Lisbon

Euroventure city guide

Lisbon

Euroventure city guide

Everything you need to know 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.

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

Top Attractions

Cristo Rei Statue

Who says you need to go all the way to Brazil? This colossal statue of Christ towers over the city and offers breath-taking views from the top. Work on the statue finished in 1959 and it has since become a popular pilgrimage destination. At 80m high, the viewing platform looks out onto the city and the golden suspension bridge. Take the ferry to the statue and enjoy a relaxing cruise admiring the Portuguese coastline.

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. The largest suspension bridge in Europe is approximately 1.5 miles long and, as well as being a monument itself, offers some of the best views of the Portuguese capital.

Belem Tower

Defending the banks of the Tagus River, this fortified tower was built to protect the city and  is one of the most important historical monuments of Lisbon. Step back in time and explore the pits where prisoners were held, the Governor’s Hall, King’s Hall and Chapel. Amongst the intricate decoration of the Western Facade, the eagle eyed among you might spot the rhinoceros gargoyle.

Main Districts

Alfama

Alfama is one of the oldest and most beautiful districts in Lisbon. This historic and culturally rich area is home to various significant monuments including the Cathedral, Castelo de San Jorge and the Panteao Nacional. Once considered a poor area of the city, Alfama is now a tourist favourite thanks to its maze of cobbled streets, cute cafes and artisan shops.

Bairro Alto

By day, this neighbourhood is frequented by those wanting to discover Lisbon’s history and art but, by night, it is transformed into Lisbon’s liveliest quarter. Start the day by taking a ride on a classic yellow tram through the area’s bustling streets. Grab your camera and take a snap of some of the impressive street art that covers the districts buildings. Head to the Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint and watch the sunset over Alfama before heading back to the centre of Bairro Alto to embrace the area’s nightlife.

Belem

This historical district is full of museums and notable landmarks that make it one of the most visited areas of Lisbon. Some of the highlights of the area include the Igreja Santa Maria de Belem Church, Belem Tower and the Padrao dos Descobrimentos. If you need a break from sight-seeing, relax in one of the district’s many parks. The Jardim Botanico and Jardim de Belem are great places to pause and top up your tan. Don’t forget to visit the Fabrica Pasteis de Belem to pick up one of their famous custard tarts!