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Lisbon DistrictPortugal

Stroll the Portuguese capital’s stone streets, where sounds of local musicians fill the air and freshly caught fish is served at kerbside restaurants.

Lisbon seamlessly blends old and new world charm; inside the historic architecture and whitewashed houses that line its streets there’s a prospering contemporary arts scene. With great weather for most of the year and a relaxed population, this charming city is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.

Take a walk through the winding cobblestone streets of Alfama, the historic district at the heart of the city. Admire the medieval architecture of churches and small city squares. Pay a visit to the Castle of São Jorge, perched high above the city, to be met by the sounds of guitar-wielding musicians that add to the romance of the streets. Listen out for fado, Lisbon’s own style of music.

Explore the picturesque Chiado district, where bold, tiled mansions and boutiques line the streets. Stop for a coffee at a café or eat local dishes such as bacalhau (salted cod). Lisbon’s position on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean means the seafood here is some of the best in Europe.

Seafaring has been a way of life for the Portuguese for centuries and the Maritime Museum celebrates the nation’s long lineage of sailors. Walk through exhibits of boats and maps from the 1800s. Learn about local marine life at the Lisbon Oceanarium, one of the largest aquariums in Europe.

Spend time exploring Lisbon’s other museums. Visit the Gulbenkian Museum to see 6,000 artefacts and works of art from all over Europe. Learn about developments in 20th-century fashion at the Museum of Design and Fashion.

Treat yourself to coffee and cake at the internationally renowned Pastéis de Belem. Line up alongside throngs of locals who come to eat here daily. The thin, flaky crust and rich custard centre of Lisbon’s iconic pastel de nata are well worth the wait.

Lisbon’s international airport is 10 kilometres (4 miles) north of the city centre. Use the subway, bus and rail systems to get around with ease. Explore the old quarter’s cobblestone streets on foot to discover local boutiques and hidden bars and restaurants.

Lisbon District Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Lisbon District

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum which includes general coastal views and a lighthouse

Cascais

A noteworthy feature of Cascais is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno.

Cascais
Lisbon which includes a city and heritage architecture as well as a large group of people

Lisbon Old Town

4/5Very Good!(49 area reviews)

Lisbon Old Town is highly notable for its stunning river views, and you might want to visit top sights like Rossio Square and Castle of Sao Jorge. See more of Lisbon by jumping on the metro at Avenida Station or Rua Câmara Pestana Stop.

Lisbon Old Town
Ursa Beach showing rocky coastline, a sunset and general coastal views

Sintra

Sintra is popular for its colourful gardens, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Quinta da Regaleira or Sintra National Palace.

Sintra
Alfama which includes a sunset and a coastal town

Alfama

4.5/5Wonderful!(22 area reviews)

Alfama is a destination travellers like for its historical sites, and you might hop aboard the metro at R. Graça Stop or Sapadores Stop to explore sights like Castle of Sao Jorge.

Alfama
Chiado showing views and a sunset as well as a couple

Chiado

Spend some time visiting places like Lisbon City Hall while getting to know Chiado, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Lg. Academia Nacional Belas AR Stop or R. Vitor Cordon/R. Serpa Pin Stop to see more of the area.

Chiado

Top hotels in Lisbon District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The One Palácio da Anunciada
The One Palácio da Anunciada
5 out of 5
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 112-134, Lisbon
The price is AU$254 per night

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Liberty Avenue and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel great location great staff - pool and pool bar were fantastic and the service from staff was second to none. Definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2020

The One Palácio da Anunciada
Iberostar Selection Lisboa
Iberostar Selection Lisboa
5 out of 5
Rua Castilho 64, Lisbon
The price is AU$195 per night

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and Amoreiras Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (557 reviews)

"Staff were very friendly. Room was incredible - very modern, clean, functional. Shower/toilet layout was unconventional but we liked it. As a brit, would've loved milk with the coffee, but understand it's perhaps not the done thing. Brilliant hotel overall, worth the money."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Iberostar Selection Lisboa
Hotel Real Parque
Hotel Real Parque
4 out of 5
Avenida Luis Bivar, 67, Lisbon
The price is AU$151 per night

Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of El Corte Ingles Mall, Gulbenkian Museum and Marquis of Pombal Square. Lisbon Zoo and Rossio ...

4.1/5Very Good! (981 reviews)

"Location,good value, very pleasant staff ,near metro for airport."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2020

Hotel Real Parque

Popular places to visit in Lisbon District

Lisbon Oceanarium
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Lisbon Oceanarium

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Embark on an aquatic journey through one of the world’s biggest and most diverse aquariums, located right on Lisbon’s scenic oceanfront.

Rossio Square
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Rossio Square

4.5/5(66 reviews)

See the people-packed central square whose swirling wave-patterned cobbles are thought to have inspired copycat pavements across the rest of Portugal and beyond.

Castle of Sao Jorge
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Castle of Sao Jorge

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Discover some of Lisbon’s fascinating medieval history as you explore the fortress than looks over the city and River Tagus.  

Commerce Square
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Commerce Square

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Spend time people-watching as you enjoy a coffee and lunch in the same café that Lisbon’s literati once frequented. 

Belem Tower
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Belem Tower

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Lisbon constructed a fortification along a waterway to defend its riches. Now access the structure from the shore for lovely views. 

Lisbon Zoo
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Lisbon Zoo

5/5(4 reviews)

Kiss a seal, play with a dolphin and pose for a photo with a snake at this family zoo in central Lisbon.

Top activities in Lisbon District

Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace
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Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace

AU$105
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Small-Group 4-Town Day Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos
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Small-Group 4-Town Day Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos

AU$122
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Lisbon Card
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Lisbon Card

AU$32
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Tramcar Tours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Tramcar Tours

AU$57
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

AU$110
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Lisbon city Private Transfer to Airport (LIS)
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Lisbon city Private Transfer to Airport (LIS)

AU$38
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Lisbon District

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 56.38297872340426%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.829787234042556%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.25531914893617%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5319148936170213%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan. 2020

If you have the chance to do a walking tour you should - great way to get to know a place. Great little place to eat was Da Mae Vagabundo!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

There are good parts and bad parts to this city. Graffiti everywhere would be my pet peeve. Many parts of old Inner city are deserted and have been allowed to run down. Such a shame for many of the beautiful but neglected buildings and communities

5/5 - Excellent

Thomas

6 Dec. 2019

The most amazing part of Lisbon are the great historical sites and welcoming and friendly people. It’s a very safe place to be in.

4/5 - Good

Ross

23 Nov. 2019

If you love old buildings, narrow streets and alley ways with small family-owned and operated businesses and restaurants this is a great place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Nov. 2019

Leave PLENTY of time at Lisbon airport to get through security, it took us 1/1-12 hrs to get through, they closed the gate for the flight in front of us and although we were already checked in wouldn’t let us through. 300€ each for flight next day.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Oct. 2019

Intersting place, lots of history old and new, great food and culture.

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Chiado showing railway items and a city

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