Lisbon, Portugal

Ideal for: Culture Cravers, History Buffs, Foodies

  • Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest in the world, predating modern European capital such as London, Paris, and Rome by centuries.
  • Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal and is one of the Europe’s major economic centers.
  • The city was almost totally destroyed in an earthquake on November 1, 1755. Following the devastating event, rather than rebuilding the medieval town, the prime minister constructed the city center using principles of modern urban design.
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One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon has no shortage of centuries-old charisma. Wander maze-like ceramic-covered alleyways, tour ancient ruins, gaze up at white-domed cathedrals, and discover hidden squares with charming al fresco cafes. Head to the Bairro Alto district for the city’s best nightlife, dine at hip restaurants along the waterfront, or indulge in a traditional custard tart. For a truly remarkable experience, take the Ascensor de Santa Justa street elevator, which connects passengers from Baixa to the Chiado district, going up almost 150 feet along the way. With so much to see and do, it’s no surprise this modern, ancient city is one of Southern Europe’s most visited.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
  • Currency
  • Language
  • Time Zone
    5 hours ahead of NYC
  • Car Recommended?

Destination Highlights

  • Torre de Belém (Belém Tower)

    Once a fortress and a gateway to Lisbon, this iconic seafront tower—and UNESCO World Heritage Site—has stood watch over the mouth of the Tagus River since its construction in the early 16th century.

  • Tram 28

    Much like San Francisco, Lisbon is famous for its historic, colorful tram lines. Travel up steep roads and narrow alleys into the old Alfama district on Tram 28 for views of the Estrela Basilica’s beautiful domes and spires.

  • St George’s Castle

    Rising above the streets of the Alfama District, St George’s Castle is the most visible landmark of Lisbon’s historic center. First built more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, it was continuously developed by subsequent rulers of the city.



  • Forecasting Your Lisbon Vacation

    Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate of mild and rainy weather in the winter and plenty of dry and warm days in the summer. Thanks to its oceanfront location on the western coast of the continent, Lisbon also has a milder climate than most other European cities, boasting an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. July is typically the hottest month with an average high temperature of 81°F, while January is typically the coldest month at an average low of 47°F.


Map of Lisbon

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