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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.

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Where to stay in Lisbon District

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

Cascais

Cascais
Sintra showing château or palace, heritage architecture and a garden

Sintra

Sintra
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
Alfama which includes a sunset and a coastal town

Alfama

4.5/5Wonderful!(22 area reviews)

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

Chiado

Chiado
Padrão dos Descobrimentos featuring a bridge, heritage elements and a river or creek

Belem

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Belem

Top hotels in Lisbon District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
3 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional Lisboa, Rua C-2, Lisbon
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$224
per night
31 Mar. - 1 Apr.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lisbon Casino, Lisbon Oceanarium and Lisbon International Exhibition Fair. Rossio Square and Santa ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,099 reviews)

"We stayed at this hotel because of the corona virus terror. We were there for an afternoon and evening. In that time we were deeply apprecictive of the kindness and helpful of the entire staff. Thank you to everyone who served us."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Corinthia Lisbon
Corinthia Lisbon
5 out of 5
Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 105, Lisbon

This family-friendly Lisbon hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Lisbon Zoo and Gulbenkian Museum. El Corte Ingles Mall and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,502 reviews)

"Stayed at this gorgeous hotel during the Covid-19 pandemic for 2 nights and the staff was wonderful and very helpful. Unfortunately, the hotel had to be shut down due to the circumstances and they took the initiative to book us another equivalent hotel for the remainder of our stay. It was greatly ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

Corinthia Lisbon
Radisson Blu Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Marechal Craveiro Lopes, 390, Campo Grande, Lisbon

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Gulbenkian Museum, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Santa Justa Elevator and Lisbon Oceanarium. Rossio ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,286 reviews)

"We enjoyed the ease of registration after a long flight. The rooms are large, clean, comfortable and well appointed."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel

Popular activities 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

Lisbon Card
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Lisbon Card

84% of travellers recommend
AU$37
Per adult
Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour
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Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Small-Group Full-Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
AU$138
Per adult
Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace
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Day Trip to Sintra & Cascais with Admission to Pena Palace

94% of travellers recommend
AU$108
Per adult
Lisbon: Small Group Fado Music, Local Tapas & Wine at Sunset
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Lisbon: Small Group Fado Music, Local Tapas & Wine at Sunset

90% of travellers recommend
AU$138
Per adult
Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
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Small-Group Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

94% of travellers recommend
AU$112
Per adult
Shared round trip between Lisbon and Costa da Caparica Beach.
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Shared round trip between Lisbon and Costa da Caparica Beach.

AU$41
Per adult

Reviews of Lisbon District

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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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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