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 Pocket Guide

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Lisbon City Reviews

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    Take your time

    Lisbon is a huge city with vast options. Take your time, when exploring it! Don't miss out of Fado & fish. Also check out the different beaches and a trip to the neighbouring city of Sintra, also called the fairytale town. I planned to stay for three days, but added another day while being there.

    Insider Tip:During 3 days each year, the underground caves are opened for visitors. Go very early, or you'll wait forever in the queue. If you don't manage to get in, go to the local H&M store. It has a glass floor that allows glimpses down to the caverns. ;) Check out for travel passes to save money, and also for combi tickets for the museums when going to Sintra.

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    Great City

    Stunning architecture, sweet cobbled streets,old fashioned trams,great night life! Plenty to see and do.

    Insider Tip:Possibly get a a bus travel card , if planning on travelling to different places.

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    Although it's a capital, it is a really authentic, beautiful city. Cheaper to drink, party compared to most european countries.

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    Will be back

    This city has so much to offer and is very diverse. Shopping,going out either to bairro alto to drink in the streetsor to alfama to listen to fado,nightclubs,sintra and cascais next doors,great public transport,many Portuguese speak good English,in general very friendly and helpful people,nice parks to relax,beautiful viewpoints,one of western Europes cheapest city. Good for young travellers.

    Insider Tip:Miradour de Graça. Parque d Estrela

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    Go to sintra

    Sintra is amazing, you cannot say you see Lisbon until you go to Sintra. THe view was sooooooooo....no words can describe that. THe palace of Pena is the things to see.

    Insider Tip:Go to some local groceries, it will cost you nothings.

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