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Lisbon

TRAVEL GUIDE

Lisbon

TRAVEL GUIDE

The Fodor's Five

The five things you need to know before traveling to Lisbon

# 1

Absolutely do not get a rental car for Lisbon.

In this hilly yet walkable city, renting a car in Lisbon is completely unnecessary. With an accessible public transportation network, affordable rideshare companies like Uber or Bolt, and plenty of green transportation options, getting around the city is a breeze. Besides saving money, the transportation has a bonus perk—the funiculars are amazing!

# 2

Lisbon has so many amazing restaurants, but it's a good idea to make reservations.

Lisbon is home to more than 50 Michelin-starred restaurants and thousands more that are both delicious and charming. Nowadays, you'll find a mix of traditional Portuguese tascas alongside international restaurants, with an array specializing in the cuisines of former colonies. Tascas offer daily menus serving two or three courses, usually for less than 15 euros per person. You’ll often find locals chatting at counters while drinking an espresso and noshing pesticos, or small bites. It’s a great way to soak in the culture and practice Portuguese. Maybe, just maybe, you'll want to travel back with a suitcase full of wine or olive oil.

A couple of important tips: make reservations and always carry cash.

# 3

The neighborhood you choose to stay in matters.

Figuring out the best neighborhood in Lisbon for you to stay in depends on your interests. Are you looking for something more residential or in the thick of the city? Are you traveling alone, with friends, a significant other, or family? Cais do Sodré and Bairro Alto are best for party-lovers. Avenida da Liberdade, Chiado, and Principe Real are chic playgrounds for the fashionable. Arroios is a hub for art and restaurants. Business travelers may opt for Saldanha, Praça Espanha, or Parque das Nações. You can opt for an AirBnB, a stunning boutique hotel, familiar international hotels, or top-notch hostels—but book early!

# 4

Lisbon has steep hills, but the views are worth it.

The hills are steep, but the views waiting at the top are worth it! Miradouros are points that overlook the sprawling Tejo River. You’ll find them dotted throughout the city—and they’re free! Breathtaking views, day or night, can be found at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, and Miradouro da Graça. Rooftop bars are abundant, boasting delicious wine, dining, music, and majestic views of the capital.

# 5

The Lisbon cruise port is busy, so the city can become extremely crowded.

The port of Lisbon is a popular cruise destination. In September and October 2023, cruise calls exceeded 100,000—a noticeable increase from roughly 68,000 in August. The port of Lisbon breathes life into the city. Millions of tourists and locals, alike, take advantage of the mild weather, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, modern and historic architecture, and direct access to the Atlantic Ocean via the Tejo River each year. If you’re interested in a low-key option to spend time on the water, you can ride a ferry, a catamaran, or book a sailboat.

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Top Neighborhoods

Why is Avenida da Liberdade the best neighborhood in Lisbon?
  • There are tons of luxury shopping and dining options
  • It's pedestrian-friendly and vibrant
  • Home to historical landmarks, including the Arco da Rua Augusta
  • Convenient location near the city center, with easy access to attractions
  • Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of Lisbon's sophisticated locals
What makes Chiado and Bairro Alto so great?
  • It has historic squares, iconic shops, and the famous Rua Garrett shopping street
  • Lots of dining options, from traditional Portuguese fare to international cuisine
  • Access to funiculars and the Carmo Convent
  • The largest concentration of Lisbon’s bar scene
  • Panoramic views from the Santa Justa Lift
What's there to do in Belém?
  • It has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Family-friendly interactive attractions including exhibitions, museums, and parks
  • Sample iconic pastries in a landmark building at Pastéis de Belém
  • Riverwalk along the Tagus with magnificent views
  • Access to marinas, docks, and food trucks

What's special about Alfama?
  • It's the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon
  • Charming local vibe
  • Experience soulful Fado, often performed in small, intimate venues, and restaurants
  • Well-preserved medieval architecture and narrow, winding streets
  • Unforgettable, panoramic views of the Tagus River

Why visit Alcântara, Cais do Sodré, and Santos?
  • It's a trendy waterfront district with stylish bars and top restaurants
  • Sustainability meets creativity at the LX Factory and Village Underground
  • Dance the night away at Pensão Amor or Copenhagen on the famous Pink Street
  • Access to the metro, ferry terminals, and suburban trains at the Cais do Sodré station
  • Sip natural wine at Comida Independent

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Language

Portuguese

Electrical Outlets

220-240V; electrical plugs have two round prongs

Currency

Euro

Nearby Airports

LIS

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