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Visiting Lisbon – A City Guide
Rising up from the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a spectacular city of cobbled streets and hilltop views. It has all the museums, restaurants and boutiques you’d expect of a European capital, but with a refreshingly laid-back attitude.

 

Lisbon: city layout

The city fans out from Praça do Comércio, a large square beside the River Tagus. To the north lies Baixa, packed with shops and restaurants, and to the east ancient trams head up the hill to the castle and on to the picturesque Alfama district.

The majestic Avenida da Liberdade runs north of Baixa, while to the west are chic Chiado and Bairro Alto, a warren of restaurants and bars.

Down on the riverfront, the Cais do Sodré neighbourhood is another nightlife hotspot. It’s also a transport hub for ferries across the river or trams that take you west to the monasteries and monuments of Belém.

 

Top attractions in Lisbon
Your top priority in Lisbon should be to roam the neighbourhoods on foot. You’re sure to stumble across tile-clad buildings, panoramic viewpoints and terraced restaurants selling grilled sardines. The Moorish neighbourhood of Alfama is full of such delights, as is Mouraria, beneath the São Jorge Castle walls.

The castle itself offers spectacular views. Nearby is medieval Sé de Lisboa, Lisbon’s first church. Both are served by the number 28 tram, an iconic route that also takes in Baixa, Chiado, São Bento Palace (home to the parliament) and the 18th-century Estrela Basilica. Time your ride for early or late in the day to avoid crowds.

Trams also head west to Belém, home of the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, two of the oldest buildings in Lisbon, as well as the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), a haven for art lovers.

More art can be found north of the city centre at the Gulbenkian Foundation, a multi-building complex surrounded by gardens. To the east, the waterside Oceanarium is a big draw.

 

The concierge recommends…

  • Get lost in the Alfama; you’ll hit upon tiny neighbourhood bars and impromptu fado music.
  • Tour the city’s miradouros (viewpoints); start with Senhora do Monte, São Pedro de Alcântara and Santa Catarina.
  • Take the ferry across the river to Cacilhas parish for great seafood and panoramic views of Lisbon.
  • The Portuguese love football; go see Benfica or Sporting Lisbon play, or join locals to watch a game in a bar.

 

Hotels in Lisbon
Lisbon is easy to navigate on foot or via metro, so there’s no great need to be based downtown. Located halfway between the airport and the city centre, Avenida da República is in the heart of the commercial district and close to the Gulbenkian park and galleries, making it one of the best places to stay for business travellers and city-breakers alike.

The tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade runs from Baixa to Parque Eduardo VII, a park overlooked by some of the best hotels in Lisbon. There are a number of top hotels on Avenida da Liberdade itself, and in and around Praça Marquês de Pombal and Praça dos Restauradores, the squares that bookend the boulevard.

The coastal towns of Oeiras and Estoril on Lisbon’s western outskirts offer the best of both worlds for families and city-breakers: hotels with beaches on the doorstep just a 30-minute train ride away from the city.

 

Eating Out in Lisbon
Portuguese cuisine is based on seasonal produce and simple cooking techniques. It’s hard to beat eating grilled sardines in an Alfama courtyard, washed down with a glass of vinho verde, a young white wine.

Chiado is where you’ll find boutique restaurants that put a modern spin on traditional dishes, while neighbouring Bairro Alto and Santa Catarina abound with bars serving petiscos, Portuguese tapas. Try salada de polvo (octopus salad), pica-pau (marinated beef strips) and any of Portugal’s pungent soft cheeses.

At Cais do Sodré, the Mercado da Ribeira is a produce market with a vast food court to one side. Northeast of the city centre, the multicultural neighbourhoods of Anjos and Mouraria are ideal for discovering the delicious cooking of Portugal’s former colonies, such as Mozambique, Cape Verde and Goa.

 

The chef recommends...

  • Bacalhau: It’s said the Portuguese have as many bacalhau (codfish) recipes as there are days in the year. Begin with bacalhau à brás, a codfish, scrambled egg, olive and fried potato combo.
  • Pastries: Indulge in pastel de nata (custard tart), but don’t overlook the queijada, a spongy tart flavoured with almond, orange or coconut.
  • Bifana: Lisbon’s signature sandwich, made with two pork loins in a bun. Best eaten while standing at the bar with an imperial (draft beer).
  • Ginja: Hole-in-the-wall bars selling this cherry brandy are dotted about town. Two of the oldest and best, A Ginjinha and Ginjinha Sem Rival, face each other behind the national theatre in Rossio.

 

Shopping in Lisbon
Lisbon is a city where multinational emporiums stand next to specialist stores that have been selling nothing but gloves or hats for the last hundred years. You’ll find a rich variety of these old-school shops in Baixa. For top brand names, head to Chiado and Avenida da Liberdade.

Armazéns do Chiado is a downtown shopping centre. Larger suburban malls include Colombo, next to the Benfica football stadium, and Centro Vasco da Gama at Parque das Nações.

In Príncipe Real, the city’s trendiest shopping district, Embaixada gathers a multitude of fashion, jewellery and handicraft independents in a 19th-century palace. Another good bet for independent labels is LX Factory, a collection of shops and artist studios set in former warehouses.

