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

  • 90%


    Fun city

    It was a great little city with everything you needed and the free walking tour was very informative. I wish that we had more time to explore the different areas and take a few trips out of the city.

    Insider Tip:Make sure you go to Sintra for a day and I think you should spend at least 4 days in Lisbon to see everything.

  • 100%


    Small city full of life.

    Easy to move around, full of small restaurants and little shops. Sintra is very near to go visit. Easy to see and explore in a couple of days. Night life is awesome.

  • 90%


    Never Change, Lisboa!

    Lisbon is a destination that is definitely underrated. It still isn't as developed as more popular cities so it still has an air of authenticity and unexplored wonder. Filled with so many historic destinations (Belem/Sintra) and beautiful beaches, it is the perfect destination to explore the coast.

    Insider Tip:HOME LISBON HOSTEL is the ONLY place to stay at!! Mama's dinner will always win you over! three course meals for only 10EUROS. Heaven!

  • 100%


    Lisbon: Beautiful City and Great Adventure

    I had an absolutely amazing time visiting Lisbon, Portugal and nearby towns and cities. I was in Lisbon for two weeks, where I experienced the food, culture, and many beautiful sights. Lisbon is a multicultural city full of friendly people and I instantly felt at home. Everything is inexpensive, yet good quality, and I was constantly in awe of my ability to find delicious meals for very reasonable prices. I recommend this city to anyone looking to have a great experience in a beautiful place !

    Insider Tip:Skip taxis and tour buses when sight-seeing in Lisbon; the city is best seen on foot, even though it's built on many hills ! Not only will you get a daily dose of exercise, but you'll find hidden corners filled with adorable shops, amazing restaurants, and great spots to see the beautiful view of the city over the water.

  • 80%


    unlucky weather

    unluckily, it was raining the whole time. we still walked around a lot, but we also hung out in cafes to eat those tasty little things they have and drink coffee and play cards. loads of people say, lissabon is the most beautiful city they've been to - i can't really say that as we haven't seen a lot. and every place is not as nice when it's rainy...

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