Lisbon

Travel Guide
Chiado which includes a city and railway items
Lisbon is the westernmost capital of mainland Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world. Visitors throng to Lisbon for its Mediterranean climate, good food, great wines, vibrant nightlife and ancient history.

History

The strategic location of Lisbon at the mouth of the Tagus River has contributed to the city’s importance as a centre of trade between the Mediterranean Sea and northern Europe. It was originally settled by the Celts and subsequently captured by the Carthaginians, Romans, Suebi, Visigoths, and Moors. Christian crusaders later captured the city, forming the long-term Portuguese Royal Family.

Lisbon flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries during the Portuguese Age of Discovery, which lead to the accumulation of great wealth and power. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed much of Lisbon and further disaster fell in 1807 when Napoleon’s forces occupied Lisbon. However, the city slowly rebuilt over the 19th Century.

In 1910, the Republicans established the Portuguese Republic with the Estado Novo regime, the longest-living dictatorship in Western Europe ruled by Salazar. It was deposed by the 1974 by the Carnation Revolution and Portugal joined the European Community in 1986. Recent improvements to the metro system and the revival of older buildings in the city have transformed Lisbon into one of the trendiest cities in Europe.

Landmarks

Lisbon and nearby Sintra have three sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, in Lisbon and Palácio da Pena in Sintra.

Belém was where Portuguese explorers set off from on their voyages of discovery. Belém Tower is a fortified lighthouse, which stands on a little island on the right hand side of the Tagus. It was originally intended to guard the entrance to the port against invasion or pirate raids, but today it offers incredible views over the city.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a monastery with amazing stonework and burial place of the greatest Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. Sintra is a beautiful dreamy town dotted with tourist hotspots and historic attractions, such as the grand Palácio da Pena: a fairytale-like castle that sits atop a mighty hill, offering incredible views over the town below.

The heart of the city of Lisbon is Baixa. This historic district was constructed after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Its most notable feature is the Rua Augusta Arch, a triumphal arch designed as a gateway to the city. An elevator, located inside the arch, takes you to a vantage point that offers beautiful views over downtown, the Praça do Comércio and the Tagus River.

Lisbon's castle, Castelo de São Jorge, is an incredible piece of architecture that stands on top of the city's highest hill. Not only does it offer cultural and historical significance, but also provides beautiful views of the city and river, making it a fun trip for history-buffs and lay folk alike.

If you’re a fan of modern architecture, pay a visit to Parque das Nações: the newest district in Lisbon. Check out the Orient Railway Station, a truly eye-catching building and one of the main transportation centres of Lisbon. Here you can also find one of the world's longest bridges, the stunning Vasco da Gama Bridge.

Shopping, Restaurants and Nighlife

If it’s shopping you crave then pay Chiado a visit, Lisbon’s traditional shopping area. Here you can buy clothes from trendy designer boutiques, as well as books, crafts and pottery. You will also find plenty of coffee shops and restaurants serving traditional cakes such as ‘Pastéis de Nata’ and typical cod fish dishes called ’Bacalhau’.

As you can probably see, there’s never a dull moment in Lisbon.

Where to stay in Lisbon

Eurostars Universal Lisboa
Eurostars Universal Lisboa
5 out of 5
Avenida do D. Joao 11 (13), lote 1.12.01, Lisbon, Lisboa, 1990-221
The price is Rs8,997 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Popular attractions Lisbon Oceanarium and Castle of São Jorge are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (71 reviews)
"Polite and professional service. Near bus and train station, three train stations away from airport. More of a business district. Glass of sparkling welcome wine at reception a nice touch."

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2022

Eurostars Universal Lisboa
Radisson Blu Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Marechal Craveiro Lopes, 390, Campo Grande, Lisbon, 1749-009
The price is Rs11,827 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and free airport drop-off. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,039 reviews)
"Hhbb"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2022

Radisson Blu Hotel
Corinthia Lisbon
Corinthia Lisbon
5 out of 5
Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 105, Lisbon, 1099-031
The price is Rs18,675 per night from 2 Jul to 3 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"A 5 star experience for sure."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2022

Corinthia Lisbon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
4 out of 5
Calçada Marquês de Abrantes, nº 24, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-267
The price is Rs11,205 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the convenient parking in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (171 reviews)
"Great area, small space but that’s honestly not a bad thing. Really gives the feeling of living in Lisbon. 10/10 would stay here again."

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2022

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Santos
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
4 out of 5
Rua Luciana Stegagno Picchio, 12, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1549-023
The price is Rs16,212 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (510 reviews)
"Nice people. Fast check in"

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2022

Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Praça dos Restauradores, 24, Lisbon, 1250-187
The price is Rs13,589 per night from 8 Jul to 9 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (2,232 reviews)
"Great location for using public transportation and entertainment. Lots of restaurants and good upscale shops. Rooftop bar and pool with great view of the city. Friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2022

VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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