Lisbon is a historical city, one of the oldest capitals in the world - according to legend it was founded by Ulysses on his journey back from the Trojan War. In Lisbon, the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees celcius. It is city where you feel safe wandering around day and night and where you’ll find places to sleep and to eat suitable to every taste, budget and requirement.
The fascinante streets, the food, the people and the night life, point some of the reasons why Lisbon could be considered the coolest capital in Europe , and why it was awarded as the Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2019.
Portugal has some of the best music festivals in Europe, in part due to the incredible atmosphere, great bands and the accessible prices. Two of the most popular festivals happen in Lisbon and surroundings: NOS alive from 9 to 11 July 2020 and Super Bock Super Rock from 16 to 18 July 2020. During the summer time there are plenty of music shows and festivals happening everywhere in the city.
Surrounding Lisbon are some of Portugal’s finest beaches, and during the summer, a trip to the beach is a wonderful addition to your Lisbon experience. The beaches of the Lisbon region extend along four very different coastlines, and range from wild surfing beaches, through to calm family-oriented beaches and charming resort towns. You may feel that the water is not too warm, but hey, it's the Atlantic Ocean... Find how to reach some of the finest beaches in this Lisbon's beache's guide.
Sintra is a delightful Portuguese town, located within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Hidden within these pine covered hills are extravagant palaces, opulent mansions, the ruins of an ancient castle and lots of mysticism. Regarded as the best day trip from Lisbon, Sintra is a must see. Find some of its highlights in this Guide to Sintra.
Parque das Nações is a requalified area near the Tagus River, since 1998 when Lisbon hosted the World Exhibition Expo'98. Green parks with public art connect impressive contemporary buildings such as the Camões Theater and the great Lisbon Oceanarium, considered the world's best aquarium. This is a great area for a laid back day. You can rent a bike, go jogging, take the cable car, walk by the river or eat in one of the great restaurants by the river Tagus.
Belém is a riverside area where you can find Lisbon’s finest monuments and museums, such as the peculiar Belém Tower, the impressive Jerónimos Monastery, the spectacular Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, the Belém Cultural Centre and, of course, the famous Pastéis de Belém. You can easily spend half a day or even a full day visiting this city's area. Check out some suggestions with this self-guided walking tour of Belém.
Lisbon is full of hidden paradises on the rooftops, where you can find the best city's landscapes, while enjoying some music and drinking some wine. Check out a list of some of the best rooftop bars in Lisbon recommended by Time Out.