Why Go – Top Reasons to Visit Lisbon

Exploring in autumn, you get much more an idea of the old Lisbon, in spring and summer you get its youthful side, and in winter you get the summer temperatures of northern Europe. Here are our top reasons why you should visit Lisbon.

The climate is perfect

Lisbon’s geographic position means great weather all year round. Summers are sunny and warm and winters are mild.

It’s a foodie’s paradise

Seafood, sardines, bacalhau (dried, salted cod) are some of the traditional dishes at Lisbon’s restaurants. Prices are not expensive; the city is one of the EU’s least expensive capitals. A visit to Lisbon is not complete without stopping at Belém or at one of the traditional cafés where you can enjoy a pastel de nata (custard tart) sprinkled with canela (cinnamon).

It offers stunning views

Discover Lisbon from the top. There are more than 20 viewpoints spread across the city that offer different angles and perspectives over a unique cityscape.

It’s an architectural melting pot

Lisbon reveals an eclectic range of architectural styles formed as the city expanded: Roman ruins, a Moorish castle and its neighbourhood Alfama, the iconic Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, and Parque das Nações’ futuristic buildings make up some of the distinctive styles that run through the city.

It opens into the broad River Tejo

The waterfront overlooking the broad estuary of the Rio Tejo has been renovated around Terreiro do Paço and Cais do Sodré with warehouses converted into cafés and restaurants. The Parque das Nações is another waterfront area great for a stroll.

It’s like travelling in time

Climb one of Lisbon’s seven hills on the Ascensor da Glória or take a ride on tram 28 and discover the old Lisbon and all its hidden secrets.

It has an exciting nightlife

Head to the Bairro Alto, Largo de Santos and Cais do Sodré areas for a fun and inexpensive night out. You don’t need to plan anything, just bar crawl like a local. For the authentic fado night, visit Lisbon’s most traditional neighbourhoods: Alfama, Mouraria or Madragoa.

Beaches are just half an hour away

Just 30 minutes by train from Lisbon, there are beautiful beaches and seaside villages to discover around Carcavelos, Estoril and Cascais resorts.