Lisbon, Portugal's capital, boasts a rich history dating back to pre-Roman times. Its hilly terrain offers panoramic views, earning it the nickname "City of Seven Hills." The iconic yellow trams, or "elétricos," have been a beloved mode of transport since the 19th century. Lisbon is also home to the world's oldest bookstore, "Livraria Bertrand," established in 1732 and recognized by Guinness World Records.
The historic district of Alfama survived the 1755 earthquake, making it a well-preserved area. Lisbon's renowned "azulejos," decorative ceramic tiles, adorn numerous buildings, churches, and monuments throughout the city.
Lisbon’s mild climate makes it a year-round destination. Come in the summer for the sun, sardines and sangria. When considering what to do in Lisbon though, keep in mind that much of the city shut down in August, when locals spurn the stuffiness of the city and make a break for the beaches.
Navigating Lisbon can prove testing. Keep these top tips handy so you can get around with ease. This compact city is perfect for walking. Set out on foot on your Lisbon day trip and willingly lose yourself in Old Town’s winding cobbled streets and hidden alleys.
If you’re considering the things to do in Lisbon outside of the city, we recommend purchasing a public transport day-pass for just €6.68.
Lisbon boasts several must-visit attractions, including the historic district of Alfama, Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon Cathedral, São Jorge Castle, and the LX Factory. The iconic yellow trams, known as "elétricos," are also a popular and unique sightseeing experience in the city.
Euro (EUR) is the official currency used in Lisbon.
There is a range of curated guided and private Lisbon day trips available including Fatima and Obidos day tours, Arrabida wine tour, Lisbon wine tour with 4WD Vineyards experience, among others.
Lisbon is a relatively safe city. Keep these travel tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch. In case of an emergency, dial 112. Stick to well-lit streets and avoid walking alone at night. Keep all your personal belongings safe and secure when in the busy city centre or at known tourist sites.
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