Lisbon, Portugal

Discover Alfama’s medieval Moorish charm, Baixa’s bustle and chic Chiado; every district boasts character, calm and cool in abundance. By night, head to Bairro Alto, where the bars and restaurants throb with the mournful passion of Fado, Portugal’s traditional music.

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When to go

The best time to visit Lisbon is late spring, when the city is sun-drenched and the sardines are in season, freshened up to perfection by the nearby sparkling cold waters. That said, there really isn’t a bad time to visit Lisbon, due to its temperate climate and countless things to do, see and eat.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    British Airways ( and TAP ( both fly direct from London to Lisbon; TAP also operates direct flights from Newark in the US to the city.
  • Boats

    You can take ferries across to Seixal, Cacilhas, Montijo and Barreiro from close to the main plaza (Praca do Comércio). Exploring Lisbon by water is a great way to appreciate the city’s beauty.
  • Trains

    The Portuguese national train service is Comboios de Portugal ( There are two main stations in Lisbon: Santa Apolónia and Gare do Oriente. The recently renovated Lisbon Metro ( is useful if you want to visit some of the parks on the further reaches of the city. Be prepared for a few changes during your journey; it’s not the most user-friendly network around.
  • Automobiles

    One-way roads and tiny streets mean that driving in Lisbon is a somewhat hair-raising experience | further complicated by challenging parking. It’s best to avoid the stress and stick to taxis.
  • Taxis

    Lisbon has taxis in abundance and they are pretty good value; it’s unlikely you’ll spend more than €10 on a fare.