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I will be travelling around lisbon, porto, funchal and albuferia, I wonder if there are any good mobile apps on finding the transportation, finding the restaurants, weather, some travel guides/things to do?

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The national railway company has an app you can find on their site http://www.cp.pt and likewise the major long distance bus system at http://www.rede-expressos.pt - most of the functionality on both is available in English.

You will have to visit the city transport websites for Lisbon and Porto to see what is most useful to you :

Lisbon tram and bus - http://www.carris.pt

Lisbon metro (subway) - http://www.metrolisboa.pt

Porto city tram and bus - http://www.stcp.pt

Porto metro - http://www.metrodoporto.pt

Sorry I cannot help with Funchal but I am sure someone can.

Do NOT trust third party websites particularly the terrible rome2rio.

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Or you could take my recommendation and leave the mobile phone at home.

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Yes. I agree!

Leave your mobile phone and wander the streets.

And as for for your selfie stick.....!

I'll tell you where to stick it!

No essential apps are required anywhere!

How did we travel before the mobile phone?

Thanks for the info guys. Yes I found those 3rd party apps are dangerous and not reliable. For the local weather i found an app called ipma but it is in Portuguese. (always trust the local weather source instead of weather.com)

I guess I have to resort to the official websites for the information then. How about any good apps for restaurant reviews? We usually just eat where we end up but even that we want to find a better one in the area.

A snatched lunch has not caught on here so all the restaurants are full at lunch time on week days and the pastelarias all offer a couple of pratos do dia.

A "tasca" is a small, cheap restaurant (if it looks smart that is reverse snobbery), a "marisquera" is a fish restaurant, a "cervijaria" is seafood, steaks and beer (that one is sometimes misused, if it looks cheap and nasty and offers six fish dishes and six meat it is a tasca which at some time had pretensions).

Do try Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato, a starter - just simple clams with garlic and coriander, Portugal's best dish. Also a cataplana (oval sealed copper dish - fish, seafood or meat) and, if coming at this time of year, sardines. Both a bit expensive but worth it.

Sorry about the app addiction, I am sure there is a programme somewhere. Perhaps there is an addiction app that helps to find it?

Thanks John for your tips on food, i will now have to note them down on paper :)

We have been travelling the globe since 1992. Both my early Nokia phones and Blackberry served me well over the long years. I agree with John that the smartphone craze has changed how people approach travel. I see so many people glued to their phones and not even noticing where they are walking. I think one exceptionally upsetting experience was in 2012 in Athens during some serious protests and a woman fell in front of me not looking at what had been left behind (not pretty) and I helped picking her up covered in stuff I wouldn't want to be covered in. I guess this was the biggest wake up call to be aware of your surroundings and leave your smart phone some place other than in your hand,

In Funchal, the bus companies all leave rom the same area, their bus timetables and destinations are all on the sites.





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The Top Free Apps for Travelers to Portugal

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Whether you’re moving to Portugal, visiting on a scouting trip, or taking a vacation, things can get confusing in a foreign country. And frustrating. Knowing which train to take, how to order take-away, making a dinner reservation, or getting a ride to your favorite beach or museum can be less of a challenge if you have the right tools at your disposal. Here’s my list of the best free expat mobile apps for travelers and new residents to Portugal for Android and iOS mobile phones. There are other useful apps that you can pay for, but the apps listed here are free.

I have listed the apps according to their function. Although this list is for living in or traveling to Portugal , many can also be used for other travel destinations.

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Idealista – Idealista is a real estate portal for Portugal, Italy, and Spain. The app lets you find properties for sale or rent. You can create alerts for new listings in specific areas and you can contact realtors via the chat function. Note that listings can sometimes be outdated, and you may see multiple entries and prices for the same listing.

Download the app for Android

Download the app for iOS

Booking.com – The Booking.com app lets you book accommodations like hotels, guest houses, hostels, and apartments. Although not intended for long-term rentals, if you need a place to stay while scouting or visiting Portugal, this is a reliable app that I’ve personally used.

Download the app for Android and iOS

MB Way – This is a digital wallet app connected to all the major Portuguese banks. It allows users to make purchases online or in-store. You can make remote withdrawals or instant transfers using the app and your MB Way pin on your mobile device.

Download MB Way for Android

Download MB Way for iOS


WhatsApp – When you’re visiting or moving to another country, WhatsApp is an essential tool for calls, texts and even video calls. You can communicate with anyone who uses the app anywhere in the world. All you need is cellphone data or an internet connection to use it.

Download WhatsApp for Android

Download WhatsApp for iOS


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Gira Bicicletas de Lisboa – If you’re living in or visiting the Lisbon area, this bike-sharing app lets you select the type of pass you prefer – daily, monthly, or annually. The app shows you where the bike stations are located throughout the city.

Download Gira for Android

Download Gira for iOS

Lime – Located in major metropolitan areas across the globe, Lime is the electric scooter and bike sharing app.

Download Lime for Android

Download Lime for iOS

RentalCars.com – A subsidiary of Booking.com, this app lets you find rental cars and compare prices. You can rent from the app and when you pick up your rental car, your eVoucher proves that you have paid for the rental.

Download RentalCars for Android

Download RentalCars for iOS

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Google Maps – When you need to find your way around the city or just around the block, Google Maps is the go-to app for directions – be it directions for walking, driving, or riding on public transport.

Download Google Maps for Android

Download Google Maps for iOS

Waze – Waze is also another popular and reliable app for getting directions plus real-time alerts for traffic, accidents, and road construction.

Download Waze for Android

Download Waze for iOS


All Trails – Looking to do some hiking, climbing, running or mountain biking in Portugal? This app helps you find the best trails tailored to your needs – challenging, easy, stroller-friendly, wheelchair accessible, or even if your dog can accompany you.

Download All Trails for Android

Download All Trails for iOS

Info Praia – This app, developed by the Portuguese Environmental Agency provides updated information about beaches during bathing season. Find your favorite beach in Portugal based on name of beach, location, or the type of beach. You can search for uncrowded beaches or beaches located near you. (In English and Portuguese)

Download Info Praia for Android

Download Info Praia for iOS

Seek by iNaturalist – Using image recognition technology, this app lets you point the Seek camera at plants and animals all around you. It helps you to identify things in nature such as birds, animals, plants all over the world. It’s a great app if you want to learn about the natural beauty of Portugal.

Download Seek for Android

Download Seek for iOS

SmartGuide – This app turns your mobile phone into a personal audio tour guide. Includes self-guided tours, audio traveler guides, city offline maps and tips for finding the best places to go sightseeing. The app covers places worldwide including Portugal.

Download SmartGuide for Android

Download SmartGuide for iOS

Walkbox – is a self-guided walking tour app for Portugal. There are several tours for many areas of the country.

Download Walkbox for Android

Download Walkbox for iOS


Order groceries and food for take-away from many establishments throughout Portugal using one or more of these popular food delivery apps:

Download Bolt Food for Android

Download Bolt Food for iOS

Download Glovo for Android

Download Glovo for iOS

Download Ubereats for Android

Download Ubereats for iOS

SNS 24 – Keep your health information all in one place with this app developed by the Portugal Ministry of Health. Access your vaccination records, exams, and other health information.

Download SNS 24 for Android

Download SNS 24 for iOS


If you haven’t learned the lingo yet, no worries! These two language translation apps can help you communicate in several languages.

DeepL – This translation tool, developed by a former Google employee, produces a more naturally worded text than Google Translate. The app also has a voice playback function, and you can also translate documents. This is the language translation app I prefer to use, and it’s helped me out of language barrier problems numerous times. It’s also available for desktop use.

Download DeepL for Android

Download DeepL for iOS

Google Translate – This is the most well-known translation app. It allows you to translate text, photos, and handwriting in over 100 different languages. Use the microphone function on the app to speak into the translation tool.

Download Google Translate for Android

Download Google Translate for iOS


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There are numerous money transfer services, but two of the most popular money transfer apps are:

Revolut – This money transfer app offers services including currency exchange, Visa debit cards, airport lounge access, Apple Pay, and a host of other financial services such as stock trading and crypto.

Download Revolut for Android

Download Revolut for iOS

Wise (formerly known as Transferwise) – This money transfer app lets you send and receive money internationally at cheap rates. Their rates are clearly posted on the transaction page and the functionality of the app makes it easy to use, even for a novice user. Use the Wise debit card to pay bills or shop always using the local currency for more than 80 countries in the world.

Download Wise for Android

Download Wise for iOS


InterNations – InterNations is global network for people living and working abroad. Network, socialize, and attend events. You can become a member of InterNations for free, but many events require you to be a paid member.

Download InterNations for Android

Download InterNations for iOS


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Citymapper – This app is for public transportation and mapping and includes other modes of transportation including walking, driving, and cycling. The app displays transport options between any two locations in the cities the app supports.

Download Citymapper for Android

Download Citymapper for iOS

Comboios de Portugal (CP) – Purchase train tickets and view schedules for the Alfa Pendular or Intercidades on Regional, InterRegional, Porto, and Coimbra urban trains.

Download CP for Android

Download CP for iOS

Lisbon Metro Guide – This app helps you navigate around Lisbon via the Metro and Subway.

Download Lisbon Metro Guide for Android

Download Lisbon Metro Guide for iOS

MobiCascais – This app integrates all the public transportation services in Cascais including buses, parking, and shared bikes. You can purchase tickets and reload your Viver Cascais or Navegente card on the app.

Download MobiCascais for Android

Download MobiCascais for iOS

Moovit – This app is a real-time public transit app for several areas of Portugal including Lisbon, Porto, and parts of the Algarve. You can plan your travel route including navigation for buses, ferries, metro, trains, trams, shared bikes, walking, rideshare and scooters.

Download Moovit for Android

Download Moovit for iOS

ScottURB – This app is for bus travel to Cascais, Sintra, and Oeiras. You can view bus schedules and purchase tickets.

Download ScottURB for Android

Download ScottURB for iOS

Vamos Algarve – This app gives the user the ability to plan and choose the best bus routes and to purchase tickets for buses in the Algarve region of Portugal.

Download Vamos Algarve for Android

Download Vamos Algarve for iOS

Via Verde – This app is for the Via Verde electronic toll payment transponder which allows drivers (visitors and residents alike) to drive through designated toll booths without having to stop to pay the toll.

Download Via Verde for Android

Download Via Verde for iOS


Restaurant Guru – Looking for a great place to eat in Portugal? This app provides complete information on restaurants in your area including reviews, photos, and menus. Ratings are compiled by popular restaurant review sites including Zomato, Yelp, Facebook, Google, Michelin, Frommer’s and Zagat.

Download Restaurant Guru for Android

Download Restaurant Guru for iOS

The Fork – This app is the most popular app in Europe for booking a restaurant online. Sort by location, cuisine, and price.

Download The Fork for Android

Download The Fork for iOS


Bolt – The app allows you to book a rideshare and works the same way as Uber. Choose your destination and request a ride. Add your payment information into the app and your ride payment is automatically deducted, so there’s no need to use a credit card or cash. Many expats and locals alike prefer using Bolt to other rideshare services because they’re usually faster and cheaper especially around the urban areas of Portugal.

Download Bolt for Android

Download Bolt for iOS

FreeNow – is an app that allows riders to book a taxi in ten European countries including Portugal. Like Uber, you add your payment information into the app and your ride payment is automatically deducted, so there’s no need to use a credit card or cash. Taxi drivers use FreeNow when they’re - you know – free now.

Download FreeNow for Android

Download FreeNow for iOS

Uber – Arguably the most popular rideshare, Uber is widely used in Portugal. We have used Uber to take us to Cascais city center, to many parts of Lisbon and in Coimbra. Choose your destination and connect with a driver. On the app, you can add your payment information and your ride is automatically deducted, so there’s no need to use a credit card or cash.

Download Uber for Android

Download Uber for iOS


Fogos – The app from Fogos.pt alerts you to fires in Portugal in real time. You can set alerts to receive notifications of a fire in your area.

Download Fogos for Android

Download Fogos for iOS

The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IMPA) - monitors weather and weather events as well as seismic occurrences, beaches and ports, and marine forecasts. The app provides alerts for weather and sea status information for over 300 cities in Portugal.

Download IMPA for Android

Download IMPA for iOS

WiFi Finder - If you’re new to Portugal or just visiting, you may not have access to Wi-Fi right away. This app will show you the nearest Wi-Fi hotspots.

Download WiFi Finder for Android

Download WiFi Finder for iOS

Did I miss anything? Do you have a favorite free app for expats and travelers to Portugal? Leave a comment and tell me about it.

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The best ways to travel around in Lisbon

Sandra Henriques

Jul 16, 2023 • 9 min read

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Despite all the hills and cobbles, Lisbon is an easy city to navigate.

Its impressive and intuitive system of buses, trams and suburban trains, and an efficient metro, make it easy to travel between major points of interest. To conquer the famous seven hills of Lisbon, you can rely on funiculars and elevators – the city's most iconic forms of transportation.

Obviously, you'll want to spend some time exploring the historic Portuguese capital on foot, but it would be bad form to leave Lisbon without taking a ride on Tram 28E, which winds through the historic center, providing a low-cost city tour. Here are the best ways to get around Lisbon.

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Walking is the best way to see individual neighborhoods

Lisboetas love their early morning and late afternoon riverside strolls, and plenty of visitors also slip on comfortable walking shoes to explore Lisbon's historic neighborhoods on foot. Navigating the maze of narrow and hilly streets, courtyards and staircases in Alfama, Mouraria and Madragoa can be a challenge in the summer heat, but the experience is at the top of most visitors’ must-do lists . Remember that flat, riverside neighborhoods such as Baixa, Cais do Sodré, Belém and Oriente are more manageable and just as picturesque!

The black-and-white patterns of the city's calçada portuguesa (Portuguese pavements) are one of Lisbon’s calling cards, but be aware this is not the most walking-friendly surface in wet weather. The slick cobblestones can become slippery and are especially treacherous when making steep, downhill strides.

Zap your way around with the Viva Viagem travel pass

The same travel card allows access to the metro and all buses, trains, boats and trams serving Lisbon and neighboring cities, saving money compared to fares paid on-board. The Viva Viagem green card costs €0.50 and is available at vending machines and ticket offices at metro, train and boat stations (there's also a white card, but it's not valid on Metro Transportes do Sul). Top up the card with credit and swipe the card over the sensor to pay on public transport – this is known locally as "zapping."

If you're planning on traveling a lot by public transit in one day, add a 24-hour ticket to your Viva Viagem card. You'll need to buy the right 24-hour ticket combination for all the types of transport you’re planning to use. The simplest combination – known as Carris/Metro – allows you to travel using the same ticket on buses, trams, elevators, funiculars and the metro for €6.60.

CityMapper is the best map and public transport app for travelers to Lisbon, and locals use it frequently. There are also other third-party and government apps, but they aren’t updated as often and don’t work as well.

The metro network is efficient

Lisbon's efficient metro network has four lines, serving the airport (Red Line), Baixa and Chiado (Blue Line), Mouraria and Alvalade (Green Line), and Saldanha and Campo Pequeno (Yellow Line). The Red Line intersects with the other three lines, so it's easy to interchange between lines.

Overall, the metro is easy to navigate, and plans are underway to expand the network to reach neighborhoods such as Belém and Campo de Ourique. However, the metro is not available 24/7; there's a break in services from 1am to 6am. Check your intended itinerary on a map before catching the metro; it’s often quicker to walk between stations, particularly on the Yellow, Blue and Green lines.

On the other hand, the metro is by far the easiest option for reaching points of interest farther from the city center such as Lisbon Zoo (Sete Rios), the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (São Sebastião) and Parque das Nações (Oriente).

A woman with a bike rests on a riverside bench gazing out towards a huge bridge

The city is becoming more bike-friendly

Determined to make the city more bicycle-friendly, Lisbon's city planners have put a lot of effort into increasing the number of cycle paths. Drivers, however, are still not used to sharing the road, so this is a transition that is still in progress. If you don't have experience of navigating rogue traffic on two wheels, it’s probably best to stay on riverside paths away from the cars.

To find a bike in the city, download Gira , Lisbon City Council’s official bike-sharing app. It's widely used by locals and tourists, with dozens of bike stations dotted around the center. Prices vary depending on the type of pass that you sign up for, but as a guideline, a visitor using the Daily Pass would get the first 45-minute ride for free, with a charge of €2 for the next 45 minutes. You can also rent e-bikes and scooters through Lime (from Uber) and Bolt.

Buses can get crowded

Lisbon’s bus routes are fairly intuitive, but as buses are one of the forms of public transportation used most frequently by locals, they can get crowded. If you can, avoid catching buses during rush hour, when passengers are bound to be packed in as tightly as the city’s famous sardines.

Buses 728 (Oriente–Belém), 714 (Praça da Figueira–Belém) and 737 (Praça da Figueira–Castelo) are all useful routes for visitors to Lisbon, serving the areas with the most attractions, particularly Belém, Parque das Nações and the historical neighborhoods of Mouraria and Alfama.

Tram 28E offers the perfect tourist route 

Everyone knows about Tram 28E, which weaves an atmospheric path through the historic neighborhoods of Mouraria, Alfama and Graça, but you can hop on any of the other old trams for a similarly rewarding experience. Recommended routes include the 12E (Martim Moniz), 18E (Cais do Sodré–Ajuda), 24E (Praça Luís de Camões–Campolide) and 25E (Praça da Figueira–Campo de Ourique). Bigger modern trams run on route 15E, connecting Praça da Figueira to Belém; this route is often used by tourists on their way to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém.

One thing to note: while the rickety, mustard-yellow trams are full of character, they're more of a travel experience than a practical way to get around in Lisbon. In addition to not being the most comfortable form of public transportation, they don't cover large areas of the city, and they often get stuck behind poorly parked cars during rush hour.

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Funiculars and elevators help with the hills

Three funiculars ( ascensores ) and one historic elevator have been helping city-dwellers dodge the uphill climbs in Lisbon since the early 1900s. All four are numbered, but locals refer to them by the names of the streets they ride on. Glória (51E) connects Restauradores to Bairro Alto, Lavra (52E) links Baixa and Jardim do Torel, Bica (53E) connects Cais do Sodré to Bairro Alto, and the Santa Justa elevator (54E) connects Baixa to Largo do Carmo in Chiado.

Tickets bought on board are pricey, costing €3.80 for two rides on the funiculars and €5.30 to go there and back on the elevator. Instead, purchase a Viva Viagem transport card and spend only €1.35 per trip.

Trains are quicker for getting to Belém

Suburban trains on the Cascais Line depart from Cais do Sodré every 20 to 30 minutes; it’s often quicker to hop on one of these trains to get to Belém than it is to catch the tram, a bus or a taxi. The journey takes less than 10 minutes. To reach the eastern side of the city faster than by taking the metro or bus, catch the Azambuja Line train from Santa Apolónia to Oriente Station – a stress-free trip of eight minutes.

Five boat services cross the Tagus

Five boat routes connect the two sides of the Tagus River, and taking a boat is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get to the south bank. Boats to Barreiro depart from Terreiro do Paço, and from the Cais do Sodré boat station, you can catch boats to Montijo, Seixal and Cacilhas. From Belém, you can reach Trafaria and Porto Brandão by boat.

Lisbon's taxis are black with a green roof

Grabbing a cab is a good-value option for longer journeys, and for getting to and from the airport. That said, language can sometimes be a barrier, and service standards can be disappointing. Taxis in Lisbon are easy to identify: they're black vehicles with a green roof. They all run on meters, and these are immediately turned on once you get in. Taxi drivers are required to issue a receipt at the end of the ride, whether you ask for one or not. Some taxis take card payments, but not all, so it’s best to carry cash.

Rideshare services are cheaper than regular taxis

Ridesharing apps are used widely in Lisbon; Uber, Bolt and FREE NOW are all popular options. Using these app-based services is cheaper than taking a conventional cab and quicker than getting on a bus to reach the far eastern (Oriente) and western (Belém) sides of the city. However, note that drivers are not always that familiar with the layout of the city. By law, all ride-share vehicles are required to display a sticker on the windshield with the letters TVDE.

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Cars are best saved for those with reduced mobility

Only drive in Lisbon if you need to cover a lot of ground in a short time, or if you or those you are traveling with have reduced mobility. As in any densely packed city, there are traffic jams and road works to contend with, but the Portuguese penchant for double parking with blinkers on is even more of a patience test. The shortage of parking is also an issue, particularly on weekdays, when commuters take over every available spot in busy neighborhoods such as Baixa, Chiado and Mouraria.

Accessible transportation in Lisbon

Lisbon is not a very accessible city, and unfortunately, most challenges won’t be easily overcome in the near future. The historic calçada portuguesa sidewalks are uneven and poorly maintained, and trams squeeze their way along narrow streets, further reducing space for the mobility impaired. Travelers with disabilities may find it difficult to ride the narrow and rampless funiculars. Lisbon’s trams are also tricky for people with reduced mobility (tram 15E is the only service with accessible boarding). Most buses aren’t equipped to accommodate wheelchair users, and only some metro stations are equipped with elevators. Find more information in Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide .

This article was first published October 2021 and updated July 2023

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Apps for you to travel in Lisbon like a Pro

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In an age where technology permeates every facet of our lives, it’s tempting to rely on it for everything, especially when navigating the unknown streets of a new city. At Taste of Lisboa, while we cherish the serendipity of unplanned adventures and the authentic experiences that come from exploring a city beyond its digital footprint, we also recognize the invaluable role technology can play in enhancing travel experiences. The key lies in striking the perfect balance, making the most of technology to complement your journey through Lisbon, without allowing it to dictate it as such.

Navigating Lisbon with a blend of tech-savvy and spontaneity can make you feel more like a traveler and a little less like a tourist. We have curated a list of useful Lisbon travel apps so that you can make the most of your explorations in our city and the rest of Portugal. So check them out and make every moment count, but be careful not to let technology overshadow the invaluable “real-life” experiences that await when you allow yourself to go with the flow.

Lisbon restaurant booking and food related apps

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TheFork was designed to simplify the process of discovering and securing reservations at a wide range of restaurants. You can rely on us to share with you what are the best Portuguese food restaurants in Lisbon. But once you have selected where you’d like to go, it can be a good idea to check out the establishment on TheFork, not just for the sake of booking a table in a super convenient manner, but possibly to even enjoy a discount.

TheFork’s listings are comprehensive, complete with photos and menus, which can be particularly useful for those with more specific dietary patterns, or if you’re going out to eat in a group, to make sure in advance that there’s something in the list adequate for everyone.

Our favorite feature of TheFork is that the app frequently offers discounts, ranging from a percentage off your total bill to special set-menu prices, available exclusively to TheFork users – registering is easy enough, even if you’re just in town for a few days. These discounts are applied automatically when you book through the app. To increase your chances of enjoying a discount, look for restaurants during weekdays, as weekends are naturally busier and promotions for those days are rarer.

Furthermore, TheFork hosts themed discount weeks, such as “TheFork Fest” where diners can enjoy specially priced menus at some of the city’s best restaurants. These promotions not only provide an excellent opportunity to sample high-end dining at a fraction of the cost but also encourage exploration of new culinary experiences. Whether you’re a local foodie or a traveler eager to taste the best of Lisbon, these themed weeks are a fantastic way to dive deep into the city’s gastronomic offerings without breaking the bank.


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Veond – Vegan Deals

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Veond is designed with the modern, eco-conscious consumer in mind, providing an easy-to-navigate interface where users can discover exclusive deals and book meals at some of the best vegan restaurants in Lisbon. This feature is particularly appealing for travelers following a vegan diet or anyone eager to explore the city’s plant-based culinary scene without compromising on quality or affordability. Whether you’ve found a cool vegan spot via Taste of Lisboa’s very own veggie recommendations , or stumbled upon a hidden gem via HappyCow , Veond offers the added benefit of checking if your chosen restaurant is offering a special deal, making your dining experience not only delicious, but also more budget-friendly.


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Too Good To Go

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Originating in Denmark in 2016, Too Good To Go quickly spread across Europe, making its way to Lisbon as part of its mission to fight food waste globally. The app’s arrival in the Portuguese capital was met with enthusiasm from both local businesses and eco-conscious consumers, eager to embrace a solution that benefits the environment, the community, and their wallets.  If you are a traveler on a budget, or simply care about food waste, we think Too Good To Go would be a great download for you too, even if you do not live in Lisbon per se. In fact, the app works in other parts of Portugal too – so wherever you end up going, you can open it on your phone with your location settings on, and browse what might be available in the area.

In Lisbon, Too Good To Go offers a wide variety of food options. Users can find everything from freshly baked bread and pastries to gourmet restaurant meals, supermarket deals, and even hotel breakfasts and brunches. Navigating the app is straightforward: after downloading it and creating an account, you can browse the available “surprise bags” near your location. These bags, often sold at a significant discount, contain food that is perfectly good to eat but would otherwise go to waste due to overproduction or the end of the day.

The app is perfect for various scenarios, particularly for those looking to enjoy a picnic in one of Lisbon’s picturesque parks or scenic miradouros when the weather is inviting. It’s also ideal for travelers staying in Airbnbs or home rentals who prefer to grab food to take home, offering a convenient and affordable way to enjoy a wide range of cuisines. Furthermore, Too Good To Go has become a favorite among those looking to enjoy a leisurely first meal of the day without the constraints of hotel breakfast timings or the high cost of dining out. Many hotels in Lisbon have partnered with the app to offer their surplus breakfast and brunch items, allowing users to enjoy high-quality hotel dining experiences, in take-away format, at a fraction of the usual price. Late risers can get their kicks in a more sustainable and budget-friendly way!


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The app is particularly advantageous for those indulgent nights in, whether you’re a local or a traveler staying in an Airbnb. Glovo’s expansive range of options includes a wide variety of fast-food outlets, but its offerings are far from limited to this category. Users can order their favorite dishes or explore new restaurants nearby, ensuring that every craving is satisfied without stepping outside.

