Find essential details of Lisbon and some insider tips on this article to answer your question and to clear your thoughts on your trip to the Portugal capital.
Let us help you decide on what places to visit, things to do, foods to try and many more. We will share with all that you need to know and guide you all throughout.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Lisbon
- How to get around
- What to see in Lisbon
- Things to do in Lisbon
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Lisbon
- Itinerary for Lisbon
- Packing List
- City Map
Not to mention, this guide will give you a hand on your one week in Florence itinerary. And we are certain that you’ll have an exciting and overwhelming time during your stay.
Aside from the great weather and delicious food, Lisbon itself can definitely convince you to have a great time in the capital.
Therefore, let’s keep this going as we welcome you to your one week in Lisbon itinerary!
1. Basic Introduction
First things first, we want to start with a simple intro to the things you need to know before coming to Lisbon.
Currency: EUR (€)
Language Spoken: The universal language in Lisbon is Portuguese.
On the other hand, English is also widely spoken in the city especially those from the tourism sector. Thus, the language barrier will not be a problem when traveling to Lisbon.
Known for: As the capital of Portugal with more history of the world, Lisbon is a historical city that has many monuments and buildings to remember it.
Aside from great architecture, Lisbon being situated astride seven hills offer a different view of the city all throughout your stay.
Also, as the home of tarts, don’t miss to try their custard tarts that we are hand down. Oh, how I miss those tarts. It makes me crave right now.
Accommodation: Just like any city in Europe, Lisbon has everything for everyone. You can certainly find luxury hotels to super budget-friendly apartments in the city. From stunning balcony views to amazing facilities and service, Lisbon has so much to offer.
Find more details in our where to stay in Lisbon section below.
Public Transport: Moving from one place to another is relatively easy in Lisbon and in its suburbs. Allowing you to be close to almost all the tourist attractions in the city.
Lisbon’s public transportation includes the metro, tram, bus, funicular, train and also boat and taxi. Moreover, you can use its many public transport systems with the use of just one card.
More under how to get around.
Safety: Portugal is one of the safest European countries which makes Lisbon safe to travel as well.
However, being a top tourist destination, it draws its own group of pickpockets and thieves. Generally, very crowded places are likely to have this kind of issue which you probably know.
Therefore, here are tips for you to consider and to keep you reminded while you’re in Lisbon.
- Be attentive especially in crowded places like the metro, bus or restaurants.
- Always keep an eye on your things and never leave them unattended.
- Put your bags in front and your things in your front pocket.
- Do not accept any help with your luggage from anyone.
- Never leave anything valuable in your vehicle.
Generally, these are basic safety tips I can give you. Just follow these and you’ll be safe.
City name: Lisbon remained independent and free during world war II in the modern era. Thus, becoming the center of surveillance for both Allies and Nazis, earning its name “The Spy City”.
Through time, according to locals, Lisbon eventually became home to many immigrants who came to work in the city. Hence, today Lisbon is also called, a “city of immigrants”.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
2. Where to stay in Lisbon
More than just the great weather all year round, other reasons why you should visit Lisbon is because of its amazing food and more than 20 stunning viewpoints all across the city.
Aside from this, the Portugal capital offers an exciting nightlife plus you can enjoy its beaches with half an hour away.
And since rumor has it that you’re traveling for the first time for one week in Lisbon or less, we have listed down below our handpicked recommendations you can consider to stay according to the kind of your travel.
Whether your traveling solo or traveling with family and friends, whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly hostel or a luxury hotel, we got it all for you.
Even more, we have also made a map to better show you where they are located.
Additionally, included in the map are sights you should and might want to visit during your one week in Lisbon.
Our handpicked recommendations:
- Families: Lisbon Art Stay Apartments
- Couples: Lisboa Pessoa Hotel
- Luxury Travelers: Olissippo Lapa Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World
- Design Lovers: Torel Palace The Vintage Hotel & Spa – Lisbon
- Groups: Lisbon Calling
- Solo Traveler: Jupiter Lisboa Hotel
- Nightlife Traveler: Sunset Destination Hostel
- On a low budget: Hub Lisbon Patio Hostel
Furthermore, here we cover all neighborhoods, and for which type of traveler we recommend the areas and hotels.
