“We travel to change not of place, but ideas.” - Hippolyte Taine

Once you have already booked your tickets, the fun can truly begin. Planning a holiday can be almost as fun as the actual experience. If you plan to visit Lisbon, once you have your accommodation, car rental, and budget sorted out, then you can look forward to a mounting sense of anticipation as you plan the exciting parts of your trip.

Any Lisbon tourist will tell you that it’s easy to tell why it is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. Not only that, Portugal’s tourism is also responsible for 25% of jobs and 7% of the country’s GDP.

If you are planning a trip to Portugal, make sure that you search Lisbon top attractions, or keep reading for a mini-guide to the best of Lisbon sightseeing!

The best Portuguese tutors available
Silvia
5
5 (2 review/s)
Silvia
R140
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Washington
Washington
R300
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Carolina
5
5 (4 review/s)
Carolina
R321
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Justino
Justino
R250
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Angela
Angela
R300
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Marcelina
Marcelina
R100
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Natalia
5
5 (1 review/s)
Natalia
R245
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Gillin
Gillin
R80
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Silvia
5
5 (2 review/s)
Silvia
R140
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Washington
Washington
R300
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Carolina
5
5 (4 review/s)
Carolina
R321
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Justino
Justino
R250
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Angela
Angela
R300
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Marcelina
Marcelina
R100
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Natalia
5
5 (1 review/s)
Natalia
R245
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Gillin
Gillin
R80
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Let's go!

The Best Time to Visit Lisbon  

Once you have checked out the Lisbon Top Attractions list, you will notice that most guides say that the best time for visiting Lisbon Portugal is in summer while it is hot, dry and temperatures range from 21.4 to 27. 5. So your best time for visiting Lisbon is from May to August.

During these months there are is only an average of 3 to 40 millimetres of rain which makes good conditions for visiting old neighbourhoods like Belem, Bairro Alto, and Alfama.

Having said all this, if you are planning a visit to Lisbon, you’ll be happy to note that the weather is good throughout the year.  

Winter, between November and February, is traditionally a time of rainfall but thanks to the Mediterranean climate and Atlantic Ocean influence temperatures are still pleasant.

During the rainy season, be sure to check the Lisbon top attractions list for museums and galleries like the Chiado Museum, Museum of Fado, Jerónimos Monastery, the National Museum of Azulejo, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.

So, while it’s possible to enjoy visiting Lisbon or Portugal for that matter, throughout the year, we recommend that if you want to visit the Lisbon top attractions on a tight budget that you do so in winter.

Make sure that you purchase a Lisboa Card, which is a pass that is valid for either 24, 48, or 72 hours and costs €20, €34, or €42. This is the perfect way to get around and will allow you to do most of your Lisbon sightseeing while using public transport. This method is perfect for the Lisbon tourist who wants to see everything without having to queue for attractions or bus, metro, and tram tickets.

When you visit Lisbon, you will notice that there are steep hills that boast 16 viewpoints known as “miradouros” in the city. Some of these offer unique opportunities for Lisbon sightseeing like views of 25 de Abril Bridge and Tage estuary.

When is the best time to visit Portugal?
You can visit Lisbon in winter when there are fewer tourists. (Source: Free-Photos)

On the subject of Lisbon sightseeing, make sure not to miss: The Miradouro Santa Luzia, the Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII, the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara and Miradouro da Graça.

If you’re planning to visit Lisbon from April to June, make sure that you check out these popular cultural and sporting events:

  • April – the Estoril Open Tennis Championships on clay
  • May/ June – the Lisbon Tango Festival
  • 13 June - Saint Anthony of Padua
  • 23 June - the Feast of São Jõao

Before making plans for visiting Lisbon Portugal, you might need Portuguese lessons.

How Long Does a Lisbon Tourist Need?

As one of Europe’s most historic capitals, Lisbon has plenty to see and experience.

If you are able to go, make sure that you allow for enough time to experience all that Lisbon has to offer.

Plan your trip according to your time. If you are on annual leave with limited time, you may need to pack in all your Lisbon sightseeing in a few days, but if you are a student on a language immersion trip you can space how you experience the best of Lisbon to attractions. In fact, if you are living there, you can take it all in as you go about daily life and behave like less of a Lisbon tourist!

Also, visiting Lisbon should not exclude you from checking out a few of Portugal’s other national treasures.

Because you searched visiting Lisbon Portugal, the internet is likely to serve you advertisements for other top tourist destinations too. Check them out and see what you can add to your itinerary.

  • Porto
  • The Douro Valley
  • Alentejo
  • The Algarve

Don’t forget to leave enough time to visit Lisbon!

