What do do in Lisbon?
This short travel guide provides you suggestions to travel as a local and on a budget. Find out general info, must see sights, places to stay, discover where to eat as a local, where to go for the coolest nightlife and find out cheap transports to move around the city. Do not miss the best of Lisbon.
Best period to go: from April to October, can be hot in July and August. Nice atmosphere also during Christmas, but may be cold.
Do not miss
What to do in Lisbon? Definitely visit la Baixa, it’s the heart of Lisbon and is plenty of neoclassic sights. Don’t miss “Praça de Rossio”: the station is a unique neoclassic masterpiece.
Worth a visit also “Praça do Commercio”, a huge square where you can have a nice drink, or chilly on the little sandy beach enjoying a beautiful landscape.
Little beach. Praça do Commercio, Lisbon
It’s the oldest district of Lisbon. Take a tram and discover narrow streets and stunning views. It’s a chaotic and coloured district and it’s plenty of little independent shops and nice tascas.
Visit the Thieve’s market, St. George’s castle and don’t forget to take a drink on a terrace bar at the “Miradouro de Santa Luzia”: a magnificent look out point of the city.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia
You can find nice shops and cool clubs here. It’s the heart of the nighlife with a nice look out point:it’s “Miradouro de são pedro de alcântara”a garden with a panoramic view across the city to St. George’s castle and central Lisbon.
It’s a beautiful district with green gardens and the stunning Belem Tower.
Belem Tower, Lisbon
It was commissioned to be part of a defence system at the mouth of the Taugus river and projected as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.
Belem Tower, Lisbon
It is a world UNESCO heritage site as well as the Jeronimus Monastery; maybe they are the most beautiful monuments of the city.
Jeronimus Monastery, Lisbon
Where to eat
Avoid tourist restaurants and eat in local “tascas”: they are cheap and the food is authentic and delicious. Of course try some cod “Bacalhau” and a “Pastéis de Belém” as dessert. (custard cream pastry).
Pastéis de Belém and espresso
Where to stay
The city is plenty of hostels if you want to travel on a budget (book on HostelWorlds) and hotels if you want to spend more (book on Booking). In some hostels you can find busy bars, restaurants and live music during the night. For a unique experience try a “pousada” (historical site transformed into a luxury hotel).
Live music in Barrio Alto, Lisbon
What do to in Lisbon on night? You have an embarrassing wealth of options, it has a very vibrant nightlife with African influences and is impossible to get bored. Barrio Alto is the perfect place if you are looking for jazz clubs, live music, outdoor nightlife or night clubs.
Gloria lift, Barrio Alto, Lisbon
Trams and lifts are typical of Lisbon and are useful if you need to reach the old part of the city.
Moreover an efficient subway connects many districts of the city.
Lisbon is perfect for you if you are looking for…
Art, good food, sunshine, warm people and nightlife.