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

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    Lisbon for a few nights

    Lisbon is an amazing city. Cheaper than most with amazing sight seeing, nightlife, weather, people, and places to stay. So much opportunity to do touristy things like take a hop on hop off tour and sight see or spend the day on a beautiful and clean beach. Lisbon was my favorite place to stay on our tour of France, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

    Insider Tip:Say Obrigado to give thanks (for males to say) and Obrigada for women!

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    Vacances géniales

    Wonderful city, safe, open minded, with a mix of portuguese and other cultures, nightlife takes place on the street bars are very cheap. One negative point: clubs are not as cool as bars.

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    Best city in the world?

    Lisboa is one of the most amazing places I've ever been to, with lots of things to do and see, both downtown and in the surroundings - once there you should take a day trip to Sintra, to Cascais, and if you want to go a bit further, Cabo da Roca and Guincho beach are not a far drive away and are both worth seeing. The city itself has lots to offer in terms of museums, sights, architecture and everything; the night life is superb and its going on almost every day, all year, even off season.

    Insider Tip:There's a bar at Rua Atalaia 104, called the 104, selling beer for 1,25eur / half a liter, but amazingly its just the second cheapest in Bairro Alto that I could find; if you go due north on Atalaia and head off into the smaller, less busy streets on the right there's a place with beer for 1 eur, slightly hidden away from the main view.

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    Lisboa, Fado, and Porto

    The ocean is absolutely FRIGID, so yee be warned. The restaurants are quick to rip you off at every possible chance, so be careful by what is 'given' to you, as you will end up paying for it (yes, even the 4 olives they give you).

    Insider Tip:You must try their port wine. There is a port winery called Napoleão, which has not only 10+ year old port wines, but FREE SAMPLES of said ports. They are shockingly cheap for how good they are. Buy a bottle, get a view, and drink said bottle.

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    More for parties and beauty, not for history

    The city was really cool and beautiful, but it didn't have as rich of a history as most of the places in Europe. There are lots of places around Lisbon to visit that are great: Sintra (needs a day or two), Cabo da Roca (just need an hour, but it's gorgeous), Cascais (gorgeous beach town), and Faro (another gorgeous beach town, but nothing else interesting to do). The downtown scene is very lively, but Maria Caxuxa was the only place I really was drawn to and had a good time there.

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