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Top Lisbon Tips - Your Insider Tips for Lisbon

  • Boasting some of the coolest hostels in the world, Lisbon is a haven for backpackers. We asked you for your top tips for visiting Lisbon over on our Facebook page and here’s what you told us.

  • Enjoy a sweet treat at Pasteis de Belem

    Andrea 'Peo' Ambrosino says:

    If you visit Lisbon you Have to go to Belem and taste the delicious 'Pasteis de Belem' !

    Maximo David Villarreal Manifacio says:

    Go to Belem, there is a lot to see there, and taste too

    Danial Ma says:

    Pasteis de Belem you can't afford to miss it!

    Rebecca Honey says:

    Belem Portugese Tarts! Most amazing tarts in the world!

    Babs Leonard says:

    Don't leave Lisbon without going to, to the Pasteleria de Belem for Pasteis de Belem. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of them and eat them hot! The most yummy little egg custard pies ever. :)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    One of the ‘must dos’ when you arrive in Lisbon is a trip to the famous Pasteis de Belem to sample one of their ‘sacred cakes’, also called Pasteis de Belem. Made from a recipe known to only a handful of people, these delicious little cakes are a real treat, and what’s more, they won’t cost you a fortune.

    Location: Rua de Belem 84-92.
    Opening hours: Daily from 8am-10pm.

  • Check out the nightlife in Bairro Alto

    Paulo Catucho says:

    Have some drinks and experience the nightlife at Bairro Alto!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Ask a Lisbon local about the best place to go out in the city and most of them will give you the same answer – Bairro Alto. This neighbourhood is filled with cool cafés, bars and clubs, many of which can be found along Rua de Italia and Rua da Barroca. While these streets are lined with bars, it should be noted that the real action takes place out on the streets themselves where crowds of people gather to drink, talk and hang out.

  • Make good use of public transport

    João David says:

    Get a credit pass for all transportations to avoid stalling; there is a lot to see, even from dusk till dawn

    Hostelworld.com says:

    If you’re planning to use public transport a lot in any given day in Lisbon, it’s a good idea to get your hands on a day-ticket. Costing just €4, these tickets cover all the city’s metros and trams. They also cover Lisbon’s ‘elevadors’, an attraction in their own right.

  • Listen to some ‘fado’ music

    Rui Almeida says:

    A typical Fado's House in Alfama for sure!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    ’Fado’ is a specific genre of music native to Portugal and Lisbon is one of the best places in the country to hear it. You’ll find a great selection of ‘fado’ bars throughout the city, with some of the most popular to be found in the Alfama neighbourhood, which is the focus of our next tip.

  • Explore the Alfama neighbourhood

    Rita Alves says:

    Walk on the streets, go to Alfama, eat and drink in "tascas"

    Bernard Nieto says:

    Definitely check out the Alfama neighbourhood for a stroll in its alleys or have dinner and enjoy a Fado show at many restaurants in the neighbourhood.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Without a doubt, Alfama is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Lisbon. Not only is it home to attractions like Sé Cathedral and Castelo de Sao Jorge along with lots of the aforementioned ‘fado’ bars, it’s also got plenty of narrow streets for you to explore while you check out the area’s Moorish influences.

  • Visit Castelo de Sao Jorge

    Mai Liss says:

    St. Jorges Castle and the View from above is amazing!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Dating back to the 6th century, Lisbon’s imposing castle is definitely worth a look. Walk along the castle walls and you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the city. On top of that, while you’re there you’ll be able to learn more about the castle and about the history of Lisbon itself.

    Location: Alfama.
    Admission: €5.
    Opening hours: Daily from 10am-5pm.

  • Spend some time in Sintra

    Liliana Rosa says:

    Take the train and visit Sintra, a beautiful town with amazing castles and gardens, just 18 miles from Lisbon.

    Christina Fuda says:

    Sintra is a must!

    Annika Parisot says:

    Definitely Sintra, beautiful castle, quite a contrast from the other big castles in Europe!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Thanks to its collection of gorgeous 19th century architecture, the town of Sintra has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s well worth making the short trip from Lisbon to check it out. Some of this town’s attractions include the Regaleira Palace and Gardens, Pena Park, The Royal Palace and lots more.

  • Check out the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

    That Backpacker says:

    Visit the Jeronimos Monastery, it is absolutely breathtaking! And also wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of uphill walking in that city!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A world heritage site, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos or Jeronimos Monastery is definitely worth a visit thanks to its stunning exterior. This incredible building isn’t just pretty to look at, though. It also houses Lisbon’s maritime museum and the National Archaeology Museum, plus plenty more.

    Location: Praca do Imperio, Belem.
    Admission: €4/€8.
    Opening hours: Tues-Sun from 10am-5pm (winter), 10am-6.30pm (summer).

