City Guide Lisbon, Portugal

Visiting Lisbon

With a population of just under 700,000, Lisbon is a pretty small capital but is big on culture and things to do. Situated on the River Tagus, an earthquake in 1755 did substantial damage to the city but much of the city’s medieval buildings are still standing. Locals are friendly and come from all over the world, influencing the city’s culture.

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Lisbon Podcasts

Only in Lisbon...

There are certain things you can only do in the Portuguese capital. These include visiting one of Europe's biggest aquariums at 'Oceanario de Lisboa' and enjoying a cake in 'Pasteis de Belem'. In this podcast Colm talks to different people in Lisbon about those certain things.

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Lisbon City Reviews

  • 80%


    Good nightlife, but Porto is prettier.

    The castle by the sea is worth a visit. Main squares are gigantic. I went during the Vogue Fashion Night Out and it was so cool! Definitely seems like a great party place. The city itself is kind of shabby though.

    Insider Tip:Definitely see/hear Fado while you are here. Just make sure you go with someone because I was followed by some guy and the streets there are very small and mazelike. Not recommended if you are a solo female.

  • 100%



    Lisbon is a beautiful city, with gorgeous miradouros (viewpoints), cheap beer and old world trams and neighbourhoods such as Alfama. Prices are very reasonable also. You will fall in love with this beautiful city and its friendly inhabitants!

    Insider Tip:Visit Sintra, a mere 40 minute tram ride away from Rossio train station. Go get a Ginginha (cherry shot) from one of the tiny bars around Rossio train station- starts any night off in style! Go to the Bairro Alto on a Friday/Saturday night for pure chaos and an amazing atmosphere!

  • 90%


    Lisbon – My Favourite City

    Lisbon is, in my opinion, the most enjoyable of all of Europe's old capitals. It's more modern than most and certainly cheaper. It's sort of run down, but in an attractive way – where else can you go and find every single sidewalk and building tiled? The views are amazing, especially because there are so many hills, and the food is great. Be sure to catch dinner and a few beers in the Bairro Alto and Chiado, the best nightlife spot on the continent.

    Insider Tip:'Buy the ticket. Take the ride.'

  • 20%


    I don't like it

    Nothing genuine to find in the city. Restaurants are low quality and VERY expensive. I wish I did not even step on it.

    Insider Tip:Do not eat in the touristic restaurants, lowest quality food ever. Find some local one away from the center.

  • 80%


    Lisbon - city of ancient and modern

    Lisbon is beautiful. But personally, I prefer to go to Sintra, a small city near Lisbon. It's amazing, and I bought some porto wines there

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