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Luminous Lisbon, Portugal’s charming capital

Flights to Lisbon transport you to one of Europe’s oldest cities, a city of gothic glamour and perfect panoramas.

With captivating history, rich culture and year-round sunshine, you’ll fall in love with Portugal’s vibrant capital – where you’ll spot antiquity on every corner.

portugal lisbon street view colourful buildings

Roam the historic Baixa area by foot or take a quaint yellow tram down cobblestone alleys, past ancient ruins, splendid cathedrals and centuries-old castles.

Stop by the Time Out Market for an unforgettable culinary experience, wander through the iconic Tower of Bélem and track the Golden Age of Discovery at the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Discover more than 6,000 species of exotic plans at the Tropical Botanical Gardens.

There’s an authentic, untouched feeling to Lisbon. The locals are welcoming, the hotels are affordable, and the cobbled streets are breathtaking.

Whether you want to stroll along the seaside, learn more about Portugal’s history or gorge on custard tarts, a trip to Lisbon has something for every traveller.

Book your flights to Lisbon and get ready to explore.

What’s the weather like in Lisbon?

What’s the weather like in Lisbon?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

12°C

10cm

FEB

12°C

9cm

MAR

14°C

7cm

APR

17°C

6cm

MAY

17°C

5cm

JUN

19°C

2cm

JUL

22°C

0cm

AUG

23°C

1cm

SEP

22°C

3cm

OCT

20°C

9cm

NOV

15°C

11cm

DEC

12°C

11cm

Lisbon is typically mild all year round, with temperatures peaking in the summer. During March
to May and September to October, the weather is warm and there are generally fewer tourists and shorter waits for the main attractions.

You can even still go to the beach with average highs in April of around 17°C and around 20°C in October. Rainfall increases in the winter months, from November to January, and temperatures average 13°C.

Reasons to visit Lisbon

view of buildings along a street in bairro alto lisbon

Cool and creative Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto in the south of the city is a bohemian hub – a place where you’ll find great local music and a laidback, cultured atmosphere. Here you’ll find creative and quirky local shops – many painted in pastel colours.

Make sure you catch the sunset from the Santa Catarina viewing point overlooking the River Tagus and head to the Church of Sao Roque. Here, a minimal exterior gives way to the most ornate interior, built with ivory, gold and agate. The adjoining Museum of Sacred Art exhibits historic sculptures, jewellery and paintings.

yellow tram lisbon street

Iconic Tram 28

Tram 28 – just one of the many charming yellow trams that operate around the city – offers the best way to see Lisbon.

Watch castles, cathedrals and centuries-old buildings go by as you weave through narrow alleys and cobbled roads. You’ll pass through Alfama, Baixa and Estrela, stopping in front of the wonderful Estrela Basilica. Take in stunning views, steep hills and quaint streets. Keep an eye out for the legendary Cafe A Brasileira and consider hopping off to visit the Feira da Ladra flea market.

egg tart yellow lisbon portugal

Dining in style

Lisbon has numerous Michelin star restaurants across the city and there’s plenty of world-class cuisines to taste.

Keep your eye out for many beloved Portuguese dishes as you travel around the city. Bacalhau (dried and salted cod) is served at most restaurants and is much more delicious than it sounds. Lisbon’s seaside location means that seafood is served in copious amounts and at the cheapest prices. Pastel de nata, Portuguese custard tart, is the local sweet dish – best eaten straight from the oven of a local bakery and topped with a dusting of cinnamon.

Things to know before you fly to Lisbon

plane Airport transfers

Lisbon Airport is just over three miles (six kilometres) from the centre. You can book an airport transfer with Etihad for door-to-door service – taking around 25 minutes to reach a central spot. Alternatively, you can catch a taxi at the airport or use public transport. A bus will take just over 45 minutes to reach the centre.

bus Getting around

There are lots of public transport options in Lisbon, making it easy to get around. You can catch the Metro, a bus, trams or funiculars. Buy a travel pass and use it across the various types of transport – some will even include tourist site access.

holiday National holidays

National Day, Dias de Portugal, is celebrated annually on 10 June and is a public holiday across the country. Some local businesses will close for the day.

currency Local currency

Portugal uses the euro as its official currency. You can exchange most currencies into euros before you fly or when you arrive in Lisbon. You can also exchange your money at local banks within the city.

Flying to Lisbon: FAQs

Where should I stay in Lisbon?

Lisbon has many great places to stay depending on what you’re looking for. Stay in Baixa or Chiado to be close to the historic centre, the Avenida da Liberdade for shopping or Bairro Alto for nightlife. Looking for luxury? You’ll find it in Lapa and Madragoa.

How many days should I spend in Lisbon?

You can easily stay in Lisbon for up to a week. You will be able to visit all the main tourist attractions, enjoy the nightlife, try regional delicacies and even venture outside the city centre to see the surrounding beaches. Stay longer to travel further afield and see more of Portugal.

What should I see in Lisbon?

There are many reasons to see Lisbon – from beautiful architecture and rich history to seaside glamour and unique cuisine. Everyone who catches a flight to Lisbon should be seeing a few key sites though: Alfama, Baixa and Bairro Alto, Sao Jorge Castle, Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower are but a few.

What food is Lisbon known for?

Lisbon is known for a variety of Portuguese dishes, but its position on the mouth of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean makes it a prime spot for fresh seafood. The most popular local dish is bacalhau a bras, dried and salted cod pan-fried with potatoes and scrambled eggs.

Why we love Lisbon

“We love visiting Lisbon. There’s nothing better than strolling through the Alfama district and looking out across the city from Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Make your way to Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, they serve the best custard tarts in the city - only six people know the original recipe!”

Weather in Lisbon

21 °C
Saturday30 May 2020
24 °C
Sunday31 May 2020
22 °C
Monday1 Jun 2020
21 °C
Tuesday2 Jun 2020
21 °C
Wednesday3 Jun 2020
20 °C
Thursday4 Jun 2020
20 °C
Friday5 Jun 2020
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