  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    Clara Henriques says:

    My one-day-trip advice: by the early morning, buy some Pastéis de Belém and eat, them when they are still hot, on Jardim das Oliveiras at CCB (about 5 minutes walk) then visit CCB. Take Tram 28 and have your lunch at Alfama and then visit Alfama/Baixa. Have your dinner at Bairro Alto (Some Portuguese restaurants: A bit expensive (50€) - "Lisboa à Noite"; regular (20-25€) - "Cocheira Alentejana"; cheap - "Solar do Duque" (10€-15€) and stay there for night-life... In Bairro Alto you'll feel good whatever your style is!

    Jesus Albendiz says:

    Take a ferry in Cais do Sodre, in 5 min you will be in Cacilhas. Go to "Atirate ao Rio Bar" and enjoy with the nice view over the bridge and Lisbon in front of you. Enjoy it!

    Danilo Nuno Vilhena Oliveira says:

    3 things you should definitely see in Lisbon if you are there: - Belem Riverside (eat the famous Pastéis) - Sintra - Bairro Alto on a Friday or Saturday night

    E Alphard Ordóñez says:

    Stay at Yes! Hostel in the Baixa. The best hostel and the best staff you'll find in Lisbon. Dinners there are an experience you shouldn't miss. Organize your day very well. If you want to visit Belém, be sure you wake up early and you'll spend there all the morning; NEVER try to visit Lisbon's best attractions (Belém, Castelo de São Jorge, Baixa, Parque das Nações) on the same day! You wouldn't enjoy the city if do that. Hire a bike at Parque das Nações for ridding until Ponte Vasco da Gama. You'll get amazing pictures of the Targus and the bridge.

    Britt Smith says:

    Stay at the Travellers House Hostel and do the pub crawl!!! Not an option! Do it!!

    Damien Kell says:

    To get your bearings and find what you want to see, hire a Go Car, so much fun and they guys who run the shop are really good with providing advice on where to go.

    Stephanie Sonju says:

    Stay at YES! Hostel, and take the train to Belem for some pasteis de belem!

    Adriana Haluska says:

    Go to Belem on Sunday. You can visit almost all the attractions and museums for free.

    João Churro says:

    Pastéis de Belém and Bairro Alto are definitely good choices. But to really enjoy and feel the spirit of this beautiful city, you must walk on the streets and see with your own eyes why Portugal's Capital is so much appreciated by locals as by people from all over the world. S. Jorge's Castle, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Rossio Rail Station, every part of Lisbon has a diferent story to tell. Are you prepared to discover them?

  • So, if you’re heading to Lisbon, why not try out some of these great suggestions to get the most out of your stay in this popular Portuguese city.



    Book hostels in Lisbon | Lisbon podcast, free pocket guide and more

  • Boasting some of the coolest hostels in the world, Lisbon is a haven for backpackers. We asked you for your top tips for visiting Lisbon over on our Facebook page and here’s what you told us.

  • Enjoy a sweet treat at Pasteis de Belem

    Andrea 'Peo' Ambrosino says:

    If you visit Lisbon you Have to go to Belem and taste the delicious 'Pasteis de Belem' !

    Maximo David Villarreal Manifacio says:

    Go to Belem, there is a lot to see there, and taste too

    Danial Ma says:

    Pasteis de Belem you can't afford to miss it!

    Rebecca Honey says:

    Belem Portugese Tarts! Most amazing tarts in the world!

    Babs Leonard says:

    Don't leave Lisbon without going to, to the Pasteleria de Belem for Pasteis de Belem. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of them and eat them hot! The most yummy little egg custard pies ever. :)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    One of the ‘must dos’ when you arrive in Lisbon is a trip to the famous Pasteis de Belem to sample one of their ‘sacred cakes’, also called Pasteis de Belem. Made from a recipe known to only a handful of people, these delicious little cakes are a real treat, and what’s more, they won’t cost you a fortune.

    Location: Rua de Belem 84-92.
    Opening hours: Daily from 8am-10pm.

  • Check out the nightlife in Bairro Alto

    Paulo Catucho says:

    Have some drinks and experience the nightlife at Bairro Alto!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Ask a Lisbon local about the best place to go out in the city and most of them will give you the same answer – Bairro Alto. This neighbourhood is filled with cool cafés, bars and clubs, many of which can be found along Rua de Italia and Rua da Barroca. While these streets are lined with bars, it should be noted that the real action takes place out on the streets themselves where crowds of people gather to drink, talk and hang out.

  • Make good use of public transport

    João David says:

    Get a credit pass for all transportations to avoid stalling; there is a lot to see, even from dusk till dawn

    Hostelworld.com says:

    If you’re planning to use public transport a lot in any given day in Lisbon, it’s a good idea to get your hands on a day-ticket. Costing just €4, these tickets cover all the city’s metros and trams. They also cover Lisbon’s ‘elevadors’, an attraction in their own right.

  • Listen to some ‘fado’ music

    Rui Almeida says:

    A typical Fado's House in Alfama for sure!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    ’Fado’ is a specific genre of music native to Portugal and Lisbon is one of the best places in the country to hear it. You’ll find a great selection of ‘fado’ bars throughout the city, with some of the most popular to be found in the Alfama neighbourhood, which is the focus of our next tip.

