Once the launch pad for many of the voyages of discovery (notablyVasco da Gama's epic journey to India), Lisbon was the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents, from South America (Brazil) to Asia (Macao, China; Goa, India). It is forever known as the city of the explorers, and you too will be filled with the spirit of discovery as you retrace the footsteps of Prince Henry the Navigator or Ferdinand Magellan.
Explore World Heritage architectural marvels, the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, with their intricate carvings showcasing all the glory and excitement of the age, and discover the treasures from the East and the West inside the world-class Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, or the acclaimed Design Museum and the fantastic Berardo Collection of contemporary art.
You'll find yourself wandering through colorful 18th century squaresdowntown and getting lost in the medieval maze of the Alfamadistrict overlooked by an ancient castle. Follow that with a dive into the spectacular Oceanarium and spend your nights indulging in the city's gastronomic delights, listening to the sounds of Fado, or bar-hopping through the cobbled alleys of the shabby-chic Bairro Altodistrict.
You're sure to become mesmerized by Lisbon's wonderful mix of the old-fashioned and the hip; of the historic and the modern, but you'll also want to go outside the city to the fairytale town of Sintra and to the cosmopolitan shores of Cascais and Estoril.
Whatever you choose to do, you'll find all you need to know here. We present you a variety of restaurants, cafés, and shops, and introduce you to the best of Lisbon's bars, clubs, and much more.
Wondering where to stay? Take a look at our various choices ofLisbon hotels and other accommodation, and take the first step in planning your trip by booking with us! And to start planning your sightseeing, take a look at our Best of Lisbon page for some ideas on what you can not miss in this alluring city. Bem vindo a Lisboa!