But what truly sets Glovo apart from other popular delivery services like Uber Eats and Bolt Food (which we also explore below, in the transportation section), is its extensive selection of non-food items. With Glovo, you can find anything you need, from supermarket goods to pharmacy items, flower shops, and beyond. It’s this versatility that makes Glovo an invaluable tool for those unexpected moments or specific needs that arise at the least convenient times. Imagine you’re hosting a home party and realize you’ve forgotten something essential: Glovo can deliver food, drinks, and even that last-minute package of aspirin to counteract the effects of a potential hangover, all through a few taps on your phone.

When it comes to trying food in Lisbon, we would most of the time recommend going out, as dining is not only about what appears on the plate, but also about the atmosphere one can enjoy at a restaurant and the overall experience provided by establishments and their teams. However, we do recognize that sometimes, it’s just convenient or indulgent to order in, and via Glovo you can do so without necessarily compromising on the authentic Lisbon experience.


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Most useful transportation apps in Lisbon

Carris metropolitana.

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The pricing system for Carris Metropolitana includes options of onboard fares as well as prepaid tariffs. The onboard fare may be convenient for infrequent or spur-of-the-moment trips, allowing passengers to pay directly on the bus. However, for regular commuters or even if you’re just in Lisbon for more than a couple of days and planning to get around, opting for a prepaid card, which you can purchase at designated ticket offices and kiosks throughout the city, is significantly more cost-effective.

The Carris Metropolitana app is particularly useful for several reasons. First, it allows travelers to check real-time bus schedules and plan their journeys with up-to-date information on delays or disruptions. Additionally, the app provides detailed route maps, helping users to visualize their travel plans and identify the most convenient stops and connections for their needs. For those exploring Lisbon and its surroundings, the app facilitates the discovery of new areas and attractions by offering a reliable means of transportation. Whether planning a day trip to a nearby town or navigating the bustling streets of Lisbon, the Carris Metropolitana app ensures that travelers have the necessary information at their fingertips to make the most of their time in the region.


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Citymapper offers real-time updates and a wide array of transportation options, from buses and trams to trains and even walking and biking routes. By inputting your destination, Citymapper presents you with several routes, each detailing the estimated time, the most efficient path, and any transfers you may need to make along the way. This allows travelers to compare options and choose the one that best suits their preferences, be it the fastest route, the least amount of walking, or the most scenic path.

Furthermore, Citymapper’s integration with local transportation services like Carris Metropolitana and the Lisbon Metro ensures that users have access to the latest schedules, delays, and disruptions. This real-time information is crucial for planning your day around Lisbon, helping to avoid any unexpected delays and ensuring a smooth travel experience. The app also includes helpful features like step-by-step navigation, alerts when it’s time to get off at your stop, and even where to find the best exit to save you time on your journey.

For travelers interested in exploring Lisbon’s surrounding areas, Citymapper’s coverage extends to regional trains operated by CP, making day trips outside the city as straightforward as urban navigation. This feature is especially useful for those looking to venture to nearby destinations like Sintra or Cascais, as it removes the guesswork from public transportation schedules and connections.

In addition to its comprehensive transportation planning features, Citymapper also caters to the needs of various travelers by offering cycling routes and bike share information, reflecting Lisbon’s growing bike-friendly infrastructure. This is particularly appealing for those looking to explore the city at a slower pace, enjoy its scenic beauty, or simply get some exercise.


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The Gira system is user-friendly and accessible, making it easy for both residents and visitors to navigate Lisbon on two wheels. Through the Gira app, users can locate and unlock bikes from various docking stations spread across the city. The app provides real-time information on the availability of bikes and docking spaces, which is particularly useful during peak hours or in high-demand areas, ensuring that users can plan their journeys efficiently.

Wondering if you should download Gira? Here’s how the app works:

  • Locate: The app shows a map of nearby docking stations, along with the number of bikes available and open docks for returning bikes.
  • Unlock: Once at the station, users can easily unlock a bike using a code or QR scan feature provided through the app.
  • Ride: With bikes designed for various levels of cycling proficiency, including electric bikes for those looking for a less strenuous ride, users can enjoy exploring Lisbon at their own pace.
  • Dock: After completing their journey, users can return the bike to any Gira docking station, ensuring flexibility and convenience.

Easy, convenient and environmentally friendly, as bikes help explore Lisbon in a fun and even healthy way, while also contributing to reducing traffic congestion and pollution.  


Bolt / Bolt Food

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The app simplifies the process of getting around Lisbon by connecting users with local drivers through just a few taps on their smartphone. Whether you’re looking to explore the historic neighborhoods, visit iconic landmarks, or simply travel from your accommodation to a restaurant, Bolt provides a seamless service. The app’s interface is intuitive, displaying the driver’s location in real time, estimated arrival time, and journey duration, thereby ensuring a hassle-free travel experience. You could get a Bolt car, but also drive yourself using one of their bikes or scooters.

Bolt (just like Uber below) extends its services beyond ride-hailing with Bolt Food, an addition that enhances the travel experience for those exploring Lisbon. Bolt Food delivers a wide range of culinary options directly to your location, whether you’re craving traditional Portuguese dishes or international cuisine. This service is particularly appealing for travelers staying in accommodations with limited access to dining facilities, such as Airbnbs, or for those moments when you prefer the comfort of dining in. 



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Uber / Uber Eats

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Uber’s transportation services in Lisbon include a variety of modes designed to suit different budgets and travel styles. From the standard UberX, which offers affordable rides for up to four passengers, to Uber Green, providing environmentally friendly options for those conscious of their carbon footprint, Uber caters to the modern traveler. For larger groups or those desiring more space, UberXL accommodates larger parties or more luggage. Additionally, Uber Black offers a premium service for those looking for luxury and style, featuring high-end vehicles and professional drivers. Uber also offers an eco-friendly and fun alternative for navigating the city through its bikes and scooters service.

Uber’s safety features, such as driver profiles, real-time GPS tracking, and the ability to share your trip details with friends or family, provide an added layer of security and peace of mind for travelers. These aspects are especially valued in a foreign city where navigating unfamiliar streets can be daunting, even though, generally speaking, Lisbon is a safe city and Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world .

In addition to its transportation services, Uber also offers Uber Eats in Lisbon, providing convenient access to a wide array of local and international cuisines. While the focus here is on transportation, the added benefit of being able to order food through the same app enhances the overall travel experience, offering comfort and convenience to those looking to sample Lisbon’s culinary gems without leaving their accommodation.



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If you are planning further travels across Portugal, we would also recommend checking out Rede Expressos and FlixBus , which are the companies with the most extensive bus routes around the country.

Lisbon sightseeing and activities apps 

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Once you have had the most delicious introduction to Portugal’s food and culture joining one of Taste of Lisboa’s walking tours , it would be safe to say that SmartGuide is ideal to continue your explorations of our city more independently. Using the app you have total flexibility to start, pause, or skip content according to personal interests and schedules, making it perfect for travelers who value spontaneity. SmartGuide typically offers free content with the option of in-app purchases for more comprehensive guides and features. Prices for premium content vary, providing flexibility depending on how much or how little guidance you need.

The app provides engaging audio guides and written content about landmarks, historical sites, and local culture, offering quite some insights. The app guides you from one point of interest to the next with clear directions, ensuring that you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions.

If your travels in our country are taking you beyond Lisbon, SmartGuide offers an extensive range of destinations across Portugal, available in several languages, such as English, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese, among others.


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Walkbox curates engaging routes that guide visitors through Lisbon’s diverse neighborhoods. We do not believe that these self guided tours are a replacement for live experiences with native people from Lisbon, such as the very tours we curate at Taste of Lisboa, but they can offer a good complement for the days when travelers feel like doing something more of their own terms. We love that this app is entirely focused on Portugal and it was developed in our country, by locals, who indeed generally know best.

The app’s design emphasizes flexibility, enabling travelers to navigate Lisbon according to their preferences. Moreover, Walkbox goes beyond merely guiding visitors from point A to point B. By focusing on immersive experiences and the power of storytelling, the app helps users form a deeper connection with the city, moving beyond the surface-level tourist experience to foster a genuine appreciation for Lisbon’s beauty, complexity, and historical depth.


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Beachcam offers real-time information on beach conditions. The app provides live feeds from cameras stationed at various beaches, giving users a visual overview of the current conditions, including crowd levels, weather, and surf. This feature is particularly useful for surfers, who can check wave sizes, wind conditions, and tides to find the best times to hit the water. For those planning a day out at the beach, Beachcam’s live feeds and weather reports help in selecting the perfect spot, ensuring that you arrive at a beach that matches your preferences for tranquility or activity. Beyond just live feeds, Beachcam also offers detailed forecasts, including weather, wind, and wave predictions, allowing beachgoers to plan their visits several days in advance.

For individuals interested in exploring beyond the typical tourist spots, Beachcam can guide you to lesser-known beaches that might offer a more secluded or unique experience. This exploration can lead to discovering hidden gems along the Portuguese coast, away from the more crowded or popular destinations. This is a must-have app for beach lovers visiting Lisbon!


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InfoPraia provides real-time information on the water quality at various beaches, which is crucial for swimmers and families with children. This feature ensures that users can select beaches where the water is clean and safe for swimming, thereby avoiding areas that might be temporarily affected by pollution or other environmental issues. The app sources its data from official environmental agencies, ensuring that the information is both reliable and up-to-date.

Another key feature of InfoPraia is its ability to inform users about the current occupancy level of beaches. This is particularly useful during the peak summer months when some beaches can become overcrowded. Additionally, InfoPraia provides information on the flag status at each beach, indicating whether it is safe to swim. The flag system, used widely across Portuguese beaches, alerts swimmers to current sea conditions, with different colors signifying safe conditions, caution due to rough seas or dangerous currents, and prohibitions against entering the water. This immediate access to flag status helps users ensure their safety and the safety of their families while enjoying the beach.


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In Lisbon, let technology be your guide, not your itinerary. Use these apps to navigate and plan, but also allow room for spontaneity. And, as always, you can count on our regular tips during our in-person experiences in Lisbon, via this blog and on Instagram , where we’re always happy to hear from you! #tasteoflisboa

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Portugal—my beautiful new home. While preparing for my big move to Lisbon in August (I can’t wait! 😍), I’ve been clocking plenty of trip-prep and destination research to make my transition into Portugal expat a little bit smoother. Part of that prep includes researching the best and most helpful apps to download for Portugal!

As travelers in the 21st century, we’re blessed with smart phones that – at the click of a button – can provide us with any information we need about a destination. Although I’m already an experienced European traveler after study abroad and living in Italy for two years, there are some essential apps that are sure to make my move to Portugal much easier (and my time there more enjoyable).

Ordering cars, translating Portuguese, making restaurant reservations and scanning wine reviews are only a couple of helpful functions provided by the apps below. So, if you’re planning a trip to Portugal soon, be sure to keep reading for the best apps to download for Portugal!

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The Best Apps to Download for Portugal

No matter your travel style, these Portugal travel apps will make your trip to Europe easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Just a quick note: I do recommend downloading these apps and setting them up before you leave home. Many will require 2-factor authentication and, trust me, that’s a nightmare when you’re using a foreign number. It also tends to be easier to set up a credit card at home, since your location won’t raise any red flags with your bank.

I’ve linked all apps below on both the App Store and Google Play Store for easy downloading. Keep reading for the best apps to download for Portugal!

What do you need to use all of these apps? 🤔

Oh right…DATA might be a little necessary. With Airalo , it’s never been easier to buy and install a local eSIM. Simply download the app, select the data package you need for your trip (options for Portugal are listed below), pay and activate your eSIM for instant connectivity in Portugal.

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Once your eSIM is activated, you can get right on using the apps to download for Portugal below! Data is also a necessary safety tool for solo female travelers on the road . I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the #1 way to k eep yourself safe abroad is with reliable data and a portable phone charger .

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Airalo eSIMs are perfect for any traveler

Bolt is Portugal’s version of Uber, which makes it a necessary addition to this list of apps to download for Portugal. Uber actually does operate in the area (although there is no Lyft in Portugal), so I would recommend downloading both to compare fares. Both options seem to be consistently cheaper than hiring a taxi in the area.

Although taxis are still in high demand all over Europe, it’s very common to get screwed on the fare if you’re an obvious tourist (in Honduras , we called that “getting gringo’d”). When you download Bolt Portugal or Uber, at least you know what you’ll be charged upfront. But heads up – if you want to leave a tip, you have to do it within 15 minutes of the end of your ride.

Note: Bolt is one of the Portugal apps that you absolutely must set up before leaving home. You’re going to need it for rides to some of Lisbon’s best viewpoints, like the Santa Luzia Viewpoint !

👉🏼 Download Bolt on the App Store 👉🏼 Download Bolt on Google Play

Bolt is Portugal's version of Uber

3. DeepL Translate

Give a warm welcome to DeepL, your language barrier breaker in Portugal. Don’t let the fear of getting lost in translation hamper your Portuguese escapade. DeepL is widely considered the best app for Portuguese translation services in Portugal. Many popular translation apps, even Google Translate, offer a mixture of European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese – which are very different dialects. Expats in Portugal swear by DeepL as the best Portuguese translator app for iPhone. 

I always learn some common phrases in the local language as a sign of respect while traveling. Even if your pronunciation is abysmal and no one knows what the hell you’re saying, most people will still be grateful for the attempt. That’s the magic DeepL provides. It’s more than just a translator; it’s your personal language tutor, helping you blend in like a local among the friendly people in Portugal. 

👉🏼 Download DeepL on the App Store 👉🏼 Download DeepL on Google Play

DeepL is one of the best apps to download for Portugal because it's a reliable translator

4. The Fork

Alright, foodies, this one’s for you!

The Fork is an essential and free app to download for Portugal (honestly it’s just one of the best apps for European travel in general ) if you’re already dreaming of tasting all of the delicious local cuisine. This handy app is all about restaurant bookings, but it’s not just about snagging a table at the hottest spot in town. Oh no, my fellow gastronomes, it’s so much more than that.

With The Fork, you can explore thousands of restaurants, read reviews and even score some hefty discounts on your meals (we’re talking 50% off in some cases). 

Plus, since it’s widely used in Portugal, you’ll have a plethora of choices at your fingertips. Don’t leave your dining to chance, download The Fork before you leave and get ready to dominate the Portuguese culinary scene during your trip. 

👉🏼 Download The Fork on the App Store 👉🏼 Download The Fork on Google Play

Download The Fork to make restaurant reservations in Portugal

Picture it –

You just had an amazing, long day of exploring Portugal ‘s best viewpoints, restaurants and beaches. All you want to do is kick back in your Airbnb, wrap yourself in a fluffy robe and scarf down some delicious local food (or some bangin’ chickie nuggies). Alas, the thought of venturing out again feels like a Herculean task.

Thankfully, Glovo is here to save the day!

This food delivery app is the hero you need for those cozy nights in. Glovo is very popular across the country—from Porto to Lagos to a hungover morning in September in Madeira —delivering a wide variety of scrumptious Portuguese meals directly to your doorstep with the touch of a button.

If you’re not feeling Glovo’s choices (which would be difficult given the wide array of restaurants/cuisine available), Uber Eats also operates in Portugal or you could give other local food delivery apps, like noMenu or Comidas.pt, a try during your stay.

👉🏼 Download Glovo on the App Store 👉🏼 Download Glovo on Google Play

Glovo is the best app for food delivery in Portugal

6. Too Good to Go

This one is for the eco-conscious travelers out there.

Too Good To Go is a free mobile app that helps you fight food waste by offering delicious, perfectly edible meals at discounted prices from restaurants that have surplus food at the end of the day. Not only can you treat yourself to some yummy eats, but you’ll be doing your bit for the environment at the same time.

Too Good To Go is available across Portugal in cities like Lisbon and Porto. It’s a great way to get a taste of Portugal’s local cuisine while helping to reduce food waste – so everyone wins! From a sustainability perspective, Too Good to Go has definitely earned its spot on the list of the best apps to download for Portugal. Wouldn’t you agree?

Since Too Good to Go works all over the continent, I would also consider it one of the top travel apps for Europe travel in general. 

👉🏼 Download Too Good to Go on the App Store 👉🏼 Download too Good to Go on Google Play

Help combat food waste with the Too Good to Go mobile app

7. WhatsApp

This one is a given when traveling abroad, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention WhatsApp on this list of the best apps to download for Portugal. This free messaging app offers the ability to make calls and send text messages to other users while using WiFi or your Airalo data plan .

You can use WhatsApp to communicate with friends and family back home during your time in Portugal without having to pay for an international plan (although I would still recommend purchasing international data). It’s also the perfect way to keep in touch with your new Portuguese contacts, as most people in Europe use WhatsApp over iMessage.

If you set up WhatsApp before you leave, you can sign up with your regular phone number. WhatsApp is not affected by new SIM cards or changing numbers, it will always use the phone number you registered when you set it up.

👉🏼 Download WhatsApp on the App Store 👉🏼 Download WhatsApp on Google Play

Whatsapp messenger is one of the best apps to download for Portugal

Attention all wine-lovers! You’re not going to want to miss this essential app to download for Portugal. 

Vivino is the perfect app to install before you venture into Portugal’s wine regions. Its camera feature allows you to take photos of labels and instantly learn more about different wines, including ratings from experts and other users, food pairings, bouquet and much more.

Vivino will help you locate nearby stores where you can buy your favorite wines and help you find the best deals in the area. And, if you’re worried that your knowledge of Portuguese wines isn’t up to par, no worries – Vivino offers an extensive collection of Portuguese wine suggestions that are perfect for the budding wine connoisseur.

👉🏼 Download Vivino on the Apple Store 👉🏼 Download Vivino on Google Play

Vivino is the perfect app for wine lovers in Portugal

9. CP: Comboios de PortugaL

The CP app is an absolute must-have if you’re planning on travelling around Portugal during your visit. CP stands for Comboios de Portugal, which translates from Portuguese as “trains of Portugal.” With this handy app, you can easily purchase tickets and check train times throughout the country. In combination with trusty Google Maps, CP is the best way to travel around Portugal.

CP also offers great discounts for students and senior citizens, so don’t forget to ask. This app is available in both English and Portuguese, making it perfect for any traveler.

👉🏼 CP app download on the Apple Store 👉🏼 CP app download on Google Play

CP is the best app for booking train within Portugal

If you’re planning to drive during your trip, the Waze app is one of my favorite apps to download for Portugal. It’s one of the best navigation apps out there, and tends to be the most accurate navigation app in the country. With Waze, you’ll get real-time updates on traffic conditions, as well as voice guidance and live maps so you won’t get lost. If you’re asking how to get around in Portugal, Waze is the answer. 

The only downside of Waze is there are no offline maps available for download. In this instance, Google Maps Portugal download is still your best bet. Additionally, since Waze is not compatible for pedestrians, I always use Google Maps to map walking directions and local transit options.

👉🏼 Download Waze on the App Store 👉🏼 Download Waze on Google Play

Waze is a great navigation app for drivers in Portugal

Since half of the country is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, it’s important to download this handy Tides app for your trip to Portugal. Tides will provide real-time updates and guides to tidal patterns, wind speeds and water temperatures, so that you never have any nasty surprises during a beach day.

Tides is especially important if you enjoy taking long walks on the beach around cliffs during low tide. It may just save your life!

This handy app also offers information on popular beaches and swimming spots in Portugal. It’s hands-down earned its spot as one of the best apps to download for Portugal.

👉🏼 Download Tides on the App Store 👉🏼 Download Tides on Google Play

Tides app – one of the best apps to download for Portugal

If you plan to visit Portugal in the summer (fire season), I highly recommend you download the Fogos app. Fogos provides real-time updates on forest fires in both the city and the country, and alerts you if there are any active fires in your area.

Although chances are you won’t need to use it, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Plus…it’s free, so there’s no downside to a quick download. And remember, it’s forbidden to start fires in Portugal outside of your own property in a safe and controlled environment (like a BBQ).

👉🏼 Fogos has been (hopefully temporarily) taken down from the App Store, but you can use the online version here . 👉🏼 Download Fogos on Google Play

Fogos.pt for fire updates around the country is one of the best apps to download for Portugal

13. Info Praia

After living in Roatan , Honduras for a year – I definitely consider myself a beach bum. I plan to take full advantage of Portugal’s beautiful beaches during my stay…and Info Praia is the app to turn that dream into a reality. 

Ready to pack up your cooler with ice-cold Sagres, your trusty bluetooth speaker and some reef-safe sunscreen before heading off for an amazing beach day in Portugal? Before loading up the car, be sure to download this handy app for information on all the best beaches in Portugal. With Info Praia, you’ll be able to easily view photos of each beach and find out which beaches have lifeguards and/or facilities like toilets and showers. It will also help you find the closest beach to your accommodation.

Info Praia is available in multiple languages, so it’s suitable for travelers from all countries. And since it also comes with a built-in map feature, you’ll never get lost on your way to the beach. This app makes planning your beach day in Portugal fun and easy!

👉🏼 Download Info Praia on the App Store 👉🏼 Download Info Praia on Google Play

Info Praia's home screen where you can search beaches in Portugal by name and location

While CP is the best for booking trains within Portugal, Omio is one of the best for booking trains around Europe. It helps you find the most convenient and cheapest train tickets around the entire continent – all at the click of a button.

If you’re looking for more than just a train ticket, the Omio app allows you to book flights and tickets for the Portugal bus service as well as trains. With Omio, the options are limitless!

👉🏼 Download Omio on the App Store 👉🏼 Download Omio on Google Play

Omio is one of the best apps to download for Portugal for booking trains throughout Europe

Apps to Download for Portugal FAQs:

A: Yes, there is both Uber and Uber Eats in Portugal. Uber tends to be cheaper than local taxis, so it’s a preferred member of transportation for tourists. Portugal also has a local version of Uber called Bolt, so I would recommend downloading both apps before your trip.

A: No, you cannot use Lyft in Portugal as of 2023.

A: There are a couple of great transportation apps to download for Portugal. My first choice is always Google Maps for walking and local transit instructions. However, Waze is best for those planning to drive while in Portugal. Moovit is another good option for European travel, but I find Google Maps to be a bit more accurate. One thing is for sure—whichever app you choose—navigating Lisbon is definitely worth it !

A: That depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a Portuguese alternative to Uber – Bolt is your answer. If you’re looking to browse local restaurants and make reservations – download The Fork. Or, if you need to communicate quickly and easily with your new Portuguese friends – you’re looking for WhatsApp. There are tons of helpful apps to download for Portugal, it just depends on your needs.

A: Glovo is one of the best food delivery apps in Portugal, along with Uber Eats. Other great options include noMenu and Comidas.pt for local food delivery.

A: Skip Google Translate entirely and download DeepL – the best app for translating European Portuguese. This app is free and much more accurate than other translation apps on the market.

Final Thoughts

There you have it – 14 essentials apps to download for Portugal! If you plan on traveling through Portugal (or Europe) for a while, there are a few other helpful apps I would suggest downloading for your trip. Make sure to grab a reliable VPN like Tunnelbear , the best hostel app for all over the world – Hostelworld and a handy Currency Converter app to make sure you’re staying within budget during your trip. 

You could also download Airbnb or VRBO for short-stay rentals, Splitwise for travel with friends (to split up costs evenly) or Duolingo to work on your Portuguese language skills. I also always recommend having Venmo set up and running like a well-oiled machine before you leave, since it’s impossible to set up or manage without a functioning US phone number. 

I’ll be living in Lisbon for at least three months in 2023, so stay tuned for more Lisbon travel tips coming your way. And, if you enjoyed these essential apps to download for Portugal, you may enjoy the related posts below. Happy travels!

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The best apps for things to do in Lisbon

Handy up-to-date apps that will help you find your way around Lisbon

Feeling a little overwhelmed with all the fun things to do in Lisbon? Well, these apps will help you make the most of your holidays. 

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Lisboa Move-Me

Lisboa Move-Me

It puts buses and subway on the same screen and makes everyone’s life easier. The app plans trips combining both means of transportation,tells you when and where to make a transfer and also offers info on walking trips. Android and iOS

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Ok,so you don’t have to actually stay at the Ritz to see its art. For those that can’t afford it,the hotel developed an application displaying its own art collection. The app shows the works spread through the building and gives information about each one. iOS


Think TripAdvisor for cabdrivers: each one gets a star rating and you can request drivers with perfect reputations. Switch on your GPS and the map will show you which drivers are in the area. The app will give you the make, model,license plate, picture and contact information of the driver coming to pick you up. Android, iOS e Windows Phone

Agenda Cascais

A trip to Cascais is always a good idea, and the new city hall app will help you plan it. It has the town’s cultural program, including art shows and concerts but also sports and gastronomical events. You can search this Cascais guide by date, subject or location – the latter employs GPS. Android and iOS

The official app for the Belém Cultural Centre (CCB), one of Lisbon’s major cultural hubs. It has the CCB’s program, the list of halls for rental, hours and ticketing information for the centre’s events. Android and iOS

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Five top apps for visiting Lisbon, Portugal

Now part of my pre-travel routine, the week before I flew out to Lisbon I grabbed my iPhone and started looking for useful apps that would allow me to make the most of my time in the city.

There seems to be many Lisbon-related apps, but sadly a lot of them were pretty poor affairs, providing small lists of attractions or hotels, many of which I could already find in my guidebook.

Although there wasn’t a huge amount that I found overly useful, I did come across a few interesting Lisbon-related apps, so here’s my top picks.

Urban Adventures Lisbon

Top app: Urban Adventures Lisbon

From the guys at Intrepid, this quirky little app provides a cool treasure mApp (see what they did there) of city highlights picked out by the locals.

