Lisbon Travel Guide

Lisbon Travel Guide

Alvaro Leiva

Lisbon—which came out of a dire recession galvanized and game for anything—has found itself in the unexpected position being of Europe's new capital ... Read More

Lisbon—which came out of a dire recession galvanized and game for anything—has found itself in the unexpected position being of Europe's new capital of cool. As construction cranes begin to fill the city's skyline again, once-dilapidated palaces and mansions are being repackaged as hipster hangouts, from gourmet food courts to boutique hotels; and the city's once-seedy waterfront along the Tejo River is in the midst of a marvelous makeover. In a visit to Lisbon, you’ll see that the city retains a sense of nostalgia—keeping an eye on preserving the past even as it grows and expands.

Travel to Lisbon to immerse yourself in a European city unlike any other. Whether whiling away the hours sipping coffee on one of the open squares or rummaging through the boutiques on the winding side streets, there is so much to see in Lisbon. Portugal’s capital welcomes travelers to an old world anew, where historic castles meet modern art museums and sleepy storefronts give way to vibrant nightclubs.

Consult Travel + Leisure’s Lisbon travel guide for the inside track on this European hotspot.

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Best Time To Go

Lisbon is one of Europe's sunniest capitals. The most idyllic months are May to August, when food and music festivals are practically a weekly occurrence, the city's sun-kissed sands are at their postcard-perfect ideal, and Lisboêtas flock to alfresco bars and restaurants. While Lisbon is busy year-round, hotel prices drop significantly from November to February, and the weather remains quite mild, making it a good time for travelers on a budget to visit.

Transportation

Lisbon is pretty compact for a European capital and is made for walking, especially in cinematic neighborhoods like Alfama and Bairro Alto. The bulk of Lisbon's public transport is operated by Carris (tickets/day passes from $2/$6.68), including city buses and all of the Lisbon's historic trams, funiculars, and elevators. Metropolitano de Lisboa (tickets from $1.56) runs the city's metro system. Taxis and Uber are widely available—there are a lot of hills, after all.

Weather

January is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 52°F (11°C). July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 74°F (24°C).

Know Before You Go

Lisbon's famous artistic stone pavements, known as calçada portuguesa, are easy on the eyes but can be dangerously slippery—make sure your shoes have gripping soles and save the high heels for Paris and Milan. Always have cash on hand as well—many of the city's bars, restaurants, and shops only accept Portuguese plastic, known as Multibanco.

Language

Portuguese

Electric

Type F (two-prong plug)

Currency

Euro (€)

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