Surrounded by seven hills, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most scenic capitals. It’s home to a string of UNESCO World Heritage sites, with ancient castles, medieval towers and magnificent plazas to explore. The city also serves up fabulous shopping, some of Europe’s best nightlife and fabulous food. Enjoy a meal at a traditional Portuguese taverna and wash it all down with a glass of sweet port wine.
Things to Do
Start your day visiting historic attractions like the sprawling 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery and the medieval Belém Tower. Stroll around the grand plazas and promenades of the Lisbon Baixa district, get lost in the maze-like streets of the Alfama and people watch from a pavement cafe in Praça do Comércio square.
Unlock sweeping views over the city by heading up to the “miradouros” viewpoints that dot the hillsides. Castelo de São Jorge is one of the best, with a commanding hilltop location that overlooks the historic centre.
When the sun sets, the cobblestone laneways of Bairro Alto transform into Lisbon’s hottest nightlife destination. Hit up trendy Cais do Sodré for sleek nightclubs and cocktail bars, or head to the waterfront for a range of mega clubs.
Thanks to its coastal location, Lisbon serves up a bounty of fresh seafood. Authentic cuisine is available for every budget, where you can splurge on a Michelin-star restaurant or wolf down a cheap meal at a street tavern. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying one of the legendary custard tarts from the Pasteis de Belem bakery.
The best way to get around Lisbon is via its extensive public transport network. No trip is complete without riding the vintage trams that rumble their way around the city. Routes through the narrow streets of the Alfama are always popular with sightseers. Local buses run in the metro area, as well as an underground subway.