Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.

Most of the best sights, restaurants and nightlife are situated along the river. There are plenty of things to do and see in Lisbon.

Top attractions in Lisbon

Planning Your Lisbon Visit

Best time to visit?

Peak travel is Apr–Sep, when temperatures are warm. Jul–Aug is especially hot, sunny and dry. Indie Lisboa (Apr) is a film festival focusing on international independent cinema. The old city comes alive with dance, decorations and music for the monthlong Festas (Jun). Celebrations are centred around the feast of Santo António (Jun 12–13), which is marked with parades, both religious and secular. Winter (Dec–Feb) is mild.

How many days?

The heart of Lisbon makes a great choice for a long weekend, but many of its top attractions lie within the city’s greater subregion. Top day trips include BelémSintraFátima, and Cascais, with many more besides. Each will need at least an entire day to see, if not two.

How to get from Lisbon airport to the city?

Though Lisbon is cheap by the standards of most European capitals, getting one of the cabs waiting outside the airport can be expensive. If you’re traveling somewhere central without much luggage, it’s undoubtedly cheaper and easier to take the metro. It should only take about 25 minutes to the city center.

What people are saying about Lisbon

★★★★★ Jose was an engaging, knowledgeable, wonderful tour guide. We

Jose was an engaging, knowledgeable, wonderful tour guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion with him.

★★★★★ This tour was fantastic. Highly recommended!

Ricardo our guide was very knowledgable about the history of the Knights Templar, so we spent a fascinating day seeing sites associated with the Knights in Portugal, and learning about them. It was a small group tour of only 7 of us, which was great. Not only was the history interesting, but we saw lovely scenery and visited some lovely towns as well. A very fascinating and enjoyable day.

★★★★★ Amazing and personal view of Sintra and Cascais

This was such an amazing tour! We had 8 people plus the driver in our group and it was just amazing! Andre was our guide and he took the time to get to know each of us and show us some amazing things! We had lots of free time to roam around and the freedom to roam where we wanted. We never really felt rushed and were always treated kindly and respectfully. This is something we will definitely so at other cities in the future as well!

Other Sightseeing Options in Lisbon

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