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 Videos

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Find out what are the top hostels in the world at the 9th Annual Hostelworld.com Hoscar Awards.

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Lisbon Pocket Guide

Lisbon Pocket Guide

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Lisbon City Reviews

  • 90%


    Great city with great food and drink

    Safe, fun city to enjoy a few days. Food is awesome and good day trips to Sintra or a few days to Porto!

    Insider Tip:Stay at Travellers House and the experience will be even better! Make sure you try all the great pastries available in the town.

  • 90%


    One of the best European cities

    After visiting, Lisbon is now one of my favourite cities I've been too. There's so much to do in this city, as well as nice places to visit like Sintra and Cascais which are both a short distance on a very cheap train journey away.

    Insider Tip:If you go to Sintra, go early in the morning so you have a whole day there as there are so many different things to see there. Also if you go to cascais to rent out the free bikes go early too as they quickly run out.

  • 100%


    My new favourite European city.

    Amazing views, relaxed lifestyle/ atmosphere, amazing parties at night, best surf beaches just 20 minutes away, so much history, good foood.

  • 100%


    Budget Western Europe

    Lisbon is a great port of travel for seeing southern Portugal sights. It is beautiful in it's own right, and meals cost very little. but it also provides opportunities for cheap outside trips

    Insider Tip:No need to take a tour to Sintra the train is both efficient and cheap

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    Neighborhoods to check out in Lisbon that include most of the tourist spots and help you experience the culture of the city :)

    Insider Tip:Bairro Alto, Baixa, Belém, Chiado, Parque das Nações (near Oriente Train Station)

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