As a Lisbon tourist, you will need at least five days for sightseeing!  

  • Castelo São Jorge
  • The Baixa, Alfama, Alto, Belem, Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Ajuda neighbourhoods
  • The many streets of the famous yellow Line 28 tram
  • Praça do Comércio or Commerce Square
  • Lisbon Cathedral
  • Rua Augusta Arch
  • The Convent of our Lady of Mount Carmel Convento da Ordem do Carmo
  • Museums
  • Parc Eduardo VII
  • The Santa Justa Lift
  • The Panoramic View Amoreiras 360°
  • Lisbon Botanic Gardens
  • The Tower of Belém
  • The Monument of Discoveries, Padrão dos Descobrimentos

If you want to visit other Lisbon top attractions or get out of the city to explore the surrounding areas, you could always consider a longer stay in Portugal too. 

Where to Stay When Visiting Lisbon

Where should you stay in Lisbon?
The Bairro Alto can be noisy at night, but if you want to party, this is the place to be. (Source: 2109DSGN)

One of the most important aspects of any successful holiday is regarding where to stay! If you’re looking for accommodation, you have the choices to consider hotels, holiday rentals and even Air BnB. If you’re keen to stay in the best neighbourhoods, then a search for visiting Lisbon Portugal is always a good start.

While Lisbon’s cost of living is quite low, accommodation can be expensive. So even if you are fortunate to find a good holiday package, accommodation could eat at your budget.

So, where would you stay when visiting Lisbon Portugal?

For short stays, you can check out Airbnb, Hotels.com, and Booking.com. If, however, you plan to stay longer, you could consider renting a flat in the city centre, to do this, check out sites like Idealista, Sapo or OLX.

Unfortunately, rental prices will be governed by landlords who make the most of supply and demand during the high season.

Old neighbourhoods like the ones mentioned above are a wonderful accommodation option but will be expensive. All things considered, Lisbon city centre is the best place to stay when visiting Lisbon.

Other advice for holiday bookings is quite obvious. Try not to leave your booking to the last minute and use the map features on accommodation websites to make sure you are sure of the location especially in relation to the Lisbon top attractions list.

If you’re on a student budget, check out youth hostels too. You could get a bed in a dormitory for around €25 for two.

Which are the most popular neighbourhoods in Lisbon?

Which is the best neighbourhood in Lisbon?
The Alfama is one of the oldest and prettiest neighbourhoods in Lisbon. (Source: Skitterphoto)

There are four main neighbourhoods within the city centre, two of which are on the periphery that we should mention: Bairro Alto, Alfama, Belém, Baixa, Chiado, and Ajuda.

The Alfama neighbourhood is very picturesque with its coloured buildings, bars, narrow streets and restaurants which serve traditional dishes. It’s a great small-town vibe.

In 1755, sadly there were between 50,000 and 70,000 fatalities caused by the Alfama earthquake. Remarkably, the Castelo de São Jorge which is on the Lisbon top attractions list remains standing making it an area that is a mix of modern and historic architecture.

You may think that parts of Alfama seem dilapidated but this is part of the area’s history because, during the Moorish rule, building interiors were more important than their exteriors which were simply considered superficial.

You could also visit the old Baixa neighbourhood, which is the city’s commercial and tourist hub. Here you’ll find the famous Praça do Comércio as well as the Rua Augusta Arch which means that accommodation will be at a premium too.

If you take the funicular railway or stairs, you will soon arrive at Chiado and Bairro Alto two other old neighbourhoods. Bairro is famed for its nightlife (even though you would not say so during the day) while Chiado is buzzing throughout the day with a young population who enjoy the many bars, shops, and restaurants.

If you prefer to be away from the city, you will enjoy quieter options for Lisbon sightseeing like the Tower of Belém, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Monument of Discoveries (the Padrão dos Descobrimentos).

So, if you need to breathe a bit deeper, enjoy a 90-minute walk from the city centre and take in all that Belém offers which is another experience of Lisbon’s residential areas on the Ajuda side of town which includes the magnificent view of the 25 de Abril Bridge!

Whichever way you decide to enjoy your time when you visit Lisbon, remember that you can enrich it even further if you know how to speak Portuguese.  Whether you are going on a short trip and only need conversational Portuguese, or whether you intend to work or study in Lisbon, a private Portuguese tutor could help to prepare you.

>

The platform that connects private tutors and students

1st lesson free

Enjoyed this article? Leave a rating!

5.00 (1 rating/s)
Loading...

Niki

Niki is a content writer from Cape Town, South Africa, who is passionate about words, strategic communication and using words to help create and maintain brand personas. Niki has a PR and marketing background, but her happiest place is when she is bringing a story to life on a page.