East of the city centre, the Feira da Ladra flea market fills the streets around the Panteão Nacional every Tuesday and Saturday.

 

Best Retro Shops in Lisbon

  • Casa Macário: This traditional store has been supplying patrons with chocolate, coffee, wine and spirits since 1913. Some bottles of port are older than the shop itself.
  • Loja das Conservas: A giant bazaar of canned goods with 300 types of tinned fish and seafood from all over Portugal. Most labels feature original designs from long-standing companies.
  • A Vida Portuguesa: A showcase for a vast range of traditional Portuguese products, from soaps to ceramics, shawls to stationary.
  • Luvaria Ulisses: This tiny store with an art deco interior has been supplying Lisboans with gloves since 1925.

 

Culture & Nightlife in Lisbon
Seafaring has shaped many aspects of Portuguese culture, not least its folk music, fado, which is infused with the anguish of sailors leaving loved ones behind. The best fado bars are found in the Alfama, Mouraria and Bairro Alto neighbourhoods.

There’s a strong overseas element to the rest of Lisbon’s music scene too. B.Leza is a great place to experience African music, Brazilian artists regularly play at Musicbox and Zé dos Bois, and international DJs headline at Lux, Lisbon’s premier nightclub. There are bars to suit all tastes in Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré, while Príncipe Real is home to Lisbon’s gay scene.

For a classical vibe, the Gulbenkian Foundation hosts frequent free concerts. It’s also popular with art lovers thanks to the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and the Modern Art Centre. You’ll find more contemporary art at the Museu Coleção Berardo and the Electricity Museum in Belém.

 

Best Rooftop Bars

  • Park: This happening bar offers cocktails, loungers and sweeping views of the 25th of April bridge.
  • Topo: Atop the Martim Moniz shopping centre, this bar and tapas restaurant has panoramic views of the castle.
  • Le Chat: Sophisticated drinks, funky beats and the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by down on the river.
  • Miradouro de Graça: You’ll find kiosks selling drinks and snacks at most viewpoints, but Graça’s, officially known as the Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andersen, is hard to beat for sunsets.

 

Visiting Lisbon with a Family
The Portuguese are family-oriented people and most hotels and restaurants are child-friendly. Parks such as Jardim da Estrela and Campo de Santa Clara have cafés where adults can sit soaking up the views while children play in playgrounds.

The Botanical Gardens features a butterfly house, Lisbon Zoo has the usual attractions in respectable surrounds, and the Oceanarium has an amazing variety of fish and a delightful pair of sea otters. Or experience sea life in the wild at beaches scattered along the coast from Lisbon to Oeiras, Estoril and Cascais, all 20 to 30 minutes away by train.

For rainy day diversions, try the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, a science museum full of interactive exhibits, or the Benfica Football Club museum and stadium tour.

 

Fun Ways To See Lisbon

  • Tram: Lisbon’s old-fashioned trams are fairground rides as much as they are convenient ways to get around. The number 28 has the most interesting route, but the 12 is less crowded.
  • Cable Car: Take a riverside ride over the Parque das Nações up to the Vasco de Gama bridge.
  • São Jorge Castle: This imposing castle has walls to scramble on, peacocks roaming the courtyards and birds-eye views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.

 

Latest Lisbon Hotel Reviews


An Out-of-Town Good Value Hotel
By James91
Check-in went smoothly and the receptionist lent me a adaptor for my phone for which I appreciated. The room was clean, adequately large and had a sofa so that I could laid on watching TV. Breakfast [More] was good by HI Express standard. The weak point (1) was the location. Bus 714 took you from Lisbon centre right up to the front and the traveling time was well over 45 minutes. (2) There were computers available but the printer did not function. [Less]
Excellent Choice
By Mai44
This hotel was perfect for our one night layover in Lisbon. The hotel itself was clean and modern. It is conveniently located right in front of a bus stop that takes you to the city center for 2.50 [More] euros. The breakfast was typical continental breakfast with some variety. Great value for the price. [Less]
Excellent place!
By Mr.Ito
I went for a business short trip to Lisbon, the hotel was closed to everything from business places to restaurants and even give me a day to explore a bit of the city! including the breakfast buffet [More] and having some good option for dinner made it a great stay! [Less]
Nice place to stay in Oeiras
By Walrus1962
Hotel is just off the highway, easily found as it's a taller building in a fairly open area. Facilities are new-ish, well maintained. Free parking, excellent free wi-fi, everything works well. [More] Friendly staff, quick check-in [Less]
Very 'slick' reception, good room and substantial breakfast
By Allan H2
We were greeted very pleasantly, 'Booking-in' was slick and easy. The Receptionist tried to help us with a map of Lisbon - maybe local maps may be an idea - Breakfast was substantial with no hassle. [More] The free Car Park is always a bonus and near to hand. [Less]
Confortable Bed
By Oboy
Excellent customer service. Clean room and common areas. Great hotel for large families [Less]
Comfortable bed
By khido
Friendly stuff and the airport shuttle was helpful. Wished the airport shuttle stopped around midnight to pickup stuff arriving late evenings. [Less]
Comfortable hotel and well located
By Aristotelis
Excellent location near Lisbon airport and very friendly staff. [Less]
Great value
By BillH
Great value for rate. Everything was satisfactory. [Less]

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