The only European capital by the sea, Lisbon is a captivating and soulful city that is drenched with fairytale traditions and manners that have weathered the test of time.
Lisbon (population: 530,000), the City of Explorers, doesn’t make a fuss like most other capitals in Europe. Full of old-world monasteries, gothic architecture, beautiful cathedrals and delightful museums, the city treats you to the very best highlights of a typical European adventure. That said, interacting with Lisboetas and strolling in those neighborhoods, watching the sunset from the Moorish Castle and becoming a part of a local festival are what truly define your Lisbon experience.
Central Lisbon is fairly compact and most major attractions of the city are located quite close to each other. Start your adventure by paying homage to the great explorer Vasco da Gama at the Jeronimos Monastery, his final resting place. Proceed to explore the Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1500s. Examine the millennium-old battlements of St. George’s Castle and discover treasures from around the world at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Finally, see what Brazilian gold helped build at the Sao Roque Church, the most expensive chapel in the world. You might already be tired of city explorations, but we haven’t even come to shopping, neighborhood hopping and food tours yet!
When to Go
Never too hot or too cold, Lisbon is a city that offers year-round explorations. The best time to visit is between the months of February to July.
How to Get Around
The ideal way to explore Central Lisbon is on foot. Other modes of transport include metro, buses, trams, electric trains, ferries and taxis.