Flights to Lisbon (LIS)

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Lisbon, Portugal

What to do in Lisbon

Browse the art galleries

Lisbon’s art scene is lively and diverse. If you love modern art, head for the Berardo Museum, which boasts paintings by Dalí, Picasso and Warhol. For a more classic collection, browse the work of Rembrandt, Rubens and Monet at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.

Berardo Museum/Museu Coleção Berardo
Praça do Império
1449-003
+351 21 361 2878
en.museuberardo.pt

Go up the Santa Justa Lift

If you're in Lisbon on a short break but still want to take in as many sights as possible, check out the Santa Justa Lift, which is more than 100 years old. Take the trip to the top and you’ll be rewarded with brilliant views of Lisbon, including the Bairro Alto neighbourhood and St. George’s Castle.

Rua do Ouro
1150-060
+351 21 413 8679
carris.transporteslisboa.pt/en/elevators

Visit Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower

Belém is home to two of Lisbon’s biggest attractions – Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Both date back to the 1500s and have been declared Unesco World Heritage Sites. The latter is particularly stunning; the monks who lived here were tasked with praying for the safety of sailors.

Jerónimos Monastery
Praça do Império
1400-206
+351 21 362 0034
mosteirojeronimos.pt/en

Go surfing

Lisbon is popular among Europe’s surfing community and there are plenty of schools to choose from, with many offering accommodation. Check out Cascais Surf School and Camp, which offers private and group lessons in Carcavelos, Guincho and Praia Grande.

Cascais Surf School and Camp
Rua Conde Ferreira 117
Cascais
2750-346
+351 912 156 654
surfcascais.com/cascaisurfschool

Enjoy Bairro Alto at night

Every city in Europe seems to have that one neighbourhood for night owls, and in Lisbon that area is Bairro Alto. Here’s where you’ll find some of the best lounges, restaurants and hotels in Lisbon. During the day, it’s a sleepy residential area but once the sun goes down it becomes the nightlife centre of the city.

Travessa Inglesinhos 47-49
Bairro Alto
1200-109

Eat at Mercado da Ribeira

One of the best ways to sample local cuisine when visiting a new city is by heading to the local markets, and the Mercado da Ribeira is no exception. Set aside a few hours to browse the stalls of fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood. The tinned sardines, local cheeses and artisan chocolates are all worth taking home.

Avenida 24 de Julho 49 
+351 21 359 3100
facebook.com/TimeOutMercadodaRibeira

Where to eat in Lisbon

Sol e Pesca

This quirky fishing tackle shop and cafe only has one dish on the menu – tinned fish tapas. Guests choose from tins of tuna, eel, octopus and, of course, the Portuguese classic, sardines, all of which are served on corn bread. A simple, cheap treat near the seaside.

Rua Nova do Carvalho 44
1200
+351 21 346 7203
solepesca.com (Portuguese language website)

Pastéis de Belém (Dessert)

Tourists come to this cafe for one reason and one reason only: desserts. Specifically, Portugal’s famous custard tarts, which were invented in the nearby monastery in the early 19th century. Sweet, flaky pastry with a creamy filling, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar – do not leave Lisbon without trying this treat.

Rua de Belém 84-92
1300-085
+351 21 363 7423
pasteisdebelem.pt

Cervejaria Ramiro (Seafood)

How could anyone visit the City of the Ocean without indulging in some of its seafood? There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Lisbon, but Ramiro is one of the best. The charming waiters have been serving up platters of juicy shrimp, shellfish, tiger prawns and clams to hungry regulars since 1956.

Av Almirante Reis No 1 – H
1150-007
+351 21 885 1024
cervejariaramiro.pt

Cantinho do Avillez (International)

Another Lisbon offering from Michelin-starred Chef José Avillez, this modern bistro is the perfect place to sample his incredible food without breaking the bank. The impeccable cooking and quality ingredients manage to elevate even the humble sandwich.

Rua dos Duques de Bragança 7 Mártires
1200-162
+351 21 199 2369
cantinhodoavillez.pt

Café Buenos Aires (Argentinian)

A visit to this charming Argentinian restaurant feels like being in someone’s dining room. Decorated in a style best described as Boho-chic, Café Buenos Aires is a lively spot that’s popular with the locals. It might feel crowded and noisy at times, but that’s all part of the charm. Needless to say, the steak is amazing.

Calçada do Duque 31
1200
+351 21 342 0739
facebook.com/Cafe-Buenos-Aires

Belcanto (International)

Lisbon’s most famous Michelin-starred restaurant is a must-visit. Helmed by the formidable and inventive Chef José Avillez, this elegant eatery serves up top-notch meat and seafood dishes. Get the most out of your visit by opting for the tasting menu. Be sure to book ahead.

Largo de São Carlos 10
1200-410
+351 21 342 0607
belcanto.pt

Places to stay in Lisbon

The Independente Hostel and Suites

This family-run hotel is relatively small, with just 11 dorm rooms and four private suites. It’s one of the best hostels in Lisbon for dining options – the reasonably priced on-site restaurant Decadente is popular with locals and travellers.

Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara 81
1250-238
+351 21 346 1381
theindependente.pt

Stay Inn

This is the perfect choice for travellers on a budget who still want to be close to all the action. Located near Chiado metro station and smack in the middle of buzzy Bairro Alto, this Lisbon hostel has bright, comfortable rooms, excellent service and unlimited coffee to power your holiday adventures.

Rua Luz Soriano, No 19, Level 1
1200-246
+351 21 342 5149
stayinnlisbonhostel.com/en

Memmo Alfama

For a romantic stay, nothing beats this boutique hotel. The adults-only property boasts plenty of modern facilities, including a heated infinity pool. Be sure to ask for a room with balcony views over the River Tagus.

Travessa Merceeiras 27
1100-348
+351 21 049 5660
memmohotels.com/alfama

Hotel Avenida Palace

If it’s old-world glamour that you want, the Hotel Avenida Palace will fit the bill. Located near Rossio Station, the hotel is a mix of modern and classic design with opulent touches like marble hallways and chandeliers. It feels over the top at times, but does make for an unforgettable stay.

Rua 1º de Dezembro 123
1200-359
+351 21 321 8100
hotelavenidapalace.pt

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

For a classic luxury hotel, you can’t go wrong with the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz. No expense has been spared here, from the spa to the rooftop running track where you can take in views of Lisbon’s landmarks while clocking up the miles. There are more than 280 rooms and suites to choose from – ask for one with a private balcony.

Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88
1099-039
+351 21 381 1400
fourseasons.com/lisbon

As Janelas Verdes

This boutique hotel in Lisbon boasts a great location in the historic centre. A former 18th century palace, today it’s a cosy hotel that’s perfect for a low-key stay. The communal library with its charming outside terrace is a real highlight, as is the courtyard where you can have breakfast.

Rua das Janelas Verdes 47
1200-690
+351 21 396 8143
asjanelasverdes.com