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The city on seven hills
Lisbon is a city that smells like salt, fish, fresh pastries, and pine needles

Lisbon Districts

In total, the municipality of Lisbon has 53 freesias. The majority of them are not interesting for tourists, and the borders of many are completely blurred.  Arriving in Lisbon, you will probably firstly rush to Alfama. This area meets its guests with labyrinths of narrow ancient streets and a fado melody. Famous tram number 28 takes tourists to the top of the Castelo district, where the castle of St. George and the Church of St. Antonio are located. 

Walking around the city, you will inevitably get into the Baixa area. It is easily recognizable by the wide pedestrian streets, bright facades of houses, and the queue near the Santa Justa elevator that takes tourists to the Carmelite magic monastery in the Chiado district.

Nightclubs, bars, and the loudest parties await you in the Bairro Alto area. It is better to avoid this district if you travel with children.

In this case, the cozy areas of Estrela and Lapa, built around the Basilica da Estrela and the Parliament of Portugal, can be selected for a family weekend. 

While staying in Lisbon, make sure to dedicate a day for a walk in the Belem area. It is located far from the historical center, but it includes numerous interesting attractions: the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower and the monument to the Discoveries, the Berardo Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum, the Royal Ajuda Palace, the Maritime Museum, and the Planetarium.

Map Lisbon

Lisbon Population

A quarter of the country’s population lives in the metropolitan area of Lisbon. In turn, 87% of them are Portuguese, whereas the rest comes from former Portuguese colonies. When it comes to the capital of Lisbon, numerous friendly people live there. They value comfort and traditions, highlighting the importance of family and football in their lives. Considering that Lisbon sometimes lacks drive, you can often experience the desire to pull local populations out of the state of calmness.

Brief History

Lisbon is a city with a considerable history, the first mention of which dates back to 205 BCE. At the time of the settlement of the city by the Phoenicians, a trading port served its functions there. Due to the favorable geographical location and economic prospects, the Roman Empire and the Visigoths, as well as the Islamic Caliphate and France, fought for the city. In 1256, Lisbon became the capital of independent Portugal and began the history of great geographical discoveries. In 1755, the city was destroyed by a powerful earthquake, but by the end of the XVIII century, it had almost completely restored.

In the 19th century, Lisbon expanded its borders and strengthened its influence. By the beginning of the 20th century, the city had 400,000 inhabitants. In 1910, when the republic replaced the monarchy, Lisbon was affected by a variety of riots.

In 1926, the dictatorship of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar marked the beginning of a new history of the country. In 1974, this regime was destroyed as a result of a revolution known in history as the Carnation Revolution.

Today, Lisbon is a casket of traditional values ​​of old Europe, which is striving for the future.

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

Best Time to Travel to Lisbon

Lisbon is characterized by hot summers and unpredictable winters. In spring and autumn, weather conditions are perfect for exploring the city. The tourist season lasts all year round, but the peak falls on July-August. Until October, the beaches of the city are crammed with tourists and locals who prefer a beach vacation during the holidays. In the summer, a huge number of popular Portuguese festivals take place. For example, in June, the whole city is decorated with tinsel for St. Anthony’s Day. In September, Lisbon hosts the annual Caixa Alfama Fado festival.

Useful notes

The Things to Do in Lisbon

  • Get lost in the maze of the historic center. This is probably the best way to get to know the capital of Lisbon. While looking for a way out of this maze, you can see a variety of interesting attractions, including cafes that are hidden in small streets from crowds of tourists, unusual buildings with hand-painted facades, and locals who would be happy to discuss exciting life stories.
  • Listen to the fado. The Alfama district is famous for numerous family cafes, where people perform fado in the evenings — traditional Portuguese songs about complicated feelings of loss and faith in a bright future. Choose a restaurant where local people relax, order wine, and enjoy the music.
  • Sign up for a workshop related to ceramic tile painting. Portugal is known for its potters, whereas Lisbon is often recognized for its azulejos tiles that are usually noticed on facades of the historic city center. Here you can get acquainted with the art of painting tiles. It can be considered a very interesting and unique experience for Europe.
  • Taste Pasteis — Portuguese puff pastry cakes with custard. These delicacies are cooked in the majority of local cafes; therefore, you have the opportunity to make your own rating of this dessert.
  • Visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, which is the second-largest in the world. More than 450 species of aquatic inhabitants living in 4 oceans are demonstrated here — you won’t notice how fast the time will fly.
  • Take a picture of Lisbon from all the viewing platforms of the city. This task is not easy, considering that Lisbon is filled with numerous observation decks. Moreover, each new spot seems to be more beautiful than the previous ones. Search the names of the most popular miradouros on the mobile map apps: São Pedro de Alcântara, observation deck Portas do Sol, Santa Luzia, Santa Catarina, Miradouro da Graça, Miradouro do Recolhimento, Penha de França, Miradouro do Chão do Loureiro, and observation deck Senhora do Monte.
  • Go to the ocean. If you cross the bridge on April 25, you will find yourself in a village Costa da Caparica that is known for its striped golden sandy beaches, salty ocean air, and incredible sunsets.
  • Try yourself in surfing. Along the coast of Portugal, you can find more than 100 surfing schools where experienced instructors can help you ascend over the Atlantic ocean. Standing on a blackboard in the foam of ocean waves brings indescribable emotions that encourage tourists to come back to the country again.
  • Travel to Sintra (at least for a day) to see chic castles, patrimonial estates, and palaces. TOP 3 sights of the city are Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Castle of the Moors.
  • Visit the westernmost point of Europe. For example, you can easily get to Cabo da Roca from Sintra or Cascais. You will be able to see a mighty ocean breaking waves on sharp rocks and a lighthouse where you can get a certificate that you have visited the edge of the continent.

Hotels in Lisbon

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