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

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    Neighborhoods to check out in Lisbon that include most of the tourist spots and help you experience the culture of the city :)

    Insider Tip:Bairro Alto, Baixa, Belém, Chiado, Parque das Nações (near Oriente Train Station)

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    Lisbon, the Gates to Atlantic Ocean

    Lisbon is a fantastic city. There aren't a lot of sightseeing, but the ones they have are amazing. I would said, that lisbon is a good city to just get lost around. Going up and down on the hills, looking for good views, and also good food. You gonna love the "Pastel de Nata", the most traditional sweet in Portugal. Also, you should taste their see foods, and fish. Really good dishes. So, walk and discover Lisbon on your time.

    Insider Tip:If you have time, you should go to Sintra, a old city, nearby, full of mansions and palaces. Amazing views!

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    Full of colour, character and Portuguese charm

    At first glance Lisbon can be a little chaotic (you'll get offered drugs every few metres in the main tourist regions and the drivers have lead foots and seem to be hurtling through the streets with blindfolds) but underneath it's a genuinely fun and diverse city. Cheap eats are on every corner, stunning architecture reminiscent of the golden age is in every square and it's pretty easy to explore gorgeous Sintra and the west coast from this base.

    Insider Tip:Make the trip to the home of Portuguese tarts (Belem) and in particular the famed Pastéis de Belém (they're fresh from the oven and simply decadent). Don't bother booking a tour to Sintra and the most western coastal point - trains and buses are so cheap and easy to negotiate with everything being very self explanatory.

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    Lisbon, the fairytale city

    Lisbon is a beautiful, perfectly sized city with a blessed year round climate, access to many beaches, a delicious cuisine culture, a nightlife, and an arts culture. It has a deep and interesting culture, as does Portugal. I think if you go to lisbon and are unimpressed, the problem lies within you, not the city.

    Insider Tip:Everyone in Lisbon is very willing for conversation if you speak the language (and a lot of times, even if you don't speak the language) and also willing to help with directions. Don't be shy to meet the locals or make friends.

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    Lisbon, Sun, Sea and Awesome People

    What an amazing city. Fish, try the fish. It's awesome and fresh and tastes amazing. There is so much nightlife here and you are so close to Sintra and the towns around the sea that you have no excuse to be bored. The people are wonderful and there are pasteis de natas (custard tarts) everywhere. Try them. The metro is so accessible and leads directly to the airport now! The views across the city are great too.

    Insider Tip:There is an old fishmarket (can't remember the name sadly) which is converted into loads of wee stalls selling food with a huge seating area in the middle. You can take your food and drinks from totally different places and dip in and out of Lisbon food culture. Go here. Ask about it. Try everything.

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