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About Lisbon

Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, has an immediately likable atmosphere and a rich cultural background. To the west lie the stylish coastal resorts of Estoril and Cascais.

Food and drink

Located at the mouth of the Rio Tejo (River Tegus), Lisbon has a rich gastronomy influenced both by the sea and its imperial history. In the streets you'll smell smoky, roasting chestnuts and freshly-baked custard tarts, and in the restaurants they'll serve up fresh sardines and cozido (a tasty meat stew).

Wash your meal down with the young vinho verde wine or the fiery after dinner ginginha. Or try a glass of port sipped with some of the wonderfully strong goat and sheep cheeses which are usually eaten before or after the main dish.

Shopping

Lisbon has an alluring profusion of boutiques, markets, regular street shops and large shopping centres. Along the Rua Augusta in Baixi-Chiado district there is a mix of international chain stores as well as small, traditional shops selling leather goods, jewellry and handicrafts. For funky boutiques and off-beat fashions, and if antiques are your passion, pay a visit to Bairro Alto. Other souvenirs available from this area include wicker baskets, embroidery, lace, leather and pottery. Portuguese wine and port also make lovely gifts.

When to visit

If you're planning a holiday in Lisbon, our top picks for the best time to travel would be andpril

April

An ideal time of year for a city break to Portugal’s beautiful capital. Warm but not too hot, with more daylight hours giving time to explore. Try a live fado show in the Alfama neighbourhood.

Lisbon Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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11th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best areas to stay in Lisbon

Terracotta tiles cascading down steep hillsides, pastel-washed buildings, grand neo-classical architecture, cafes, restaurants and bars spilling customers out onto sun-kissed sidewalks. Lisbon, one of Europe’s most famous old capitals, is renowned equally for its beauty, its culture and its laid-back ambience....

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9th February 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

10 best things to do in Evora, Portugal

Located in the south-central Alentejo region in Portugal, Evora is steeped in history and beauty, with shops around the corner. The city can be explored on foot, it is easy to walk and everything is close. Restaurants, shops, cathedrals, temples, ruins, etc., it’s possible to visit all these without exerting so much effort. So if you’re interested to know more about the places you can explore in Evora, just continue reading this short guide....

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19th January 2021 by Budget Traveller

The last time I saw Lisbon

It has been almost a year since I last saw Lisbon. I arrive on a wet, miserably cold evening that is typical for January in the city. Our taxi can’t find our hostel but drops us off close enough. A short walk, in the horizontal rain , feels like an eternity, each drop of water scoring our skin like a razorblade. ...

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12th November 2020 by Charlie, Distracted

Where to drink craft beer in Lisbon, Portugal

There isn’t much better than sitting down for a cold pint after a few days of touristing. Resting aching feet, removing the hefty backpack, looking through photos of the day, and swapping highlights becomes a holiday ritual when there’s a glass of something refreshing to go with it. The only drink I wanted to seek out in Lisbon was vinho verde, the tart cousin of white wine, however, we all know beer is my poison of choice, and the Portuguese capital has not just a great number of craft...

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9th February 2020 by Charlie, Distracted

The best places to eat in Lisbon, Portugal

You could easily survive four solid days in Lisbon on pastéis de nata and vinho verde – the iconic custard tarts and the sharp ‘green’ wine are everywhere in the Portuguese capital, and are well worth the indulgence. They were the only items I had on my to-eat list when I arrived on a late night flight to spend a long weekend in some much needed sunshine. But Lisbon’s food scene is vibrant yet still traditional at its heart; very much flourishing and I completely underestimated it....

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13th October 2019 by Charlie, Distracted

So, you want to do a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon

Of course you do. A day trip to Sintra from Lisbon is, after all, one of the most well known excursions from the Portuguese capital city, thanks to the colourful facades of Pena Palace, but we’ll get to that in due course. I’m not here to give you a detailed history of the ancient buildings of Sintra – you can find that anywhere online, however there are a few key tips that you should keep in mind to retain your sanity in amongst the throngs of tourists all headed in the same direction as...

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22nd August 2019 by Charlie, Distracted

A day at LX Factory, Lisbon

It was the street art that drew me to LX Factory, the regenerated 19th century industrial warehouse complex in the Alcântara neighbourhood of Lisbon. From Stokes Croft in Bristol to the CBD in Christchurch, it’s the artist communities that move into spaces others ignore, take a brush to it and transform whole areas into outdoor galleries. For LX Factory, once the murals appeared the shops, restaurants and tourists soon followed....

Weather in Lisbon

Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Lisbon

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January
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February
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March
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April
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May
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June
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July
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August
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September
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October
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November
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December