Lisbon Travel Guide & Information

Lisbon the capital and largest city of Portugal, is a fascinating city, a representation of glorious heritage and funky art, charming architecture and traditions. Lisbon is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, due to its relaxed atmosphere, cultural diversity and reasonable prices.

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Book flights to Lisbon and visit a city rich in contemporary culture and thriving, making its mark in Europe today. Lisbon is steeped in culture and should come as no surprise that Lisbon is full of equal parts wonderful indoor attractions, like museums and castles and outside attractions like, monuments, gardens, outdoor markets and more.

Visitors to Lisbon will be enchanted by its inspiring limestone buildings, quaint charm and vintage nooks and crannies, as well as the easy going attitude. Additionally, the vibrant nightlife paired with various restaurants and bars and shopping in Lisbon makes this a popular year round destination.

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Things to do in Lisbon

Museums:

Lisbon is no different from many great European capitals, with a wealth of excellent museums highlighting the city's rich cultural associations and glorious past.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian: Museu Calouste Gulbenkian plays host to a collection of ancient and modern art. A magnificent collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art also shape the museum’s exhibits. Substantially renovated and modernized in 2001, it has become a "Must Visit" during a vacation to Lisbon.

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Maritime Museum:The Maritime Museum of Lisbon is dedicated to all aspects of the History of navigation in Portugal. The museum is administered by the Portuguese Navy and is located in the tourist friendly district of Belem. The exhibits include historical paintings, archaeological items and many scale models of ships used in Portugal since the 15th century.

Museu da Marioneta: The museum presents a wide collection of traditional puppets from all around the world in a restored 17th century convent named the "Convento Das Bernardas". Even though the Museum aims to provide a general view of puppets from all around the world, it gives special attention to Portuguese Puppet Theater.

Must See:

The city's "Must Visit" list is not limited to museums; Lisbon is home to several historic architecture, gardens and parks that are sure to delight.

Parque das Nacoes: The site features several attractions, like the Lisbon Oceanarium with its 15,000 living examples of marine life. The main tank holds enough water to fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools and can be viewed from two floors through curved glass panels that provide a 180-degree view. Another popular attraction is the Virtual Reality Pavilion, which showcases the Portuguese age of discovery.

Tower of Belem: The famous Tower of Belem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Lisbon's most photographed landmarks because of its striking exterior. The outer walls are adorned with a stone-carved rope and beautiful openwork balconies, along with Moorish watchtowers and battlements shaped like shields.

Saint George’s Castle: Built by the Visigoths in the 5th century and enlarged by the Moors in the 9th century, the Castle demonstrates the early history of the city, while offering to its visitors a spectacular panoramic view of Lisbon and Tagus River. The Castle also hosts a multimedia exhibit of Lisbon’s history.

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Where to Stay in Lisbon:

Lisbon is Europe's smallest capital and easy to navigate on foot. The choice of hotels in Lisbon range from cheap hotels to 4-Star Hotels Under $99 to 5 –star luxurious hotels and budget hostels.

Baixa/Chiado: The Baixa/Chiado area is one of the most beautiful districts in Lisbon. Vacationers staying here are close to the most magnificent square in the city, the Praca do Comercio, facing the Tagus River and the arch of Rua Augusta. Baixa/Chiado is also one of the main shopping areas of Lisbon, full of high quality stores. Multiple budget hotels, luxury hotels and a few hostels are located here.

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Lapa: Lapa is considered to be the most elegant area in Lisbon. This quarter is home to most of the embassies and many Portuguese artists. Lapa is close to Alcantara and the Docas, where travelers will find many bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

Portugal is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Lisbon for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

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* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Lisbon.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before Planning your Visit.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Lisbon

Lisbon is a year round destination, as the climate is always mild and there are no extreme weather conditions. Summers can be quite hot and there’s plenty of rain during the winter months, so spring is perhaps the best time for a vacation.

The high season is mid June through August, which is when most tourists flock to Lisbon for vacation. To get the best deal and avoid large crowds and lines, you might want to visit during the low season.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (Mid-June - August)

Low season: (January - March)

Lisbon Weather

Lisbon has a warm climate, with sunny, spring and summer days. Temperatures frequently reach 85°F or above.

* Winters are cool and rainy, while spring and fall is generally mild or even warm during the day.

* From May to September, the weather tends to be cool and comfortable with blues skies and mild winds.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Euro or € is the official currency in Lisbon.

Twenty-four hour ATMs called "multibanco" are everywhere in Lisbon, from the largest towns to small villages.

Languages:

* Portuguese is the national language and is spoken as a first language by almost the entire population.

* However, English is spoken by many in business circles and the tourism industry.