A Pinterest-like wall allows you to scroll through activities, location and restaurants that the locals know and love.

Many of these can be off the beaten track, so it’s a great option if you’re after somewhere a little quieter and not in the guidebook, or for returners to the city who’ve seen all the main sites.

City Walks Lisbon

Top app: City Walks Lisbon

For those that love to explore cities by foot, City Walks Lisbon provides you with a decent range of walking tours, all with a different theme.

Explore downtown Lisbon, take in the modern architectural and Jewish sites, tour Belem’s museums, find out about the best clubs and the city’s gay nightlife: this app offers walks that cover it all.

The app tells you how many sites each walk will take you to, and also how long it should take to do. But be warned, Lisbon is a very hilly city, so unless you’re ultra fit, these walks may take you longer than the expected duration.

But don’t expect maps and directions on the Lite version: the tours are basically a list of sites they recommend you visit, with some information on each for when you get there.

There is a city map on the app, however, but to get the touring route displayed on this map, and to receive turn-by-turn directions then you’ll need to upgrade to the full version.

This upgraded version also gives you the ability to create your own tours, so perhaps if you discover something new yourself, you can share it with other travellers.

As well as the walks, City Walks Lisbon provides users with a list of city attractions to peruse in alphabetical order. Many of the sites are on the walks, but it does include other locations not covered in the existing walks.

Lets go explore Lisbon

Top app: Let’s go explore Lisbon

Similar to the above app, Let’s go explore Lisbon offers users five different walking tours. Written, designed and developed entirely by college students, it’s a little prettier and more colourful than City Walks Lisbon, but offers a smaller choice of routes. Swipe to move between the walks and then click into each walk to get information on the sites it recommends, how to get there, walking time and directions. It’s got some of the top tourist attractions in there, so quite a nice little tool.

Metroa Lisboa

Top app: Metroa Lisboa

The official Lisbon Metro map at your fingertips, this is a really simple and useful app that’s a must have for people travelling about the city.

It’s got an easy to navigate map, route, timetable and fare information and if you’re connected to Wi-Fi then you can also check the status of the routes, making sure you’re aware of any delays or maintenance work etc.

Top app: Trip Advisor

You find this app in any top list I make – Trip Advisor is like my travel bible! It’s absolutely brilliant when searching for places to stay before you travel and I use it as a way of finding out what sites people do and don’t recommend visiting.

As a total foodie, my main use of Trip Advisor when I travel is to find out as much as I can about the best places to eat in a city. We used the app to find several really great restaurants in Lisbon, which we really enjoyed visiting, but as a picky eater it’s a great way to find out if a place serves the kind of food you’ll like.


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Add an universal app: google maps. It has prices of places and public transport, maps, call numbers, etc.

Yes, so true – I live by Google Maps when I travel in Europe now. That and Uber! 😉

These could come in useful as we’re having a work event in Lisbon later this year! 🙂

Ace! Let us know how you got on, and if you found these any help. 🙂 Have you got much free time while you’re there?

Sure, I’ll let you know 🙂 We’ll probably not have much free time, but I’m thinking of staying a few extra hours (maybe even another night) after the meetings are over before travelling back.

Well if it gives you a chance to see some of the city why not!

Have a look at this app about Lisbon, it’s a fantastic choice: Lisboa Cool – https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/id1001646113?mt=8

Cheers Jose, will take a look…

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10 Must-Have Apps for Living in Lisbon

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The living is easy when your home base is Lisbon , but it gets even easier when you have the most up-to-date information in the palm of your hand. Take a look at our selection of must-have apps, essential for always being in the know regarding news, trends, events, and offers.

Lisboa cool.

Which of Lisbon’s miradouros should you visit first? Which is the best restaurant for dining out? Where are the fun activities this weekend? These tidbits and more are the kind of information that comes with Lisboa Cool , an app for where to go, what to do, and where to stay. And in a city like Lisbon, where there is always something going on, this app will soon become your best friend.

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Olx: Classificados de Compra e Venda

OLX (pronounced in Portuguese as O-L-Sheesh) is like Portugal’s Craigslist where locals can sell, rent, and buy practically anything. Like Idealista, it helps make life easier by keeping the beauty of the site on mobile devices and in the palm of your hand. From services for sale and work opportunities, through to buying used cars and finding your next home and/or furnishings, OLX is a great app that will make life in Lisbon (and the rest of Portugal) easier.

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Are you new to Lisbon and don’t yet know anyone? True, the locals are friendly and there are many other expats who have also seen the charm in this lovely city, but Meetup makes meeting like-minded people even easier. Since there’s always something going on in Lisbon, the app is extra convenient since it sends reminders for the topics you’ve marked an interest in.

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Missas em Lisboa

Portugal is a Catholic country with some exceptionally gorgeous churches, cathedrals, and monasteries. Whether to worship or to plan your visit around mass, the app Missas em Lisboa details the nearest services at different locations and times. It also helps searchers find confession locations and special Jubilee Churches, as well as live stream mass.

Agenda Cascais

Cascais is one of Lisbon’s most beautiful beach towns and a totally hot location to spend sunny summer days. Keep up with the area’s news, even if you live in Lisbon’s center, with the Agenda Cascais application, which will share this resort town’s upcoming events, exhibitions, beach events and more.

Created as one of Lisbon’s many start ups , Hole 19 has had a lot of success among the area’s golf enthusiasts and professionals. With the slogan “designed by golfers with golfers in mind”, it has all the best tips to offer for golfing not only in the Portuguese capital, including GPS coordinates for courses and social features, but also around the world.

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A city as visitor-friendly as Lisbon has tons of local services to offer, so how can anyone narrow down which restaurant, nail salon, or café to visit on any given day? There’s always the “close your eyes and choose” method, but luckily Mygon can help you make a more informed decision. Mygon communicates with other applications and local sites to share discounts, photos, reviews, and special events all under one umbrella. If you’re after a seafood dinner, for example, it’s possible to find out which fish restaurants are the best in terms of quality and then streamline the selection further to know which among them are more budget-friendly.

An obvious choice, but it goes without saying that when public transport is simply not an option, locals prefer using Uber to get from point A to B at a cheaper rate than local taxis. The site also pre-plans each route so passengers have an idea of the trip duration and an estimate of the cost. Many of Lisbon’s streets are maze-like, and there are usually a few different ways to get around, but the Uber app helps newcomers feel comfortable travelling on the most effective route.

Culture Trip

Discover Lisbon with our very own travel and culture app that, like our website, shares the best things to do, most popular places to visit, and top dishes to try (in addition to more). Set it up on your Android or Apple devices for global news or specifically for your preferred region/city. It’s super-easy to use and will prevent you from ever running out of fun activities and ideas.

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The best Lisbon itinerary: a local’s recommendations

By: Author Brittany

Posted on Last updated: February 17, 2023

Are you ready to fall in love with Lisbon? This city will woo you in the most unexpected ways. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself smiling as a Portuguese grandmother ( avó ) keeps an eye on you from her perch in the window. Stopping to smell the roses is fine, but in Lisbon you’ll stop to admire the intricate details and differences on every azulejo tile. Who needs chocolates when a freshly baked pastel de nata, topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar, melts in your mouth? Whether you’re spending 2 days in Lisbon, 3 days in Lisbon, or 5 days in Lisbon, I’ve got you covered! Each day of this Lisbon itinerary is broken down into different regions or interests, so you can pick and choose your own adventure.

Visiting for the first time? This place might just rock your world. It absolutely rocked mine. I fell head over heels for this “city with a sweet tooth” and six years after my first visit, I officially became a resident of Portugal ! Follow this Lisbon travel guide to experience the very best meals, activities, and– of course!–  desserts in Lisbon .

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on these links, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting The Sweet Wanderlust by booking here! 

Where to stay in Lisbon

Corpo santo hotel .

If an emergency 24-hour/day ice cream machine, a daily Portuguese drink + snack happy hour, and an underground archaeological site pique your interest, you’ll love the Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel. It’s close to the Cais do Sodré station, which goes all the way to Cascais for easy beach access! 

Book your stay at Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel  here . 

Hotel Avenida Palace 

If you want to be treated like royalty in a hotel fit for a queen (or king), consider Hotel Avenida Palace your castle away from home. The breakfast is amazing, the staff is OTT attentive, the bar is well stocked (try the Porto tonic), and the location is unbeatable. The 19th century Belle Époque building is right next to Rossio Station– perfect for your day trip to Sintra!

Book your stay at Hotel Avenida Palace  here . 

Book your travel insurance for Lisbon

Before you take off for your Lisbon adventure, don’t forget to purchase travel insurance. I recommend SafetyWing , which I personally use for all of my travels! Sign up here . 

How to get from your airport to the hotel

Uber and Bolt are the top rideshare apps in Portugal and the metro goes straight from the airport to the city. Download Bolt  or Uber before you travel, or use one of the private transfer services below:

A few phrases to help you get around

Bom dia, boa tarde, boa noite – Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. Always use these phrases as greetings! 

Obrigada/ obrigado  – Thank you (end in -a if you are a female, and -o if you are a male). 

Fala inglês? – Do you speak English?

Se faz favor/ Por favor  – Please (can be used interchangeably)

Queria um pastel de nata se faz favor –  I would like one pastel de nata, please! (This is a VERY important phrase.)

The most fun 5-day Lisbon itinerary

Are you ready to have the most epic trip to Lisbon? I’ve compiled all of my favorite things about this city in a jam-packed Lisbon travel guide. I hope you slept on the plane because we’re going to hit the ground* running!

*The ground here is a mosaic of limestone cobblestones. It’s gorgeous, but it’s slippery. I write this post with a bruised elbow thanks to a slick cobblestone and the ground disappearing under my feet. Pack sturdy shoes and leave the high heels at home. 

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get started! 

Visiting for the second, third, or fifteenth time? This blog post on off-the-beaten-path adventures in Lisbon will help you explore the city’s quirky side! 

Day 1: A day for the artists 

Calling all artistas ! T oday is a dreamy, azulejo tile-filled day, so put on a colorful outfit (yellow and pink pop against the blue tiles), lace up your comfy shoes, and head to Alfama for brunch. 

Dear Breakfast Alfama

Dear Breakfast is a Lisbon-based breakfast chain with three restaurants around the city. I’m obsessed with their eggs benedict and avocado toast with beet hummus, but you really can’t go wrong with anything you order.  

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If brunch is your love language, check out these 25+ places for brunch in Lisboa ! 

Cantinho da Sé

Save some room, though, because there’s another foodie stop right across the street. After breakfast, pop by Cantinho da Sé for a pastry to eat later. The flower-shaped pastry has a souffle-like texture, and it’s topped with a generous dollop of doce de leite. 

Paint Azulejos

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am, Art of Azulejo hosts an azulejo painting class. You can sign up here and get $8 off your first experience with Fever when you use code BRITTANYK8574. The instructor, Caroline, walks you through a history of how azulejo tiles were made throughout the centuries, then sets you up for success with a stenciled tile for your first try.

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Azulejo tile stencil

Once you get the hang of it, you can create your own tile or use one of her pre-made examples as a guide. I love my Lisbon tram and flower azulejos! 

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Painted azulejo tile

Did you know that the tiles aren’t painted with paint?! Instead, you’ll use finely ground glass, which hardens to make these heat-proof tiles. Once they’re fired in the kiln, you can use your azulejos as hot plates, coasters, or hang them on the wall as art. 

Note: Your tiles need a couple of days to be fired– so don’t save this activity for the end of your trip!

Visit the Museu Nacional do Azulejo to see how the experts painted azulejos throughout history

Now that you’re feeling great about your artistic skills, come back down to earth with a visit to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Here, you’ll find tiles created by artists and artisans from the mid-15th century until the present day. The museum is in the former Convent of Madre Deus, and the Renaissance choir room is a stunning look into Portuguese history. 

Before you go, download the app on Google Play (Android)  or iTunes (iOS)  for the full experience. 

The museum also offers tile painting classes on Sunday at 2 pm. 

Eat a small lunch

After visiting the museum, head back into town for a little lunch– emphasis on little! Dinner’s a big one tonight, so I recommend opting for something light. Fábrica da Nata offers several different menus, where you can have something savory, a drink, and a pastel de nata for less than €5.

Alternatively, you can go for the famous pork steak sandwich at As Bifanas do Afonso. Top your bifana with mustard and/or hot sauce and pair it with a beer or vinho verde (green wine) from the tap. 

Street art tour

This morning, you learned about an art form that came to Portugal in the 15th century. Now, you can experience the ever-changing street art scene. After the revolution in 1974, street artists came out in droves to cover the city in political street art. The rich street art culture remains– and is even sanctioned by the government. Join a street art tour to discover works of art across the city.

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Street art Mouraria

A few of my favorites to watch for? Bordalo II creates art out of trash, proving that one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure. If you spend enough time here, you may spot his Iberian lynx, fox, bee, raccoon, chimpanzee, and stork. Another artist to watch out for is Vhils. The talented artist uses a chisel or explosives to create detailed faces in concrete. 

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Vhils Mouraria

Learn all about street art culture on a street art tour  at 3 pm or check the Meetup app, where  Grupo Lisbon Street Art has some tours where you can try your hand at wielding a spray can on legal walls.

Delight your senses at a hidden restaurant

Chef José Avillez was awarded two Michelin stars for Belcanto, but it’s his restaurant, Mini Bar, that puts stars in my eyes! For €75, you can experience 12 courses where nothing is quite as it seems. 

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From the “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” to the “Passion fruit” with coconut sorbet, prep your tastebuds for a wild ride! 

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Mini Bar by José Avillez

Mini Bar is reservations-only and it fills up fast, so be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Visit a speakeasy

Not ready to say goodnight yet? Wander over to Foxtrot for a nightcap. Ring the buzzer and enter into the Art Nouveau-style bar with an interior terrace and cozy indoor seating. Play a round of billiards or snooker, or settle in by the fireplace if it’s chilly outside. 

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Day 2: A photo-worthy day

Pack your camera and put on your cutest clothes– today is all kinds of Instagrammable! 

Say cheese at a Lisbon photoshoot

You’ve got your selfie game on lock, but a holiday in a city as gorgeous as Lisbon deserves frame-worthy photos. Enter: Phelipe Paraense. Phelipe is a creative genius with an eye for innovative shots. Case in point? We ran into some street cleaners during our early morning session. I saw wet ground. Phelipe saw this:

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Rua Augusta Arch Lisbon

With his tips for posing and a persona that puts you instantly at ease, you’re sure to go home with some epic photos. The only issue you’ll have is deciding which to post first! 

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Alfama tram

Book your photoshoot here  and tell him I sent you! I recommend choosing the earliest session of the day so you can get shots with minimal tourists. 

On your way to Belém, stop in at the LX Factory for hot cocoa at Ler Devagar. The bookstore is consistently named one of the top 10 most beautiful bookstores in the world, and their hot cocoa is one of my favorites in Lisbon. 

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Ler Devagar in LX Factory

Afterward, wander through the industrial complex to shop for souvenirs and see some great street art. Psst. Bordalo II has a piece here. Can you find it?

Rui dos Pregos

After all that modeling and exploring, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite! When you arrive in Belém, head straight to Rui dos Pregos and order the prego no pão for €2.90. It’s a piece of thin beef steak that’s the size of your face with TONS of garlic on fresh bread. Note to all the single pringles reading this post — today’s *not* the day for smooching strangers if you choose to eat this sandwich. 

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Pasteis de Belém

Since you’ve been in town for over 24 hours, you’ve probably already tried the famous pastel de nata. Now, you’re going to see where it all began. Don’t be intimidated by the line– it moves fast. When you enter Pasteis de Belém, take a deep breath– you’ll smell buttery pastry, cinnamon, and sweet custard with a side of history.

The pastel de nata is a “conventual sweet,” meaning it originated in the convents. While I’ve heard many stories about how these sweets came to be, most agree that egg whites were used to starch the nuns’ habits and conventual sweets were the result of an abundance of egg yolks. 

Pasteis de Belém opened in 1837 after all of the Portuguese convents and monasteries were shut down. Almost 200 years later, the pastry chefs create each pastel de Belém in a secret room, using the same secret recipe from the convent. Just like Champagne– it’s only a pastel de Belém if you have it here, so be sure to try the original! 

Jerónimos Monastery

The Jerónimos Monastery is quite possibly my favorite building in the world. I lived just up the street from this early 16th century UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, and I still get all the feels remembering walking past this iconic building for the first time as a Portuguese resident. 

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Jerónimos monastery

Founded by King D. Manuel I, the first stone was laid on Kings Day in 1501 or 1502. The church houses the tombs of explorer Vasco da Gama and Portuguese poet and writer Luís de Camões, while the tomb of Portuguese writer and poet Fernando Pessoa and an exhibit on the history of the monastery lie within the cloister. 

While entrance to the church is free, you’ll need tickets to enter the cloister. Purchase your fast-track pass here . 

Belém Tower

From the monastery, head towards the river and turn right. Stroll along the Tagus until you come to the Belém Tower. Most days, you’ll find vendors selling pina coladas in pineapples and the most talented electric violin busker playing pop tunes. The Belém Tower is the ceremonial gateway to Lisbon and the site of the embarkation and disembarkation of many Portuguese expeditions.  

Don’t want to do it all on your own? Get the full scoop on a guided 2.5-hour tour . 

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Tower of Belém

Santini ice cream

I hope you packed your sweet tooth today! The first Gelados Santini shop opened in 1949, and the popularity hasn’t dwindled! The chocolate and coconut flavor is my favorite– but I haven’t had a bad scoop yet! 

Sunset cruise

Still not convinced that Lisbon is the most magical place on earth? Head back to the water once more for a sunset cruise on the Tagus. Sail past the monuments with a glass of Portuguese wine in hand as the sky explodes into a multitude of colors. I guarantee this will be a night you’ll never forget! 

This two-hour Lisbon sailing tour offers morning, sunset, and night tours. 

This one or two-hour Lisbon sailing tour offers morning, afternoon, sunset, and night tours. 

A Cevicheria

Head back into town for dinner and cross your fingers you can get a spot at A Cevicheria. Chef Kiko’s restaurant doesn’t accept reservations, but it’s worth any wait.

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A Cevicheria – Ceviche de Salmão e Ananás

I don’t even like fish (let alone  raw fish) and this is one of my favorite restaurants in Lisbon. Don’t miss the Ceviche de Salmão e Ananás or Taco de Tártaro de Atum e Tobiko!

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A Cevicheria tacos

Pavilhão Chinês

After dinner, walk one minute down the street to Pavilhão Chines and ring the bell to enter a bar that puts Ariel’s Secret Grotto to shame. Built in an old grocery store, this unique bar is filled with vintage collectibles, tchotchkes from around the world, and a mannequin of a British Palace Guard! 

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Pavilhão Chines Queen’s Guard

The cocktail menu is one of the most extensive I’ve ever seen, and choosing just one was not easy! After much debate, I decided The Godfather was an offer I couldn’t refuse. Like revenge, the Scotch whiskey, amaretto, crème de cacao, creme, and cinnamon is best served cold. 

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The Godfather at Pavilhão Chines

Day 3: A Sintra day trip fit for a queen (or king)

Dust off your princess crown! Today, you’re headed for the most magical place on earth (without a larger-than-life-sized mouse). 

Pena Palace

Palacio Nacional da Pena (or Pena Palace) is a Disney castle come to life! The red and yellow castle with gorgeous blue azulejos is a stunning example of 19th century Romanticism architecture mixed with Manueline (like Jerónimos Monastery) and Moorish architecture.

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Pena Palace Sintra

The site was originally used as a church and later, a monastery, before King Ferdinand II began construction on the site to build a summer home for the royal family. The castle was completed in 1854, but wouldn’t be used for long by the royal family. After the 5 October 1910 revolution, Queen Amélia spent her last night in Pena Palace before leaving the country in exile. 

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth a visit, just listen to the words of German composer Richard Strauss, “Today is the happiest day of my life. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen. This is the true Garden of Klingsor – and there, up on high, is the Castle of the Holy Grail.”

Buy your tickets to Pena Park and Palace here . 

Quinta da Regaleira

This is the setting of a Nicolas Cage movie waiting to happen. Dreamed up by a wealthy, Knights Templar-obsessed Brazilian mining mogul, the Gothic pinnacles of the main house are studded with gargoyles, and the extensive gardens are filled with secret Masonic symbolism. Descend the winding steps of the Initiation Well toward the cave system below, crossing the nine platforms designed to evoke the nine circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno. 

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Initiation Well – Quinta da Regaleira

Was António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro an initiate of the Knights Templar, or simply interested in the secretive group’s traditions? Which rituals and rites have these wells seen? Visit for yourself and try to get to the bottom of it! 

Taste the wines of Portugal at Bar do Binho

Ascend the stairs, past photos of Johnny Depp, and into the tasting room of Bar do Binho. When I visited, we opted for the Premium Table Wines Tasting Set for €32.50 alongside a cheese and meat platter (because four wines on an empty stomach isn’t a great choice). Is this the cheapest wine tasting you’ll ever attend? Definitely not. But the wines were unique and the storytelling is second to none. By the end of our tasting, Carlos felt like an old friend, and I can’t wait to go back for another round of tastings! 

Eat travesseiros at Casa Piriquita

Talk to any local, and they’ll tell you that you simply  must stop at Casa Piriquita for travesseiros. Founded in 1862, the bakery is now in the hands of the fifth generation, who make the fluffy pastry filled with egg and almond custard. Just like Pasteis de Belém– this recipe is so well-guarded that only the family has access! 

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Don’t want to DIY? Try these Sintra tours.

Book a guided tour and take the guesswork out of the day! Book this tour to enjoy air-conditioned travel to and from Lisbon, a guided tour of Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace (entry to Pena Palace is extra). 

Feeling adventurous? Book this Jeep tour of Sintra , with stops at Quinta da Regaleira and Pena Palace with travesseiro and ginjinha tastings included!

Feel saudade at a fado performance

Saudade  is a Portuguese word without a translation. To feel it for yourself, you’ll have to see a fado show. The singers’ mournful tones evoke a feeling of deep yearning, melancholy, and nostalgia. 

While fado performances in Alfama and Mouraria are the most popular (and for good reason!), I love the performance at Trovas Antigas in Bairro Alto. As you’re shown to your table, be sure to peek into the ancient well that once provided water to the area. 

When you sit down, you’ll find a basket of bread (€2) and a platter of meat, cheese, and marmalade (€20). If you’re not up for a €22 investment as soon as you sit down, just let your waiter know that you don’t need the couvert. In Portugal, most restaurants bring small snacks or appetizers to the table– unlike the unlimited chips and salsa at your favorite TexMex spot, these aren’t free. If you want them, great! If not, just let your waiter know.

I highly recommend that you say a heck yes to the black pork cheeks in red wine. The €16 meal is one of the best I’ve had for the price! 

Looking for a Portuguese Connection?

Pop into Pub Português next door for a Portuguese Connection cocktail. It’s a Lisbon-ified version of a G+T, made with ginjinha instead of gin and garnished with sour cherries. Those cherries are soaked in aguardente (translation: firewater) that can contain up to 60% alcohol, so eat with caution! Be sure to say hi to Nuno and Eduardo and tell them I sent you! 

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Portuguese Connection at Pub Português

Day 4: Step back in history

Gooood morning! I hope you didn’t eat  too many sour cherries last night because we’re going to do some exploring today in two of Lisbon’s most traditional neighborhoods. You’re going to break records with today’s step count, so wear your comfiest shoes. 

Try the best pastel de nata in Lisbon (according to me) 

I believe every day should start with something sweet. And in this city with a sweet tooth, there’s no shortage of amazing desserts  pastries. Some people think desserts should happen after a meal (we’re not friends with those people), but if you call it a pastry it can happen anytime! 

I digress. Start the sweetest day yet with a pastel de nata from Pastelaria Santo António. I believe desserts taste best with a side of magic, and Santo António delivers. St. Anthony was born in Alfama and is known as the matchmaker saint. Whether or not you’ve found true love, make a wish before eating this pastel de nata and Santo António will make it happen*!

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Pastelaria Santo António

*My wish hasn’t come true yet, but I think that just means I need to eat more pasteis de natas.  

Take a walk on the wild side of Lisbon history

Lisbon’s history is  wild . The slippery cobblestone streets? That’s a direct result of King Manuel I’s rhinoceros and a birthday parade. And that’s not even the craziest story about King Manuel I and the rhino. To find out how an elephant and the pope fit into the narrative, you’re going to have to join the free Alfama and Mouraria: History versus Modern Facts tour . 

The 3-hour tour starts at 10:30 am and will take you through some of the oldest and most authentic neighborhoods in Lisbon. Pedro led the tour I joined, and his encyclopedic knowledge, ability to entertain, and penchant for finding hidden gems made this one of the best free tours I’ve ever taken.

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History of Lisbon

Don’t forget to tip your guide! 

Food tour – Taste of Lisboa

Hungry yet? You’re in for a treat. On my first visit to Lisbon , Taste of Lisboa introduced me to my favorite cheese in the world and told stories that led to my love affair with (and eventual move to) Lisbon. I can’t promise you’ll want to move here after a Lisbon Roots, Food, and Cultural Walk, but I can’t guarantee it won’t happen, either! Book your tour here . 

Watch the sunset from a secret garden

You deserve to sit down and rest– but you should do it with a great view. Walk up to the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, and find the Secret Garden LX. Behind these unassuming (and unmarked) garden gates, you’ll find a gorgeous oasis with tasty cocktails, meal specials, and occasional live music and poetry soirées!

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Secret Garden views

Take in the views, watch the sunset, and debrief from all the information you’ve learned! 

