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%


    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

  • 100%


    Awesome City

    Lisbon was great! The beaches are probably the best I've been to. There is plenty to see and most importantly eat. I've had some of the best seafood in my life here. The sardines are so big and they only need to be grilled and they are amazing. There are plenty of nice day trips from the city as well.

    Insider Tip:Sintra is so cool. Go down the abandoned well and push through the stone doors.

  • 70%


    Beautiful but Insecure

    Pro: Nice people and city, a lot of activities to do, you gotta try the traditional food and pastries but also the secret chinese restaurants around the city. Cons: I don't do drugs but apparently the sellers didn't believed me since they asked me and my brother to buy every 5 minutes while we were walking. Also there are a lot of pickpocketers, we saw a couple of them in time to avoid being robbed.

    Insider Tip:Illegal Chinese Food it's a cool experience Ask if the bread and other things in the table besides the ones you ordered are for free before eating them Be aware of pickpocketers Try the Pasteis at Belem!

  • 50%


    Beautiful unique tiled city full of culture

    Really enjoyed my time in Lisbon. The people are friendly and have such a relaxed way of life. Walking around is easy (providing comfortable footwear as the tiles can be slippery and it's very hilly). Lots of little places to eat and lots of shopping. The city centres are beautiful with lots of atmosphere.

    Insider Tip:Take a short 45min train ride out to Sintra early in the morning and explore this beautiful secluded town amongst mountains which upon have beautiful palaces and castles to explore. Totally worth the trip just for the luscious greenery.

  • 70%


    Lisbon, Weekend away

    Brilliant city with lots to do. The weather when we were there wasn't the best but that's not at the fault of the city. Pleanty of bars to chill out and many to go wild. Excellent eateries off the main streets that are half the prices.

    Insider Tip:Don't eat the main streets.

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