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Lisbon Visitors Guide

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Best of Lisbon

3 days in Lisbon
3 days in Lisbon

One of Europe's most unsung cultural capitals, there is so much to do in Lisbon you might plan for a week, not a mere three days. But in three days you can sample quite a bit of Lisbon's available options, many of which turn out to be museums. There are museums here focused on everything from Lisbon's rich maritime past to decorative Portuguese tiles, and everything in between. Almost everything is made more affordable by the purchase of a Lisboa card, offering free and discounted admissions to dozens of activities including the Metro.

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Family-friendly Lisbon

Lisbon for young kids
Lisbon for young kids

Lisbon holds many treats for young children, including a world-renowned zoo, a planetarium, a highly-regarded aquarium, a maritime museum with a children's section, and an interactive science museum.

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Lisbon on a budget

Lisbon on a budget
Lisbon on a budget

Lisbon, historically an unsung gem among European capitals, with Portugal as a whole being less expensive than its Spanish neighbour, is getting increasingly expensive as it gets "discovered." But the single biggest factor in making your stay in Lisbon affordable is purchasing a "Lisboa Card," a city pass that offers free or discounted admissions to more than 80 museums, sights and tours -- as well as transportation within the city. Even outside the city, various tourist attractions are free or discounted because of the card. Essentially, everything you want to see or do in Lisbon can be done more affordably with the card.

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Insiders' Lisbon

Lisbon off the beaten path
Lisbon off the beaten path

Even among European capitals, Lisbon is remarkably rich in museums, catering to all sorts of esoteric tastes. Where else could you find an entire museum devoted to cinema, electricity, or horse-drawn carriages? So you don't have to go far to actually go "off the beaten path" in terms of finding unusual diversions and attractions not common to other locations.

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Getaways from Lisbon

Daytrips from Lisbon
Daytrips from Lisbon

There are many beautiful areas within a few hours' drive of Lisbon that are also worth seeing, from seaside villages to towns rich with Medieval history.

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EveryTrail
Lisbon Highlights Tour
Lisbon Highlights Tour

Compact, cosmopolitan and spread across seven hills, Lisbon is very much a walker's city. With its temperate year-round climate, the city offers as much low-season appeal as it does during the long,...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Lisbon Photographic Tour
Lisbon Photographic Tour

With its bright blue skies and shimmering white buildings, there's much to focus on in this bustling harbour city located on the western edge of Europe, most notably the nostalgic trams that crawl...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Lisbon Architecture Tour
Lisbon Architecture Tour

History has shaped the capital with a succession of influences, most notably the Moors who occupied the city for more than 400 years. Over the centuries, Portugal has shared the experiences of the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Lisbon Family Tour
Lisbon Family Tour

Portugal has always been a good place to take the kids and Lisbon, with its trams, elevators, funiculars and ferries, is a wonderland for young, curious minds. The Portuguese themselves naturally...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Lisbon Belém Tour
Lisbon Belém Tour

Stretched out along the riverbank just 15 minutes west of the city centre, Belém (which means Bethlehem) reflects all the grandeur and heroism of the Age of Discovery. Most of the great Portuguese...

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Best of Lisbon
Best of Lisbon

Lisbon has been busy doing what it does best: embellishing its inimitable, gilded history with world-class venues for contemporary culture, art, and dining. Even as Baixa, the city’s cheerfully...

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Perfect Day

Lisbon in one day (Tattoosydney, 28 Jul 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 11 Votes
One day in Lisbon... (portuberider, 25 Jan 2007)
3.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Perfect Weekend

Three days in Lisbon (Tattoosydney, 28 Jul 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 24 Votes
Looking for Lisbon (viviandarkbloom, 25 Mar 2006)
4.5 of 5 stars 16 Votes
Best of Lisbon in 3 days (Oatao, 3 Feb 2009)
3.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Best Of

4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
Live it up in lovely Lisbon! (Claireabel, 14 Jul 2007)
4.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes
Complete Unesco World Heritage Sites (nataliegoes, 26 Mar 2008)
3.5 of 5 stars 13 Votes

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