2.1. Lisbon Art Stay Apartments – Great for Families
Great for families, surround yourself with art in Lisbon Art Stay Apartments.
Since location can be a very big deal in traveling families, you got yourself a good location in this property right in the city center. With just a 20-minute walk from Alfama and Bairro Alto; and a 2-minute walk from the Tagus River and metro station.
Moreover, find your rooms individually decorated and painted with art decorations all over the apartment. Plus, studio apartments boast a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge and a microwave.
Also, just near the property, you will find restaurants, cafes, and shops that make it convenient for you to walk around. And since the Tagus River is near, you will find it relaxing to have a stroll along the sidewalk by the river.
On the other hand, one highlight of the property you will love is the 24/7 rooftop terrace that features a stunning view of the Tagus River and Lisbon.
Good to know: The apartment offers a self-service laundry with a complete set of washing machine and dryer so you don’t have to worry about bringing fewer clothes during your one week in Lisbon.
2.2. Lisboa Pessoa Hotel – Perfect for Couples
Go intimate over the Lisboa Pessoa Hotel that boasts amazing views of Lisbon from their terrace.
And if you’re looking forward to romantic dinners, the Mensagem Restaurant serves dishes inspired by the Portuguese tradition. Located just within the hotel, the restaurant offers a sweet ambiance perfect for couples.
Aside from the spacious rooms and comfy beds, you will get a free minibar topped up every day. And if you’re a bookworm, there’s a library you will appreciate within the hotel.
Lisboa Pessoa Hotel also offers spa services and a fitness center that you and your partner can take advantage of together. There’s also a pool that is open all year round.
Location wise, the hotel puts you near the famous Carmo fountain and convent. While St. Georg’s Castle and Barrio Alto can be reached in 15 minutes by foot.
2.3. Olissippo Lapa Palace – Best for Luxury Travelers
Spoil yourself with spacious and elegant rooms with a balcony view of the Tagus River in Olissippo Lapa Palace.
While some rooms have a view of the river, other rooms offer a view of the beautiful tropical garden and the sunny hotel pool. Expect your room to be well-furnished with enormous yet comfortable beds.
Even though the hotel was an old palace, transformed into a 5-star hotel with grandeur and elegance, still you will surprisingly feel the warmth of a home.
And to make you relax after a long day tour in Lisbon, proceed to the spa center and get yourself a wonderful massage, have a Turkish bath or enjoy a sauna bath.
On the other hand, satisfy your appetite in the hotel restaurant that serves a variation of Mediterranean, Italian and Portuguese cuisine and regional wines.
Moreover, for better nights in your one week in Lisbon, head out to the bar and grab yourself a drink of your favorite cocktail while you enjoy the live music.
Good to know: The hotel is also very family-oriented and kid-friendly where they offer family rooms, children’s television networks, and babysitting services.
2.4. Torel Palace – Great for Design Lovers
Is it possible to stay in a quiet place yet is very close to the city center? In Torel Palace, you could. Escape the city but still be as close, staying in Torel Palace gives you a perfect location for a city break.
The hotel features a breathtaking panoramic view of Lisbon, the Tagus River, and the São Jorge Castle. Moreover, the hotel gives a great value for design since each of its 26 suites are individually and tastefully decorated.
And if ever you’re traveling in a group or traveling with the whole family, Torel Palace also offers a villa and a two-bedroom Apartment.
In addition to this, enjoy the quality buffet breakfast with fresh orange juice and homemade cakes, and typical Portuguese products before you head out.
Likewise, you can dine in Cave 23, a restaurant just within the hotel that serves À la carte meals. However, if you feel like exploring outside the premises, you have a long list of choices of Portuguese restaurants.
And as for the location, reach Barrio Alto in an 8-minutes walk from the Torel Palace as well as the commercial areas of Rua Augusta and Chiado. On the other hand, the Rossio Train Station and the Restauradores Metro Station are also near the hotel.
Good to know: With just a few steps from the property is the oldest Funicular in Lisbon, the Lavra.
2.5. Lisbon Calling – Most Ideal for Groups
Stay in a trendy and quirky hostel located in a 250-year-old building in the heart of the city, stay in Lisbon Calling.
