Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, located at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Lisbon is famous for its architecture, its bustling airport and it also has one of Europe's largest freight ports. Lisbon is older than London or Paris, so the city is full of old historical buildings and museums. Lisbon also has good connections to all other parts of Portugal and the city is a common stopover on the way to the Azores.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Lisbon offers great temperatures for the whole year, which makes the city pleasant to visit at any time - a year round destination. Lisbon has a mild and equable climate, with the most rain falling from December to February.
The best time to visit Lisbon is from June to September, when the summer brings sunshine, wonderful beaches, warm water and cool sea breezes to keep the heat at bay. There's also unique scenery and a blaze of colour.
More information: Lisbon forecast and weather conditions monthly
Lisbon 8 most important sights:
- Castelo de São Jorge: An Iconic Landmark: Its impressive battlements, engaging museum and fascinating archaeological site combine to make the castle a rewarding experience for the whole family.
- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos: Built in Honor of Portugal's Age of Discovery: One of the great landmarks of Portugal, this is a stunning monument of immense historic and cultural significance, deserving of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Oceanário de Lisboa: A Modern Aquarium: One of Europe's finest aquariums, and one of the largest in the world.
- Museu Calouste Gulbenkian: A Priceless Collection of Western and Eastern Art: One of the most celebrated museums in Europe.
- Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga:The National Museum of Ancient Art: The National Museum of Ancient Art is one of Lisbon's great cultural attractions, and a "must see" on any tourist itinerary.
- Museu do Oriente: Showcasing Portugal's Presence in Asia and the Far East: West of the city center, near Alcântara, and housing a fabulous collection of Oriental art built up by the influential Fundação Oriente, this engaging cultural facility chronicles Portugal's presence in Asia and the Far East.
- Torre de Belém: A Historic Tower: Arguably the most emblematic of all Lisbon's historical monuments, the Belém Tower squats in the shallows near the mouth of the River Tagus as a symbol of Portugal's extraordinary Age of Discovery during the 16th century.
- Museu Nacional do Azulejo: Dedicated to the art of Decorative Tilework: A form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework, Azulejos are found on the interiors and exteriors of churches, palaces, ordinary houses, schools and, nowadays, restaurants, bars and even railways and subway stations.
Recommendation for one day:
- Start the morning at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. No expense was spared when they built this masterpiece of Manueline and gothic architecture in 1502, which was inspired by Vasco da Gama, who is buried here along with other great navigators of the past.
- Then find Alfama, wonderful sights delight walkers at every turn in this culturally rich and charming part of Lisbon, which through its architecture, reminds visitors of its Visigothic roots, Arabic influence and fishing port heritage.
- Visit Torre de Belem, a 16th-century tower which serves as a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery on both land and sea.
- Have a unique time at Oceanario de Lisboa. While walking through impressive and unforgettable exhibits, visitors are encouraged to learn fascinating things about the oceans and, more importantly, how to make decisions in their daily lives that actively promote the conservation of nature.
- Nearby, go to Chiado for people watching, shops, restaurants and more, and there's a good mix of locals and tourists. Wander the neighborhood after getting your fill of shopping and food.
Compared to prices worldwide, Lisbon is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $46.63, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $149.50, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $47.45
- Hotel (3 stars): $62.51
- Hotel (4 stars): $98.40
- Hotel (5 stars): $159.54
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $6.07
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $8.68
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.00
- Meal, McDonalds: $6.66
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $8.88
Lisbon has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 72.5 (better than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 89.5 (better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 67.3 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Lisbon safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.