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

  • 60%


    More for parties and beauty, not for history

    The city was really cool and beautiful, but it didn't have as rich of a history as most of the places in Europe. There are lots of places around Lisbon to visit that are great: Sintra (needs a day or two), Cabo da Roca (just need an hour, but it's gorgeous), Cascais (gorgeous beach town), and Faro (another gorgeous beach town, but nothing else interesting to do). The downtown scene is very lively, but Maria Caxuxa was the only place I really was drawn to and had a good time there.

  • 90%


    Lisboa I will be back

    My first stay in Lisbon did not disappoint, I just wish I had more time but it is a city I shall definitely return. The weather, the friendly people and the beauty of the city that is so beautiful but not polished.

    Insider Tip:Food hall at Cais de Sorde is a must try for food lovers

  • 100%


    Love in Lisbon

    Lisbon takes you back in time once you walk the stony streets and alleys feel the heat on your back, hear the churches bells, dip in the ocean you leave your residue part of your consciousness.

  • 100%


    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.

  • 100%


    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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