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

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    Fun and culture

    I had great expectations of Lisbon after reading so much about it and I wasn't disappointed. It is beautiful city, full of charm and amazing food. Although it rained a lot, I was able to see places such as Baixa and Belém. If you visit Lisbon you should definitely go there and explore the several monuments (really cheap) as well as the heavenly tasting custard tarts.

  • 100%


    Amazing Place

    The whole city is so friendly.. watch out for pick pockets etc, but you will be very refreshed after your visit :o)

    Insider Tip:Stay in a hostel here.. some of the best in the world.. they organise the whole thing for you :o)

  • 90%


    Beautiful city, friendly people, nice places

    Lisbon is a very good city to travel to. It has so many historical places, castles, you can spend many days there and not see everything. Also, there are several cities near it that are worth the trip, such as Sintra.

    Insider Tip:Go to Sintra! Its castles and palaces are magical. With a good guide you can actually relive what happened in that time and its an amazing experience. Bad thing: many people selling drugs around town, but if you just ignore them they leave you alone.

  • 90%



    Lisboa is one of my favorite places in Europe so far. It reminds me so much of San Francisco but with its Portuguese and Medieval edge. The food and pastries are delicious and exploring the city is rather easy either by metro, tram or simply walking.

    Insider Tip:The castle has some amazing views of the city. I would also recommend visiting the museums on a Sunday since most are free except for the modern art museum by the monastery is great and always free. I would walk along the bay

  • 90%


    AMAZING city!

    My favorite European city. Has everything you could think of for a vacation period. Great night life at Bairro Alto, awesome food during the day, very good and cheap coffee everywhere. Super important and good historic sites, lots of history everywhere, super helpful people.... LOVE IT!!!

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