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

  • 90%


    Lisbon - a montainous city worth climbing :)

    A very loud, montainous, crowdy city. Especially in the summer. But it is totally worth your visit - it has some beautiful views from viewpoint, a big nice river, it is close to the ocean and has a lot of nice museum etc. to visit. Don't miss the castle of St. George, Cathedral or St. Roque Church, they are really good places to visit! And the archeological museum which consists of ruins of enormous church - totally wonderful! Prepare for a long walks - and wonderful food and vinho verde :)

    Insider Tip:Most museums are closed on Monday - and some are cheaper or free on Sunday! Beware of the pickpockets. The city in the summer is very crowdy and they have it easy to take advantage of the tourists. Look for "mini-preco" shops to buy simple things like water or juice, it is cheaper than in small shops. Buy your tram ticket at the metro stations, it is much cheaper! And when you're waiting on the tram stop, remember to wave at your tram, otherwise it goes by. Mercado is a cool place to eat a dinner.

  • 90%


    Best city in the world!

    I've been to Lisbon and the surrounding area about three times now, almost 4 weeks in total and I absolutely love it; there isn't anything about it that I don't like, in fact, I wouldn't mind moving there permanently - it's got it all, the beach, the drinking, the food, the wine, the people, the culture, the monuments - hands down this is the place to be, any time of the year.

  • 80%


    I love Lisbon

    During my trip, I didn't think I would fall so in love with Lisbon. It's a charming city where you really get a sense of community from the locals. The Portuguese are such friendly people and even though a lot of them didn't speak English, they still tried to help us. The streets were a maze of tiled and pastel-colored buildings with cobblestone roads and sidewalks and tram tracks on streets made of steep hills and valleys. I am definitely going to revisit Lisbon and the rest of Portugal!

  • 60%


    Lisbon is great because of Sintra

    Lisbon was a cool city but the real highlight was Sintra located outside the city by train. This place is incredible.

    Insider Tip:go to sintra!

  • 90%


    Friendly, affordable, BEAUTIFUL city

    Ever since leaving Lisbon, all I can think about is when I'll be going back. The weather, the ease of getting around, the closeness to amazingly beautiful spots (travelling to Sintra is about 40 mins from Rossio rail station - Definitely visit the Quinta de Regaleira!) Plus all the hills gave me a daily workout while I looked at the amazing architecture. If you're thinking of going, just go!!

    Insider Tip:Go to the Wild Walkers free walking tour, located at the square near the Rossio and Restauradores Stations

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