Lisbon Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 86%History Buffs
- 72%Budget Travelers
- 72%Art & Design Lovers
- 69%Family Travelers
- 66%Adventure Travelers
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- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jul 15, 2014
Our trip to Lisboa is a rather spontaneous one and I knew very little about it before planning our trip. The city itself is located beautifully on the coast, full of culture and wonderful architectures. The luscious baroque interior of Igreja de Sao Roque, the symbols of manueline architecture - Belem tower and Jerónimos Monastery, over a dozen museums of various kind provide tourist with plenty of things to do. The city also boasts some of the freshest and best seafoods and entertainment provided by the traditional Fado music. The city holds the utmost pride in its navigational accomplishments and discoveries in the past. It is also a train and 2 euros away from Cascais and Sintra, two distinct but equally amazing towns to visit, from where Cabo da Roca - the western most point of mainland Europe can be reached by bus.Recommended for:
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 22, 2014
Here on a one night stop over. Have always had an interest in Lisbon but somehow has never captured my imagination like other European options. What a surprise. Think of it as a European San Francisco minus the tech boom. Artsy and a little gritty but packs a lot of no nonsense style and is very enjoyable.Recommended for:
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Mar 17, 2014
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, and the only European city to have been totally destroyed in an earthquake (1755 earthquake). I loved it's tree-lined boulevards, it's friendly people, it's narrow cobble-stoned streets, it's yellow trams, and it's ubiquitous museums, old mansions, and castles.
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jan 30, 2014
Beautiful city, the capital of Portugal is ancient and modern at once. Lovely old architecture mixed with equally impressive buildings built yesterday. And it's on the sea! Hurrah!Recommended for:
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jan 15, 2014
Portugal has amazing food and excellent weather, and has a bit more of an old-world feel to it than many other parts of W. Europe. Just outside Lisbon, the village of Sintra has gorgeous old Rococo palaces and cute little boutique shops. Don't miss the Ginjinha, a local sour cherry liqueur served in edible dark chocolate shot glasses.Recommended for:
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesHistory BuffsAug 31, 2013
Lisbon is an old world city with forward thinking conveniences. Wide beautiful avenues with art nuevo architecture intice you deeper to every street. If you follow the flow on the main avenues, you'll find yourself along the Tejo River to the Praça Commercial which is full of history site seerers, lovers, friends, some pigeons and great views.
Though driving can be an experience, you can see more and not have to worry about parking by taking the metro to your destinations. The maps are clear and downtown travel is much safefer than New World cities can be.
End your tour up at Saint George's Castle for a unforgettable sunset over this very small old world capital.Recommended for:
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11May 30, 2013
I loved Lisbon.
I was lucky enough to travel here for work and spent a week with five talented people in this inspirational city. We spent our days exploring the city, meeting people, eating and drinking. I love the blend of European charm, history and just enough gritty edge to make it cool.
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesMar 20, 2013
I love Lisbon and all of its hills. There's great night life (fado music!) and plenty to see during the day. It looks like they have a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, but it's really their own bridge designed by the same architect.
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2Feb 06, 2013
Beautiful scenery, delicious food, ridiculously friendly people and laid back Mediterranean attitude: Lisbon fits the bill.
When people asked what I did in Lisbon, I feel like telling them "I lived well!" There was only one disappointing meal in the whole week (a "must-go" place that is obviously overhyped). Everyone was accommodating from the lady in the dress shop who kept finding cute things for me based on what I had already picked out to the waiter who brought out shots of Portuguese liquor for free so we could experience it. Some friends asked about how dirty it was and all the "gypsies"...if by dirty you mean old, well then, that's half of Europe and there were no roving bands of "gypsies" when I was there. Only the over-earnest buskers and the occasional sunglass salesman.
Lisbon feels like a hidden gem, one that you want to show off to everyone but at the same time want to hide in case everyone comes and spoils it.
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Jan 15, 2013
Lisbon's a beautiful city with a rich culture, absolutely delicious food, and some beautiful views. Take the trip out to Belem for the pastries and the Tower of Belem (which is so gorgeous!).
After our whirlwind trip to Europe, there was something a bit comforting about going to Lisbon. As someone from the Bay Area, coming to a city that looked a bit like European San Francisco with its hills, trolleys, and a bridge the looks like a cross between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, I felt a bit like coming home. The city's history is even shaped by a historic earthquake.
I was sad, however, that we weren't able to do a fado show. I really wanted to do a fado show.
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Nov 06, 2012
Lisbon is a great city to ramble in. Walking the side streets and crossing the town piazzas you stumble upon charming shops, cafes, churches and galleries. The Portuguese have a creative side that is in evidence in the old architecture and the new urban bars and shops. You have to overlook awful 60s architecture that marks the city every so often. There are a few great restaurants but other than that it isn't really a foodie spot. As a base to explore other parts of Portugal Lisbon cannot be beat.
- LisbonOct 19, 2012
Percorra a cidade a pé. Va ao Rossio ao Bairro Alto, suba de eletrico ate perto do Castelo de São Jorge e desça por Alfama. Entre pelo Arco Triunfal e passeie pela Rua Augusta. Suba pelo elevador de Santa Justa ate as ruinas de Convento do Carmo.
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7May 16, 2014
Lisbon is such a lively and beautiful city. There's something very magical about walking around Lisbon as you see the chipped paint on the buildings, muted colors, and old tile leading up to a castle that overlooks the city. Everyone is very friendly and it seems most locals stay up really late drinking and having the time of their life. The culture reminds me of Spain, but even more laid back and less crowded. Lisbon is also wonderfully located so you can visit charming Sintra and go surfing in neighboring towns like, Cascais or Carcavelos.
- LisbonMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLGBTBackpackersSep 13, 2012
I was struck on my first day in Lisbon by how much it felt like home. The people are friendly, the food is unique and delicious, and there is plenty to see. You see, I was sitting by the gate to the city, looking out over the water, for close to 3 hours before I recognized what is essentially the Golden Gate Bridge off in the distance. "What?", I thought to myself. Indeed. Coming from San Francisco, it was a bit of a shock to see such a familiar landmark so far from home. Lisbon has its own version of the Golden Gate Bridge-- it's nearly identical. A big tip-off to the difference is the giant Jesus statue at the far end of the one in Lisbon.
Whether you are from San Francisco or not, however, Lisbon is a fantastic city for sightseeing, foodies, anyone who just loves listening to beautiful languages, anyone who likes seafood, anyone who wants to dance the night away, or anyone who likes to surf.
The city is a major jump-out point for several surf-towns along the Portuguese coast (like Caix-Caix or Peniche).
Lisbon is rather compact with great public transportation, so be sure to utilize that to its fullest when attempting to explore.
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Aliases: Lisboa, Lissabon