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 pracas 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.
Things Not to Miss in Lisbon
• Riding tram 28 which has been in use since 1873
• Listening to traditional Fado music in Alfama
• Taking in the panoramic views at the top of one Lisbon’s seven hills
When to Go to Lisbon
June through August is the most popular times to visit Lisbon when the European schools break for summer vacation. If you are planning to travel during this time, consider visiting in June when Lisbon hosts a number of celebratory festivals. Those who want to avoid the peak rates, crowds and stifling summer heat should travel in May and September/October. 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.
Riding the tram; it’s a great, leisurely way to familiarize yourself with the city.
Listening to the sounds of traditional Fado. The music can be heard at a number of restaurants and clubs lining the alleys of Alfama.
Stopping by the quirky Aleksandar Protich, a butcher shop–turned–clothing store, where dresses, skirts, and tops all hang from meat hooks.