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LISBON - The Perfect City Break

Portugal's capital city might well be one of Europe's smallest, but it's one of the most exciting. Lisbon's long dramatic history and rich heritage have resulted in points of interest awaiting your discovery behind each corner. Let MADABOUTPORTUGAL.COM be your indispensable guide to the remarkable monuments that embellish the cityscape. MADABOUTPORTUGAL.COM is also full of friendly advice concerning money-saving travel cards, and the best accommodation options to suit your tastes and budget. Here too you can discover the great cuisine Lisbon is famous for and the best places to eat. Discover on this website the most interesting museums Lisbon has to offer and the best locations for memorable days out.


As with Rome, Lisbon is spread over seven steep hills containing a network of medieval cobbled streets that are still traversed by rickety old trams and funiculars. Beautiful wide-open squares are home to statues commemorating former glories. It is where people come to while away the time in the cafés which line their peripheries, sampling a Pastel de Nata, the famous local sweet custard tart. What Lisbon lacks in size is compensated with charm, beauty, friendliness, and temperate weather and offers something for everyone. It only takes a few days to do Lisbon justice. It is even better to make the capital a hub for a week or two's holiday, taking day trips and excursions to the surrounding area. Our sister website MADABOUTLISBON.COM will guide you there and introduce you to the best places to see and top things to do. |


Castle of São Jorge

Lisbon's castle stands sentinel over the city and offers amazing views.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's epic sea voyage to India.

Torre de Belém

Lisbon's most iconic monument


A great way for the whole family to spend the day at Europe's largest aquarium.


A large square in downtown Lisbon and a hub of activity.

Elevador de Santa Justa

A Neo-Gothic masterpiece carrying people from the Baixa district to the Largo do Carmo on top of the hill.

Tram 28

This rickety old tram is a great way to experience old Lisbon as it traverses steep and narrow streets.

Praça do Comércio

A immersive large square in the lower town which during it's lifetime has played a pivotal role in Portugal's history.

Lisbon Card


Be a savvy traveller and beat the queues at the Tourist Offices in Lisbon. Buy your Lisbon Card online in the comfort of your home before you travel. A voucher will be sent to your email and mobile phone to be redeemed at Lisbon airport as you arrive, saving you valuable holiday time.

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Lisbon is defined by its distinctive neighbourhoods. They have been shaped, either through design or by the passage of time. The Alfama still maintains it's original street layout from Moorish times, it's narrow alleys echoing the soulful laments of Fado music. The Bairro Alto comes alive at night when the streets take on a carnival atmosphere and revellers party into the early hours. The plush Baixa district, or downtown, is an 18th century reconstruction of the city following the devastating earthquake of 1755. Its smart streets and squares built on a grid system. It is where you'll find many boutique shops, top hotels and the start/endpoints for many of the city's old trams.

A short distance away is the district of Belém which is home to the impressive Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery and other iconic monuments dedicated to Portugal's great age of discovery. To the north is the district of Parque das Nações. Once the site of Expo 98. The architecture takes on a more contemporary appearance, each with a nautical theme.

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Eating out in Lisbon


For the Portuguese, the day's main meal is at lunchtime. Time is taken to relax and savour great food and good company whilst shading from the midday sun. Lunch usually consists of three courses served between 12h00 and 15h00. Look out for lunchtime set menu deals. Evening meal times are similar to Northern Europe. Most restaurants are closed by midnight.

Lisbon is a heterogeneous city. All of Portugal's different regions are represented, each with its own gastronomy traditions. Resulting in a great richness of aromas and tastes. As all over Portugal, the food is based on a Mediterranean diet, as rich as it is healthy, based on bread, olive oil, cheese, meat, fish and a huge variety of snacks.

The ocean offers up delicious fish and the freshest shellfish. Bacalhau (dried and salted cod) can be found on every menu, a fish that has always triggered the creativity of domestic and professional cooks, leading to 1001 different Recipes. In June and July, sardines come into season and stalls grill them all over the city. In autumn Lisbon’s streets are taken over by the aromas of vendors roasting chestnuts .

New generations of chefs have started experimenting with traditional fare creating more fusion and sophisticated dishes, increasing Lisbon's reputation as a culinary capital.

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North of Lisbon and close to the Atlantic is the fairytale town of Sintra, (formerly "Cintra"). It's beautiful setting amongst the forests of the Serra de Sintra and moderate climate have been a draw for royals, poets, romantics and visitors alike for centuries. Lord Byron once described Sintra as a "glorious Eden". Sintra has more palaces, fine houses, castles and other places of interest to shake a proverbial stick at. There is an aura of playfulness here with a touch of the absurd, eccentricity and kitsch, enough to make architectural puritans shudder‚ yet easy to fall in love with. In 1996 Sintra's uniqueness was recognised by UNESCO and was added to its list of heritage sites. Its proximity and ease of reach from Lisbon makes Sintra a popular excursion and an essential part of a trip to Lisbon. Our sister website MADABOUTSINTRA.COM will guide you there and introduce you to the best places to see and top things to do. |

Monerrate Palace

Beautiful eclectic architecture and landscaped gardens.

Moorish Castle

A mighty 10th Century fortification dating from pre-christian times.

Pena Palace

One of the most iconic and eccentric Portuguese buildings.

