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Your guide to Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon

The beautiful spectacle of Lisbon is perhaps best viewed from one of the seven hills the city is famous for. Climb to the top of one of these regal sentries and you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic perspective on one of the oldest cities in the world. Threaded with winding cobblestone alleys and walkways decorated with mosaic art, Portugal’s capital has accumulated layers of style over the years. You’ll find Gothic, Baroque, and postmodern architecture clustered here, among lush public gardens. One of Europe’s most important cities in terms of commerce and clout, it’s also a cultural powerhouse that boasts world-class museums such as the National Museum of Ancient Art. During the day the streets hum with the bustle of its vintage tram system, and sidewalk diners get their fill of fresh seafood hauled from the Atlantic. At night the city is popular with revelers who enjoy the view from the city’s many rooftop bars. As you make your way home at the end of a long, rewarding day, listen for the strains of fado music, a traditional genre of pretty, melancholic crooning set to lilting guitar.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lisbon

Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and it rarely experiences extreme weather. The summer is hot and dry, winter is cool, and spring and fall are mostly sunny with mild weather. No matter the season, there is usually something happening in Lisbon. In February the city celebrates Carnival with street parades featuring music, dance, and elaborate costumes. In May, bibliophiles rejoice when the Lisbon Book Fair kicks off and stalls selling best-sellers and antique wonders fill the walkways of Edward VII Park. In the summer, the Rock in Rio Lisboa festival brings big-name music acts to the city.

Top things to do in Lisbon

Estufa Fria

As you wander the lush walkways of Edward VII Park, make sure to stop at the Estufa Fria, a large and beautiful glass and steel hothouse where palms, ferns, and colorful flowers thrive among ponds and burbling water features appointed with graceful statues. The bustle of the city fades away as you traverse this indoor jungle, where little turtles cluster on the rocks.

National Coach Museum

Prepare to be awed at this wonderfully specific and expansive museum which documents life before rideshares. This more-than-a-century-old museum showcases vehicles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries — such as ornate horse-drawn coaches.

Tram 28E

Visitors to Lisbon flock to this tram route for good reason: It traverses some of the city’s most scenic areas and makes stops at major sites along the way. Lisbon’s charming yellow and white electric trams began operation in 1901, and a ride on one is a must. Stops include Graça, often considered Lisbon’s prettiest hilltop lookout, and the Basilica da Estrela, one of the city’s most beautiful churches.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Lisbon?

    Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm with average temperatures around 82°F (28°C) while winters are mild and rainy with temperatures around 59°F (15°C). Spring and autumn are typically sunny and offer moderate temperatures.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Lisbon?

    Delight in a tram ride through the city's historic neighborhoods, visit the modern Parque das Nações, or enjoy a walk along the Tagus River promenade. Art lovers can explore the Berardo Collection Museum or the National Museum of Ancient Art.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Lisbon?

    The most popular time to visit Lisbon is from March to October. During June, the city celebrates the Festas de Lisboa, a series of festivities honoring Saint Anthony, which attract both locals and visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Lisbon?

    Baixa district is a popular place to stay due to its proximity to numerous historic sites. Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood, is also an interesting choice due to its traditional Fado music and local cuisine. Bairro Alto, known for its vibrant nightlife and trendy boutiques, is another popular area.

  • What are the best places to visit in Lisbon?

    Explore the historic Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, or the Alfama neighborhood, known for its narrow streets and Fado music. For a panoramic view of the city, visit the São Jorge Castle, located on a hilltop overlooking Lisbon.

  • What are some hiking trails in Lisbon?

    While Lisbon doesn't have many trails within the city, the surrounding region offers opportunities. The Sintra Mountain Range, about 30 km from Lisbon, has several trails, and the Arrábida Natural Park, 48km south, offers stunning coastal hikes.

  • What are some family activities to do in Lisbon?

    Explore Oceanário de Lisboa, one of the largest indoor aquariums in Europe, or visit the interactive Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva for a fun-filled day. You can also enjoy a family stroll in Jardim da Estrela, a beautiful park located in the city center.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Lisbon?

    Consider a day trip to Sintra, a town famous for its 19th-century Romantic architecture, or Cascais, a charming coastal town. Alternatively, you could visit the historic city of Évora, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, located 134km east of Lisbon.

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