Lisbon is a great mix of history, culture, great food and exciting nightlife. There is more than enough to keep any visitor busy for a few days in this city. The central area of the city is quite compact and easily walkable but is also supported by easy to navigate tram and metro systems. The downtown area is quite touristy but, depending on the time of year, is not overrun.
Getting to Lisbon
Fly into Lisbon airport, which is a quick 20 minute taxi ride from the center of the city for about €20. You can also take the bus from the airport to the city for €3.50, which is slightly longer but is also still quite convenient. The city is very easy to get around by using the tram system for €1.40 per ride.
What to do in Lisbon
To get your fill of history and culture hop on Tram 28. You can this old fashioned tram up to the top of the south hill to visit the castle on top of the hill and get great views of the city. After touring the castle start your walk back down the cobblestone streets to stop in the Se, or Cathedral. You will end back in the central area of the old town where there are numerous cafes and outdoor restaurants. Be sure not to also miss the monastery in Belem, also accessible by a tram.
Nightlife in Lisbon
Walk up one of the steep staircases to heaven on the northern side of the central area up to the Barrio Alto. Check out Tapas 28 for a great variety of Portuguese dishes in a very laid back atmosphere, outdoors. From there walk east into the maze of bars where the nightlife really heats up with more options than you could test out in a single evening.
When to go to Lisbon
Head to Lisbon just outside of the high season, in May or October. This will increase the likeliness of smaller crowds. Since the city is located on the river you don’t have the option for heading to the beach easily so the weather this time of year is perfect because it’s warm but not overly hot.