Lisbon District

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Lisbon featuring a city and heritage architecture as well as a large group of people
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 Museumhouses 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

Eurostars Universal Lisboa
Eurostars Universal Lisboa
5 out of 5
Avenida do D. Joao 11 (13), lote 1.12.01, Lisbon, Lisboa, 1990-221
The price is $120 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Popular attractions Lisbon Oceanarium and Castle of São Jorge are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"Great value"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

Eurostars Universal Lisboa
Radisson Blu Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Marechal Craveiro Lopes, 390, Campo Grande, Lisbon, 1749-009
The price is $137 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and free airport drop-off. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,041 reviews)
"Very close to the airport , also not far from walking to nice areas around lisbon or just a short cab ride"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Radisson Blu Hotel
Corinthia Lisbon
Corinthia Lisbon
5 out of 5
Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 105, Lisbon, 1099-031
The price is $221 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 7
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"Staff were extremely helpful and courteous. Very professional. Hotel was clean. Restaurants were great. Would have been nice to have more loungers on the patio for weekends but fine for the quieter days"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Corinthia Lisbon
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.
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
4 out of 5
Calçada Marquês de Abrantes, nº 24, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-267
The price is $112 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (173 reviews)
"Great area, small space but that’s honestly not a bad thing. Really gives the feeling of living in Lisbon. 10/10 would stay here again."

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Praça dos Restauradores, 24, Lisbon, 1250-187
The price is $146 per night from Jul 22 to Jul 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,237 reviews)
"Rooms are dated but rest of property is nice and you can’t beat the location."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
Lisbon Serviced Apartments - Mouraria
Lisbon Serviced Apartments - Mouraria
4 out of 5
Rua São Pedro Mártir, 36, Lisbon, Lisboa, 1100-558
The price is $135 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and cable TV. Popular attractions Lisbon Oceanarium and Castle of São Jorge are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (39 reviews)
"I love the location and self service for check in. So clean. I highly recommend"

Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Lisbon Serviced Apartments - Mouraria
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Getting around Lisbon District

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. Visit the Porto Public Transport Society website.Browse Lisbon District rental cars.

Best time to visit

Lisbon is always lively, but perhaps even more so in summer, when most tourists visit. However, the temperatures can get uncomfortably high and accommodations are hard to find. Aim to visit in fall or spring instead, when there's still lots of sun. If you are coming from a place with a harsh winter, Lisbon’s mild winter temperatures, in the mid 50s (15 C and below) during the day, may also appeal.

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