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

Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida da Republica, 46, Lisbon, 1050-195
The price is ₹7,610 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec
₹7,610
per night
18 Dec - 19 Dec
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"The staff were friendly and accommodating us with an early check in. The room was clean and modern with a huge shower that was welcome after a 10 day cruise. I would recommend this hotel and the breakfast buffet was a great touch."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2022

Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
Rossio Plaza Hotel
Rossio Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua do Ouro, 266, Lisbon, 1100-581
The price is ₹7,851 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec
₹7,851
per night
13 Dec - 14 Dec
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (453 reviews)
"Amazing location, so clean and very nice hotel, with friendly and helpful staff,And a special thanks to Barbara for her help and advice 🙏"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2022

Rossio Plaza Hotel
Meliá Lisboa Aeroporto
Meliá Lisboa Aeroporto
4 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional de Lisboa, Rua C, Lisbon, 1700-008
The price is ₹10,894 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec
₹10,894
per night
18 Dec - 19 Dec
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,008 reviews)
"very convenient to the airport"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2022

Meliá Lisboa Aeroporto
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.
VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Praça dos Restauradores, 24, Lisbon, 1250-187
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,313 reviews)
"Best location and view."

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2022

VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel
Residentas Arco do Bandeira
Residentas Arco do Bandeira
3 out of 5
226 Rua dos Sapateiros, Lisbon, 1100-581
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV and cable TV. Popular attractions Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are located nearby. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (66 reviews)
Beautiful Apartment in the center of everything
"Gorgeous and spacious apartment, perfect for solo or couple, directly in the center of the old city. Apartment was well equipped with anything you need, and it is walkable to many sites all over the Baixa district. Very clean and comfortable inside, and perfect to come home to relax after a long ..."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2022

Residentas Arco do Bandeira
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
4 out of 5
Rua Luciana Stegagno Picchio, 12, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1549-023
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! (586 reviews)
"The customer service was superb! Whenever anything was needed they had someone take care of it quickly. All the staff was very helpful from the time we checked in until the time we checked out. I would most certainly stay here again. We traveled from the United States and they made us feel very ..."

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2022

Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
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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