The beautiful city of Lisbon has everything for a memorable trip away. From sandy beaches, a sunny climate, buzzing nightlife and historic must-sees, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do and see.
The ancient city of Lisbon is the second-oldest capital in Europe. And with strong historic legacy, there are so many intriguing places to visit in this atmospheric and picturesque destination.
Lisbon is surrounded by dramatic hills offering panoramic sea views, with blue waters lapping at its coastline. This idyllic setting makes it perfect for anyone looking for a beautiful beach holiday, with top stretches of sand including Adraga, the Costa da Caparica and Meco just south of the city centre.
In the heart of Lisbon itself, travel through the streets on the tram, moving through medieval avenues and taking in the unique, laid-back atmosphere of the city. Or, see some top cultural sights and museums.
Things to do in Lisbon
Whether you want family friendly activities on your holiday in Lisbon, a relaxing time in the sun wandering through the romantic streets, or a great night out, the city is sure to impress.
For a fun afternoon, pop to one of Lisbon's Oceanarium to see the fish, seabirds and state-of-the-art displays. As one of the biggest aquariums in the world, there’s lots to discover in here, and it’s a great activity whatever the weather.
To get to know the cultural side of the city check out some of its museums such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, home to an impressive variety of European treasures. The acclaimed Design Museum is well worth a look too, along with the Berardo Museum with its vast Modern art collection.
The best way to really get to know this gorgeous place though, is to explore its different neighbourhoods. From the Old Town, Mouraria with its Moorish influences, the very chic and upmarket Chiado with its Belle-Epoque architecture, and the Bohemian and trendy Bairro Alto. Each district has a distinct character, transporting you to a different place from one border to the next.
Nightlife and dining
Typical of its European setting, many bars and clubs don’t open until later in the evenings in Lisbon, and the livelier areas of the city are transformed from the laid-back vibes of the daytime into buzzing nightlife spots.
Bairro Alto is perhaps the best neighbourhood for night time revellers, with top venues including Bedroom and Pavilhão Chines. Or you can head to the docks to watch the sunset with a cocktail at a trendy bar like Op Art. And to round the evening off, go to Lux, the city’s most fashionable club.
Chiado is a great starting point for anyone looking for sophisticated cafés before heading out to dinner. But for dining out itself, try lovely eateries like Cervejaria Ramiro for seafood, the very stylish Decadente, or Cantinho do Avillez run by celebrated chef, José Avillez.