Taberna Sal Grosso 

If you’re looking for authentic, affordable Portuguese food in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere, make a reservation at Taberna Sal Grosso . Specials are written on a chalkboard mounted on the wall, but you can’t go wrong with anything you choose. After we finished our food, the waiter brought around several bottles of alcohol and two glasses for me and my friend to pour our own digestif.  A fun end to a delicious meal!

Day 5: A day for the foodies 

Your time in Lisbon is coming to a close, and the best way to make the most of your last day is to figure out how to bring Portugal home with you. Today, you’ll be learning how to cook some of the best Portuguese dishes so you can impress your friends and relive this trip over and over again!

Ready for the most OTT brunch in Lisbon? If you’ve been to Porto, you know all about the francesinha sandwich. This delicious heart attack on a plate is a combination of bread, ham, sausage, melted cheese, and a tomato/beer sauce that leaves you begging for mercy while complimenting the chef. Zenith has taken it to the next level with their francesinha pancakes. A stack of pancakes is topped with bacon, chicken, cheddar cheese, a fried egg, and francesinha sauce– I hope you wore your stretchy pants. 

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Zenith francesinha pancakes

Pastel de nata class

How many pasteis de natas have you eaten on your trip? If you’re thinking of bringing a sleeve home, I hate to break it to you, but these babies don’t travel well. As the saying goes: If you give a traveler a pastel de nata they’ll eat it today. If you teach a traveler to make a pastel de nata, they’ll eat them forever! 

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Pastel de Nata cooking class

Join this pastel de nata cooking class to learn how to make these custard tarts at home. Bonus? You’ll also learn how to make a fried bacalhau snack! The instructors were friendly and made sure our sweet and savory creations turned out great. 

Spend the day playing

When was the last time you broke the “grown-up” façade and let your inner nine-year-old out to play? If there’s a neighborhood you haven’t seen yet or one you’d like to explore some more, consider a DIY scavenger hunt. Take a look at all of the Secret City Trails riddle routes , and see if you can crack the puzzles to discover more hidden gems in Lisbon.  You can read more about the scavenger hunt I participated in here . 

Try another pastel de nata

You’ve had the original pastel de nata and you’ve tried my favorite traditional pastry. Now it’s time to blow your mind with a chocolate pastel de nata from Nata de Lisboa. If you’re looking for a reason to extend your trip, this might just push you over the edge!

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Nata de Lisbon – chocolate pastel de nata

Shop for souvenirs

If you’ve saved room in your suitcase, here are a few Portuguese souvenirs to bring home:

  • Cork products
  • Canned Sardines (The Fantastic World Of Portuguese Sardines is a quirky shop with a circus-like atmosphere that sells colorful, whimsical cans of sardines)
  • Portuguese wine
  • Gold filigree jewelry
  • Art (you can purchase directly from artists at most of the mirodouros)
  • Tea from Companhia Portugueza do Chá (the British love of tea is all thanks to a Portuguese woman who married the king of England)

Please don’t buy authentic azulejos. Many are stolen , and increasing the demand for the tiles from historic buildings increases the incentive for thieves to continue destroying the azulejos that make this city special. 

Dinner: DIY-style

It’s your last chance to bring a little Portugal home with you. Join a cooking class to perfect the art of petiscos (Portuguese tapas) or go for a full-fledged 3-course meal . No matter which option you choose, you’ll be prepared to host a Portuguese-themed dinner party when you return home. 

All good things must come to an end, and it’s time to fly back home! I hope this Lisbon travel guide has helped you to fall in love with Lisbon, and that we’ll see you back in Portugal again someday in the future. 

Até breve!  See you soon! 

What was your favorite part of your trip? Let me know in the comments! 

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Candace Capron

Sunday 7th of January 2024

Where did you try your favorite cheese and what was the name of the cheese. I cannot wait to try out your suggestions this summer!

Friday 12th of January 2024

It's queijo de Azeitao, and you can find it at most grocery stores! If you want a more bespoke experience, check out Manteigaria Silva in Baixa!

Friday 27th of January 2023

I have a disability that makes it hard for me to climb. I can do it and I will do it, but I am wondering how much climbing there is with all the tourist attractions.

Tuesday 31st of January 2023

Lisbon has definitely earned its nickname as the "city with seven hills." There is quite a bit of climbing, and unfortunately, many parts of Lisbon are not very disability friendly. Thankfully, there's a great public transportation system and many free elevators throughout the city to help avoid some of the stairs! I hope you have an amazing time!

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

Hello and thank you for this very informative blog. As a result, we've booked the tile painting. I was also suggesting to my group that we go to Mini-Bar. However, one of them pointed out that the latest reviews - mostly those over the summer - have been quite poor. Do you know of anything that could have changed? We are going in mid-September. Thank you again!

Thursday 25th of August 2022

I'm so happy to hear you've booked the tile painting— I hope you love it as much as my mom and I did! I have been to Mini Bar three times— most recently in May. I've always had great service and an awesome experience. I love the unique presentations and find joy in things not being as they appear. If that kind of thing sounds exciting to you, I think you'll have a great time!

Friday 25th of February 2022

Thank you! I've read a bunch of Lisbon articles and they are all basically the same so I appreciated having a few different ideas. We're looking at a late May visit and I'm jotting down a bunch of your restaurant recommendations!

Saturday 26th of February 2022

This makes me so so happy to hear; I loved putting together this list and I'm glad it's been helpful! I hope you have a wonderful trip to Lisbon!

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33+ Important Tips for Visiting Lisbon for the First Time

The secret is definitely out: visiting Lisbon, Portugal is an absolute delight!

While this sunny, colorful capital city may have been under the radar a decade or two ago, today it is deservedly popular with travelers near and far.

As beautiful as Lisbon is, though, there are definitely some quirks to keep in mind when visiting–which is why we’ve rounded up the best Lisbon travel tips to keep in mind as you plan your first trip to the “Queen of the Sea”.

As American ex-pats who have spent a year calling Lisbon home (and hosted many family and friends along the way), we have quite a bit of advice for traveling Lisbon well!

Here are our top tips for visiting Lisbon for the first time.

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Tips for Visiting Lisbon’s Top Attractions

Lisbon travel tips for getting around the city, tips for taking day trips from lisbon, tips for visiting lisbon’s restaurants + snack bars, other tips for your first trip to lisbon.

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You don’t necessarily need to go into the Belém Tower.

As you’ve started planning your Lisbon travels, it’s practically guaranteed that you’ve come across photos of the famous Belém Tower along the way.

The tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Lisbon, a prime example of the Manueline architecture that the city is famous for, and is absolutely beautiful.

… but for travelers with only a short trip to Lisbon planned, there’s no reason to go inside.

While the exterior of the tower is definitely worth seeing (it’s gorgeous, free, and quick to visit), the interior is comparatively plain.

Getting to see the details of the tower up close is nice, but the rooms of the tower are empty, you can get equally stunning views from dozens of other viewpoints in Lisbon, and it is far too small to accommodate the number of visitors it gets each day.

If your visit goes as ours did, you’ll end up waiting in line to access each separate level of the tower–and none of them are really worth the wait.

kate storm in a red dress in front of the belem tower in sunny lisbon vs porto

Buy tickets in advance for the most popular attractions.

The top attractions in Lisbon, including the Jerónimos Monastery and Castelo de São Jorge , get extremely crowded, and it will make your life much easier to purchase tickets in advance!

This Lisbon travel tip goes for nearby Sintra, too, especially at the iconic Pena Palace and the dreamy Quinta da Regaleira.

We tend to book most of our tickets for Lisbon in advance through Get Your Guide or Tiqets , both of which are reputable and easy to use.

Shop tickets and tours for visiting Lisbon today!

cloisters of jeronimos monastery, one of the top attractions to see when visiting lisbon portugal

There’s no reason to wait in line for the Santa Justa Lift.

The striking Santa Justa Lift, designed and built by a student of Gustave Eiffel, is one of the most popular landmarks in the city.

Originally built as public transportation to connect Baixa to Chiado/Bairro Alto, today riding the lift is the definition of a tourist trap, drawing long lines at all hours of the day.

However, if you’re standing in the shady Largo di Carmo, facing the roofless church (which is absolutely worth visiting), you’ll notice a small street to the right that leads along the side of the church.

Follow it, and in less than a minute, you’ll find yourself at the top of the famous Santa Justa Lift!

You can walk out onto the lift for free at this point, and enjoy the exact same views that the visitors waiting in line down in Baixa are waiting for–but without cost or having to wait.

The view is beautiful, too, especially when standing out on the lift and facing Castelo de São Jorge.

view from santa justa lift, a beautiful view to see on a 3 days in lisbon itinerary

Lisbon’s hidden gems are truly worth the effort.

While the city’s top attractions definitely tend toward being very crowded today, there are hundreds of incredible things to do in Lisbon that draw a fraction of the visitors despite being well worth a visit.

A few of our favorites include the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora (beautiful azulejos and incredible views from the roof), the National Museum of the Azulejo (famous yet uncrowded as it’s a bit out of the way), the National Coach Museum , and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum .

The sky is truly the limit when it comes to less-visited museums and monuments in Lisbon, though!

Other incredible options include the National Pantheon, the Ajuda Palace , and the garden of Quinta dos Azulejos.

You can read our guide to Lisbon’s secret spots here .

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Don’t buy a Lisbon Card without planning your trip first.

Buying a Lisbon Card is a popular option for people visiting Lisbon for the first time, but we recommend not buying one until you plan your trip to Portugal in a bit more detail!

The biggest reason to buy the card has less to do with the attractions, and more to do with the ease of navigating Lisbon’s public transportation system.

With a Lisbon Card, you’ll be able to travel around with Lisbon’s buses, trams, metro, and trains (including the train to Sintra ) for one price.

This is definitely appealing, but how much actual cash value having a Lisbon Card is worth depends heavily on how much public transportation you plan to use (and whether you’re comfortable buying tickets in a more traditional way).

kate storm boarding a train to sintra from lisbon portugal

While the Lisbon attractions included with the card are certainly worth visiting, beyond the Jerónimos Monastery, most of them don’t typically feature on a first-timer’s Lisbon itinerary .

And, they’re not even all in Lisbon!

Alcobaça Monastery and Batalha Monastery, for example, are some of my favorite places in Portugal… and are located more than an hour outside the capital.

We’re certainly not saying that you shouldn’t buy the Lisbon Card –it can be a great fit for some travelers–but don’t assume it’s an obvious advantage, either.

Also, note that while you can purchase the card online, you’ll still have to pick up the physical card during your Lisbon travels before you can redeem it.

Check the Lisbon Card’s prices and inclusions now!

lisbon tram with tiled buildings to the right and cathedral behind it

Group your sightseeing by neighborhood.

Many of the Lisbon neighborhoods that travelers like to visit on their first trip to the city are quite spread out from each other.

This is especially true for Belém, which feels completely separate from Lisbon’s center despite being home to some of the city’s most popular attractions.

When planning a trip to Lisbon, be sure to note which attractions are near each other and plan your days based on geography.

For example, planning a day in Lisbon that includes visiting the Castelo de São Jorge, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Carmo Convent back-to-back is a frustrating strategy.

Our recommended 3 day Lisbon itinerary conquers the city neighborhood by neighborhood, making it easier to see more with less time!

cafe in alfama lisbon with the wall of the cathedral in the background

… and start at the highest point.

Climbing steep hills is an unavoidable fact of life when visiting Lisbon, but you can give your knees a break by starting at the highest point in any given neighborhood!

A couple of destinations that make great starting points to head downhill from include the Miradouro da Graça, the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara (one of our favorites in the city), and the Castelo de São Jorge.

kate storm overlooking a mirodouro in lisbon portugal

Don’t expect an interior when visiting Castelo de São Jorge.

Lisbon, and Portugal in general, is lousy with opulent palaces built and decorated to the hilt throughout the centuries… but the famous Castelo de São Jorge is not one of them.

Today, the castle is famous for its views and for the fact that you can stroll around the top of its ramparts, soaking in the views and imagining what once was as you do.

Though the hill that Castelo de São Jorge sits atop is incredibly important to the history of Portugal (to start with, the country was founded on this spot in 1143 when the Portuguese conquered the city from its Islamic rulers), the actual structure on the hill has been rebuilt many times.

That’s not to say that the castle isn’t worth visiting, but don’t expect details like throne rooms or furnishings here (there are, however, lots of peacocks).

kate storm and jeremy storm during winter in lisbon portugal standing on the walls of castelo de sao jorge

Picking a neighborhood and wandering is a great way to visit Lisbon.

While targeted sightseeing is a must if you want to experience the best things to do in Lisbon in a short amount of time, be sure to leave plenty of time in your schedule for wandering, too!

Lisbon’s many neighborhoods are a delight to explore on foot.

Beautiful areas like Alfama, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Belém , Cais do Sodré, and Baixa are lovely, and you’ll no doubt experience them when visiting Lisbon.

If you want to go a bit further afield to wander, though, consider also sampling Campo de Ourique (don’t miss the beautiful Prazeres Cemetery), Estrela (the Jardim da Estrela will forever be one of our favorite places in Lisbon, and the basilica is stunning too), Arroios, Príncipe Real, and Graça.

Campo de Ourique Food Market

A sailboat cruise on the Tagus is a great travel experience in Lisbon.

The views of Lisbon from the Tagus are wonderful, and there’s nothing quite like experiencing the city from the water.

Lisbon’s history and culture are deeply tied to the  Tejo  and to the wide open sea that lies beyond it, and relaxing on a sailboat is a fantastic addition to any visit to Lisbon.

Plus, it’s simply lots of fun, and more affordable than you might expect!

Most Tagus River cruises leave from Belém, and you can easily add a cruise to your time there.

Personally, we’re partial to sailboat cruises (as opposed to large tourist boats), and if you can arrange your Lisbon trip so that you can enjoy the Tagus at sunset, all the better.

Book your Lisbon sailboat cruise today!

view of tagus river from a sailboat when visiting lisbon portugal

Most Lisbon churches are free to visit, so be sure to step inside!

While the Lisbon Cathedral and the Carmo Convent (though that one is a museum rather than a working church today) have modest entry fees, virtually every other church in Lisbon is free and easy to enter.

That even includes the stunning Church of Santa Maria de Belém that is attached to the popular Jerónimos Monastery (which holds the tomb of Vasco da Gama, among others).

Some of my favorite churches in Lisbon to visit include the Church of São Domingos, the Church of São Roque (a must for anyone who enjoys over-the-top opulent churches), and St. Anthony’s Church (don’t miss the crypt).

The Lisbon Cathedral is a bit controversial among travelers: historically important and rebuilt several times, the interior is much plainer than many expect, especially considering it is one of the only churches in Lisbon to charge an entry fee.

It’s beautiful, but very different in style to most in the city–if you’re on the fence about it or short on time, you can skip it.

interior of church of sao domingos, one of the most unique churches lisbon in 3 days

Don’t expect to be able to walk everywhere.

While Lisbon’s various neighborhoods tend to be very walkable in their own right, the city as a whole is fairly dispersed.

You’ll need transportation other than your own feet to travel between many neighborhoods–and luckily, Lisbon has plenty of options!

Lisbon’s taxis are generally plentiful and very easy to use, trams of course are popular, and the metro goes to a fair number of places, too (including the airport, though taking a taxi into the city is faster).

group of taxis parked in front of lisbon santa apolonia train station

We’re not exaggerating about the hills.

You will absolutely get a workout when visiting Lisbon for the first time and sampling the city’s major sights!

Opt for very comfortable, sturdy shoes with a grip on them, and be prepared to work for your views.

If you’d like to avoid climbing many hills, structure your days carefully and budget for plenty of taxis (rates start at 3.50 and we regularly travel across the city for under 10 Euro).

Lisbon’s funiculars, Bica, Glória, and Lavra (the last being the least touristy) can also help out with the steep climbs in a few places.

gloria funicular in lisbon portugal painted yellow

The fastest way between Baixa and Chiado is through H&M.

Funiculars aren’t the only way to shave a climb off your route!

The multi-story H&M store on Rua do Carmo has a series of escalators that make for an excellent shortcut between the neighborhoods of Baixa and Chiado, each of which is home to some of the top things to do in Lisbon.

santa justa lift as seen from below in baixa when visiting lisbon 3 day itinerary

Tram 28 is not necessarily the best way to get around the city.

Long ago, someone wrote that riding Lisbon’s classic Tram 28 was a cheap, easy, and local way to see the best of the city.

This was undoubtedly great advice at the time, but it’s long outdated.

True, the Tram 28 route only costs 3 Euro (or is included with a Lisbon Card ), and trundles right past many of Lisbon’s top landmarks, including past the Praça do Comércio, through Alfama, right by top viewpoints like the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, and more.

On the other hand, it’s ridiculously crowded, the best views of the tram are actually from the outside, and it’s a bit of a magnet for pickpockets these days.

If you love trams, it may be worth riding for the experience–but if you just want to get across Lisbon, there are plenty of other ways to do so.

yellow tram passing throuh alfama, one of the best things to see on a lisbon itinerary

Taxis are the fastest way to get to the city center from the airport.

There’s a well-organized taxi stand right outside of the arrivals hall at the airport, and it’s the fastest way into the city.

Riding the metro is also doable and more budget-friendly, but it takes quite a bit longer.

Unlike some cities, there is no set fare for a taxi ride from the Lisbon Airport (technically named the Humberto Delgado Airport or Portela Airport) to the city center, however, the fare should run roughly 15 to 20 Euro.

line for taxi stand at lisbon airport arrivals, one of the best lisbon travel tips is that taxis are the easiest way into the city

Download FreeNow for calling taxis.

FreeNow isn’t specific to Lisbon, but we use it here all the time!

Think of this app as Uber for official taxi rides.

It’s popular in many cities across Europe and comes in very handy both in Portugal and beyond.

taxis driving through rossio square during jacaranda season during spring in lisbon portugal

Sintra is wonderful, but it’s not Lisbon’s only day trip option.

When you’re planning a trip to Lisbon, you’ll no doubt hear about a thousand times that you have to take a day trip to Sintra.

Located less than an hour outside of Lisbon, Sintra is a beautiful place, filled with interesting and sometimes downright bizarre palaces.

Once a retreat for wealthy people ranging from Portuguese royalty to British aristocrats to an American socialite, Sintra’s palaces are well worth visiting.

… but they’re also very crowded, and far from the only day trip worth taking from Lisbon!

Honestly, I believe that Lisbon has better day trip options than the vast majority of European cities because there is simply so much variety!

Pena Palace in Sintra, an excellent day trip from Lisbon Portugal

Want a beach town? Go to Cascais.

A stunning hike along the coast? Arrabida Nature Park.

The most beautiful monasteries you’ve ever seen? Alcobaça Monastery, Batalha Monastery, and Tomar’s Convent of Christ are waiting.

A medieval town to explore? Go walk the walls of Óbidos .

I could keep going, but essentially, don’t default to Sintra when planning a trip to Lisbon if another kind of day trip appeals to you more.

kate storm walking along the castle walls, one of the best things to do in obidos portugal

Lisbon has more than one train station, so double-check which one you need.

If you’re planning to travel away from Lisbon by train, whether on a day trip or further afield, be sure to check which station you need to leave from!

For example, most trains running from Lisbon to Porto leave from Santa Apolónia Station, while trains to Sintra leave from Rossio Station and trains to Cascais leave from the Cais do Sodre Station.

None of these stations are particularly far from each other, but you don’t want to end up heading to the wrong one during your Lisbon travels!

jeremy storm at cais do sodre train station in lisbon portugal

Trains are excellent, but taxis are often faster.

For many of Lisbon’s nearby day trips, a great compromise–especially when traveling with a group–between the comfortable but often slower trains versus the hassle of parking a rental car can be to take taxis.

You’ll spend a bit more, but you’ll often save quite a bit of time, too!

For nearby spots like Cascais and Sintra, we’ll often take the train on the way to our destination, and then call a taxi or Uber to go home when we’re ready.

kate overlooking the sea in cascais, a fun stop during 10 days in portugal itinerary

Not all trains have a/c, and they often trap heat.

… and when the trains do have a/c, it isn’t necessarily strong enough to cool the trains down to a comfortable temperature!

Lisbon tends to have fairly mild weather, so this isn’t often a problem, but if you happen to be visiting during a heat spell in the summer, keep it in mind when planning day trips.

On hot, sunny days, it can be hotter inside a running train than it is outside.

colorful buildings with iron balconies in graca lisbon, as seen when traveling portugal

Don’t plan a day trip to Porto.

We know that trying to decide whether to visit Lisbon or Porto is a hard choice–and we love them both.

Resist the temptation to plan a day trip between them, though!

Even on a high-speed train, the 2 cities are simply too far apart to be good day trips from each other, especially because there are dozens of other worthy places to visit within an hour or 2 of each city.

(That being said, we have received enough questions about this that we have put together a guide on how to take a day trip to Porto from Lisbon for travelers who are determined to go!)

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There aren’t beaches within walking distance of Lisbon’s center, but you can reach them.

Despite being located temptingly close to the water, there aren’t beaches in Lisbon’s city center (technically there’s a tiny patch of sand in front of Praça do Comércio at low tide, but it doesn’t really qualify as a beach).

You can reach the many beautiful beaches near Lisbon fairly easily, though!

Costa da Caparica, Estoril, Sintra, and Cascais all have wonderful beaches to choose from.

For a large, tried and true beach very close to Lisbon, Praia de Carcavelos is a local favorite.

kate storm in cascais portugal on a day trip from lisbon

A food tour is absolutely worth the effort when visiting Lisbon.

We’re big proponents of food tours around the world: combining traditional local food with a chance to take a walking tour of a city is a fantastic way to get acquainted with a new place!

We’ve taken a few Lisbon food tours over the years, all wonderful, but on your first trip to Lisbon, there’s none that I recommend more highly than  this food and wine tour .

With a convenient starting point that is very close to the Church of São Domingos,  this food tour  is filling, delicious, and informative.

Best of all, it focuses primarily on introducing you to classic Lisbon cuisine, which will help you with ordering in restaurants for the rest of your time in Portugal.

Perhaps the biggest endorsement we can offer is that we have returned to several of the included establishments since, including bringing our friends and family to some of them when they visit Lisbon!

Book your Lisbon food tour  today!

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Don’t eat a francesinha in Lisbon if you’re also visiting Porto.

There’s probably no more (in)famous Portuguese sandwich than the francesinha, which is essentially what happens when you take a croque-monseiur and ask “you know, how can we make this dramatically more unhealthy?”

Bread, ham, sausage, steak, more sausage, cheese, more bread, all smothered in a tomato and beer sauce: these are the general ingredients behind the francesinha.

The sandwich is generally served with fries and sometimes topped with a fried egg–and yes, it’s quite gluttonous.

Is it worth trying when in Portugal? Sure, once in a very long while.

If you’re also heading to Porto, though, skip the francesinha while in Lisbon.

While you can find them on menus here, the sandwich was invented and is much more common in Porto–you’ll find plenty of delicious options up there!

francesinha served in portugal with other food in the background

Be cautious with port (and ginjinha ).

Port is delicious, well worth sampling while in Portugal, and very strong.

At 20% alcohol (as opposed to around 12% on standard wine drunk in the USA), it is very easy to overindulge in port’s sweet taste without realizing it, even if you’re used to drinking.

Keep an eye out as you indulge in Portugal!

This goes for ginjinha , too (around 18% alcohol content), but as ginjinha is served in tiny cups and is treated more like a spirit, it’s not quite as easy to overdo as port is.

several glasses on port on a table during a port tasting in porto vs lisbon portugal

The key to appreciating pastéis de nata is eating them all.

More or less every bakery in Portugal has its own taking on the iconic pastel de nata , and trying a wide variety is a must when visiting Lisbon!

Some of the most popular bakeries include Pastelaria Santo António, Manteigaria, Confeitaria Nacional, Fábrica da Nata, and of course, the iconic and original Pastéis de Belém.

Everyone has their own favorites, and they can change from day to day, but you won’t go wrong with a pastel de nata (or 2, who’s counting?) from any of these spots.

Don’t forget to sprinkle the top with cinnamon and/or powdered sugar at least once!

Everyone has their own opinion on the sprinkling, too, but during your first trip to Lisbon, we’d recommend trying a bite each way.

person arranging pasteis de nata on a tray, one of the best things to buy in portugal

… but at Pastéis de Belém in particular, consider getting a table.

The iconic Pastéis de Belém is known for its extremely long lines, but here’s the thing: the line for table service is generally much shorter than the one for takeaway orders!

And, as a bonus, it’s more fun to eat in the dining room!

The interior is spacious, allows you to order a drink, and the building itself is also fun to walk through (you may even catch a glimpse of people hard at work in the kitchen cooking up an endless number of pastéis de nata ).

Alternatively, if you are visiting Lisbon for a longer period of time and aren’t squeezing lots of attractions into each day, consider heading to Pastéis de Belém on Mondays, when the nearby Jerónimos Monastery is closed and therefore the Belém neighborhood as a whole is much quieter.

We once waited less than 5 minutes for a box of pastéis de nata to takeaway when visiting on a Monday!

flatlay of pasteis de nata and coffee at pasteis de belem lisbon portugal

Make reservations for dinner.

When it comes to dinner, Lisbon is a city that loves its reservations.

If you have your eye on eating in a particular place, be sure to make a reservation in advance!

Generally, reserving a table the day before or even during lunch service the day that you plan to eat dinner there is fine.

However, if you have somewhere particularly popular in mind or if you’re heading out on a weekend, consider booking a bit further in advance.

Fish Egg Sacs Salad: Taste of Lisboa

… and don’t plan to eat early.

People in Lisbon don’t eat as late as, say, those in Madrid , but they still tend toward eating on the late side!

Most restaurants open for dinner around 7:00 PM or 7:30 PM, and they won’t really start to fill up until after 8:00 PM.

back garden of atalho real restaurant principe real with a fountain in the foreground

Bring very sturdy shoes.

