Lisbon is lively, cheerful, sincere and impressive. The city is quite simply a terrific travel destination.

The metropolis is easy to get to from lots of other destinations in Europe. And once there, the sun usually shines. From the skies, and on the faces of the Lisboans, who are generally considered to be extremely warm-hearted. It also has an amazing history and a lovely Old Town with lots of cafés as well as unique architecture and culture. You’ll find modern infrastructures next to ancient charm. And you can experience the fado, the traditional Portuguese music style, up close in clubs like the Club de Fado.

Apart from the majestic Tajo river, in less than half an hour you can be on long sandy beaches to recover from the sightseeing, culture and shopping. Lisbon consists of various enchanting, characteristic quarters that are spread over seven hills, and are best explored on foot. Or, of course, on Tram 28, which has become the landmark of the city.

Nor does Lisbon sleep in the evenings or at night. There are lots of cool bars and restaurants in trendy Bairro Alto, and if you’re looking for somewhere to go dancing, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Lisbon offers visitors a multicoloured, cheerful picture that is hard to forget. It’s the perfect place to relax, whether partying, exploring the city or beside the sea.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital and biggest city in Portugal

  • Population

    About 550,000

  • Size

    Approx. 85 km²

  • Public transport

    Very good bus, tram and metro network.

  • Climate

    Subtropical Mediterranean climate. Temperatures are mild in winter and hot in summer.

  • Best time to visit

    Spring to autumn have the perfect weather conditions.

  • Good to know

    Be sure to try Pastéis de Nata, a local speciality. This flaky pastry has a long tradition in Portugal.

  • Nice to know

    Like Rome, Lisbon was built on seven hills; they are São Jorge, São Vicente, São Roque, Sant’Ana, Chagas, Santo André and Santa Catarina.

  • Airport

    Portela, approx. 7 km north of the city centre

  • Bus

    The no. 91 bus goes to the city centre; journey time approx. 20 minutes. The Aerobus of lines 1 to 3 travels between the airport and the city centre every 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Metro

    The red line goes from the airport to the city centre. The journey to the centre (station Baixa-Chiado) takes about 25 minutes.

  • Taxi

    The taxi rank is outside the Arrivals Halls. Depending on the traffic, it takes about 15 minutes to get to the city centre.