National Palace of Sintra

Portugal's oldest palace which pre-dates the country itself.

Quinta da Regaleira

A place full of mysticism, romance, wonder and magic.

National Palace of Queluz

An impressive 18th century palace, a homage to the Baroque style.

Capuchos Convent

A beautiful 16th century convent harmoniously blended into the landscape.

Cabo da Roca

The most westerly point in mainland Europe with breathtaking scenery.


Sintra Private Tour with Historian Miguel Boim

Private Tour with Historian Miguel Boim

After being picked up outside Sintra's train station you'll be in the safe hands of writer and historian Miguel Boim, an expert on local history and folklore. The tour will take you to Quinta da Regaleira, Palacio de Monserrate, Cabo da Roca, Praia da Adraga, Convento dos Capuchos, Park and National Palace of Pena and the Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, all admission included. Lunch is also included where you'll be treated to traditional Portuguese cuisine and warm hospitality.

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Sintra & Cascais Tours

Sintra & Cascais Tours

The Lisbon region boasts several top-notch sightseeing destinations and this private tour make it simple to discover them. Meet your guide at your local hotel, or at the Sintra train station and set off. You’ll first go on an extensive tour of UNESCO-listed Sintra, famed for its many castles. Then, visit Cabo da Roca for Atlantic views before continuing to the seaside resort town of Cascais. The tour ends when you’re dropped off at your original departure point. Tour Sintra (including the Chalet da Condessa D’Edla), Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and more, all in one day!

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Full day private shared tour in a luxury van

Full day private shared tour in a luxury van

Sintra is one of the most charming, surprising and fascinating places in Portugal. Properly visiting Sintra makes all the difference. It will change your perspective of the town and the cultural landscape of Sintra- a UNESCO World Heritage site. With us, you can get to know the history and stories, the places and secret spots. You don't have to waste precious time in queues to buy tickets. This private tour of up to seven people and ensures that you receive full dedicated attention from your guide.

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Alcobaça Monastery

Huge medieval monastery 120km North of Lisbon.

Batalha Abbey

Portugal's largest and finest Gothic masterpiece.


The gem in Portugal's riviera, the beautiful resort of Cascais.


The world famous town of pilgrimage.


A vast 18th Century Baroque palace and monestry.


A beautiful medieval village preserved behind it's original town walls.


In the heart of the beautiful Costa Azul is this fabulous coastal town.


The incredible Templar strong hold town full of mysteries and treasures.


Convent of Christ, Batalha and Alcobaça Monasteries Tour from Lisbon

Convent of Christ, Batalha and Alcobaça Monasteries Tour from Lisbon

Embark on a spiritual journey from Lisbon to three UNESCO-listed monasteries. First, head to the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the headquarters of the Knights Templar. Then visit the Gothic Batalha Monastery, built to commemorate Portugal’s independence, and Alcobaça Monastery, where you can see the tombs of past royalty. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the history of each monastery and Portugal. Lisbon hotel pick-up. Admission Tickets Included.

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Óbidos, Alcobaça and Nazaré, Private Tour, Full Day

Óbidos, Alcobaça and Nazaré, Private Tour, Full Day

The medieval town of Obidos is a place of ancient legends and is the first stop off. Next, you will visit the spellbinding, gothic Monastery of Alcobaça, where you will learn its long history. Nazare is well known for its big wave surfing. But this pretty fishing town also boasts golden sands, cobbled streets and traditional fisherman’s houses. Taste fresh fish specialities such as grilled sardines and caldeirada (fish stew). Lisbon hotel or airport pick-up.

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The Templars Treasure to Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça from Lisbon

Private Tour "The Templars Treasure" to Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça from Lisbon

The Knights Templar had a key role in human history, later the Order of the Christ, based in the Convent of Christ in Tomar, had an important impact on the history of Portugal, from its founding to the Discoveries. You will visit three monuments that are part of the Route of the Portuguese Monasteries World Heritage classified by UNESCO: the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Monastery of Batalha and the Alcobaça Monastery. Time for lunch and explore the cities that we will visit: Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça! Pick up and drop-off from Lisbon.

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Lisbon is served by four separate train stations located across the city:

To/From Oriente Station:
• Trains to the Alentejo – Linha Alentejo: (Intercidade) Train Timetable
• High Speed National Services – (Alfa Pendular) Train Timetable
• Trains to Sintra – Linha Sintra: (Urbano) Train Timetable
• Trains to the Algarve – Porto - Faro: (Regional) Train Timetable

To/From Cais do Sodré:
• Trains to the Estoril Coast – Linha Cascais: (Urbano) Train Timetable

To/From Rossio:
• Trains to Sintra – Linha Sintra: (Urbano) Train Timetable

To/From Sana Apolónia/Oriente:
• Trains to Coimbra – Longo Curso: (Regional) Train Timetable
• Trains to Tomar – Ramal de Tomar: (Regional) Train Timetable

To/From Barreiro (the train station on the opposite bank from Lisbon, refer to ferry times):
• Trains to Sétubal – Linha do Sado: (Urbano) Train Timetable

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• Rede Expressos: Rede Expressos run comfortable coach services across Portugal connecting most major towns and cities. Website
• Rodoviária do Tejo: runs services in the Lisbon area: Website
• Sul do Tejo: opperates south of Lisbon and the Setúbal area: Website