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Lisbon's unique mixture of tradition and modernity, of small town and metropolis, captivates visitors from near and far. Excellent shopping, ornate architecture, late and safe nightlife, as well as restaurants with some of Europe’s best seafood are just a few of the reasons to visit this magnificent European capital.

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São Jorge Castle
Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

São Jorge Castle is one of the oldest structures in Lisbon. This was once a fortress (taken from the Moors in 1147), and now a must-see landmark with a fantastic view of the city. Peacocks and peahens a plenty around the grounds. Humans have been living on the castle hill since at least the 8th century BC, while the first fortifications date from the 1st century BC. Truly a historic place!

Best of Lisbon Guided Walking Tour

Experience Lisbon's rich culture and see landmarks like the Sé Cathedral and Commerce Square on an entertaining and informative guided walking tour. Stroll the historic cobbled lanes and steep inclines of Lisbon's oldest neighbourhood, Alfama, then head to the elegant Chiado district with its art deco style. Plus, learn about Fado–a music genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon–and stop by the city's best cafes and boutiques with your expert local guide.

Time Out Market
Mercado da Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho, Lisbon

The Time Out Market has been created by a team of journalists and offers a well-curated selection of over 20 restaurants, 8 bars, a music venue and market vendors — “all with the very best in Lisbon”. The market is located in a gigantic warehouse, always busy and definitely fun to visit. They also offer cooking courses, live music and other special events. A testament to its success, Time Out Markets have opened in different locations all around the world.

Rua Marquês de Fronteira, Jardim Amália Rodrigues 1070, Lisbon

Eleven is one of the most sophisticated places that Lisbon can offer, featuring a sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos in the entrance and the modernist glass box at the top of Eduardo VII Park. The cuisine is supervised by Joachim Koerper, who has been awarded prizes by Guide Rouge and who has all of Iberia as his territory.

Fátima Lopes
Travessa do Enviado de Inglaterra 7, Lisbon

Fátima Lopes is one of Portugal’s most successful designers, whose clothes are famed for their in-your-face sexiness. Her shop is also a workshop and a bar, with late hours.

El Corte Inglés
Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar 31, Lisbon

Lisbon’s only true department store is Spanish, but the Portuguese put aside their suspicions of their larger neighbour here. The range of goods is quite varied, with international brands and a number of Portuguese designers, together with the store’s own low-price lines. There is a large food hall and gourmet shop downstairs, restaurants and cinemas — and direct access to the Underground.

Passport / Visa

Portugal can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Lisbon Airport (LIS)
Lisbon Airport, Lisbon

Humberto Delgado Airport, also known as Lisbon Airport, is conveniently located near the city centre, providing quick, easy, and cost-effective transfers. Two Aerobus lines, operating from 7:30 am to 11 pm, provide efficient connections. Line 1 connects the airport to Cais do Sodré, a major transport hub and vibrant cultural spot, with buses departing every 20–25 minutes. Similarly, Line 2 links the airport with Avenida José Malhoa, the heart of the city's financial district, on the same schedule. Alternative public transportation options include the metro and city buses. The direct 'Aeroporto – Saldanha' metro line whisks you to downtown Lisbon in about 20 minutes. While city buses also serve the airport, please note that the maximum baggage size permitted on these buses is 50x40x20cm. If your luggage exceeds these dimensions, the airport-specific Aerobus or Airport Shuttle services are recommended. For direct travel, taxis are readily available. Typically, a ride to the city centre will take between 20 minutes to half an hour, though times can vary with traffic conditions, particularly during nights and weekends. If you're planning to explore beyond Lisbon, Gare do Oriente, the city's main train station, is a brief metro or bus ride away. This station offers comprehensive rail connections to destinations across the country. Of course, taxis are also available for added convenience.

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