Ten reasons to go to a music festival in Lisbon
Sure, going to a festival abroad is great fun, but what if you want an actual holiday out of your trip as well? Maybe you want to sample some local cuisine (and booze) alongside all that cutting-edge music. Perhaps you even want a bit of sightseeing – gasp – to go with all the unique sights you'll encounter a festival? Our advice is to head to the charming, lively Portuguese city of Lisbon: not only can you hit one of its fantastic fests to get your music fix, but you can also soak up loads of culture, art and – yes – local liquor. Keep reading to find out what Lisbon has to offer alongside the festival experience.
The best hotels in Lisbon
Are you in for a quick stay or a longer one? Did you come for romance or to hang out with friends? Is the family in tow or are you by your lonesome? Lottery winner or penny-pincher? Whatever your tourist profile or your ideal vacation are, you will find something to like among our collection of the best hotels in Lisbon. Make your pick and enjoy your stay.
Where to eat in Lisbon the best bitoques
You might have never heard about this dish - it is a Lisbon original, after all. Bitoque is a fried steak served with an egg on top and fries on the side. It is a lifesaver of sorts for many Lisboners, sold at most diners and traditional restaurants. See where to eat in Lisbon the best bitoques.
Restaurants in Lisbon
Where to stay in Lisbon
The best luxury hotels in Lisbon
From the good old classics that already belong to the city’s history, to the most recent ones that bet on the design or on the boutique concept, these are the best luxury hotels in Lisbon. Intended for a very specific audience, for people with blue blood running through their veins we might say, these hotels were born and exist for all who refuse to let go of their whims. Recommended: The best boutique hotels in Lisbon
The best romantic hotels in Lisbon
We already knew that Lisbon was one of the most romantic cities on earth, but the fact that it had so many hotels perfect for a romantic getaway was a nice surprise. Whether it's because a delicious breakfast is served in bed or because you’ll get highly emotional with its breathtaking views, the best romantic hotels in Lisbon will make you fall in love even more.
The best boutique hotels in Lisbon
That Lisbon doesn’t lack hotels, everyone knows. And that the number of hotels has risen considerably over the last few years – a result of the worldwide hype around our city – is also a well-known fact. That being said, we swooped the whole of the city’s hotel industry to bring you the best boutique hotels in Lisbon. Considered the rich cousin of the not-so-fancy Bed&Breakfast, boutique hotels are known for their personality and cosy environment. The laidback mood is designed to make guests feel at home, and these certainly knew how to do it. Recommended: The best Lisbon attractions
The coolest hotels in Lisbon
What makes a hotel cool? In coming up with this list of the coolest hotels in Lisbon, we considered a heady mix of factors – from definables like design, location, service, amenities, architecture, and value for money, to less tangible elements like ambience or history. Then we factored in what we think Time Out readers would want from a trendy hotel and ended up with this list of the coolest hotels in Lisbon with something for every relaxed aesthetic sense. Recommended: Best cheap hotels in Lisbon
Best cheap hotels in Lisbon
Sure, there are plenty of hotels in Lisbon, but a good bargain is hard to come by. We went on the hunt for the best cheap hotels in Lisbon and came back with eight great ones, with prices between 50 and 70 euros a night. Save your Money and have a look at our selection, and if you’re still feeling thrifty check out how to have fun in Lisbon without spending a cent.
The best family-friendly hotels in Lisbon
Lisbon's best family-friendly hotels offer the perfect getaway to the city. From all the activities you can do outdoors to all the beaches you have near the city, Lisbon is a magical playground for children. If you’re planning a family break to the city make sure you choose a hotel that knows how to make your stay really special. There are hotels that will bring milk and cookies to your little ones beds before they go to sleep or that will take care of them while you go to a fancy dinner. Below are the best family-friendly hotels in Lisbon – they’ll soon make you wish you were six again! Recommended: The best things to do in Lisbon
Things to do in Lisbon
Most popular cafés in Lisbon
The menu at Tartine has everything you need for the perfect brunch: fresh juices, cappuccinos and hot chocolates, eggs seven different ways, toast, pancakes, waffles, croissants and yoghurts. But there is also a set brunch for those who dislike the do-it-yourself approach, including a bread basket, hot drinks, granola with organic yoghurt, and more.
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Adventures near Lisbon
Heaven can wait: things to do in Arrábida
If you’re looking for paradise, guess what, we have the key. The secret word is Arrábida and if you’re staying in Lisbon it will only take you 41 minutes to get there by car. And besides this free tip of how to reach heaven on earth we’ve also selected what you can do while there. Here’s is our guide with the best things to do in Arrábida. And, you’ll see when you get there, heaven can perfectly wait, especially if it’s sunny and warm.
Fun things to do near Lisbon: visit Sintra
Sintra, with its fine architecture, significant monuments and museums and hidden treasures, is maybe the best choice for you if you are looking for some out-of-town hours. So save one day on your schedule, put on your hiking boots and visit Sintra, less than one hour away from Lisbon. You won’t regret it – scout's honor!
Things to do in Cascais: a perfect day
You’ve woken up and feel like getting out and about with so many options of things to do in Cascais. Whether for walking, cycling or skating, this cycle route is perfect. It stretches for almost nine kilometres between the centre of town to Guincho beach, via the sea cliffs at Boca do Inferno. There are 60 free bikes (as BiCas) for hire at Cascais rail station, at the Casa das Histórias museum, or at Guia. You’ve done enough exercise and now need to get your strength back. That’s normal. A Sacolinha (Alameda dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra, 107 A) is a great bakery with fabulous cakes and bread, including croissants, filled doughnuts and flaky palmiers. Time to head for the water. You can wear a wetsuit if you want. What for? To get onto a paddlesurfing (Stand Up Paddle) board. Surf N Paddle is an outfit based at Praia da Duquesa where instructors teach you how to get paddling (lessons from €25) or, if you already know how to, where you can hire a board (from €5). You’re probably famished by now. The Mercado da Vila (Rua Padre Moisés da Silva) in the centre of Cascais was revamped in 2015 and now has dozens of eateries as well as produce stalls. Our favourites are Marisco na Praça, which specialises in fish and shellfish, Italian restaurant Gulli, which is great for kids, Pátio do Petisco, where you can split some snacks, and Grão d’Amor, which has toasted sandwiches, salads and the like. Now for something more edifying. Cross the famous Rua Frederico Arouca (which local
The best things to do in Setúbal
There are loads of great options for day-trips from Lisbon but if you are a fish lover, you cannot miss Setúbal, a seaside town and probably the best place to eat it fresh and cheap. Save one day on your agenda, head up to the other margin of the Tagus River, through the 25 April Bridge, and have fun with our list of the best things to do in Setúbal, which includes of course eating as much fresh fish as you can.