Lynda Brown , City Breaks Specialist

"One of Europe’s most picturesque capitals, Lisbon is the go-to place for iconic architecture, revered art, and trending fashion. Explore the Jeronimos Monastery, a World Heritage Monument and a symbol of Portuguese affluence during the Age of Discovery, then jump to the present at the Design and Fashion Museum where you can see the eclectic creations of top international designers."

Lisbon at a glance

A striking capital city, Lisbon rises upon seven beautiful vistas, offering impressive views of expansive harbours, terracotta roofs and whitewashed buildings. The experience of Lisbon is an indulgent one, filling the senses with a colourful landscape, a celebrated history and a dining and nightlife experience not to be missed.

Acting as the capital of Portugal since 1255, Lisbon is inseparable from its past. Known to be one of the oldest cities in the world, it claims an expansive history encompassing the rise of the Roman Empire, the epic crusades and the Age of Discovery. From the cobbled streets and compact houses inside the old Moorish castle walls, to the imposing Jéronimos Monastery in the Belém district, Lisbon’s rich heritage is tangible at every turn.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Historic attractions
  • A bustling city break
  • Vibrant nightlife

Getting around

Lisbon’s metro system is a great way to navigate the city, and its metro stations are an attraction unto themselves with each stop boasting its own unique contemporary art.

The city also provides a tram line, bus network and train service.

Dining in Lisbon

From fresh seafood and tinned sardines to tapas, snails and suckling pig – Lisbon offers a smorgasbord of indulgent food options in a variety of settings from smart restaurants with castle views to cosy tavernas and park kiosks.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Cozido – a stew made with different meats and vegetables
  • Bacalhau – dried, salted cod often served with potatoes
  • Pastel de Nata – a flaky pastry case filled with sweet custard

Nightlife

Lisbon is home to a wide variety of discos, clubs and bars but for a real taste of Portuguese culture, head to a Fado house where live performances of the Portuguese ‘songs of sorrow’ usually accompanies traditional food and drink.

Osprey Holidays top tips

Quit the city for the day and head to Sintra, 16 miles north west of Lisbon this enchanting town once described by Lord Byron as 'a glorious Eden' is a wonderful haven of old summer palaces and stately homes. Don't leave Sintra without buying a packet of queijadas, delightful miniature cheesecakes which taste delicious!

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Lisbon designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice (not just Saturday to Saturday!)
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Lisbon hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Customer reviews
Judith, March 2014

We had a lovely time in Lisbon. The hotel was very nice, staff were very friendly and the rooms were spotless. It is a family-run hotel. The breakfast was very good with all the usual stuff. We ate in two nights and the meals were lovely.

Important information
Population 474,697
Languages Portuguese
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Take a vintage tram for a scenic ride from the city centre up through the narrow streets to St George's Castle.

Distance from airports
Lisbon 7 km
Railway stations
Oriente Station

Things to do in Lisbon

  • St George’s Castle: On the top of the highest hill in Lisbon sits this ancient Moorish castle.
  • Alfama District: Particularly charming and historic area of the city, with its maze of cobbled streets, churches and pretty squares.
  • Monastery of St Jerome: 16th century monastery housing the tomb of explorer Vasco de Gama.
  • Oceanarium: Beautifully laid out and modern aquarium, with fascinating displays of aquatic life.
  • Feria da Ladra: Lisbon’s flea market is held beside the impressive Santa Engracia church and boasts a great variety of clothes and trinket stalls.