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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    I'm in Love with Lisbon

    I love this city. During the day it's beautiful and you can easily entertain yourself by simply walking around. However there are also tons of great things to do a places to visit, from surfing to hiking, all within a 40 minute train ride. The night life is FANTASTIC and you won't want to go home until the clubs shut down at 8 am. All that said Lisbon has a highly relaxed and welcoming vibe that allows you to party hard or relax, whatever you feel. Also food and alcohol are cheap and delicious.

    Insider Tip:If you plan of staying in Lisbon and you feel like being extra social stay at the Oasis Backpacker Hostel. It's the best. Also around 2 pm grab and beer and find a view of the river. It's perfect.

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    Love Lisbon!

    A fantastic city, a great range of culture, old and new. Loads of different aspects of art through architecture, street art, music, street artists, modes of transport! Very cheap and easy to use public transport, easy to visit places outside of Lisbon. The people in Lisbon are from all walks of life which adds to its charm even further- a Must Visit!

    Insider Tip:Make sure you visit Bairro Alto and investigate the range of venues they have.

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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.

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    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)

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    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.

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