loulé
H10 Duque de Loulé
4 out of 5
Avenida Duque de Loulé, 81-83, Lisbon
The price is $102 per night

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and Botanical Garden are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (470 reviews)

"beautiful rooms, tile and furniture. We had very attentive staff, and a sparkling clean room. The bathroom was fully tiled, with soft slippers and robes available"…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

H10 Duque de Loulé

With narrow, winding, busy roads, Lisbon isn’t a great city for driving. But the good news is that its public transportation system is comprehensive, affordable and easy to use. In addition to its famous trams, Lisbon has a fast and reliable metro, a good network of buses and intercity trains for longer journeys. Board one of the city’s three funicular railways for a novel way to ascend steep slopes.

Popular places to visit in Lisbon District

Lisbon Oceanarium
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Lisbon Oceanarium

4.5/5(349 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(1,290 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(1,431 reviews)

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

Cascais Beach
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Cascais Beach

4.5/5(739 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Cascais Beach, a popular beach in Cascais. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Commerce Square
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Commerce Square

4.5/5(918 reviews)

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

Belem Tower
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Belem Tower

4.5/5(1,337 reviews)

Lisbon constructed a fortification along a waterway to defend its riches. Now access the structure from the shore for lovely views. 

Top things to do in Lisbon District

Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace
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Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace

$73
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour

$84
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

$84
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Lisbon Card
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Lisbon Card

$22
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Óbidos, Nazaré & Fátima Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Óbidos, Nazaré & Fátima Small-Group Full-Day Tour

$84
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lisbon city Private Transfer to Airport (LIS)
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Lisbon city Private Transfer to Airport (LIS)

$26
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Lisbon District

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5/5 - Excellent

Andres

Apr 14, 2020

Sadly most everything was closed due to COVID but looking forward to going back in the future!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

We enjoyed our week and look forward to returning to Lisbon! It’s a city filled with history, museums, lovely plazas & monuments! Shops, restaurants, and such friendly people. We loved the Corpo Santo Historic Hotel with its 2 free walking tours,etc.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

We did a sunset river cruise and it was excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Rap

Mar 19, 2020

A very nice city, friendly and interesting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Very clean city with lots of hills, allies and profound history!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Loved Lisbon, wonderful people and great food and drink!