Experience how it is to live as a ‘lisboeta’, and stay in a home away from home, the Lisbon Calling offers private rooms and dormitories with shared bathrooms.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for an intimate or exclusive, you can choose to stay in a double themed room that offers a huge, tailor-made wooden bunk-beds and get great views of the church square.
While the common kitchen is ideal for cooking your own meals, Lisbon Calling serves daily free buffet breakfast with freshly baked pastries and fresh fruit juices to cereals and milk.
Location wise, it is less than 10 minutes walking from Praca do Commercio, around 5 minutes to the neighborhood Cais do Sodre (nightlife district) and near the metro to take you directly to the airport.
Good to know: You might find it difficult to find the hostel entrance at first glance since there are no signs that tell you its Lisbon Calling. Make sure you ask them for directions or simply mark the hostel on your map.
Check out and save the map we created below. You’ll find it very useful once you come for your one week in Lisbon.
2.6. Jupiter Lisboa Hotel – Great for Solo Travelers
Offering numerous activities and amenities, you got yourself a nice accommodation great for solo travelers in Jupiter Lisboa Hotel.
Treat yourself in a lovely buffet breakfast with a varied menu with international and traditional Portuguese dishes before you head out on a tour in the city. And when you come back in the evening, head to the 24/7 Lisboa Amada lobby bar and grab a beer or two to relax.
Moreover, get spacious rooms that are equipped with a free WiFi, a work desk and a flatscreen TV. Also, expect to have a private bathroom that comes with a walk-in shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Not to mention, the 24-hour room service and front desk that makes sure you are happy and satisfied on your stay. You can ask the front desk of anything you might need which may include a shuttle service, bicycle and car rental, ticket service, luggage storage and a concierge service.
Likewise, you may find the spa and fitness center a plus factor where you can spoil yourself and add more relaxation during your one week in Lisbon.
2.7. Sunset Destination Hostel – Best for an amazing Nightlife
In search of the best nightlife experience yet traveling in a budget? Don’t you worry because we got your back! We proudly lead you to this amazing party place, the Sunset Destination Hostel.
Aside from offering a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Tagus River, the hostel gives you a spacious terrace with the Zebra bar. You will also find a pool in the rooftop which was also nice.
Sober up with very affordable cocktails and drinks plus, the view is just as sobering especially at night when the city starts to light up and glow.
And if you’re still up for more night adventure, you can join the night activities offered by the hostel like pubcrawls, themed dinner nights, and happy hour. Besides, just 1-minute walk from the hostel is the vibrant night life of Pink Street (Cais do Sodré).
Good to know: The Sunset Destination is located right in Cais do Sodré train station which is very convenient for you to go places in the city and beyond Lisbon.
2.8. Hub Lisbon Patio Hostel
Boasting cool outdoor spaces and designed perfectly for those who want to relax is Hub Lisbon Patio Hostel.
You can choose to stay from mixed rooms to female-only bedrooms and offer a continental breakfast available everyday.
Furthermore, you will find a giant hammock in the common area where you can relax and chill or catch a movie in a big screen. Besides, you can also join the walking tours, happy hour, and pubcrawls offered by the hostel.
And to enjoy more of your stay, it is almost imposible not to win new friends with the other hostel guests. Meet them in the communal kitchen as you prepare meals, start a conversation in the common area or have a game of foosball and PlayStation in the games room.
Good to know: The metro is just 2-minutes walk from the hostel which places you near links to the city’s attractions and more.
3. How to get around
So, we have your accommodation set, now let us get out and explore.
Best for sightseeing: One of the easiest and most convenient ways to see Lisbon is through the famous Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour.
Plan your own tour in a full-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing trip that covers 4 separate routes with over 63 bus stops.
- Belém Line (Red Line) – 21 bus stops
- Oriente Line (Blue Line) – 19 bus stops
- Cascais Line (Orange Line) – 10 bus stops
- Castle Line (Green Line) – 13 bus stops
With this tour, you can Hop-on and off whenever and wherever you want. Thus, giving you the complete power to control everything you want to see and when to see it.
Check more info in Hop on – Hop off Bus.
Public transport: Lisbon’s public transportation is very punctual and remains relatively inexpensive compared to other European capitals.
Here’s a short detail of each public transport system:
- Lisbon Tram – Not only is it one of the best ways to move around Lisbon, but it is also one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
- Metro – The fastest way to get around the city and ideal for long distances.
