A magnificent bay, the Tagus estuary, crossed by an endless bridge, the Vasco de Gama bridge, sloping streets climbed by the tramway, a visit to Lisbon looks like San Francisco in Europe if not the other way around, a bit older. During your stay in the capital of Portugal, the most westerly capital of Europe, you will take advantage of your holidays to discover a rich heritage that dates back to Roman times and which has then passed through the centuries and influences, particularly Muslims, to this day. From the tower of Belém, the old port from which Vasco de Gama set off in 1497 to conquer the world, to the futuristic Parc des Nations, built for the 1998 Universal Exhibition, to the magnificent Place du Commerce (Praça do comercio), where the historic heart of the city beats, to the Château Saint-Georges and its magnificent panorama ideal for taking pictures of Lisbon or its other districts, there are many things to see absolutely and to visit well accompanied by your Lisbon tourist guide. The Portuguese capital is also ideal for walks through time in the cobbled streets of the old quarters of Alfama and in the Bairro alto, or relaxing in summer on the many sandy beaches in the surrounding area accessible by public transport such as Cascais or Estoril, a warm nata pastel in the mouth. In the evening, Lisbon transforms itself and takes on more festive tones where you can easily be convinced by the terraces of small restaurants to taste the typical dishes, most often cod-based, have a drink, or party to fado or other less melancholic music, at the Bairro alto or in the Docks district. You will enjoy strolling through the small streets of the historic districts of this beautiful city in summer.

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When to go to Lisbon?

If you have the choice, the best periods for a trip to Lisbon are spring and especially the month of June (popular festivals), the beginning of summer (many festivals) before August (the time of holidays for the Portuguese, therefore higher prices) and the beginning of autumn (before the rains).

Summer is of course the great season for festivals. June is one of the most interesting months for the feasts of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter, which are among the main events of the month. There are also the Santiago de Setúbal Fair (late July, early August), the Bullfighting Culture Week in Vila Franca de Xira (June), the Almada Theatre Festival (July), the Harvest Festival in Palmela, the Seixal Jazz Festival (October) and the many contemporary summer music festivals

How to go to Lisbon? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Tour operators specialising in stays in Portugal produce their own trips and are generally very good advisers, as they know the region inside out. It should be noted that their rates are often slightly higher than those of general practitioners. The stays organized in Lisbon can be combined with the discovery of Porto and Faro. Beware of pickpockets.

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There are many direct flights to Lisbon for prices ranging from a single to a quadruple depending on the season. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, it is therefore often essential to do so in advance.

You have all the necessary means of transport in Lisbon. The bus serves the entire city, unlike the metro, which has only four lines, but whose stations are often magnificent works of art. During your city trip, you will have 5 tram lines at your disposal. A classic is to take tram no. 28 which crosses the historic districts of the city (Alfama, Bairro alto, Graça). To get a little higher, don't hesitate to use the panoramic elevators of the buildings as in Santa Justa in the Baixa district.

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When to travel?

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Weather forecast

Officially, the climate is temperate oceanic in southern Portugal. So, soft and humid.... and subject to the vagaries...
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Budget

Portugal is in the euro zone.

Life is still a little cheaper in Portugal than in France. However, do not get ex...
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Formalities

For EU nationals, an identity card or passport is sufficient (even if it has expired less than five years ago). For u...
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Health

No particular risk in Lisbon. Before leaving, bring your Carte Vitale. To apply for the European Provisional Health C...
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How to travel by yourself?

There are many direct flights to Lisbon for prices ranging from a single to a quadruple depending on the season. It s...
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How to get organized?

Tour operators specialising in stays in Portugal produce their own trips and are generally very good advisers, as the...
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Getting around

You have all the necessary means of transport in Lisbon. The bus serves the entire city, unlike the metro, which has...
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