Lisbon Guides

About Lisbon

Lisbon doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not; it’s picturesque and modest whilst maintaining an enthralling urban landscape imbued with exhilarating sights, sounds and smells. Head to Lisbon for history, for hilly heights, for hedonism and a whole lot more.

Lisbon Guides


Quick facts:

  • Rough location of city Portugal, western Europe
  • Language Portuguese
  • Population of city 500,000
  • Nearest airport Lisbon Portela Airport
  • Main train/bus station(s) Oriente, Santa Apolonia (trains), Sete Rios (buses)
  • Best time to visit? Beat the crowds but make the most of the good weather in spring and early autumn.
  • Budget level? £
  • Best for Beach, Shopping, Nightlife, Budget Friendly, Excursions/day trips

Main Districts


The oldest and one of the most beautiful districts in Lisbon. Winding steps lead through red roofs to cobbled streets lined with traditional cafes and shops.

Bairro Alto

Take a ride on a classic yellow tram through this lively neighbourhood. At night watch the streets come alive with open air restaurants and bars.


This historical district is full of museums and important landmarks, as well as the famous pastry shop Fabrica de Pasteis de Belem.

Top Attractions

Cristo Rei Statue

Who says you need to go all the way to Brazil? This colossal statue towers over the city and offers breath-taking views from the top.

Lisbon's iconic 25 de abril bridge at nightfall

25 de Abril Bridge

You’ll do a double-take when you spot this familiar rust coloured suspension bridge… No it’s not the San Fran Golden Gate Bridge, but the Lisbon version, connecting the city to Almada.

Belem Tower

This fortified tower stands on the banks of the river and is one of the most important historical monuments of Lisbon.

Best places to go out

Fabrica de Pasteis de Belem This world famous pastry shop is where you can find the original Pastel de Belem, a classic Portuguese sweet egg-custard tart.

Bar Foxtrot This art-deco jazz joint is where the cocktails are flowing – you might never want to leave!

Hot Clube de Portugal One of the oldest jazz clubs in the world, which has hosted many world famous jazz musicians in the past.

Best Culture Spots

Museu Coleccao Berardo Houses tons of weird and wonderful works of modern and contemporary art including Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso!

Castelo de Sao Jorge This Moorish wonder dates back to 2BC and is well worth a visit!

Sintra This pretty pastel-coloured town is nestled in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains, a day trip away from Lisbon.

Free Walking Tour

Lisbon Chill Out offer small friendly free tours from April to September – daily at 10am and 4.30pm. October to March – daily at 10am and 3pm. Meeting point is Praça Luís de Camões (Luís de Camões Square).