Not only does walking in Lisbon require climbing lots of hills, but it’s also a bit hard on your feet in other ways.

The distinctive Portuguese pavement (or  calçada portuguesa ) that you’ll see throughout the city offers its challenges: these walkways are both beautiful and a bit of a hazard in the rain.

Here’s the thing… they’re  incredibly  slippery when wet, especially if they happen to have fallen leaves sitting on them.

Watch your step, especially on hills, and opt for shoes with some grip on them!

rossio square as seen when visiting lisbon portugal with calcada portuguesa in the foreground

When it doubt, take a ticket.

In Portugal, it’s very common to use a ticket-based system rather than a traditional line/queue in order to serve customers.

If you see several people standing around in a shop, look around for a ticket machine: that’s how you wait your turn.

You’ll see this everywhere from train stations to butcher shops to banks when visiting Lisbon, Portugal.

Don’t stay in Bairro Alto or Cais do Sodré unless you’re looking for nightlife.

Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré are popular, centrally located neighborhoods with plenty of hotels and hostels… and they’re also the center of much of Lisbon’s nightlife.

If your value peace and quiet after dark, these are not the right neighborhoods for you to stay in!

pink street in lisbon portugal with umbrellas hanging overhead

Make note of whether your hotel has air conditioning and/or heat.

Lisbon’s typically mild climate means that not all hotels (especially budget hotels) have air conditioning or heat–but you may want it!

That’s not solely because of temperature control, either.

For example, Lisbon struggles with dampness, mildew, and mold in many of its buildings over the winter months.

It’s not a huge problem for visitors, but if you’re concerned about dampness in your room or you have allergies, it’s best to keep it in mind when deciding where to stay in Lisbon.

2 yellow trams passing each other on a cobbled street as seen when visiting lisbon portugal

Learn a few Portuguese phrases before visiting Lisbon.

While you’ll find plenty of English speakers in the city, it’s still a good idea to learn a few Portuguese phrases before your trip to Lisbon!

Not only is it polite, but it can also be helpful (in our experience, taxi drivers, for example, rarely speak English in Lisbon).

A simple por favor (please) and obrigado/obrigada (thank you from a male speaker/thank you from a female speaker) can go a long way when visiting Lisbon!

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About Kate Storm

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

8 thoughts on “33+ Important Tips for Visiting Lisbon for the First Time”

Nicely done, I appreciate you have some uniques tips here compared to other blogs (the one about being careful on the Portugese pavement was very helpful). Thanks!

Thanks, Justin! Hope you have a great time in Lisbon. 🙂

One of the best blogs out there. Thank you for the wealth of information.

That’s great to hear, thank you! Hope you have a great time in Lisbon 🙂

What a wonderful source of information — thank you! My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Lisbon in March. It’s our first time there and we’re wondering what part of the city is best for our accommodation. We plan to do lots of walking and would like to be pretty central. I spotted something interesting in the old part of the city and wonder if that might be a reasonable location. Any advice would be SO appreciated!

Thanks so much, Susanna!

As far as where to stay, there are lots of good options. We go over the neighborhoods in a bit more detail on the “where to stay” section of our itinerary posts: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/3-days-in-lisbon-itinerary/

Short answer: Baixa is by far the most accessible (central, lots of transport options, easy to get around), but it is also the most unapologetically touristy area. Alfama, the more traditional old town, is beautiful and central but not quite as convenient transport-wise due to the steep hills. Chiado is great if you want something close but not *too* close to the action, and Bairro Alto is best if you’re planning to join in on the nightlife (ie, don’t mind noise).

Hope you guys have a wonderful trip!

Thank you so much for all your helpful articles about Lisbon! By the way, do you know if we can get a bus from Oriente to Fatima? Since we’re going on a holiday, how do we book tickets in advance? Thank you!

As far as I know, buses to Fatima leave from the Sete Rios train station, so you’ll first need to travel from Oriente to Sete Rios before hopping on the bus.

You can book bus tickets in advance here: http://www.rede-expressos.pt (this is the Rede Expressos bus company website, which has an English version).

Hope you have a wonderful trip!

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Why Lisbon is a Great Choice for Remote Workers

Any good Lisbon travel guide should include the best options for remote workers. The relatively low cost of living and hospitable environment contribute to Lisbon’s laid-back atmosphere. World travelers are drawn to the city for its thriving start-up culture and growing community of digital nomads looking for a supportive environment for networking and creative collaboration. With its stunning coastal views, award-winning cuisine, and bustling nightlife, Lisbon blends the perfect balance of work and play to grow digital careers and an adventurous spirit at the same time.

Where to Find the Best Co-Working Spaces in Lisbon

Lisbon has no shortage of co-working spaces and work-friendly cafes tailored to the needs of digital nomads and remote workers. Some of the more popular options around the city include:

Heden Santa Apolónia

Enjoy river views and a green facade between the historic Santa Apolónia Station and the Cruise Terminal. Heden Santa Apolónia is a sustainable coworking and event space that provides a glorious meeting point for freelancers and global teams.

Second Home Lisbon

Second Home Lisbon promises to get visitors from work to the waves in 20 minutes. Beyond coworking and event spaces that hold up to 120 people, Coworking Lisboa offers yoga, breathwork, and fitness classes.

Village Underground Lisboa

Village Underground Lisboa  is located in the heart of Lisbon and is easily accessible by public transportation, bus, bicycle, and foot. More than just a coworking space, Village Underground also boasts events and restaurants in a structure made from shipping containers, double-decker buses recycled into work spaces and a recording studio.

Avila Spaces (Atrium Saldanha)

Avila Spaces (Atrium Saldanha) is among the most stylish coworking spaces in all of Lisbon, with virtual offices, a coworking lounge, and space to relax. It’s the perfect way for remote workers and freelancers to team up or get work done in between exploring the city.

Impact Hub Lisbon

Impact Hub is an innovative, green, and inclusive coworking space for freelancers and digital nomads. Whether someone is flying solo or working with a team, Impact Hub is an inspiring and welcoming place to work in the heart of Lisbon. Digital nomads can get an inexpensive membership by day, week, or ongoing access upon request.

For visitors who want to forgo a coworking space, Lisbon also offers multiple cafes and free WiFi spots around the city. With reliable and fast internet connectivity, the area is a welcoming community of like-minded professionals looking to explore.

The Best Times to Visit Lisbon

Add spring and early autumn to your Lisbon travel guide for its mild weather, fewer crowds, and bustling local festivals. The city comes alive during annual events like the Festas de Lisboa in June, where locals and visitors celebrate with lively street parties, music, and traditional feasts. For travelers looking for a bargain, off-peak travel times during late fall and winter offer great flight deals and hotel rates for a more affordable and less crowded time to explore the city.

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Visit Historic Neighborhoods

Get started with the historic neighborhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto. Known for their charming narrow streets, colorful houses, and traditional Fado music, the area is filled with boutiques, cafes, and art galleries. For a quick coffee and bite to eat with WiFi access, Fabrica Coffee Roasters offers multiple locations and WiFi hotspots.

Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery

For a glimpse of Manueline architecture and rich history, the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery delivers. The tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stands as a symbol of Portugal’s Age of Discovery. The Views from São Jorge Castle offer breathtaking panoramic views of Lisbon from São Jorge Castle, a historic Moorish castle perched atop a hill in the heart of the city. Visitors explore the castle’s grounds, gardens, and archaeological site and immerse themselves in the rich history and architectural marvels of this landmark.

Eat at the Mercado da Ribeira

Locals indulge in cuisine at Mercado da Ribeira for delectable Portuguese dishes at Mercado da Ribeira, a bustling food market for gourmet treats. From fresh seafood and pastries to traditional Portuguese delicacies, this market is a haven for foodies.

Visit the Lisbon Oceanarium

The Lisbon Oceanarium offers one of the largest indoor aquariums in Europe with a diverse range of marine life, including sharks, penguins, and exotic fish. Visitors learn about the importance of ocean conservation and biodiversity and see unusual marine life.

Stroll through Jardim Botânico

After a day of co-working and networking, it’s time to get outdoors with a walk through the Jardim Botânico, Lisbon’s botanical garden with a diverse collection of plant species from around the world. Visitors take in the lush greenery and beautiful flower displays while connecting with nature in the heart of the city.

Tips on Where Digital Nomads Should Stay in Lisbon

Locals should consider staying in the trendy neighborhoods of Baixa and Chiado for easy access to bustling cafes, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Alternatively, the Alfama offers a more traditional and authentic Lisbon experience with its cobbled streets, historic buildings, and stunning river views. Hotel options such as the Memmo Alfama Hotel and the Lisbon Wine Hotel provide a blend of comfort and local charm for a memorable entry in your Lisbon travel guide.

Lisbon Safety and Transportation Know-How

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However, traffic and parking can be a nightmare in Lisbon, especially at tourist attractions. The Viva Viagem travel pass is a good way to get around Lisbon and neighboring cities by metro, buses, trains, boats, and trams. It expands visitors’ options, especially when planning to take day trips and excursions from Lisbon.

If tourists do take the metro in Lisbon, there’s a break in service from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., making it imperative to know how to grab an alternative, like a cab, which is black with a green roof. Rideshares (Uber and Bolt) are also available and generally cheaper than taxis. Pro tip: By law, rideshare vehicles must display a sticker on their windshields with the letters TVDE.

The Best Excursions from Lisbon

Lisbon is within a few hours of glorious attractions, including the nearby coastal town of Cascais, known for its stunning beaches and picturesque landscapes. Another option is the historic town of Sintra, with its enchanting palaces and lush greenery, just a short train ride away from Lisbon. They’re both perfect options to explore more of Portugal’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

Surfing is also within reach in Lisbon, which is located about half an hour from Costa de Caparica, over an hour from Peniche, an hour and a-half from Nazarè, and around two to three hours from the Algarve.

Lisbon’s welcoming vibe and bustling digital nomadic work culture make it an ideal stop on any remote worker’s itinerary. Visitors should take the time to soak up the stunning views from their favorite co-working space and enjoy the old-world charm complemented by the modern conveniences and technology that fuel remote careers.

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Lisbon Guide for First-timers: A Local’s Tips

Planning a visit to Portugal ? This local’s Lisbon guide offers an ideal introduction to the city – including the top things to do in Lisbon, where to eat, which neighbourhoods to stay in, and other practical information for planning the perfect city break .

About the author: Marco Santos moved to sunny Lisbon three years ago on a mission to rediscover his Portuguese heritage. He now shares his passion for exploring Portugal and Spain on his blog, Travel-Boo .

Portugal, and more so Lisbon, is definitely on the up and up thanks to the numerous ‘Top World Travel’ awards it’s garnered in the past couple of years.

Lisbon is one of those rarities – a place that creeps into your heart and never let’s go, captivating anyone who visits.

Rooftops of Lisbon viewed from above.

What exactly makes Lisbon such a truly special place? Perhaps it’s the warm weather and sunshine, the friendly and welcoming people, the gorgeous views, the fantastic food and nightlife, or even the incredible architecture.

In my view, it’s all of the above… And so much more!

My partner and I decided to make Lisbon our home three years ago, and we haven’t looked back. In this city guide, I will be outlining all the relevant info you may need to help plan the very best trip possible, directly from someone who calls this city home!

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Lisbon guide: Basic Lisbon travel info

  • Language: The official language in Portugal is Portuguese. In saying this, most Portuguese – more so in the larger cities such as Lisbon – do speak English fairly fluently. So, you’ll easily get by on English when visiting. Although it won’t hurt to learn a couple of local words, too!
  • Forms of payment: Both card and cash are generally accepted in Portugal. Many shops or restaurants will only accept card payment for purchases exceeding €5. Some don’t accept international cards and only allow local Portuguese cards due to the higher merchant costs associated with international transactions. As such, always be sure to carry both card and cash.
  • ATMs: ­You will find ATMs, called multibanco in Portuguese, scattered throughout the city. Withdrawing money from these, even when using an international card, shouldn’t be any hassle.
  • Tipping: Generally speaking, tipping is not required in Portugal as staff earn a full-time wage. However, it’s totally up to you. If you feel the service was truly excellent, then absolutely feel free to add a tip. Your waiter will love you!
  • Opening hours: Official office hours in Portugal normally run between 9am to 6pm. Lunchtime usually lasts around 2 hours, between 1pm and 3pm. People normally eat Dinner around 9pm at night. 

A man on the street in Lisbon.

Best time to visit Lisbon

High tourist season in Portugal usually starts in July and lasts through to the beginning of September. During this periods, Lisbon is jam-packed with throngs of tourists, resulting in higher than normal hotel rates.

August and September are also the warmest months. As such, I would highly recommend visiting between May and June or September and October.

If you don’t mind the cold then November and December are also great months to visit. Especially in December during the festive season.

How to get to Lisbon

Considering that Lisbon’s International Airport receives flights from across the globe, travelling to Lisbon from either Europe or abroad shouldn’t pose any problem. Flying directly into Lisbon is unquestionably the easiest way to get to Portugal’s capital city.

Lisbon’s airport is located relatively close to the city centre. You can easily get to your destination using either the metro, bus or taxi.

The red metro line connects Lisbon’s airport with downtown Lisbon and is the preferred method to travel. Alternatively, ride booking services such as Uber, Bolt or Kapten are another option. Since Lisbon is such a compact city, cars can be quite affordable.

Lastly, the Aerobus service runs frequent daily departures between the city and the airport.

Tip: For a hassle-free airport transfer, pre-book an Aerobus ticket or private hotel transfer by car online in advance.

If you’re travelling from Spain , you may also consider getting to Lisbon by bus or train. From Madrid you can catch the overnight RENFE service to Lisbon, arriving at Santa Apolonia train station the next morning.

Bus services such as ALSA or Flixbus also connects other cities within Spain to destinations within Portugal.

A disused tram in Lisbon, Portugal.

Moving around Lisbon

As already mentioned, downtown Lisbon is fairly compact, allowing you to get around pretty much anywhere on foot. This is especially true if your accommodation is located centrally (see the next section for recommendations).

Lisbon does offer a good metro, bus and tram system, making travel further afield a breeze.

The metro system operates four different lines (blue, yellow, green and red) and will require you to purchase a reusable Viva Viagem card for a one-off amount of 0.50€. From there, you can load stored value on the card (for example 3€ or 5€). This is called ‘Zapping’, and you will pay €1.34 per metro journey using this method.

Oftentimes, and especially if you’re travelling as part of a group, it may be worthwhile taking a cab instead. Making use of apps such as Uber, Bolt or Kapten may in fact work out cheaper than taking the metro, depending on where you’re headed.

Planning on doing lots of sightseeing? Then the Lisboa Card may be a good option for you. You can purchase a pass for a predetermined number of days to travel free on trains, buses and trams. It also offers free entry or discounts on some of the major Lisbon sights and museums.

Tip: Pre-purchase your Lisboa Card in advance through Get Your Guide and pick it up as soon as you arrive in the city.

Lastly, you could make use of the many electronic bicycles or e-scooters found throughout the city to get around. These normally require that you download the relevant operator app in order to unlock the bicycle or scooter.

You usually pay per kilometre travelled or on a time basis. Uber also has an e-bike option that you can make use of directly through the app.

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Where to stay in Lisbon

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Deciding on where to stay when travelling to a new city is always somewhat daunting for me. That’s why I’ve decided to keep my recommendations simple and to the point.

If you’re visiting Lisbon and like to be right in the heart of all the action, then I’d highly recommend you stay in Chiado or neighbouring downtown Baixa . Choosing to do so will almost certainly ensure you can get around all the major sights of Lisbon on foot. Depending on exactly where you stay, Chiado can be a tad bit hilly in places, whereas Baixa is pretty much flat.

On the other hand, if you want peace and quiet and prefer to be slightly further away from the tourist hotspots, then I would suggest basing yourself in the beautiful tree-lined Avenida Liberdade around Marques Pombal or in the posh and leafy suburb of Avenida Novas . Both these areas are still fairly accessible to downtown Lisbon either on foot or by train or taxi.

For a trendy alternative, you may also consider staying in the neighbourhood of Principe Real . Typically considered the LGBT neighbourhood, you’ll find all sorts of hip bars, restaurants and boutique souvenir shops in and around this area. If you’re a gin drinker make sure you visit Gin Lovers in Principe Real, which is set in a stunning Moorish Palace.

Also read: The 20 best Airbnbs in Lisbon .

Where not to stay in Lisbon

Personally, I would not recommend staying in the neighbourhood of Belém. It’s a little way out of the main city centre and will require that you make use of public transport to get around. The tram and bus services into the city from Belém can get very crowded, especially on weekends.

Similarly, I would advise against staying in the older historic neighbourhood of Alfama, especially during the Santos festivals in June when the streets are packed and parties happen every night with music blaring until 3am. We were rather unfortunate to experience this and I can assure you it isn’t pleasant!

Don’t get me wrong – Alfama is gorgeous. But given that certain sections are incredibly steep, it can pose a challenge to travellers with mobility issues. It’s definitely no fun dragging your suitcase up steep cobbled streets, either. Believe me, I’ve experience that too!

Street art depicting a woman.

Recommended Lisbon hotels

Thankfully, despite the surge in tourism in recent years, Lisbon still remains one of Europe’s more affordable destinations. You can easily bag some great hotel deals in any of the suggested neighbourhoods.

Rates vary of course depending on the season. Prices are considerably higher in the peak period of July through to September.

Here is a selection of my top recommended Lisbon Hotels to choose from.

  • 3* My Story Hotel Ouro – Baixa
  • 3* Holiday Inn Express Lisboa – Avenida Liberdade
  • 3* HF Fenix Music – Marques de Pombal
  • 3* Hotel Expo Astoria – Marques de Pombal
  • 4* Evolution Lisboa Hotel – Saldanha
  • 4* Lisboa Carmo Hotel – Chiado
  • 4* Altis Prata Hotel – Baixa
  • 4* HF Fenix Lisboa – Marques de Pombal
  • 5* InterContinental – Marques de Pombal
  • 5* Memmo Principe Real – Principe Real
  • 5* Pousada de Lisboa – Baixa
  • 5* Bairro Alto Hotel – Chiado
  • 5* Tivoli Avenida Liberdade – Avenida Liberdade

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5 awesome things to do in Lisbon

I often get asked how long a person should spend in Lisbon and I can confidently say, even if you stayed an entire week in this stunning city, you wouldn’t get bored. It still somewhat surprises me when I hear of travellers spending only one day in Lisbon .

There is honestly so much to see and do in Lisbon, from delicious food and wine , to history, museums, art, entertainment, sightseeing and more.

Here is my selection of the top 5 things you have to see and do on a visit to Lisbon.

Top rated Lisbon city tours & experiences

– Belem Tower Fast-Track Ticket (from €8.60) – E-bike Tour of Historic Belem (from €36) – Lisbon Street Art Tour (from €35) – Live Fado Performance & Dinner (from €20) – Gourmet Tour and Wine Tasting (from €46.50) – Make Your Own Portugese Custard Tarts (from €55.40)

1. Check out Belem

Two custard tarts at a cafe in Lisbon.

When exploring the city, I would recommend that you spend at least half a day discovering all that the Belem neighbourhood has to offer. To get there, head out by train or tram from the Cais do Sodré train station.

Spend some time visiting the notable sights (some of which are UNESCO-Listed). These include the Torre de Belem (Belem Tower) , the Discoveries Monument (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), the Jeronimos Monastery (an absolute must visit!), the National Coach Museum, and MAAT (the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology).

Oh, and don’t forget to go try out the Pasteis de Belem at the Fábrica de Pasteis de Belem, the original home of the famous Pasteis de Nata custard tarts. The bakery started operating in 1837 and incredibly, it’s still in operation today.

2. Explore the oldest parts of Lisbon: Alfama and Castelo

Houses and street art in Lisbon, Portugal.

As I mentioned earlier, I personally wouldn’t recommend staying in Alfama. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t visit. I would highly advise spending another half a day getting lost in the narrow, windy and often hilly streets of this beautiful district.

Be sure to check out the Feira da Ladra flea market open on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Or, enjoy a Fado and dinner show where you’ll get to listen to the melancholic and traditional sounds of the Portuguese folk music, which is said to have originated in Alfama. You’ll also find the Fado Museum located in this neighbourhood.

Ready to ogle at some incredible views? Then check out the Portas do Sol viewpoint as well as the Miradouro de Santa Luzia.

3. Visit downtown Lisbon: Baixa and Chiado

A beautiful stone archway with yellow buildings on either side.

Downtown Baixa is where you’ll find Rossio Square, the Santa Justa Elevator, the Rua Augusta pedestrian shopping street (with the iconic Rua Augusta arch at the end), Praça do Comercio square, and so many more iconic Lisbon landmarks.

Head up to Chiado and visit the Carmo church ruins, the Sao Roque cathedral and the Praça Luis Camoes square. Grab another Pasteis de Nata at Manteigaria while you’re there.

4. Indulge in Lisbon’s food and wine scene

A restaurant menu for 'Cafe Buenos Aires' in Lisbon, Portugal.

Food lovers will delight in Lisbon’s vibrant food and wine scene. Whether you want to try out some local traditional fare or prefer international cuisine, the city has a lot to offer.

Head to the TimeOut Market ( Mercado da Ribeira ) in Cais do Sodré for a full-on foodie experience. Here, you can browse the myriad stalls and restaurants and try a selection of Portugal’s finest food and drink.

Alternatively, for a more unique experience, why not book in for a Pasteis de Nata baking workshop . Yes, you can now learn how to make delicious Portuguese egg custard tartlets yourself. There’s even a special vegan-friendly workshop .

After a more refined experience? Then go ahead and book a fine-dining experience at one of Lisbon’s many Michelin starred restaurants. These include Alma, Belcanto, EPUR, Eleven, Feitoria, Fifty Seconds and Loco, where you will no doubt have an unforgettable culinary experience.

5. Enjoy the many viewpoints and rooftop bars

Rooftop view of houses and buildings in Lisbon.

Lisbon is hilly, and when I say hilly, I mean it is known for it’s seven hills! That does mean a lot of steep uphill climbs await. But, once you get to the top, you’ll no doubt be rewarded with incredible views.

This is, in my mind, one of Lisbon’s advantages. I have yet to come across another city with so many different vistas, angles and perspectives to admire.

Head up to one of Lisbon’s many viewpoints ( Miradouros ) or seek out the closest rooftop bar and take advantage of the sweeping outlooks over the city.

Some of my favourite viewpoints include the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara as well as the Miradouro de Graça. For a stunning rooftop restaurant and bar, head to Topo Chiado, Sky Bar Lisbon or Lost In, to name but a few.

A yellow and blue castle in Sintra, Portugal.

Top 3 day trips from Lisbon

If you do intend to spend 2 days in Lisbon or more, then planning a couple of day trips from Lisbon is an absolute must! Here are my top 3 to consider.

First on the list of day trips should be fairytale-like Sintra, the former royal summer residence from when Portugal was still a monarchy.

Scattered with palaces, castles and noble estates, Sintra is pure magic! And best of all, it’s only 40 minutes by train from Lisbon’s Rossio train station.

Tip: Pre-purchase your tickets for Pena Palace online and skip the queue.

Only an hour away from Lisbon by bus, the medieval walled city of Óbidos is incredibly charming, with its whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. It also plays host to various cultural events throughout the year, including a Chocolate Festival around April/May, the Medieval Festival around July/August and a Christmas Village during the December festive season.

Tip: Join an accompanied tour to Óbidos from Lisbon for an in-depth introduction to medieval Portugal.

And lastly, at approximately an hour-long journey by train from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré station lies Cascais. This chilled seaside town is situated on a beautiful coastal stretch running all the way from Lisbon that is often referred to as the Riviera of Portugal.

Swim at fantastic beaches, sample fabulously fresh seafood, and wander through the quaint town centre.

Tip: Take a tour to see the best of Cascais and Sinta in a day .

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Great article!

While the train offers convenience, I’d suggest an alternative.

A few years back when I went to Lisbon, I decided to book a guided tour to Sintra and I enjoyed the experience a lot!

It is completely different to explore a place with knowledgeable guides who offer insights into a city’s rich history and attractions!

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10 useful apps to use in Portugal

Are you planning a trip to Portugal? Whether you're a student, a traveler, or a resident, having the right apps on your phone can make all the difference. That's why I’ve put together a list of the must-have apps for anyone visiting or living in Portugal. So, download with confidence and make your life a little easier!


Moovit . If you're planning a trip to Portugal, getting around by public transportation can be a convenient and affordable option. And to make things even easier, you can use Moovit, a real-time public transit app that provides up-to-date information for buses, trains, and metro systems. Moovit is available in several areas of Portugal, including Lisbon, Porto, and parts of the Algarve. With this app, you can plan your travel route and navigate your way around the city using a variety of modes of transportation, including buses, ferries, metro, trains, trams, shared bikes, walking, rideshare, and scooters. One of the benefits of Moovit is its real-time information, which allows you to avoid delays and plan your trip more efficiently. You can see the arrival and departure times for each mode of transportation, as well as any alerts or notifications that may affect your route. Another great feature of Moovit is its ability to work offline. This means that you can download maps and directions ahead of time and use them even when you don't have an internet connection.

Bolt . If you want to avoid the hassle of hailing a taxi on the street, then you might want to consider installing Bolt. Bolt is an app that allows you to book a taxi from your smartphone, making it a convenient option for travelers who want to get around without any stress. While Bolt is available in some European countries, if you're coming from North America, you'll need to install the app to use it. Once you've downloaded Bolt, you can easily book a ride by selecting your destination and choosing from a variety of vehicle options, including cars, scooters, and bikes. Another great feature of Bolt is its food delivery service. If you're feeling hungry and don't want to venture out, Bolt allows you to order food from local restaurants and have it delivered straight to your door. This is a great option for travelers who want to sample the local cuisine without having to leave their accommodation.