- Bus – Since the metro puts you in a limit to go around, the public buses are here to the rescue. Sending you to certain trips around the city.
Therefore, you will be able to visit all the corners of the city with ease. Plus, you can use the Lisbon Card for unlimited free access to all the public transport system.
Aside from this, the Lisbon Card also gives you free admission to top attractions and discounts at various landmarks. Not only is it convenient to use, but it also relatively allows you to save more money.
Bikes: Lisbon is still on its way to being a bikeable city. With hills, tram lines, potholes, and cobblestones all over the city, it will take some time for you to go around in bicycles and enjoy a ride.
However, along the coast of the River Tejo and up towards the ocean, you can get a rewarding ride with bike paths. Also, get to see one of the most attractive parts of Lisbon and its sights.
Walking: Just like some cities in Europe, Lisbon was designed to be explored on foot.
Moreover, there are whole areas of Lisbon where the streets are simply too narrow to allow traffic to enter so the best way to beat it is through walking. Besides, get to unlock more of Lisbon by immersing yourself on foot.
Taxi: Taxis in Lisbon are a surprisingly good value for traveling around the city. Unlike the other public transportations, taxis can take you in particular from point A to point B and can be hailed along the streets.
Furthermore, riding taxis are safe to ride even late at night. Also, always insists on using the meter. Because by law, all taxi fares should be calculated using a taximeter that should start with €3.25 during the daytime.
Boat: Another way to see the city of Lisbon is by boats.
You may choose from several types of boats ranging from ferries to traditional boats to motor yachts. Name it, they all have it! Experience River Tejo and go see Lisbon’s tourist sights by boat. Even more, you can also go beyond Lisbon and go on a bird and dolphin-watching trips.
4. What to see in Lisbon – The Must-Do’s
What to see in Lisbon? A very good question!
Lisbon is a perfect combination of the old and modern. More than a multicultural city, it also has world-class restaurants and a reputation for style and history.
The moment you step foot on this city, you’ll instantly fall in love with it as we did.
Here are the most essential places you need to visit on your trip to Lisbon. However, please be reminded that there are some places that it would be helpful to prebook. Just in case you don’t want to wait for ques.
The Must Do’s are:
- Admire the natural beauty of Pena Park and Palace
- Ride the famous Tram 28
- See the iconic monument of Torre de Belém
- Experience Lisbon Oceanarium
- Visit St George’s Castle
- Ride Lisbon’s funiculars
More great sights to see in Lisbon are:
- Alfama District
- National Sanctuary of Christ the King
- Monastery of Jerónimos
- National Museum of Ancient Art
- Mercado da Ribeira
- Bairro Alto
- Feira da Ladra
- Aqueduto das Águas Livres
Photo by Daniel van den Berg
5. Things to do in Lisbon
Packed with great history and culture, Lisbon has every reason for you to love it.
Offering 290 days of sunshine a year, there’s so much you can do with its fair-weather.
So whether you’re here for the first time or the nth time, whether in a fast-track or a three-days trip, Lisbon has an unending list of things to do all throughout the year.
Let me give you some of the best things to do while you’re in the City of Immigrants.
We collected for you a great list of cool Things To Do in Lisbon:
- 29 Fun Things To Do in Lisbon, Portugal
- The Most Romantic Things To Do In Lisbon With Your Sweetheart
- 11 Great Things to Do in Lisbon with Kids
- Top 15 Best Free Things to Do in Lisbon
Here are more ideas:
- Drive the streets of Lisbon on a 75-minute GPS guided tour on a GoCar
- Have a taste of Lisbon’s custard tarts
- Go up at one of Lisbon’s Miradoures (amazing viewpoints)
- Climb the Cristo Rei in Cacilhas
- Drink Ginjinha
- Take a cruise in Tagus River
- Have an amazing Lisbon surf experience
6. Tickets you have to buy before (Must Read)
Usually, in this section, we cover tickets that you need to book in advance in order to get in.
These are more likely to be tourist destinations that offer limited access due to its popular demand and are always easy to sell out.
However, as Lisbon is not a huge destination, there is no sight you would need to prebook. Nevertheless, here are some of the tourist sights in Lisbon you might want to pre-book to skip the long ques.