The best places to see the sunrise in Lisbon
Don't worry about the weather too much, in Lisbon the sun is usually shinning. In this list you'll find the best views in Lisbon: viewpoints, or "miradouros" as we say in Portuguese, terraces, by the shore or from the river. A sunrise you won't want to miss.
Eat & Drink in Lisbon
Where to stay in Lisbon
Lisboa Carmo Hotel
On the corner of a lovely leafy square just up from the main drag of Chiado, this elegant little hotel is staffed by a friendly, helpful team. Some of the rooms are rather small, but all are prettily decorated in pastel colours and floral motifs, with wood floors and classic or contemporary furniture, and have air-conditioning. Those on the top floors have stunning panoramic views; lower ones overlook the square. There is a stylish hotel restaurant, though you won’t want for dining options in this part of town. The Carmo is part of the LuxHotels group, which also has several hotels in Fátima: they can advise on packages for pilgrims.
Hotel Expo Astoria
Trendy décor and a central location await guests at this 3-star hotel, situated steps from Marques do Pombal Square and Eduardo VII Park. The Liberty Avenue is just 300 metres away from Hotel Expo Astoria.Within walking distance of Lisbon’s attractions, Hotel Expo Astoria boasts a beautiful façade. Take in the hotel's creative design while sipping a drink at the bar or relaxing in your room.Earthy tones and contemporary design make each of Astoria's rooms a welcome retreat at the end of a long day. Watch a programme on your flat-screen TV or check your mails via free Wi-Fi.Breakfast can be enjoyed in the stylish restaurant.
Lisbon Guests Apartments
The Lisbon Guests Apartments is located in a charming 19th century building, next to Liberdade Avenue. Presenting itself as an inner city apartment, it combines an elegant atmosphere, melding a classical décor with a sophisticated touch.Featuring free WiFi, this apartment features a separate living room and dining room, one spacious bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen with a small balcony with views to the Botanical garden.The emblematic Liberdade Avenue with its cafés, restaurants and brand stores is just 30 metres away. Rossio, Chiado, Praça do Comércio and Bairro Alto are also reachable within a few minutes’ walk.Lisbon’s Portela Airport is located 7 km away. A complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the apartment is provided free of charge, from 08:00 to 22:00.The Avenida Metro Station and the bus stop can be found just around the corner. Rossio Train Station, leading to the World Heritage Site of Sintra Village is also a few minutes’ walking distance.
Lisbon Dreams Guest House
Offering sun-filled interiors and chic design, Lisbon Dreams Guesthouse is just 400 metres from the famous Liberty Avenue. Its 2 connected internal patios create a relaxing ambient.Fitted with wooden floors, Lisbon Dreams Guest House has available single, double/twin, triple and family rooms. The rooms share several cosy and comfortable bathrooms, which are serviced daily.Prepare a meal in the common kitchen and enjoy it in the hotel’s airy dining room. You can also relax in the Dreams’ TV lounge decorated with light colours.Lisbon Dreams Guesthouse is only 400 metres from Marques de Pombal Metro Station and a 25-minute bus ride from Lisbon Airport. The guesthouse’s staff can arrange hop-on/hop-off bus tickets and restaurant reservations.
Things to do in Lisbon
Lisbon music and nightlife
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.
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.