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Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and one of the most highly visited cities of Europe. Renowned as t is for its fine architecture, history, cuisine, culture and international trade, that’s hardly surprising.

Geographically, Lisbon is located on the Iberian Peninsula, at the mouth of the River Tagus, which feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the oldest cities of Western Europe, characterised by medieval buildings, cosy neighbourhoods, iconic yellow trams navigating its narrow streets and spectacular hilltop views overlooking the river. Tourists often leave the city surprised by what Lisbon has to offer.

HistoryLisbon shares its culture with a wide range of peoples, including the indigenous Iberians, Celts, Carthaginians, Romans, Suebi, Visigoths and Moors, and the influence of each can be seen in the city and surrounding area. In 1147, Christian crusaders under Afonso I captured the city from the Moors, ushering in the maritime Age of Discovery. Famous Portuguese explorers set off to discover the Atlantic archipelagos, the Far East and Africa in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. These epic voyages that started from Lisbon, brought about a great age of prosperity for Portugal. Sadly, a devastating earthquake destroyed the majority of the city in 1755.

The desirability of Lisbon is based on the geographical location of the city, which gives it great trade advantages. It has access by sea to the Mediterranean Sea, as well as Western Europe, Africa and further afield to the Americas. The city has a large, natural harbour. These factors also greatly helped Portugal accede to the European Union in 1986. As such, Lisbon is a popular business, as well as top holiday, destination.

LandmarksThe Alfama is one of the oldest surviving districts of Lisbon and it’s where you’ll find most of the city’s top historical landmarks, including the Se Cathedral and Castelo San Jorge. Located on the top of a hill, it’s accessible by Tram 28 and offers fantastic views over the rest of the city.

Torre de Belem is one of the most iconic monuments of Lisbon: an ancient battlement that was built to protect the city. Like with the Alfama, the views from up here atop the tower are exceptional. Don’t forget your camera.

A more modern attraction, the Lisbon Aquarium, Oceanário, is a world-class facility, exhibiting exceptional aquatic biodiversity, and is a great place to enjoy with the entire family. Other notable landmarks that are worthy of a visit include the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Museu da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Lisbon Zoo.

Eat, Drink and Be MerryLisbon is made up of several neighbourhoods, each with their own unique buzz, where local communities enjoy good food, wine and fresh seafood.

Bairro Alto is a hilltop neighbourhood, with a great selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and some top notch nightlife. A trendy, somewhat hipster neighbourhood, it’s one of the best places in town to check out the local music scene, with offerings ranging from rock to pop, reggae to jazz and all the way to the traditional Fado music.

Alfama, one of the oldest districts in town and it’s where you find most of the city’s smaller, more traditional cafés, selling good bread and wine and buzzing with local life.

As far as dishes go, you should not miss out on sampling regional delicacies like the sweet cakes called Pastéis de Nata, grilled sardines, bacalhau (cod fish) and the local Portuguese wine. Make sure you pay a visit to Mercado da Ribeira, the newest market for food in town where you can taste dishes from some of the most famous and original Portuguese chefs.

ShoppingLisbon is a great city for shopping. Chiado is an excellent shopping neighbourhood known for pottery, books and coffee shops, as well as stylish boutique fashion shops from local designers. If you’re looking for those established, international brands then head for Avenida da Liberdade is one of the grandest shopping avenues in the city.

Centro Colombo is one of the largest shopping centres in Portugal, where you’ll find everything from big brand designer stores to electrical. It also has a cinema showing international films in their original languages, as wells as lots of affordable eateries in the food court.

Lisbon is a unique city with lots of character that sets it apart from any other world capitals. A sunny, beautiful and quaint historic destination for those that want to relax, explore or party. Whatever you want, Lisbon has it.

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Where to stay in Lisbon District

Top hotels in Lisbon District

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
4 out of 5
Calçada Marquês de Abrantes, nº 24, Lisbon, Lisbon
The price is £36 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Parliament (Sao Bento Palace) and Mercado da Ribeira. Commerce Square and Rossio ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my 8 days stay at Lisbon Serviced Apartments- Santos. It really felt like home. There was everything I needed such as washing machine, dish washer, coffee machine, oven, etc. exception cleaning and check in staff and really easy check out. Would definitely go back."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Hotel Riviera
Hotel Riviera
4 out of 5
Rua Bartolomeau Dias, Junqueiro, Carcavelos, Cascais, Lisbon
The price is £78 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Situated on the beach, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Carcavelos Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Cascais Beach and Tamariz Beach. Estoril Conference ...

4/5Very Good! (204 reviews)

"Very good hotel and staff. Pool not available (winter?) and had to ask for a kettle, which arrived asap with cups and sugar but no tea/coffee. Excellent breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Hotel Riviera
TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto
TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto
4 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional de Lisboa, Rua C, Lisbon
The price is £102 per night from 15 Dec to 16 Dec

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre, Atlantic Pavilion and Lisbon Casino. Lisbon Oceanarium and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,098 reviews)

"飛行機に乗り遅れて泊まることとなりました。当然ですが、飛行場に近く便利です。綺麗で、部屋も広く、快適です。"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Lisbon District

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
4 out of 5
Calçada Marquês de Abrantes, nº 24, Lisbon, Lisbon
The price is £36 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Parliament (Sao Bento Palace) and Mercado da Ribeira. Commerce Square and Rossio ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my 8 days stay at Lisbon Serviced Apartments- Santos. It really felt like home. There was everything I needed such as washing machine, dish washer, coffee machine, oven, etc. exception cleaning and check in staff and really easy check out. Would definitely go back."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Rossio - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
Rossio - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
4 out of 5
Calçada do Duque, 3, Lisbon
The price is £119 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Carmo Convent, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Restauradores Square and Lisbon ...

4.3/5Excellent! (11 reviews)
Great location!

"Very convenient location and the apartment is beautiful. Can be a little noisy if you leave the windows open Apartment is on the second floor with no elevators so be mindful of heavy suitcases. Otherwise the apartment itself and location is perfect!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2018

Rossio - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
Graça Castle - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
Graça Castle - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
4 out of 5
Calçada do Monte, 41, Lisbon
The price is £95 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Located in Alfama, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Martim Moniz Square and Rossio Square. Castle of Sao Jorge and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)

"Location is close to Alfama and street parking was easy. It is an older building and the apartment and furnishings were ok. It is pretty noisy in Lisbon so late it is loud in neighborhood. I do not feel the price reflects what the rental offers. I would rate this a 2 star accommodation."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019

Graça Castle - Lisbon Cheese & Wine Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Lisbon District

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5/5 - Excellent

Taylor

23 Mar 2020

Myself and my partner had an amazing time in Lisbon. The people were friendly, the weather was beautiful and Portugal’s culture is so rich and diverse. We wished we could have stayed longer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

This was our first visit to Lisbon and in fact Portugal and we really liked it. Lovely city to visit and didn't really feel like a normal capital city, it had a more relaxed feel to the place and a fantastic blend between old and new styles.

5/5 - Excellent

Beth

8 Mar 2020

Lovely city to explore . Always lots of walking to do so wear trainers .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Mar 2020

Great place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Mar 2020

Beauitful and pleasant city with lots of tourist attractions, restaurants, shops and bars. Was disappointed with the amount of graffiti seen across the city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar 2020

There is plenty to see and do you just have to get out and about. We are seniors of below average fitness however we coped well with the hills. Buy the Lisboa ticket, worth it especially as we used our Expedia points to reduce the cost.

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