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Lisbon

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Lisbon is the westernmost capital of mainland Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world. Visitors throng to Lisbon for its Mediterranean climate, good food, great wines, vibrant nightlife and ancient history.

HistoryThe strategic location of Lisbon at the mouth of the Tagus River has contributed to the city’s importance as a centre of trade between the Mediterranean Sea and northern Europe. It was originally settled by the Celts and subsequently captured by the Carthaginians, Romans, Suebi, Visigoths, and Moors. Christian crusaders later captured the city, forming the long-term Portuguese Royal Family.

Lisbon flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries during the Portuguese Age of Discovery, which lead to the accumulation of great wealth and power. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed much of Lisbon and further disaster fell in 1807 when Napoleon’s forces occupied Lisbon. However, the city slowly rebuilt over the 19th Century.

In 1910, the Republicans established the Portuguese Republic with the Estado Novo regime, the longest-living dictatorship in Western Europe ruled by Salazar. It was deposed by the 1974 by the Carnation Revolution and Portugal joined the European Community in 1986. Recent improvements to the metro system and the revival of older buildings in the city have transformed Lisbon into one of the trendiest cities in Europe.

LandmarksLisbon and nearby Sintra have three sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, in Lisbon and Palácio da Pena in Sintra.

Belém was where Portuguese explorers set off from on their voyages of discovery. Belém Tower is a fortified lighthouse, which stands on a little island on the right hand side of the Tagus. It was originally intended to guard the entrance to the port against invasion or pirate raids, but today it offers incredible views over the city.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a monastery with amazing stonework and burial place of the greatest Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. Sintra is a beautiful dreamy town dotted with tourist hotspots and historic attractions, such as the grand Palácio da Pena: a fairytale-like castle that sits atop a mighty hill, offering incredible views over the town below.

The heart of the city of Lisbon is Baixa. This historic district was constructed after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Its most notable feature is the Rua Augusta Arch, a triumphal arch designed as a gateway to the city. An elevator, located inside the arch, takes you to a vantage point that offers beautiful views over downtown, the Praça do Comércio and the Tagus River.

Lisbon's castle, Castelo de São Jorge, is an incredible piece of architecture that stands on top of the city's highest hill. Not only does it offer cultural and historical significance, but also provides beautiful views of the city and river, making it a fun trip for history-buffs and lay folk alike.

If you’re a fan of modern architecture, pay a visit to Parque das Nações: the newest district in Lisbon. Check out the Orient Railway Station, a truly eye-catching building and one of the main transportation centres of Lisbon. Here you can also find one of the world's longest bridges, the stunning Vasco da Gama Bridge.

Shopping, Restaurants and NighlifeIf it’s shopping you crave then pay Chiado a visit, Lisbon’s traditional shopping area. Here you can buy clothes from trendy designer boutiques, as well as books, crafts and pottery. You will also find plenty of coffee shops and restaurants serving traditional cakes such as ‘Pastéis de Nata’ and typical cod fish dishes called ’Bacalhau’.

As you can probably see, there’s never a dull moment in Lisbon.

Where to stay in Lisbon

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
3 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional Lisboa, Rua C-2, Lisbon
The price is £67 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Located in Olivais, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lisbon Casino, Lisbon International Exhibition Fair and Lisbon Oceanarium. Gulbenkian Museum and Castle ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,388 reviews)
"Clean, straight forward, basic essentials."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2021

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Corinthia Lisbon
Corinthia Lisbon
5 out of 5
Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 105, Lisbon
The price is £130 per night from 7 Aug to 7 Aug
This family-friendly Lisbon hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lisbon Zoo, Gulbenkian Museum and El Corte Ingles Mall. Rossio Square ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,057 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel, wonderful staff, great restaurant. 😊"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2021

Corinthia Lisbon
behotelisboa
behotelisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
The price is £69 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Commerce Square and Lisbon Cathedral are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Overall, I have no complaints. The hotel is in a safe and central location. The staff are friendly and helpful. They even helped with arranging my private tours. The hotel looks like a 21st century hotel, even though it lacks amenities like a pool etc. (at least, I did not see one). I enjoyed my ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2021

behotelisboa
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.
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
4 out of 5
Rua Luciana Stegagno Picchio, 12, Lisbon, Lisbon
The price is £89 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Located in Sao Domingos de Benfica, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Estádio da Luz and Colombo Shopping Centre. Lisbon Zoo and University of Lisbon ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (431 reviews)
"It’s perfect place to stay if you’re bringing a baby on vacation with you."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
Villa Baixa - Lisbon Luxury Apartments
Villa Baixa - Lisbon Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua de Santa Justa 45, Lisbon
The price is £103 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Figueira Square, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Se and Lisbon Cathedral are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (258 reviews)
"Beautiful accommodations, great staff! We’re very accommodating! Great location in downtown Lisbon."

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2021

Villa Baixa - Lisbon Luxury Apartments
Almaria Ex Libris Chiado
Almaria Ex Libris Chiado
Rua da Misericórdia, 137, Lisbon
The price is £113 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Located in Bairro Alto, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Sao Roque, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Carmo Convent and Botanical ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (285 reviews)
"Fresh bread and croissants every morning, oranges, excellent location. Full amenities including washer/dryer and dishwasher. Very close to all the main things in the city. Also very close to the metro. This was an excellent apartment/hotel. There is daily cleaning ,but not 24 receptionist. For us ..."

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Almaria Ex Libris Chiado
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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