  • Explore the Alfama neighbourhood

    Rita Alves says:

    Walk on the streets, go to Alfama, eat and drink in "tascas"

    Bernard Nieto says:

    Definitely check out the Alfama neighbourhood for a stroll in its alleys or have dinner and enjoy a Fado show at many restaurants in the neighbourhood.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Without a doubt, Alfama is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Lisbon. Not only is it home to attractions like Sé Cathedral and Castelo de Sao Jorge along with lots of the aforementioned ‘fado’ bars, it’s also got plenty of narrow streets for you to explore while you check out the area’s Moorish influences.

  • Visit Castelo de Sao Jorge

    Mai Liss says:

    St. Jorges Castle and the View from above is amazing!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Dating back to the 6th century, Lisbon’s imposing castle is definitely worth a look. Walk along the castle walls and you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the city. On top of that, while you’re there you’ll be able to learn more about the castle and about the history of Lisbon itself.

    Location: Alfama.
    Admission: €5.
    Opening hours: Daily from 10am-5pm.

  • Spend some time in Sintra

    Liliana Rosa says:

    Take the train and visit Sintra, a beautiful town with amazing castles and gardens, just 18 miles from Lisbon.

    Christina Fuda says:

    Sintra is a must!

    Annika Parisot says:

    Definitely Sintra, beautiful castle, quite a contrast from the other big castles in Europe!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Thanks to its collection of gorgeous 19th century architecture, the town of Sintra has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s well worth making the short trip from Lisbon to check it out. Some of this town’s attractions include the Regaleira Palace and Gardens, Pena Park, The Royal Palace and lots more.

  • Check out the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

    That Backpacker says:

    Visit the Jeronimos Monastery, it is absolutely breathtaking! And also wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of uphill walking in that city!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A world heritage site, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos or Jeronimos Monastery is definitely worth a visit thanks to its stunning exterior. This incredible building isn’t just pretty to look at, though. It also houses Lisbon’s maritime museum and the National Archaeology Museum, plus plenty more.

    Location: Praca do Imperio, Belem.
    Admission: €4/€8.
    Opening hours: Tues-Sun from 10am-5pm (winter), 10am-6.30pm (summer).

  • Try out some of the following suggestions...

    Clara Henriques says:

    My one-day-trip advice: by the early morning, buy some Pastéis de Belém and eat, them when they are still hot, on Jardim das Oliveiras at CCB (about 5 minutes walk) then visit CCB. Take Tram 28 and have your lunch at Alfama and then visit Alfama/Baixa. Have your dinner at Bairro Alto (Some Portuguese restaurants: A bit expensive (50€) - "Lisboa à Noite"; regular (20-25€) - "Cocheira Alentejana"; cheap - "Solar do Duque" (10€-15€) and stay there for night-life... In Bairro Alto you'll feel good whatever your style is!

    Jesus Albendiz says:

    Take a ferry in Cais do Sodre, in 5 min you will be in Cacilhas. Go to "Atirate ao Rio Bar" and enjoy with the nice view over the bridge and Lisbon in front of you. Enjoy it!

    Danilo Nuno Vilhena Oliveira says:

    3 things you should definitely see in Lisbon if you are there: - Belem Riverside (eat the famous Pastéis) - Sintra - Bairro Alto on a Friday or Saturday night

    E Alphard Ordóñez says:

    Stay at Yes! Hostel in the Baixa. The best hostel and the best staff you'll find in Lisbon. Dinners there are an experience you shouldn't miss. Organize your day very well. If you want to visit Belém, be sure you wake up early and you'll spend there all the morning; NEVER try to visit Lisbon's best attractions (Belém, Castelo de São Jorge, Baixa, Parque das Nações) on the same day! You wouldn't enjoy the city if do that. Hire a bike at Parque das Nações for ridding until Ponte Vasco da Gama. You'll get amazing pictures of the Targus and the bridge.

    Britt Smith says:

    Stay at the Travellers House Hostel and do the pub crawl!!! Not an option! Do it!!

    Damien Kell says:

    To get your bearings and find what you want to see, hire a Go Car, so much fun and they guys who run the shop are really good with providing advice on where to go.

    Stephanie Sonju says:

    Stay at YES! Hostel, and take the train to Belem for some pasteis de belem!

    Adriana Haluska says:

    Go to Belem on Sunday. You can visit almost all the attractions and museums for free.

    João Churro says:

    Pastéis de Belém and Bairro Alto are definitely good choices. But to really enjoy and feel the spirit of this beautiful city, you must walk on the streets and see with your own eyes why Portugal's Capital is so much appreciated by locals as by people from all over the world. S. Jorge's Castle, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Rossio Rail Station, every part of Lisbon has a diferent story to tell. Are you prepared to discover them?

  • So, if you’re heading to Lisbon, why not try out some of these great suggestions to get the most out of your stay in this popular Portuguese city.



    Book hostels in Lisbon | Lisbon podcast, free pocket guide and more


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