Gira . Gira is a city bike network that offers a variety of pass options for both residents and tourists. If you're a resident, you can get a yearly pass for just 25 EUR. For tourists, there are two options: a monthly pass for 15 EUR or a daily pass for 2 EUR. With any pass, you can take one ride for up to 90 minutes. If you exceed this time limit, you'll be charged an extra 2 EUR for every additional 45 minutes. One of the great features of Gira is its app, which allows you to locate all Gira stations in Lisbon on a map. You can also see the number and type of bikes available, whether they're electric or not. This makes it easy to find a bike near you and plan your route around the city. And because Gira has stations located all around Lisbon, you can easily drop off your bike when you're done with your ride.

TheFork . When it comes to food, the most useful app for finding the best places to eat in Portugal is TheFork. TheFork is a user-friendly app that provides reviews and ratings for thousands of restaurants, cafes, and bars throughout Portugal. By using the app, you can quickly find highly-rated places to eat in any given area, and easily make reservations online. One of the advantages of TheFork is that it allows you to filter your search based on your preferences, such as cuisine, price range, or location. This means you can easily find the type of restaurant you're looking for, whether it's a cozy cafe for breakfast or a fancy dinner spot for a special occasion. In addition to its easy-to-use interface and comprehensive database of restaurants, TheFork also offers a loyalty program that rewards users with points for each reservation they make. These points can be redeemed for discounts on future meals.

Glovo . Glovo is a popular delivery app that has been growing in popularity in recent years. If you're visiting Portugal and find yourself in need of something - be it groceries, medication, or even some Swedish meatballs from IKEA - Glovo can help. While the delivery fee for Glovo varies depending on the distance and urgency of the order, there is a way to save money on your deliveries. If you plan on using the app frequently, it's worth considering signing up for Glovo Prime. For a flat fee of 6€ per month, you can enjoy free delivery on all of your orders - a great way to save money in the long run. Another benefit of using Glovo is its easy-to-use interface. With just a few taps on your smartphone, you can quickly browse through the various items available for delivery, select what you need, and track your order in real-time. This means you can always stay up-to-date on the status of your delivery, and know exactly when to expect it.

Via Verde . If you're planning on driving in Portugal, you'll want to know about Via Verde - an app that makes toll payment and other driving-related tasks a breeze. With Via Verde, you can drive through designated toll booths without stopping to pay the toll, as well as access convenient parking and even some gas stations. All you need is a Via Verde electronic toll payment transponder, which you can easily obtain from a Via Verde office. Once you have the transponder, you can attach it to your car and start driving with ease. Using Via Verde is incredibly convenient, especially for visitors who may not be familiar with the toll system in Portugal. Instead of having to stop and pay the toll at each booth, you can simply drive through and let the app take care of the rest.

MB Way . If you're planning on moving to Portugal, there's one app that you simply cannot live without: MB Way. This digital wallet app is a true gem, offering a wide range of services that will make your life in Portugal easier and more convenient. With MB Way, you can send money, pay for services, and withdraw money from your bank account. And the best part? It's incredibly easy to use. MB Way also allows you to make purchases online or in-store, without the need for a physical credit or debit card. This is perfect for those times when you forget your wallet or simply don't want to carry cash. So whether you're a digital nomad, an expat, or a Portuguese national, MB Way is an essential tool that you need in your life. It's reliable, convenient, and easy to use, making your financial transactions a breeze.

SNS 24 . SNS 24 is a healthcare app that allows you to access all of your vaccines and prescriptions in one place, making it easy to manage your health while on the go. With SNS 24, you can access a range of healthcare services, including booking consultations with doctors. The app also offers access to important health information and advice, making it a valuable tool for travelers who may not be familiar with the local healthcare system. Beyond its core features, SNS 24 also offers a range of other useful tools. For example, you can set medication reminders to help you stay on top of your prescriptions, and access important health resources like emergency numbers and healthcare facilities near your location. For those who prefer to access healthcare services online, the SNS 24 website is also a great option. Here, you can book consultations with doctors and access a range of other healthcare services from the comfort of your own home.

Oscar . This handy app can help you with a range of installations, repairs, and other services, making it a valuable resource for everyone living in Portugal. Whether you're dealing with a broken sink or need help installing shelves, Oscar has you covered. The app offers a range of handyman services, from basic repairs to more complex installations, and their prices are reasonable, so you won't have to break the bank to get the help you need. But that's not all. Oscar also offers a range of other services, including dog washing and car washing, making it a one-stop-shop for all your needs. And with their convenient booking system, you can easily schedule an appointment at a time that works for you. For some services, such as sofa deep cleaning, it's best to book in advance to ensure you can secure a spot. But for others, such as shelves installation, Oscar can be there in as little as 30 minutes, so you won't have to wait around for long to get the help you need.

DeepL . If you are traveling to Portugal and don't speak the local language, communication can be a major obstacle. But thanks to technology, there are now several translation apps available to help bridge the gap. One such app is DeepL, a translation tool developed by a former Google employee that produces more natural-sounding text than other translation tools. DeepL is available as both a mobile app and a desktop application, allowing you to translate text in real-time from wherever you are. The app is known for its accuracy and its ability to produce contextually appropriate translations, making it a favorite among language learners, travelers, and business professionals. It's important to note that DeepL offers European Portuguese translations and not Brazilian Portuguese.

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Ultimate Lisbon Travel Guide for 2024

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The capital and largest city of Portugal is a beautiful charming city with several characteristic Bairros de Lisboa (neighborhoods) with historical culture and unique architectural landmarks. It’s one of the oldest cities in Western Europe and in the world. Lisbon is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is Europe’s only capital city along the Atlantic coast. English is widely spoken so language shouldn’t be an issue if you travel to Lisbon.

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This Lisbon travel blog is a complete guide with everything you need to know plus the ultimate 3-day itinerary including free walking routes along the best places to visit and the Lisbon highlights. Find some useful Lisbon travel tips about the public transport, optional things to do in Lisbon, where to eat and the best place to stay for your an incredible trip to Lisbon.

What is the best time to visit Lisbon?

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This lovely city has a Mediterranean climate with one of the warmest winters and mildest nighttime temperatures among European cities. That makes Lisbon a perfect destination to visit all year round. The best time to visit Lisbon depends on your needs. 

For surfers it’s best to go in wintertime (great waves), budget travelers probably like January and February (cheapest months). Beach lovers and worshipers of sun and warm weather should travel to Lisbon during July to September; these are the hottest months, but because of summer holidays also the most expensive ones. 

Overall it’s best to visit Lisbon from March to June or after the summer holidays in September and October. During those months the weather is pleasant (18-25°C), Lisbon hotels are cheaper and there are fewer tourists. I visited Lisbon many times, but this travel guide for Lisbon is based on my trip in April unfortunately we had some rain and it was quiet cold for the time of the year (had to wear my winter jacket).

Stay connected when traveling to Portugal and don't waste money on high roaming charges. Check out my complete guide for the best prepaid tourist sim card for Portugal in 2024  or my list of the best e-sim cards for traveling to Portugal . You can also buy a sim card at Lisbon Airport  on arrival.

How many days you need to explore Lisbon?

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On a 3-day Lisbon itinerary you’re able to visit all of the main Lisbon tourist attractions and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the city! A three days Lisbon trip will also allow you to explore the main historic neighborhoods such as Alfama, Baixa, Rossio, Chiado, Bairro Alto and Belém. If you have some extra days I would suggest to travel to Lisbon for 4 days or 5 days. This gives you the possibility to either enjoy more time in your favorite Lisbon areas or go on a day trip to for example the picturesque Unesco-listed Sintra and the former fishing village Cascais, which is now a famous Portugal tourist destination for its beaches, marina and lively harbor. 

If you like to add some relax-time at the beaches along the Atlantic coast you can easily spend a week in and around Lisbon. There is no need to book a day-trip to Sintra or excursions to Cascais or Cristo do Rei since you can easily visit all these Lisbon highlights and things to do in Lisbon by public transport. Another travel tip is to continue your trip from Lisbon to Porto and a road trip to the Algarve .

Where to stay in Lisbon?

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There are many great Lisbon hotels and the best place to stay in Lisbon depends on your budget, needs and requirements. Since I prefer smaller centrally located boutique hotels instead of huge hotels away from the heart of Lisbon I chose to stay at the charming 4-star LX Boutique hotel , perfectly located in the heart of ‘historical Lisbon’ Cais do Sodré.

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It’s the only hotel in downtown Lisbon that offers views over the Tagus River, Ponte 25 de Abril and Cristo do Rei. It’s also near Pink Street, around the corner of Mercado de Ribeira and only a short walking distance to Bairro Alto, Chiado and Baixa.

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To reach other popular attractions, you can easily use the public transport (Lisbon travel tip: buy a Viva Viagem card to pay for your journeys). The metro station (green line) is only a 3-minute walk from the hotel, next to the ferry station to visit Cristo do Rei and the train station to go to Belém. It’s a perfect location to go anywhere in the city. 

There are also some of the best Lisbon restaurants in this area and for our Sushi lovers I would like to mention that this hotel has its own trendy sushi restaurant called ‘Confraria LX’.

What is a Viva Viagem card and where can you buy it?

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A Viva Viagem card is a great Lisbon travel tip and a fast and easy way to pay for the use of public transport in Lisbon. You can use it to travel on tram, metro, funicular, ferry, bus and the suburban train. For the bus, tram and funicular you can choose to use your Viva Viagem card or to buy a ticket from the driver, but these fares are more expensive. You can buy the card in for example metro and ferry stations at ticket machines or ticket offices and will cost you 0,50 euro. After that you can choose between a single ticket (1,50 euro), a 1-day ticket valid for 24-hours (between 7 and 10 euro depending on the region) or zapping (you can choose your amount). It is the best way to get to all the places to visit in Lisbon.

For my 3-day Lisbon trip I chose the zapping-option and loaded 10 euro to start with (you can easily buy new credit for the same card). You can use the card by swiping it across the card readers to open the gates. I bought mine at the airport because I chose to take the Metro from Lisbon airport to the city center. The red metro line connects the airport to the other three metro lines (yellow, green and blue) and will bring you to Lisbon city center within 30 minutes. Trust me you want to buy this card when you travel to Lisbon.

3-day Lisbon Itinerary + free walking routes

  • Day 1: Cais do Sodré – Baixa – Rossio – Chiado – Avenida da Liberdade – Bairro Alto
  • Day 2: Almada (Cristo Rei + Ponte 25 de Abril) – Belém – Alcântara – Cais do Sodré
  • Day 3: Alfama and tram 28 (possibility to extend with Parque das Nações, Estrela or Príncipe Real)

When I was preparing my 3-day trip to Lisbon, I couldn’t find much useful free walking routes. Probably because it isn’t really necessary, but if you travel to Lisbon for only 3 days and love to have a plan to not miss out on all the things to do and places to see check out the links that will give you access to free walking routes I created for you in Google maps. Im sure it is a great addition to all the Lisbon tips out there already.

Day 1 in Lisbon

Covering: cais do sodré – baixa – rossio – chiado – avenida da liberdade – bairro alto.

On this first day in Lisbon we explored Central Lisbon on foot and walked from our hotel in Cais do Sodré to Baixa, passing through Chiado and Avenida da Liberdade to end in Bairro Alto and back to LX Boutique Hotel in Cais do Sodré. 

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The centrally located neighborhood Cais do Sodré is a good place to start your first day in Lisbon. We started at Praça Duque De Terceira, a nice square facing the Rio Tagus (Tagus River) and our hotel. This square is also the starting point of Ribeira das Naus, a nicely renovated riverfront promenade (walking area) that connects Cais do Sodré to the nearby Terreiro do Paço in Baixa. Walk along the river, enjoy the musicians, have a drink and admire the views! 

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The promenade ends at Terreiro do Paço, also known as Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square). It is positioned on the banks of the Tagus River with large yellow symmetrical buildings occupied by the government and a huge open space with a statue of King Dom José I in the center of the square. No wonder it is one of the highlights of Lisbon and one of the most important squares and a popular meeting spot. From this point you can easily walk to Praça Dom Pedro IV (Rossio Square).

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Walk through the beautiful Arco da Rua Augusta (triumph arch) to Rua Augusta; a nice pedestrian street that connects these two popular squares. Rua Augusta is the main commercial street in Baixa where you will find several cafés and shops such as H&M, Mango and Zara. In a Lisbon travel guide I found out it’s also a good place to buy some souvenirs and they were right. If you like you can also take a lift to the top of the arch, followed by a staircase to get a panoramic view of Baixa and Terreiro do Paço.

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At the end of Rua Augusta, you’ll reach Rossio Square; a lively iconic square with two beautiful baroque fountains in literally the center of Lisbon (Rossio neighborhood) where people sit and relax or enjoy the many cozy outdoor terraces of the restaurants and cafés. This is a Lisbon must see! Right next to this square you will find Praça da Figueira, another nice square that is home to Lisbon’s oldest patisserie (Confeitaria Nacional), hotels and cafés. 

For lunch, I recommend Veganapati around the corner of the square; a lovely spot for vegans, but non-vegans will love this healthy and nicely decorated urban lunch-spot too. A great Lisbon restaurant to try out for you. Their cuisine is based on fresh natural food; low in calories with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low fat non-dairy products and avoidance of added artificial salts, colors and flavors.

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After lunch, continue your walk to Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Lift), also known as Elevador do Carmo. An apprentice of Gustav Eiffel built the 45-meter high lift in 1902 to connect lower Bairro Alto to the upper Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square). This also explains the structure’s similarities to Paris’ Eiffel Tower.

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We didn’t take the lift (very crowded and a huge line) but walked through Chiado to the upper Carmo Square instead. In the middle of the shopping-area and cafés of Chiado neighborhood you will find a nice outdoor sculpture of one of Portugal's most famous writers, Escultura de Fernando Pessoa. The statue is located outside 'A Brasileira café’. Lots of tourists take place on the empty chair next to him for a photo together with the writer and pretend listening to one of his famous poems. One of the popular things to do in Lisbon.

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Continue your walk to Convento do Carmo (Carmo monastery), which is close to the top of Santa Justa Lift. The monastery is a testimony to the deadliest earthquake in Lisbon's history in 1755. This gothic style church is amazingly picturesque and should not be missed if you are interested in art, history and archaeology. Explore the area around and walk to the Santa Justa Lift to enjoy some nice views of Lisbon with in the back the iconic castle in Alfama.

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After visiting the highlights of Chiado follow your way to Praça dos Restauradores, the most northern point of Baixa, to enjoy the square and the surrounding buildings like the Eden Theatre.

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This square is dedicated to the restoration of the independence of Portugal from Spain in 1640 and also the beginning of Avenida da Liberdade. It’s the longest street in Lisbon (1,5 km) known as one of the most expensive shopping streets in Europe with various designer shops, expensive restaurants and trendy bars. If you like high-end shopping this is one of the places to visit in Lisbon. Since I don’t have a budget for exclusive shopping I found the walk along Avenida da Liberdade quiet boring.

The street ends at Parque Eduardo VII (Eduardo VII Park), the largest park in central Lisbon with a designed garden and impressive views over Praça Marquês do Pombal, Avenida Liberdade and Tagus River. Walk to the top of the hill, one of the great things to do in Lisbon. It takes some effort, but the view that the park offers on top of the hill definitely makes it worthwhile to go up.

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I have two alternative Lisbon travel tips for you if you want to visit Eduardo Park:

1. There are several metro stations close to the park in case you want to skip the long walk along Avenida da Liberdade: Metro station Marquês de Pombal (downhill), Parque (halfway) or São Sebastião (uphill).

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2. If you don’t feel like walking but you would like to add Avenida da Liberdade to end in the park, then I highly recommend taking a so-called Shared Electric Scooter. You will find one at every corner and it’s a fun and fast (25km/h) way to explore Lisbon. There are around 8 different e-scooter companies and they all require you to download an app. You pay 1 euro to start and 0,15 euro per minute of use, which is an average of 10 euro per hour.

Option 2 is an amazing thing to do in Lisbon! Pick an electric Scooter from Praça dos Restauradores and follow Avenida da Liberdade until you reach the park. You can even take the scooter to the top of the park. Enjoy the view and ride back to Praça dos Restauradores to have a drink in the Hard Rock Café and take Ascensor da Glória (Glória Funicular) up-hill to Bairro Alto to end the first day of your Lisbon itinerary.

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Elevador da Glória is a funicular railway line with iconic yellow trams full of graffiti that connects downtown Baixa with the upper Bairro Alto neighborhood. It’s also possible to walk the steep way up but taking this short tram-ride is a fun experience. Something you can’t miss when you visit Lisbon.

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Don’t forget to take a closer look at the beautiful graffiti street-art on your way up. The funicular stops at São Pedro de Alcântara in Bairro Alto.

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Bairro Alto district is known for its nightlife and therefore a great place to end your first day exploring Lisbon. Enjoy the sunset at one of the ‘miradouro’, for example the Miradouro de Santa Catarina or visit Jardim São Pedro de Alcântara, a beautiful garden.

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Have dinner in one of the high quality Lisbon restaurants in the area and go for a drink in one of the many Bairro Alto bars. Because of the perfect location of our hotel (LX Boutique Hotel) it was an easy walk back (downhill) and if you don’t feel like walking just take a metro or tram.

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Day 2 in Lisbon

Covering: almada (cristo rei + ponte 25 de abril) – belém – alcântara – cais do sodré.

On day 2 we decided to have a closer look at the 110-meter high statue of Cristo Rei (Christ Statue), one of Lisbon's most iconic things to do located in the neighborhood of Almada. With his arms outstretched Cristo Rei dominates the skyline of Lisbon and the banks of the Tagus River. The statue is inspired by the famous Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

If you want to avoid crowds it’s best to visit in the morning, but for photos it’s better to visit in the afternoon. I visited in the morning before the crowds and managed to take some nice photos without people and a blue sky.

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It’s not necessary to book a Lisbon excursion to Cristo Rei since it’s very easy to go there on your own. First take the Cacilhas ferry from Cais do Sodré (only a 3-minute walk from LX Boutique Hotel). It’s a 10-minute ferry ride to the other side of the river. On arrival to Cacilhas, take bus 101 and get out at the last stop where you will reach the statue in less than 200 meters. 

If you don’t have a Viva Viagem card yet you can buy it at the station to pay for your ferry ride. In the bus you either pay with your green Viva Viagem card with zapping credit or ask the driver for a return ticket and pay in cash (more expensive).

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It is free to enter the grounds of the Cristo Rei complex and so is the chapel at the entrance. If you want to take the lift to the 80-meter high platform on top of the Christ monument, expect to pay about 8 euros, but you can also enjoy the stunning views of Lisbon, Tagus River and Ponte 25 de Abril without going up.

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The view of Ponte 25 de Abril (25 April Bridge) is very impressive. The same architect who drew the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has designed 25 April Bridge, definitely a place to visit in Lisbon. You can see the similarities, but although you would say it’s red, the color is actually ‘International Orange’. It would have been a great thing to do in Lisbon but unfortunately it’s not possible to cross the bridge on foot. You have to go back the same way: bus and ferry. 

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Back in Cais Do Sodré you continue your Lisbon itinerary by taking the Electric Tram Bus (E15) to Bélem at the tram station right next to the Ferry station. Belém is one of the noble areas of Lisbon. No Lisbon trip is complete without exploring the jewels of Belém, a charming suburb located at the riverside, with many historic monuments and museums. 

I recommend riding the tram until the very last stop near Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) and start your Belém sightseeing part from there. Most of the tourists walk the other way around. You can easily spend half a day in Belém it is an amazing thing to do when you visit Lisbon. If you plan to enter most monuments and museums you will probably need more than half a day as there are long queues to visit Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower for example.

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Belém Tower is a small - UNESCO World Heritage - fort that was constructed to guard Lisbon from seafaring attackers. The tower’s unique design includes a modern and heavily armed bastion, extended over the river. In Lisbon’s Belem district, close to the tower, you can also find a remarkable war memorial known as Monumento aos Combatentes do Ultramar (Monument to the overseas combatants). It’s dedicated to soldiers of the Portuguese army who died during the Overseas War of 1961 to 1974. 

The monument consists of three parts: the eternal flame, the V-shaped monument itself and the memorial wall with all the names of the fallen soldiers. The memorial is open all day and there is no entrance fee.

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On your way to the monastery I highly recommend visiting the modern Centro Cultural de Belém (Belém Cultural Centre). In this Centre, also referred to as CCB, you can find collections of modern and contemporary art, a number of eateries and small shops. If you want to escape the crowds this Cultural Center is the perfect place for you to have a little rest on one of their beanbags on the grass of the roof terrace or to have lunch, a great Lisbon travel tip believe me!

We ended up in the surprising ‘Este Oeste’ restaurant. They offer a delightful mix of Italian and Japanese cuisine in a beautiful designed area with modern furniture. The staff offered us several free small dishes to taste. All dishes were delicious and I found the mix between Italian and Japanese very surprising. Therefore I recommend Este Oeste as the perfect lunch-spot in Belém. They also have a nice outside terrace overlooking the river. A lovely Lisbon restaurant and a must try on this itinerary.

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CCB strongly contrasts with the opposite located UNESCO-listed Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), one of the most prominent buildings in Belém and a symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery.

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Did you know that the original recipe of the famous Portuguese pastries pastel da nata (custard tart) was invented by the monks of the Jerónimos Monastery to sell them at a shop next to a sugar cane factory? The secret recipe is at least 180 years old and known by only a few. Today Pastéis de Belém is widely recognized as the patisserie to sample the authentic custard tart in Lisbon and sells thousands of pastéis de nata every day. 

If you have enough time and want to taste the most authentic custard tart, you need to stop at Pastéis de Belém, located only a few meters from the Jerónimos Monastery. A tasty Lisbon travel tip. Because all tourists go there, it’s always very crowded. Since I’m not a fan of huge lines I skipped that part and bought some in a different place and it tasted good as well. You should definitely try these Portuguese pastries on your Lisbon trip.

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From the monastery and patisserie you’re able to walk through the beautiful Praça do Império Garden to Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries Monument); this huge monument was built in 1940 for the Portuguese World Expo and features more than 30 statues of historical figures who played a big role in Portugal’s Age of Discoveries including Henry the Navigator.

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It was given permanent status in 1960 to commemorate the death of Prince Henry the Navigator, responsible for turning Portugal into the leading maritime nation in Europe in the fifteenth century. If you like you can use the lift to the top of this monument for a panoramic view across the Tagus River and Belém.

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From there I recommend to take an Electric Scooter along the edge of Tagus River to get to the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT). The design of MAAT is great to see and a nice photography spot with views of the bridge and the river. You can easily walk to the rooftop and inside you can enjoy contemporary art exhibitions. MAAT is also a nice spot to watch the sunset when you travel to Lisbon.

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After MAAT I would suggest visiting Village Underground and LX Factory. Apparently this place can’t be found in a Lisbon travel guide yet as the majority of the tourists did not yet discover it. There weren’t many people at the time we arrived. You can go there by tram or by foot (a 20-minute walk from MAAT).

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Always dreamed of having a drink in a retro double-decker bus beneath the 25 April Bridge? Then definitely include Village Underground to one of your stops. It’s a co-working space and cultural hot spot, built around 14 shipping containers and two buses. The perfect place to visit in Lisbon for digital nomads and travelers. You will be amazed! I really liked the easygoing atmosphere.

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LX Factory is another creative co-working hot spot. It’s an old industrial area with vintage stores, cool restaurants and a rooftop bar with amazing views on Tagus River, Cristo Rei and 25 April Bridge. On the rooftop you will find a great statue of a mosaic girl imitating the Christ statue. It’s a great spot for a sundowner and to enjoy the early or late evening.

If you are up for another long walk along Lisbon’s Tagus River, try walking back from LX Factory to Cais do Sodré (40 minutes). Because we were quiet late and it was already dark we took the tram, but it is a lovely thing to in Lisbon as it is a nice walk back along the river.

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Cais do Sodré is one of the best places for nightlife and has a lot of good Lisbon restaurants. If you want to go (back) to Bairro Alto, the place where you ended on day 1, you can choose to go with Ascensor da Bica. It’s a funicular railway line that brings you to the top of the hill with beautiful views of the streets of Bairro Alto and the Tagus River. We choose to stay in Cais do Sodré to have dinner.

I have two restaurant recommendations for you in this area: SOI (for the people who love Asian food) and ESPADA (a secret seafood hotspot). Both great Lisbon travel tips for foodies. If you want to be sure of a spot I advise you to book a table ahead. Of course, there is something for everyone at the Time Out Market: a traditional food market and food court with plenty of traditional Portuguese food and more! Worth going when visiting Lisbon.

After dinner you might want to explore the nightlife in for example Pink Street. It’s the coolest barhopping spot near the river (and a former red-light district). It’s also around the corner of LX Boutique Hotel, so if you choose to stay there it will take you only 3 minutes to reach your perfect king-sized bed. To me it was the perfect place to stay for my Lisbon trip.

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Some guests criticise the loud neighborhood, but I didn’t notice any noise pollution and slept like a baby. It might be unpleasant when your window is just above the busy street, so therefore I would advise you to ask for a room at the front side or a room facing the River. Our room was very quiet and loved to sit at the window watching the city life with Cristo Rei and the Bridge in the background.

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Day 3 in Lisbon

Covering: alfama neighborhood and tram 28.

Alfama is the most famous historic and oldest neighborhood in Lisbon, located between São Jorge Castelo (St. Jorge’s Castle) and Tagus River. It’s a really charming neighborhood with small coble stone streets, cozy bars and graffiti. It’s also the place where Fado was created, a Portuguese traditional music genre.

