Lisbon

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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.

HistoryThe 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.

LandmarksLisbon 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 NighlifeIf 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

Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
3 out of 5
Aeroporto Internacional Lisboa, Rua C-2, Lisbon
The price is Rs6,030 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Olivais, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lisbon Casino, Lisbon International Exhibition Fair and Lisbon Oceanarium. Gulbenkian Museum and Castle ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,318 reviews)
"Great location next to the airport."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2021

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EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel
EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel
5 out of 5
Av. Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco 15, Lisbon
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs14,183 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Located in Lisbon City Center, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Lisbon Zoo and Gulbenkian Museum are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (976 reviews)
"Loved the flowers in the lobby. Breakfast was excellent. Room was clean and spacious"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2021

EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel
behotelisboa
behotelisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
The price is Rs6,489 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Commerce Square and Lisbon Cathedral are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"The behotellisboa is great and location is supreme. Upon arrival, we were given Pasteis de Nata and port to drink. Turns out we booked the largest suite in the hotel and it did not disappoint. It looked just like the pictures. The bed was comfortable, the AC worked well, and the bathroom was clean ..."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2021

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Lisbon Art Stay Apartments Baixa
Lisbon Art Stay Apartments Baixa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Sapateiros 158, Lisbon
The price is Rs8,935 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Rossio Square, Santa Justa Elevator and Carmo Convent. Commerce Square and Marquis of Pombal Square ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,553 reviews)
"Awesome!"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2021

Lisbon Art Stay Apartments Baixa
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
4 out of 5
Rua Luciana Stegagno Picchio, 12, Lisbon, Lisbon
The price is Rs9,093 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Located in Sao Domingos de Benfica, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Colombo Shopping Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Lisbon Zoo and Gulbenkian Museum. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (437 reviews)
"The rooftop pool was amazing! The service on the rooftop bar however was hit or miss. When there is someone working, they are extremely nice and helpful, but half the time, there was no staff at the pool bar."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

Upon Lisbon Prime Residences
Villa Baixa - Lisbon Luxury Apartments
Villa Baixa - Lisbon Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua de Santa Justa 45, Lisbon
The price is Rs10,032 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Figueira Square, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Se and Lisbon Cathedral are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (263 reviews)
"Great location, beautiful setting, detailed and helpful staff. Sparkling clean rooms and facilities."

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2021

Villa Baixa - Lisbon Luxury Apartments
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