Lisbon Travel Guide


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Plan Your Lisbon Vacation

Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, Lisbon presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys whose street pattern dates back to Moorish times are lined with pastel-color houses decked with laundry; here and there, miradouros (vantage points) afford spectacular river or city views. In the grand 18th-century center, calçada à portuguesa (black-and-white mosaic cobblestone) sidewalks border wide boulevards. Elétricos (trams) clank through the streets, and blue-and-white azulejos (painted and glazed ceramic tiles) adorn churches, restaurants, and fountains.


Lisbon Hotels

Lisbon has an excellent range of accommodations serving just about every market niche, from luxury pads downtown to... read more


Lisbon Restaurants

Meals generally include three courses, a drink, and coffee. Many restaurants have an ementa turistica (tourist menu), a... read more


Lisbon Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Lisbon

    World Treasures. Lisbon's Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, are grand monuments... Read more

  • Fado

    Fado is a haunting music that emerged in Lisbon from hotly disputed roots: African, Brazilian, and Moorish are among the contenders. A... Read more

  • What to Wear Home from Lisbon

    The upswing in the Portuguese fashion world began in the '70s, when Ana Salazar shook up a national look that was stuck in the '50s.... Read more

  • Prince Henry the Navigator

    The linkage of England and Portugal and the beginning of Portugal's Age of Discovery can be traced back to the 14th century, when... Read more

  • A Bit of Lisbon History

    Lisbon's geographical location, sitting alongside the wide and natural harbor of the Tejo River, has made it strategically important as a... Read more


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