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We started the day at the famous Miradouro Graffiti Fado, just outside Alfama. The most famous Fado graffiti tribute in Lisbon is Fado Vadio, a wall located in the Escadinhas de São Cristóvão. From this point you can easily continue to St. Jorge’s Castle. There are two options to get to the castle: walk the steep way up or take the free elevator. From Baixa the elevator is called Elevador Castelo.

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At the top, you need to cross the street and take a second elevator. It goes upwards to the Zambeze Restaurant. This rooftop restaurant with a nice terrace offers spectacular views of Lisbon city.

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If you like graffiti art I have another Lisbon travel tip for you. There’s an alternative way to get to the top and Zambeze restaurant. Walk to the Graffiti Carpark, next to Fado Vadio. Inside the carpark there are lots of graffiti paintings on every floor and if you take the lift or stairs to the top of the carpark, you also reach The Zambeze Restaurant.

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From the restaurant it’s a 10-minute walk (climb) to the castle. Just follow the signs. You end up at Arco do Castelo, just near the St. Jorge’s Castle. The castle is a national monument and one of the most popular Lisbon tourist attractions. Not only because of its history but also for one of the best views of Lisbon. The castle is located on the highest hill in Lisbon. That’s the reason why the castle can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Even at night it’s part of Lisbon’s skyline.

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The ruins of the castle are very impressive. The castle was destroyed during the earthquake of 1755; most of it has been renovated again and now it is one of the best places to visit in Lisbon. It still retains eleven towers. If you like archeology and nice views, it’s well worth the entrance fee of 10 euros. I would not really recommend it for disabled people, because of the climbs and stairs towards the towers (for the best views of Lisbon). The average visit of the castle takes 2 to 3 hours.

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The castle area also hosts a lot of peacocks on the ground or in the trees. They are quite impressive to watch.

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Searching for a lunch-spot in Alfama? Walk along the surrounding area of the castle and you will come across several small restaurants to have lunch. I highly recommend Augusto Lisboa, where we enjoyed a delicious fresh fruit juice with sweet and savory dishes. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very nice and the people are very friendly. They serve breakfast, lunch, brunch with good coffee but also different local beers. I loved their Avocado/eggs toast and their homemade banana bread! A Lisbon travel tip for hipsters for sure.

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Spend some time exploring Alfama by wandering through the small cobblestone streets to enjoy the nice atmosphere. In my opinion the Alfama district is the most romantic and photogenic neighborhood of Lisbon with lovely viewpoints like Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Surely one of my favorite things to do in Lisbon. Also don’t forget to visit Sé Catedral de Lisboa; one of Lisbon’s oldest structures built in 1150.

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If you haven’t been on the scenic tram 28 yet, this is your chance! Tram 28 will take you on a ride covering some of the most scenic corners of the city, a must do in Lisbon. It rides through the neighborhoods of Alfama, Graça, Estrela and Bairro Alto. In Alfama you can hop on tram 28 nearby Miradouro de Santa Luzia, one of the most beautiful panoramic viewpoints in Lisbon.

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Keep in mind that queues for tram 28 can be long. Alternatively you can choose to use the shorter ride on tram 12 (or 12E). ‘E’ stands for Electric.

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After a long day of strolling down the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon, you can treat yourself with a dinner in one of the Fado restaurants in Alfama or at your favorite Lisbon district. Or if you have enough time left, extend Alfama area with Parque das Nações, Estrela or Príncipe Real to end your Lisbon itinerary for day 3.

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Now you know aal the cool things to do in Lisbon. I found my Lisbon trip to be very charming, a great city with friendly people and I felt safe all the time. The only issue tourists may experience is pickpocketing, but if you use common sense at all times you shouldn’t experience any safety issues. I think Lisbon is one of my favorite European capital cities so far and I would love to go back in the future.


If you’re still searching for a good place to stay in Lisbon, LX Boutique Hotel might be your winner! Go check out their rates! The location is perfect, rooms are beautifully designed, clean and spacious and the breakfast buffet was good with enough choice, including mini ‘pastel da nata’ (yum).

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this Lisbon travel blog and that it has been useful to you. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need more information about anything. Enjoy your trip to Lisbon and don’t forget to check out my free walking tours around the best spots and highlights of the city.

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When moving to Portugal , having the right apps on your smartphone will help make your life just a bit easier. From discovering the best routes to other Portuguese cities, having food delivered, and reporting issues in your neighborhood, you’d be surprised at the wide variety of apps available. To help you download the most useful mobile apps, we have selected the 9 best apps for expats in Portugal.

1. CP – Comboios de Portugal

This one is useful whether you are visiting or moving to Portugal. The CP app is the official mobile app for the Comboios de Portugal company (Trains of Portugal). The app allows you to plan your trips in an efficient matter. You can consult all the schedules offline, find out which trains are passing by your nearest station, receive alerts, and more.

Moreover, you can purchase tickets for the trains Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Regional, InterRegional, Comboios Urbanos de Coimbra, and Comboios Urbanos do Porto. You can also choose your seats for some trains.

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2. Too Good To Go

An easy way to become more sustainable in Portugal and reduce your food waste is by downloading the Too Good To Go app. This app allows you to purchase a Magic Box from restaurants and food stores for 3x cheaper. The products inside would have been otherwise wasted as they were not sold in time.

Using the app, you can find the magic boxes available near you. After paying for your magic box, you will select a timeframe to pick it up. You can cancel any order up to two hours before pick up.

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The SNS 24 app, also known as the MySNS Carteira (Wallet) is a one-stop-shop for your healthcare information. Your information is organized through cards, including vaccines, treatment guides, allergies, and rare diseases. It also has a section for disability certificates, sick leave, and prescriptions, so you have everything at hand. 

The SNS 24 app is only available to residents with a Portuguese healthcare number that can access the public health system. 

To log into the app, you will need to have your Chave Móvel Digital or your healthcare number, with your email or Portuguese phone number registered in the National Register.

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4. Google Translate

This one is self-explanatory. If you still haven’t gotten around to learning Portuguese, Google Translate is your friend. If all you do with this app is copy and paste text to translate, you are missing out. Google Translate is an extremely useful tool for navigating everyday life in Portugal as a non-speaker. 

Our favorite feature is the camera. Just click the camera button and let it read forms, menus, ingredients in the supermarket, and so much more. It will translate the words in front of you into the language of your choice. You can even highlight certain words if you only need certain parts translated. 

You can also have two-way conversations on Google Translate, which is useful if you are not understanding someone in Portuguese and need to communicate.

We recommend downloading the Portuguese language feature so you can use it even when you’re offline.

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5. Na Minha Rua Lx

If you live in Portugal’s capital of Lisboa, the app Na Minha Rua Lx is extremely useful. This app name translates to “In My Street Lx” and is where the municipality reports issues on public roads, homes, and equipment. 

You can request that objects such as furniture be collected, ask for certain repairs to municipal homes, report abandoned vehicles, and so much more. For example, if you spot a broken lamp post or issues in a park, you can use the app to report these in a quick and efficient manner. 

Glovo stands out from other food delivery apps because it is actually not just that, it will deliver literally anything you need.

In the “qualquer coisa” (anything) section, you can actually request that a driver picks up anything you need. This is a great service if you are sick and need meds from the pharmacy or left your laptop at your friend’s house and need it delivered.

You can also send things to others under the “envios” (courier) service. The only rule when it comes to Glovo is that it needs to fit in a courier’s bag.

You can also get products from shops, including fashion, flowers, electronics, sports, and more. Restaurants near you are also available on the app, along with supermarkets, drugstores, and more. 

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Lime is available in many countries worldwide, including Portugal. However, you will mostly find it in main cities such as Lisbon and Porto. Limie is the largest shared electric vehicle company in the world. 

Using the app, you can pick up a Lime vehicle by digitalizing its QR code to unblock it. Lime allows you to ride to your destination at an affordable price without emitting any carbon emissions. There are two vehicles available in Portugal: the electric scooter and the electric bicycle. 

However, make sure to ride only on the roads and paths where you are allowed to circulate.

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8. Bolt 

Not to bad mouth any other ridesharing companies, but we find that in Portugal, Bolt has the most affordable and efficient rides. We recommend you compare it to other services when you need a ride, and you are likely to find much cheaper rides. Moreover, they tend to have better labor conditions for riders than other companies, as Bolt has low commission fees. 

You can find all kinds of rides at different price points, such as Bolt Pet, Bolt Economy, Bolto Electric, and Bolt Wheelchair. 

Bolt also has scooters and e-bikes that you can rent. However, their carsharing service is not available in Portugal.

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While still a small app, MyCNAIM is set to be one of the most useful for immigrants, refugees, and/or EU citizens in Portugal, developed by the National Support Centres for Migrants’ Integration (CNAIM). The app is supposed to work as a complement to the in-person services provided by the High Commission for Migration. The app comes in Portuguese, English, and Arabic. 

The app allows migrants to access information on “the legal framework for entry and stay in Portugal, requests for international protection, access to Portuguese nationality, housing, work, health, education, equivalence and recognition of academic qualifications, learning Portuguese, among other useful information related to their integration in Portugal,” according to the government.

MyCNAIM also gives access to the Online Portuguese Platform website, the complaint form of the Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination, and the Welcome Kit for Refugees.

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The 10 Best Hotels In Lisbon

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L isbon's rich cultural heritage and beautiful cityscape—the city was famously built on seven hills—are a magnet for travelers from around the globe. From its narrow cobblestone streets lined with Portuguese “pastelarias” (pastry shops) to its independent boutiques and small restaurants serving the freshest catch of the day, Old World charm can be found on every corner. Meanwhile, the city’s contemporary side is reflected in its vibrant culinary scene (over a dozen of its restaurants are Michelin-rated), new museums, art galleries and designer showrooms.

The list of the best hotels in Lisbon has become increasingly competitive, with new properties popping up at a frequent pace and classics undergoing rapid renovations. Newcomer Altis Belém Hotel & Spa has already a loyal clientele, while Santiago de Alfama , a former palace, has been transformed into a sleek luxury escape. The Bairro Alto Hotel emerged from renovations with a trendy rooftop attracting guests and locals alike, while the Four Seasons Ritz is the city's first true luxury property, offering an unparalleled experience honed over decades of welcoming guests. Below, the best hotels in Lisbon in 2024.

Best High-End Hotel In Lisbon: Four Seasons Ritz

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In the sleek lobby, a sophisticated palette of golden yellows highlights a museum-worthy collection of Portuguese mid-century tapestries and paintings.

Four Seasons Ritz

Who Will Love It: Travelers with a taste for all things luxe; lovers of mid-century modern design
All-Star Amenities: Outdoor seasonal pool deck and heated indoor lap pool; a spa; four restaurants and lounges, including a Michelin-starred restaurant; outdoor rooftop running track
What Not To Miss: Dinner at Michelin-starred Cura
Location: Avenidas Novas

Lisbon's Four Seasons outpost may have a brutalist facade, but inside, the hotel is a mid-century dream. Perched on a hill in a quiet neighborhood just a block away from the exquisite Parque Eduardo VII (the city's largest), it affords miles of unobstructed views over Lisbon's cityscape of terracotta rooftops. In the sleek lobby, a sophisticated palette of golden yellows highlights a museum-worthy collection of Portuguese mid-century tapestries, sculptures and oil paintings from some of the country's most renowned artists, like Almada Negreiros, after whom the hotel's elegant lounge was named.

The mid-century aesthetic continues in the guest rooms and suites with clean lines and graphic shapes, clad in sleek furniture with pops of deep greens, blues and orange, all with marble bathrooms and private balconies with expansive views of the city and the park. Speaking of the views, even if working out on vacation is not your thing, you should check out the open-air running track that loops around the expansive rooftop and rewards runners with breathtaking vistas.

The Santiago Suite boasts a modern bathroom with a freestanding tub and rainshower that overlooks the Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora.

Santiago de Alfama

Who Will Love It: Urban dwellers seeking eclectic design and tranquility in one of Lisbon's oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods
All-Star Amenities: All-day restaurant; beauty salon; pillow menu; turndown service; 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi; soaking tubs; rain showers
What Not To Miss: Lunch on the terrace of the hotel's all-day eatery Audrey's, which uses ingredients grown in the property's vegetable garden
Location: Alfama

With as competitive a boutique hotel scene as there is in Lisbon, it takes truly impeccable service and unwavering attention to detail to stand out. Santiago de Alfama, a 19-key stay housed in a former 15th-century workhouse nestled on a quiet cobblestone street in the city's oldest area, has caught the eye of well-heeled travelers with its authenticity, luxury touches, prime location and warm hospitality. While the family-run property has plenty of historic charm—the Roman ruins it sits on are part of the interior—it oozes a serene sense of modernity perfectly in sync in this thousands-year-old neighborhood.

Each guest room is awash in natural light and features original artwork, décor and textiles sourced from as far as India (don’t miss the custom house stationery in every room). Book the Santiago Suite and wake up to spectacular views over Alfama and the Tejo River. There, a modern bathroom with a freestanding bathtub, double vanities and a rainfall shower looks out to a post-card perfect view of the breathtaking Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora.

The hotel's regal interiors are flush with pops of color and original features like crown moldings, patterned ceilings and azulejo tiles.

Palacio das Especiarias

Who Will Love It: History buffs and those with a penchant for period-inspired boutique hotels
All-Star Amenities: Spa; breakfast included in the rate; some rooms have private balconies; a courtyard; curated experiences for hotel guests
What Not To Miss: The hotel's fado dinners are a hit
Location: Baixa-Chiado

Being value-conscious doesn’t have to mean sacrificing character, and this former 16th-century mansion offers both in spades. Guests are transported back to the Age of Discoveries, when Portugal was a maritime power, transforming Lisbon into a cosmopolitan trade center with access to some of the world's rarest metals, precious stones and spices. The hotel's regal interiors are flush with pops of color and original features like crown moldings, patterned ceilings, a grand staircase and azulejo tiles. All 41 rooms have a unique amenity—a freestanding soaking tub, stunning views of the Tagus River or a private balcony. The underground spa, which features a sauna and a Roman bath, whisks guests away into a serene candle-lit setting that completely silences the city's hustle and bustle.

The buzzy fifth-floor eatery is popular among guests for catching up with a glass of wine and light bites while enjoying the beautiful river views.

Bairro Alto Hotel

Who Will Love It: First-time visitors seeking proximity to city landmarks
All-Star Amenities: 24-hour room service; a spa; pillow menu; Le Labo toiletries; valet parking; gym; balconies
What Not To Miss: Sundowners at the rooftop with views over the city and the Tagus River
Location: Bairro Alto

Lisbon's original five-star boutique hotel was given a major upgrade in 2019 and now boasts 87 guest rooms housed in several historic ochre-hued buildings overlooking busy Praça Luís de Camões at the heart of downtown. Classic elegance rooted in Portuguese arts and crafts blended with modern comforts and amenities creates a tranquil yet upscale ambiance. The Chiado suite, with a separate living room and work areas and a sophisticated palette of terracotta and deep blues (not to mention the unobstructed views over the square), is definitely worth the splurge. The renovation, led by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Souto de Moura, also updated the hotel's food and beverage venues. The buzzy fifth-floor Bahr & Terrace is an all-day eatery popular among guests and locals for catching up with a glass of wine and light bites while enjoying the beautiful river views.

The property's seasonal outdoor pool and bar are a popular hangout spot during the warmer months.

Olissippo Lapa Palace

Who Will Love It: Couples and travelers seeking serenity and privacy
All-Star Amenities: 24-hour room service; a full-service spa; indoor and outdoor pools; gym; soundproof rooms, Tesla car charger
What Not To Miss: Dinner at the terrace of Lapa Restaurant with views of the river
Location: Lapa

Tucked away on a hill in Lisbon's aristocratic neighborhood of Lapa, where embassies and palaces line the quaint streets, this grand 19th-century estate captivates guests with its regal interiors and lush gardens once roamed by the country's noblemen. Guest rooms, divided into three wings, are lavishly furnished with neo-classical pieces and Vista Alegre porcelain, but modern touches abound, too—marble bathrooms with double vanities and soaking tubs (some have hot tubs), L'Occitane toiletries, plush bathrobes and balconies with views over the Tagus River and the hotel's gardens. The property's seasonal outdoor pool and bar are a popular hangout spot during the warmer months, surrounded by lush plants, adding a feeling of privacy to the property. Another pool, this one indoor, is located at the spa level of the resort, where guests will also find a Turkish bath and a sauna.

Parents can leave their children in the kids' club and explore the area's many bars and restaurants.

Martinhal Lisbon Oriente

Who Will Love It: Families and multi-generational groups of travelers who plan to explore the family-friendly side of Lisbon
All-Star Amenities: Fully-equipped kitchens; separate living room areas; balconies with views; cribs; indoor and outdoor pools; gym; kids club and play area; workspaces
What Not To Miss: A splash day by the pools
Location: Park of Nations

In 1998, Lisbon hosted the World Expo in an area along the Tagus River, just north of its historic downtown. After the event, the Parque das Nações (Park of the Nations) district was further revitalized with residential buildings and businesses and is now one of the most modern and family-friendly parts of the Portuguese capital. The contemporary Martinhal Lisbon Oriente sits in the middle of it all, within walking distance from some of the area's most notable museums and landmarks, such as the Oceanarium (one of the largest ones in Europe), the Pavilion of Knowledge (essentially, a science museum), many parks and sports facilities and a cable car.

Together with its perfect location, the property also offers everything families might need during their stay—the spacious apartment-like accommodations have modern interiors and kitchens and boast floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views over the district. Parents can leave their children in the kids' club and explore the area's many bars and restaurants (or catch a concert in the nearby MEO arena) or the whole family can spend an afternoon soaking up Vitamin D by the pools. Kids too tired to eat out? The property's on-site all-day restaurant serves Mediterranean and South Asian dishes and has a special menu for infants and toddlers.

In this stunning 18th-century building, guests are surrounded exclusively by furniture, textiles, bed linens and artwork produced in Portugal.

The Lumiares Hotel & Spa

Who Will Love It: Art and design enthusiasts excited to explore Portugal's creative scene
All-Star Amenities: Spa with a steam room and a sauna; a gym; a rooftop bar; a coffee shop; custom artwork and furniture made in Portugal; Claus Porto soaps; apartment-like guest rooms with kitchenettes and living rooms
What Not To Miss: Cocktails on the rooftop enjoying the spectacular views

This fantastic 47-key five-star boutique stay highlights Portuguese design. From the moment guests set foot in the bold black-and-white checkered lobby floor of the stunning 18th-century building, they are surrounded by furniture, textiles, bed linens, artwork, and even bath soap produced in Portugal. As a result, the property has a very homey, cozy feeling, as if you're moving into your private Portuguese home that happens to be in one of Lisbon's hippest neighborhoods. While there certainly isn't a bar and restaurant shortage in Bairro Alto, you might find yourself spending the evenings at the hotel's rooftop, contemplating life as the city unravels before your eyes. Also nice: the hotel's spa might not be the largest, but the intimate facility is big enough to help you relax and recharge after a day of sightseeing.

Head to the rooftop swimming pool and spend a lazy afternoon enjoying refreshing dips and beautiful views over the neighborhood.

EPIC Sana Lisboa

Who Will Love It: Travelers craving resort-like amenities and pampering wellness experiences
All-Star Amenities: Soundproof rooms; massive bathrooms with bathtubs and walk-in showers; Nespresso coffee machines; 24-hour gym access; full-service spa; rooftop pool; outdoor terrace with bar service
What Not To Miss: Brunch at the award-winning Flor de Lis restaurant
Location: Amoreiras

After roaming the steep cobblestone streets of Lisbon for hours, any traveler deserves some R&R, and EPIC Sana Lisboa has over 18,000 square feet worth of it. As the home of one of the city's largest spas, the property offers an unrivaled wellness experience and a convenient location blocks away from Parque Eduardo VII and the renowned Avenida da Liberdade. An earthy palette of soothing beiges, browns and warm wood accents greets guests in the expansive spa and wellness center, which boasts a serene indoor pool with water cascades and a spacious relaxation area with loungers. Spend some time at the sauna and Turkish bath steam room before jumping in the ice fountain for an invigorating and detoxifying therapy. Craving some Vitamin D? Head to the rooftop swimming pool and spend a lazy afternoon enjoying refreshing dips and beautiful views over the neighborhood.

The renovated Sky Bar at the hotel's rooftop boasts unobstructed views of the entire city, remaining one of Lisbon's best—and chicest.

Tivoli Avenida da Liberdade

Who Will Love It: Luxury travelers, business travelers and guests who want to stay near designer boutiques and enjoy high-end amenities
All-Star Amenities: Anantara spa; concierge; an outdoor pool with a pool bar; rooftop; complimentary Wi-Fi; children's welcome amenity; valet parking; gym
What Not To Miss: Cocktails and live music at the rooftop bar
Location: Avenida da Liberdade

This stately hotel is an institution in Lisbon, sitting on one of the city's most exclusive stretches of real estate—Avenida da Liberdade. Its grand lobby, with its high ceilings and rich navy blue and golden touches, sets the stage for a memorable stay, whether you're in town for business or leisure. With a large variety of room categories that run the gamut from standard superior to spacious family suites and the palatial presidential penthouse, the property caters to all types of travelers, with the amenities and dining venues to match—the street-level cervejaria offers casual Portuguese fare and seafood, while the coffee shop is the perfect stop for an afternoon pick-me-up. The renovated Sky Bar at the hotel's rooftop might be the most popular venue frequented by locals and guests. Offering unobstructed views of the entire city, it remains one of Lisbon's best—and most stylish.

Each of the 50 guestrooms references places around the globe where the country's explorers have sailed to during the Age of Discoveries.

Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

Who Will Love It: Architecture lovers and foodies
All-Star Amenities: Michelin-starred restaurant; sun deck with river and monument views; rooftop; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; exclusive spa brand partnerships; personal training classes and gym
What Not To Miss: Dinner with a wine pairing at Feitoria, the hotel's signature restaurant along the Tagus River
Location: Belém

With its many monuments, museums, and grand palaces, the Belém district is one of the most scenic areas of Lisbon, nestled along the Tagus River, a short 10-minute train ride from the city's bustling downtown. It is also a much quieter and more serene alternative to the crowd-packed streets of its more central neighborhoods, where travelers enjoy scenic river views and explore its many seafood restaurants.

Inspired by Portugal's maritime heritage, also reflected in many of Belém's landmarks, Altis Belém Hotel & Spa delivers a distinctly modern experience rooted in history and traditions. Each of its 50 guest rooms references places around the globe where the country's explorers have sailed to during the Age of Discoveries. Striking "lace" panels cover the three-story building's facade and can be adjusted to keep the sun at bay, while the hotel's signature Michelin-starred restaurant serves plates of modern flavors inspired by the country's traditions.

About Dobrina Zhekova, Your Lisbon Guide

I am a travel journalist with over a decade of editorial experience in print and digital media in Europe and the U.S, including bylines in Travel + Leisure, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, Sunset, Departures, RobbReport, InStyle, Vogue and many more. I am an expert on all things luxury travel, art, architecture and design—from the newest 5-star resort in Bora Bora to the latest immersive exhibition in Paris. I originally hail from Bulgaria and have extensive experience traveling throughout Europe. In particular, I have spent significant time in Lisbon, which I consider a second home.

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I published my first blog post on the 30th of May, 2014. It was memory-based and told the story of my trip to Barcelona two years before with my son, then 13.

Tripper is one of those projects I no longer enjoy working on.

I am forever grateful for the clients and work it brought me, for the interviews on overtourism in Lisbon for international newspapers, magazines, podcasts, and television channels. So, because of all this, I pondered for a few weeks. Killing your darlings is never easy, believe me. But it’s time.

Partly because I found joy in writing horror fiction in Portuguese, and that’s what I’ve been doing the most in the last year. Partly, some of the blog posts I put together will be outranked by other posts that look like mine with added information and slight twists. Not the bloggers’ fault; it’s how it works in the world of professional blogging.

I’m glad it happened because it made me realize why I was no longer enjoying keeping up this travel blog.

I love writing about travel for the discovery of a new destination, for the people I can connect with, and for the culture I can learn about. And Tripper was no longer that.

And as I analyzed whether I should keep Tripper up, one of the thoughts that kept popping up was, “but what will happen to my monthly readers”? I was comfortably numb to this insane idea that I had thousands of loyal monthly readers. No. I had thousands of monthly readers; they weren’t loyal. My blog was simply the first result that showed up on their Google page. To finally acknowledge I wasn’t abandoning anyone gave me instant relief.

Travel blogging has shifted into something I no longer identify with. Honestly, I don’t know if I ever felt part of it. I love writing, I’m a professional writer and published author now, and I’ll continue to do that. In fiction, in travel, who knows what else. And although Tripper will disappear for good in 2024 (and I won’t be updating it until then), I’ll still be around.

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The 23 Best Travel Apps for Android & iOS

B elow is a great list of the Best Travel Apps  that are the most useful for planning a trip, getting around, finding friends, and saving money along the way. Most apps are free and available for Android and iOS.

Instead of combing through dozens of the latest travel apps to determine which tools are the most useful for travelers, I went to the best source; travel bloggers. I asked some of the most seasoned travel bloggers about their favorite travel app .

23 Best Travel Apps

The world seems to be in the throes of a love affair with Starbucks that just refuses to die. For serious coffee lovers, finding a decent barista-brewed coffee can sometimes be a challenge, especially when you are traveling and don’t know the local area. 

Beanhunter uses GPS to find your location and points you in the direction of the best coffee shops in your area. You can read reviews from coffee gurus who have been there before you, and leave your own reviews for others. The best bit – no chain shops are included on the app; this is for independent, specialty shops only.

