The Best Holiday Guide to Lisbon

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Lisbon Portugal Guide

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Western Europe. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage with striking modernism and liberal thinking. As a holiday destination Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, a social and friendly nightlife and is blessed with a glorious climate. Accommodation and food are a fraction of the cost of many other capital cities, while Lisbon airport provides low cost flights to Europe and direct links to the rest of the world. Surrounding Lisbon is a beautiful coastline filled with many glorious beaches and there are enjoyable day trips from Lisbon to the towns of Sintra and Cascais. Most tourists visit Lisbon as a short city break of three days or as an extended weekend but there are sufficient excellent excursions to extend a stay to 5 days or even a week.

Baixa Lisbon

The Baixa district and Rossio square as viewed from the Elevador Santa Justa

Our site has been written by individuals who have a true passion and love of this city and the recommended pages to help start you on your holiday to Lisbon are:
(Please click the underlined words to follow the link)

A guide to a 3 day tour of Lisbon - This is an in-depth guide listing major activities and sights which can be visited as a three day stay in Lisbon (for a weekend stay please read this guide.)

Questions and Answers - Answers to many of the common questions for a holiday to Lisbon

Top 10 sights of Lisbon - This guide lists the major tourist and historical sights of Lisbon.

On a budget - Lisbon can be a great value destination, this extensive guide list how to visit Lisbon on a limited budget and the best free sights of the city.

7 days or 5 days in Lisbon - Lisbon and central Portugal make a great alternative holiday destination these guides will provide a suggested itinerary.

A guide for Families - Is Lisbon suitable for families and what are the main activities that will entertain children, this guide will detail all.

Our airport guide provides details about flying into Lisbon and onward travel from the airport, while our car hire guide explains if it is worth hiring a car for a holiday to Lisbon.

All of these links are on the right hand side boxes (if viewing on a desktop/ lap top) or at the top of the page (if viewed on a mobile or tablet). This site and our partner Portugal sites have over 300 pages of tips and advice, for a list of the most popular pages please view the bottom of this page.

If you need more convincing that Lisbon is the holiday destination for you, please continue reading our extended introduction to Lisbon and Portugal.

Lisbon suspension bridge

Lisbon suspension bridge

Extended Introduction to Lisbon

Lisbon, reflects the Portuguese as a people, embracing the the new era whilst never losing sight of their traditions, history, religious roots. Lisbon is constantly recognised as one of the greatest cities in the world and this was confirmed by the “Lonely Planet Guides" which named Lisbon as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit. Surprisingly it still is one of the least visited capitals in Europe and hopefully this Lisbon guide will convince you to visit. Lisbon is an exceedingly diverse destination for travelers.

Lisbon suspension bridge

Lisbon offers a really a fantastic array of different holiday types from short city breaks, catering for cultural, culinary, party and relaxation opportunities to family holidays based around gorgeous beaches. Another benefit for tourists planning to visit Lisbon is the ability to create a holiday that will fit almost any budget; be it a five-star luxury get-away or a shoestring hostel based adventure.

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The cable car in the Parque das Nações

Lisbon is a city that can easily be explored in an extended weekend, whilst for those with a longer amount of time or for returning travelers the city has such a wealth of attractions you could easily fill two weeks. Flights are cheaper than ever, as low cost airlines now connect Portugal to the rest of Europe and the country is still one of Europe’s most affordable destinations. Food, accommodation and transport all provides excellent value for money, especially when compared to other capitals such as Barcelona, Paris, Berlin or London.


Contained within the seven hills are numerous historic sites, churches and museums all linked by the delightful and famous yellow tram network. Portugal is a family focused country, young children are welcome everywhere and there are plenty of child friendly activities within Lisbon. This Lisbon guide will explain why it is a great destination to visit. Within the capital are numerous attractions and the people are courteous, friendly and honest. Why experience the rudeness of Paris, the chaos of Rome and the crime of Madrid. Visit Portugal and Lisbon they will not disappoint.

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Sintra Day Trip

sintra day trip

Sintra is a delightful town
and a popular day trip

Sintra Day Trip

sintra day trip

Sintra is a delightful town
and a popular day trip