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Lisbon (map) is the capital of Portugal situated on seven hills. Greater Lisbon comprises many other splendid tourist destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, the seaside resorts of Estoril, Cascais (map), the world class museums, or Almada (map) famous for its hilltop Cristo Rei statue (map).

This is also a city of enchanting contrasts: The elegant squares, broad avenues, monumental buildings and rectangular layout of the lower areas quickly gives way to the hilly, narrow, winding, unpredictable and cramped streets of districts such as Alfama and Bairro Alto.

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If you are in Lisbon for sightseeing (especially for your first visit), the best location is along the route of tram #28 (see official map of the route). This especially works if you are with a baby stroller, as it will save from huge part of hill-climbing.

It’s often said that Lisbon lacks a defined “downtown”, but tourists will find most of their points of interest in the relatively compact area centered around the vast *Praça do Comércio (map), facing the river.

*Alfama (map) – this neighbourhood still bears signs of the Moorish presence in the city, with the buildings very close to each other, and very irregular streets. It’s very atmospheric and a great spot in which to wander around. Major sights include *Lisbon Cathedral (map) and St. George’s Castle (map).

*Bairro Alto (map) – Head uphill to Bairro Alto and give your legs a good workout, or take one of the elevadores (funiculars) for stunning views of the city and some wild partying in Lisbon’s most popular nightclub district. This district includes with the main shopping and leisure boulevard of Avenida da Liberdade (map) and Chiado (map), an elegant shopping district, and Principe Real (map), the trendy district with all the fancy shops.

*Belém (map) – This monument-packed area is a must-see place, and it contains Lisbon’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Belém Tower (map) and the Jerónimos Monastery (map).

Tram. Instead of paying for a ride on one of the costly tourist buses, try  line 28 , which winds its way through the “Old Town” of Lisbon beginning in Graça then down to the Alfama and to the Baixa then up through Chiado to Bairro Alto, and then down to Campo Ourique, taking you by many of Lisbon’s most famous and interesting sites including monuments, churches and gardens. The trip is hilly, noisy and hectic but it affords many beautiful glimpses of the city.

Funiculars and a lift. Ascensor da Glória   51E   (Glória Funicular), Praça dos Restauradores (map) to S. Pedro de Alcântara (Bairro Alto). It is the most visited one in the city. Lower station exactly where Avenida Liberdade connects to Restauradores.


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Carris • Lisbon Metro

The best and, in many cases, the sole way to pay for city transport is by buying the rechargeable green “Viva Viagem” smartcard. It’s valid on the metro, trams (electricos), urban trains, most buses and ferries.

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BUS: Rede Expressos – one of the largest intercity bus companies.

TRAIN: Rail travel in Portugal (Comboios de Portugal) is usually slightly faster than travel by bus, but services are less frequent and cost more. As a rule of thumb, if one is traveling by rail within Portugal or internationally, the main railway junction is in Entroncamento (map), from here all lines branch out and all trains make a stop.

AIRPORT: Lisbon Portela Airport is the main aviation hub. Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, serving Portugal’s second-largest city and the entire northern part of the country. Madeira Airport in Funchal serves the green island in the Atlantic. João Paulo II Airport in Ponta Delgada serves the Azores archipelago.

Lisbon Airport metro station opened in July 2012 and is the new final destination of the red line  Vermelha  of the metro.

Lisbon Stories – Tejo Route.

Turismo de Lisboa is a non-profit association, established through an alliance of public and private entities. Our main objective is to combine efforts to improve the promotion of Lisbon as a tourist destination and thus increase the quality and competitiveness of the city.

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.


Apply for a visitor visa. Find out what document you need to travel, visit family and friends, do business, or transit through Portugal.

Wine Tourism.

Portugal by Wine is a platform to book and promote leisure activities within the wine and gastronomy tourism sector in Portugal.

Portugal Nature Trails.

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