—   courtesy of Marianne Rogerson from Mum on the Move    Make sure to Follow her on Instagram @hungrymaz


I work, live and travel in countries that are off the usual travel plans. The problem that I encounter more often is that I have difficulties in finding my way through the country, especially if I am on a road trip, as signs are not very common.

The Internet is not always available, and even when I can find cheap sims or Wi-Fi, the network is almost always really bad. And when I am technologically fine, the problems come with GoogleMaps, which obviously does not show all the tracks in the middle of Uganda or Madagascar. A solution that I found is CityMaps2Go .

It is updated and it works offline. In the free version, you can download all the maps of a country, but for less than 10$ you can have the pro version, with all the world downloadable. And once in a while it is available for free, a very nice deal!

Dosh  is a free app that allows you to save money while traveling. The app promises to put money back in your pocket “auto-magically”. Simply shop as usual and any business also signed up with Dosh, will turn into a cash back bonus.

The app helps you start earning cash back (in the form of Dosh) when you shop at any of their partners that include retail stores, restaurants, and hotels. The cashback (dosh) goes into your DOSH wallet and is easily viewable in the app. Your cashback then converts into real money that you can transfer to your bank or PayPal account.

— courtesy of me; alexa from 52Perfectdays Please follow me on Instagram @52Perfectdays

My favorite and most used travel app has nothing to do with searching for flights or hotels. But, it has everything to do with organizing the chaos that is travel planning and life in general. It’s Evernote , one of the most popular productivity apps on the market. The free version has plenty of features that will help you get organized. Not only can you make typewritten notes and lists, you also have an option to create audio notes (voice recordings), camera notes that let you save a picture directly to your Evernote, and ink notes when you need to make a drawing.

Web clipper browser extension allows you to bookmark and save full web pages (including an option of saving text-only version of a page), emails, PDFs, and images. Free version of Evernote can be used on up to two devices. I like to plan my trips (create lists of must-visit places, must-eat foods, and daily schedules) on my computer. Evernote automatically syncs notes on all devices so when I am out and about I can easily access my notes on the phone.

— courtesy of Yulia Dyukova from  thefoodiemiles.com  Follow her on Instagram @thefoodfamilies

If you’re a wanderer, there’s nothing like the thrill of stumbling upon something amazing. But what about the great things in the other direction, or down another street? That’s where my favorite travel app, Field Trip , comes in. The Field Trip app is filled with information about interesting sights around you from a variety of categories, including architecture, historic places & events, lifestyle, food, drinks, & fun, cool & unique, and art & museums. Field Trip will send you notifications as you move, helping you find cool places to check out. The thrill of finding a fantastic new spot is one of the best parts of traveling. While it’s great to randomly find those yourself, a useful travel app like Field Trip can help you find even more of them.

—   courtesy of Jonathan Sacks – Everybody Hates A Tourist   Please follow him on Instagram @everybodyhatesatourist

I’ve been using Foursquare extensively for years. I’ve found that it’s a lot more unbiased than Yelp is and has better photos. So why do I love using the app for travel? It’s a really intuitive way to find and save different types of list for a place, category, and more. You can also search other users’ list if you don’t have the time to make your own.

It’s also great for on-the-fly suggestions. I’ve found incredible places on accident using the app in multiple cities and not just major ones. This is key when you’re wandering around and #hangry. Another plus about Foursquare is that it connects with Swarm, so that you can always look up that place in that neighborhood in Paris that you went to two years ago! — courtesy of Anna from  www.ventureandeat.com  Follow her on Instagram:  @ventureandeat

While I may be biased,  Get Stoked  is a Thailand-based travel app that my partner and I developed. The idea behind it is that this app allows you to browse through things to do and instantly message companies as soon as you get to a place. We currently have playlists on various things to do in all the main hotspots around Thailand. Instead of leafing through outdated brochures or spending hours reading articles online, you can just open our app and find all our top recommendations on things to do. What I love about the app (if I can say so myself) is the fact that I can instantly message companies to ask them any questions about tour availability. No more walking under the hot sun trying to haggle and bargain! —  courtesy of  Anna Faustino from  www.adventureinyou.com . Follow her on Instagram @adventrurein_you ! 

Google Maps

There is only one app that I repeatedly use across all the countries that we visit:  Google Maps . Prior to travelling anywhere I “favourite” key places of interest that we may like to visit on our adventure so it’s ready to go when we land. Google Maps also has the key ability of providing local transport options. Worried about it chewing up your data? You can download some country maps in advance as well. I found Google Maps most useful on our trip to Japan where the train stations can be very confusing. This app not only lets you know when the train is coming but identifies the platform and has it colour coded too so there’s not getting lost. It’s brilliant and so easy to use – even my 8 year old can work it! — courstesy of Leah from the Kid Bucket List  Follow her on Instagram  @thekidbucketlist

Google Translate

Google Translate is a must have travel app when you are traveling to a place where you can’t speak or read the language.  If you want to communicate with someone in a foreign language, you can type something and Google Translate will translate it to one of 103 languages.  The other person can either read the translation on your phone or there is a voice that says what you wrote in their language.  You can even draw characters instead of using your keyboard for most of the languages.

The app offers additional cool and useful features for some of the languages including the ability to use your camera to translate text instantly and two-way automatic speech translation.  Google Translate can even be used offline by downloading language packs ahead of time. —   courtesy of Patti from The Savvy Globetrotter  Follow her on Twitter @   https://twitter.com/savvyglobetrot


HotelTonight is one of my favorite travel apps for finding and booking last minute hotel deals.  Hotel deals are exclusively available on the app – you cannot search for or book hotels on their website. HotelTonight is able to offer lower rates because they work with hotels that give them last minute discounts on their empty rooms.   The app is fast and simple to use with categories (like basic, hip and luxe) to make it easy to find a hotel in your budget.  As the name implies, you can book a room for the same night, but they also offer discounted hotels up to week in advance. — Matilda from The Travel Sisters  https://twitter.com/travel_sisters

Our favorite travel app is Instagram . Whilst it’s more famous as a social media app, we’ve found it one of the most invaluable apps for getting inspiration for our travel planning as well as with connecting with locals in that destination or fellow travelers. We always check out the hashtag or geo location of the place we want to visit, which helps us get an idea of what the highlights are and also, gives us inspiration of what sort of photos/poses we want to take. We also found fellow travelers do the same thing and we’ve reached out and made many new friends with them. We also love to meet locals when we travel, particularly in the gay community. Often, the local LGBT communities will have their own hashtag and have found this a great way to connect with them. Our use of Instagram has flourished since we began our travels and we highly recommend it to all travelers to use. —  courtesy of Stefan and Sebastien from  nomadicboys.com . Follow them on Instagram @nomadicboy s

Everyone’s got their fun travel apps (myself included) but at the end of the day when you’re gallivanting around the world you’ve got to keep your s**t safe. My number one app rec? KeepSafe . It’s a FREE password protected app that allows you to store photos, documents and more. I highly recommend taking photos of your passport, birth certificate, credit cards, and anything else of importance, and locking them in them in the KeepSafe “vault”, ensuring you have access to all of your important personal information. And if your phone gets jacked? Your information is safe and password protected. I use the free version, but for a couple bucks you also have the option to upgrade to premium. Must have! Travel on Nomads!  —  courtesy of Aaron Radcliffe from NomadsNation.com & Please follow on Instagram   @aaronradcliffe_nomadsnation

If you haven’t heard already, there is an amazing app called  Maps.Me   which allows you to download maps and use them offline  FOR FREE . They have detailed maps from all over the world so you only download what you need – and you can even do responsive, A to B directions on them! You can wave goodbye to the GPS charge car hire companies try and stick you with – and have no worries at all about racking up a huge data bill. Maps. me is the best map app you could ever have!” — courtesy of Vicki Garside from  maketimetoseetheworld.com  Follow her on Instagram @maketimetoseetheworld

Period Tracker

One of my favorite travel apps is for the solo female travelers! Travel can wreck havoc on your menstrual cycle sometimes, due to long flights and a change in your diet and exercise regime. Therefore, I love to use Period Tracker to keep track of my monthly cycle. It’s free to download and will tell you when you’re ovulating and when you need to be ready with your feminine hygiene products. It’s a good way to know when you need to be prepared, especially if you’re going to be in the backcountry camping or going on a long hike. — courtesy of  Alice Teacake from  www.teacaketravels.com  Follow her on Instagram @teacaketravels

When I’m checking into my flight online I always like to look at one of my favorite travel apps, SeatGuru to work out where the best place on each flight is to sit. Each airline has different aircraft models and seat layouts. By using Seatguru the app allows me to locate the best seat location with insider tips from frequent flyers. I love how the app is kept up-to-date to ensure the best information is available. Especially when a flight is longer than three hours its great to get advice such as seats that don’t decline, locations for power plugs and notes such as if the seat is by a toilet and would cause noise. The perfect app for smart travelers that like to plan ahead and travel in comfort. —   courtesy of Dave Brett from Travel Dave UK . Follow him on Instagram

I couldn’t travel with Spotify premium. I need music on tap to be the soundtrack of my trips. Luckily for me, my husband makes playlists for everywhere we go and with Spotify you can follow them (you can too @ Craig Armit). No 3G? No problem! Spoty let’s you download to your phone or device in WiFi and use out with. Need new music? They also create a weekly ‘Discovery’ playlists for you of music similar to what you’ve been listening to. No inspiration? Just browse the themed Spotify playlists – Indie, Sunday chill, summer vibes, wedding playlists, etc. Podcasts are also available. All of this is included in your monthly payment, no wonder Taylor Swift came grovelling back to Team Spotify! — Gemma from www.twoscotsabroad.com  Follow her on Instagram @twoscotsabroad


TraffickCam is an app that enables travelers to help combat sex trafficking around the world. After downloading the app you can upload photos of the hotel rooms you stay in while traveling. The app asks for the hotel name, room number, and up to four photos. They recommend taking two photos of the entire room from varying locations, one picture from the foot of the bed, and one photo of the bathroom from the doorway. Traffickers typically post photos of their victims in hotel rooms for advertisements to online trafficking sites. The photographs you upload on the TraffickCam app can be used to help find those in sex trafficking rings. Once you’ve uploaded your photos to TraffickCam, it is saved in a database so that investigators can easily search and match images with those posted on trafficking sites. —  courtesy of Logan & Kallsy from Pages of Travel   Follow them on Instagram @pagesoftravel  

Trail Wallet

As a budget traveller, Trail Wallet has to be my absolute favourite travel app. Although I cringed a bit at the $4.99 price tag (your first 25 entries are free, but you have to pay to add more), it has turned out to be worth every single penny. At it’s core, Trail Wallet allows you to set a daily budget, input your spending, and see how much you’ve spent each day and over your whole trip in both your home and the country’s currency. The feature I probably turn the most often too, though, is the pie chart, which shows how much you’ve spent in one of any number of categories. The app is also highly customizable, which means no matter what kind of traveller you are it can work for you. — courtesy of Addie from AddieAbroad.com  Follow her on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/addieabroad/


As a budget traveler, Trail Wallet has to be my absolute favorite travel app. Although I cringed a bit at the $4.99 price tag (your first 25 entries are free, but you have to pay to add more), it has turned out to be worth every single penny.

At its core, Trail Wallet allows you to set a daily budget, input your spending, and see how much you’ve spent each day and over your whole trip in both your home and the country’s currency. The feature I probably turn the most often too, though, is the pie chart, which shows how much you’ve spent in one of any number of categories.

The app is also highly customizable, which means no matter what kind of traveler you are it can work for you. — courtesy of Addie from AddieAbroad.com  

One of our recent favorite travel apps is TripHax – a multinational platform for travelers. It provides information that helps travelers to save money, time or to visit interesting places. Every user can upload/share the smart “Hacks” (as we call the pieces of advice) and can search for such, uploaded by others.

The most powerful feature is that in return of one uploaded hack users can get plentiful of useful information from every point of the Earth. The platform can function online and offline. Users can save some important hacks for offline usage. Every user can brand their profile page and redirect followers to their personal social media page. That makes it easy to share TripHax content to social media platforms.

We love the platform because it builds a loyal community of travelers, willing to help each other!  — courtesy of  Bistra from  www.themagicoftraveling.com  and follow her on Twitter URL  @tmoftraveling

TripIt is one of my favorite travel apps from the last few years. It not only helps you organize all your travel plans in just one place but as long you give Tripit access to your inbox, all the information related to your upcoming trips such as hotel and flight bookings are automatically pulled from your inbox to your Tripit account. That’s how you can create a master itinerary. With the pro version, you also get notifications of any travel delays and cancellations as well as other important information. I cannot live without it. When traveling I use this app more than my agenda! — courtesy of Inma Gregorio from www.aworldtotravel.com   Please also follow on Instagram @aworldtotravel

Although there are many genuine taxi drivers out there, there are many that prey on tourists. Thankfully, there also Uber . Gone are the days when taxi drivers can say the “meter isn’t working”: with Uber you can now see how much a journey will cost you before you get in. This allows travelers to not only avoid unfair taxi fares, but also to more accurately plan trips and to decide whether it’s worth taking a taxi or another form of transport instead.

 Apps like Uber have raised a lot of concern over safety, but in many ways it’s much safer. With Uber, your taxi trip (including the car’s licence plate) is monitored. You can even set your account up to let a next of kin know whenever you take a trip. And, if you ever forget something in a taxi, you’ll have the contact details for the taxi driver to hand. – –  courtesy of  James Cave from  www.portugalist.com  Please follow him on Facebook @portugalistdotcom

I may very well be the only successful travel blogger in the world who has never owned a smartphone. Fortunately my wife/business partner Mary does, and Waze is the one app we simply cannot live without. How do we love this GPS app?

Let us count the Waze ! First off, it uses user-generated data to tell you the quickest route from point A to point B, adjusting in real-time to accidents, congestion, etc. It finds CRAZY backroad juke moves to avoid traffic (which we loathe), and has even introduced us to awesome shortcuts in our own area.

Better still, it will alert you to stalled vehicles, objects in the road, and even police speed traps ahead. We’ve been using Waze on all our road trips for the past year, and can’t imagine driving long distances without it. It may even convince me to finally get my own smartphone!  –- – courtesy of Bret Love of Green Global Travel  Follow him on Twitter:  @GreenGlobalTrvl

One of the best ways of experiencing a new destination is by trying the local food. In most of cases, it is best to follow the recommendations of the locals when it comes to where to eat, what to order, etc.

One app that makes this process super simple is – Zomato . Not only can you read the reviews, but you can also read the entire menus of most of the restaurants that are listed on this app.

I love this feature because it gives me the ability to quickly find a restaurant that fits my budget, find walking directions to it, and figure out what to order while I’m there as per the recommendations.  – – courtesy of Sonal Kwatra Paladini of  Drifter Planet  & Please follow on Twitter @DrifterPlanet

There you have it! The  Best Travel Apps  that are the most useful for planning a trip, getting around, finding friends, and saving money along the way. Have a favorite app that isn’t included in our list? Please share it below in the comments!

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  • Best Sites to Find Hotel Deals: Hotels.com and Booking.com
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Below is a great list of the Best Travel Apps that are the most useful for planning a trip, getting around, finding friends, and saving money along the way. Most apps are free and available for Android and iOS. Instead of combing through dozens of the latest travel apps to determine which tools are the most useful...

The best bars and clubs in Lisbon

From rooftop bars to underground speakeasies, explore the city's vibrant nightlife

Praia no Parque - the best bars in Lisbon

Lisbon has a vibrant nightlife scene, which spills onto the cobbled streets of Chiado, watches the dawn come up over the Tagus River and serenades the stars from rooftop bars in the fragrant, warm night air. There are haunts for the young and clubs for the locals; old favourites like O Pavilhão Chinês and newcomers like Praia no Parque, where dinner continues seamlessly from cocktails into dancing. But, wherever you are, Lisbon’s dark, narrow streets, shimmering river and moonlit domed skyline, have a magical, enigmatic quality that gives the night-time city a character all of its own.

Below our expert shares her tips for the city's best bars, while here you can find the rest of our Lisbon guides, including the city's best  hotels ,  restaurants ,  shopping ,  attractions  and how to spend a  weekend in Lisbon . 

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Avenida da liberdade, príncipe real.

In a city of rooftop bars, this claims the top spot for its views of the Lisbon skyline. It is situated on the seventh floor of the Hotel do Chiado, high above the city's rooftops and overlooking the cobbled streets of Chiado, with the Tagus River slipping slowly by in the distance. This hotel was restored some years ago by Pritzker prize-winning architect, Siza Vieira, and the new bar has since become a favourite of the locals. Try the Pink Affair cocktail – an exhilarating concoction of red fruit juice, prosecco and cointreau which is Lisbon’s answer to Venice’s Bellini.

Contact:   hoteldochiado.pt Nearest metro: Baixa-Chiado Prices: ££ Getting in: Reservations recommended

Entretanto, Lisbon

By the Wine

Here, visitors have the chance to try more than 50 wines (by the glass or the bottle) from the cellar of leading vintner, José Maria da Fonseca, in an attractive arched space in the centre of Lisbon. To accompany the wines there is an excellent selection of Portuguese cheeses such as the strong, creamy Azeitão, ham from acorn-fed pigs, and bread and oysters from the southern reaches of the country. Then there's the company's acclaimed sweet wine, Moscatel de Setúbal, to be accompanied by a range of cakes and puddings, making this an ideal place to discover the flavours of Portugal.

Contact: bythewine.pt Nearest metro: Baixa-Chiado Prices: ££ Getting in:  Reservations recommended

By the Wine, Lisbon

Sky Bar Tivoli Liberdade

This hotel sky bar boasts unmissable, far-reaching views over the city and the Tagus River beyond. Sleek and chic, there is a lively vibe and excellent cocktails, from Pepperlines (gin, lime juice, egg white, sugar, pineapple and chilli) to the classic Aperol Spritz. There is live music every night courtesy of the resident DJ, with regular guest performances and other events throughout the summer. The light food plates are delicious, particularly the Sky Sushi with its rolls of avocado, prawn and cucumber, and do try the white fish ceviche with lime and ginger.

Contact: tivolihotels.com Nearest metro: Avenida Prices: ££ Getting in:  Reservations recommended (essential for large groups)

Sky Bar Tivoli Liberdade, Lisbon

Praia no Parque

This is Lisbon’s current hotspot, a beach-themed bar with huge floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake in Eduardo VII Park, hence the name – ' beach in the park'. The previously abandoned Fifties building's vibrant interiors are green and gold in velvet and marble, and it entices with cocktails that range from Wasabi Kick (Grey Goose vodka, wasabi and lime) to Manjerico no Parque (gin, basil, ginger and egg whites) whilst a food menu (with a focus on steak) is also served. . A DJ plays pop and house music as well as some Eighties classics well into the small hours on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Contact:   apraia.pt Nearest metro: Avenida Prices: ££ Getting in:  Reservations recommended

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Inspired by the secret bars of Prohibition-era America, this is Lisbon’s take on a speakeasy, found at basement level behind a locked door and accessed by a bell saying ‘press for cocktails’ – you'll recognise the entrance by the giant model of a red frog on the wall. Inside, the atmosphere draws on the Twenties with elegant and comfortable deco-style chairs and music that ranges from jazz and swing to soul. The extensive cocktail menu, created by acclaimed mixologist, Marian Beke, changes regularly. A private room, accessed through a wall which moves when pushed, is available for private parties.

Contact: redfrog.pt Nearest metro: Avenida Prices: ££

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The Chinese Pavilion (O Pavilhão Chinês)

The five rooms that make up this extraordinary bar, formerly a grocery store from the early 20th century, are filled with thousands of pieces of memorabilia: there are military medals, artworks, uniforms, miniature dolls and toy trains. Located in the ultra fashionable Príncipe Real district, this has become a cult bar for Lisbonites, with a menu of more than 100 cocktails to choose from; a favourite, named after the bar, is made with rum, blue curaçao, lemon and pineapple juice. A pool table is another plus. After 9pm, the door is closed and you need to ring to gain entry.

Contact:  00 351 21 342 4729 Opening times: Mon-Sat, 6pm-2am; Sun, 9pm-2am Nearest metro: Rato Prices: £

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A much loved bar, somewhat similar in concept to an English pub, Foxtrot straddles the seasons with cosy Art Deco interiors complete with fireplaces for winter and a garden for hot summer nights.  Serving cocktails from classic whisky sours to smoked negronis or spiced margaritas, the Foxtrot steak, with a side of chips is also not to be missed.  A favourite for many due to its snooker and billiards.

Contact:   barfoxtrot.pt Nearest metro:  Rato Prices:  £

Memmo Alfama

When that famous Lisbon light is at its most magical and you want to soak it all up away from the crowds with a glass of delicious Portuguese rosé, head to this lovely rooftop bar in Memmo Alfama , buried down a narrow, cobbled street in the the city's ancient Moorish district. The hotel deck is an all-year-round delight; in winter an inviting fire pit allows you to sit out under the inevitable blue skies with a plate of local smoked ham to accompany your wine, while in summer you can dangle your toes in the chicest pool in Lisbon.

Contact:   memmohotels.com Nearest metro: Rossio Prices: £ Getting in: Reservations recommended in summer

Memmo Alfama, Lisbon

The undisputed king of Lisbon nightclubs, this is part-owned by John Malkovich and set in a vast warehouse which flanks the River Tagus. Impressive interiors are illuminated by spotlights and oversized glitter balls, whilst the music comes courtesy of the best DJs in town, not to mention the global artists who regularly make appearances. In all, this one draws the international crowd. Themed parties are often held, you can head to the Lux restaurant, Bica do Sapato, next door to start the evening, and the club's rooftop terrace overlooking the river is often touted as the best place in the city to watch the sun come up.

Contact:   luxfragil.com Prices: ££ Getting in: Free or door charge, depending on how busy it is inside; expect long queues

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Solar eclipse maps show 2024 totality path, peak times and how much of the eclipse people could see across the U.S.

By Aliza Chasan

Updated on: April 9, 2024 / 5:00 AM EDT / CBS News

A total solar eclipse  crossed North America Monday with parts of 15 U.S. states within the path of totality. Maps show  where and when astronomy fans could see the big event  as skies darkened in the middle of the day Monday, April 8.

The total eclipse first appeared along Mexico's Pacific Coast at around 11:07 a.m. PDT, then traveled across a swath of the U.S., from Texas to Maine, and into Canada.

About 31.6 million people live in the path of totality , the area where the moon fully blocked out the sun , according to NASA. The path ranged between 108 and 122 miles wide. An additional 150 million people live within 200 miles of the path of totality.

Solar eclipse path of totality map for 2024

United states map showing the path of the 2024 solar eclipse and specific regions of what the eclipse duration will be.

The total solar eclipse started over the Pacific Ocean, and the first location in continental North America that experienced totality was Mexico's Pacific Coast, around 11:07 a.m. PDT, according to NASA. From there, the path continued into Texas, crossing more than a dozen states before the eclipse enters Canada in southern Ontario. The eclipse exited continental North America at around 5:16 p.m. NDT from Newfoundland, Canada.

The path of totality included portions of the following states:

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Hampshire

Small parts of Tennessee and Michigan also experienced the total solar eclipse.

Several major cities across the U.S. were included in the eclipse's path of totality, while many others saw a partial eclipse. These were some of the best major cities for eclipse viewing — though the weather was a factor :

  • San Antonio, Texas (partially under the path)
  • Austin, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Rochester, New York
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Burlington, Vermont

Map of when the solar eclipse reached totality across its path

The eclipse began in the U.S. as a partial eclipse beginning at 12:06 p.m. CDT near Eagle Pass, Texas, before progressing to totality by about 1:27 p.m. CDT and then moving along its path to the northeast over the following few hours.

Eclipse map of totality

NASA shared times for several cities in the path of totality across the U.S. People could have also  checked their ZIP code on NASA's map  to see when the eclipse was to reach them if they were on, or near, the path of totality — or if they saw a partial eclipse instead.

How much of the eclipse did people see if they live outside the totality path?

While the April 8 eclipse covered a wide swath of the U.S., outside the path of totality observers may have spotted a partial eclipse, where the moon covers some, but not all, of the sun, according to NASA. The closer they were to the path of totality, the larger the portion of the sun that was hidden.

NASA allowed viewers to input a ZIP code and see how much of the sun was to be covered in their locations.

Could there be cloud cover be during the solar eclipse?

Some areas along the path of totality had a higher likelihood of cloud cover that could interfere with viewing the eclipse. Here is a map showing the historical trends in cloud cover this time of year. 

You could have checked the latest forecast for your location with our partners at The Weather Channel .

United States map showing the percent of cloud cover in various regions of the eclipse path on April 8. The lakeshore region will be primarily affected.

Where did the solar eclipse reach totality for the longest?

Eclipse viewers near Torreón, Mexico, got to experience totality for the longest. Totality there lasted 4 minutes, 28 seconds, according to NASA. 

Most places along the centerline of the path of totality saw a totality duration of between 3.5 and 4 minutes, according to NASA. Some places in the U.S. came close to the maximum; Kerrville, Texas, had a totality duration of 4 minutes, 24 seconds.

What is the path of totality for the 2044 solar eclipse?

The next total solar eclipse that will be visible from the contiguous U.S. will be on Aug. 23, 2044.

Astronomy fans in the U.S. will have far fewer opportunities to see the 2044 eclipse they had on April 8. NASA has not yet made maps available for the 2044 eclipse but, according to The Planetary Society , the path of totality will only touch three states.

The 2024 eclipse will start in Greenland, pass over Canada and end as the sun sets in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, according to the Planetary Society.

Map showing the path of the 2044 total solar eclipse from Greenland, Canada and parts of the United States.

Aliza Chasan is a digital producer at 60 Minutes and CBSNews.com. She has previously written for outlets including PIX11 News, The New York Daily News, Inside Edition and DNAinfo. Aliza covers trending news, often focusing on crime and politics.

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