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Destination Guide: Lisbon

Golden seafaring past, nostalgic fado singers and riverfront terraces
Find shady viewpoints in Lisbon's steep-sided historic centre, or explore the futuristic Nations' Park. See Almada's towering Cristo Rei statue and Lisbon's red-roofed skyline from Tagus riverboats.

Food and Drink

Stop at ornate cafés or sample Portuguese fish dishes. Creamy coffee and egg tarts fill tile-clad cafés from Belem to the Bairro Alto. Devour traditional salt-cod fish and meaty platters, or contemporary fusion creations. Choose Alcântara and Nations' Park for riverfront terraces, or sip ginginha cherry brandy aperitifs in the Baixa.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Ride trams along cobbled streets and explore Lisbon's architecture. Crowned by St George's Castle, the ancient Alfama faces Carmo Convent's majestic ruins. Enjoy waterfront walks to see Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery's intricate Manueline carvings. Peruse Old Master triptychs at the National Museum of Ancient Art.


Treat yourself to designer fashion and Portuguese crafts. Find traditional azulejos tiles in the Chiado and handmade rugs in Rato. Stroll Avenida da Liberdade for exclusive stores and Baixa for local designers, shoes and jewellery. Everything is under one roof at the ultra-modern Vasco da Gama Centre in Nations' Park.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Immerse yourself in emotive fado music or classical sounds. Choose Bairro Alto and Alfama fado restaurants for traditional Portuguese music, or renowned orchestras at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The Belem Cultural Centre is a jazz and dance hotspot, while media types drift upriver for Alcântara's cocktails and clubs.