Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to Lisbon

Lisbon-Azenhas-do-MarWhere the River Tagus flows into the Atlantic Ocean sits Portugal’s historical capital of Lisbon. Built on seven hills, the city offers magnificent viewpoints from which to marvel at the far horizons that intrigued 16th century explorers like Magellan and Vasco Da Gama.

Lisbon is the largest city of Portugal and enchants any traveller with its relaxed charm, intimate alleyways, and bleached white limestone buildings. It is a popular destination throughout the year.

Lisbon and its surroundings offer a wide choice of hotels. Accommodation can be found in the form of budget niche hotels to hotel resorts to state of the art five-star hotels. For younger travellers, youth hostels and numerous camping places can be found throughout Portugal.

Top Lisbon Attractions

Lisbon-Tower-Of-Belem-SunsetThe stunning churches of Santa Engracia and Sao Vicente de For are architectural highlights within comfortable walking distance of Castelo and Mouraria. The nearby Graca is absolutely worth a visit too.

Mafra is the largest religious monument in Portugal. It is a convent/palace that was built during the 1700s. It comprises a basilica, bell tower, magnificent library and royal apartments.

Our Lady of Fatima Basilica is an important centre of pilgrimage within Catholicism. It stands at the spot where Lady Mary appeared to three shepherd boys in 1917.

Obidos is a tiny town where colourful bougainvilleas brighten up whitewashed houses. Tall medieval walls completely enclose the town. The castle with its massive towers is now a stylish pousada.

Churches in Obidos include the 18th century Sao Pedro, the Misericordia (built from the 15th to the 18th centuries), the Renaissance church of Santa Maria that houses the art collection of Josefa d’Obidos, and the Romanesque/Gothic church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo.

The monastery of Jeronimos is another attraction that you should not miss, while the 16th century tower of Belem, at the entrance to the city from the river Tagus offers amazing views over Lisbon and the surrounding area.

Mosaic pavements and tiled facades will lead you to fantastic museums including the National Tile museum -housed in a former convent in baroque style, the Roman Theatre Archaeological Museum and the Centro de Arte Moderna which has an impressive collection of modern artworks on display. And just riding through the architectural splendour of Lisbon’s metro stations feels like riding through a real museum.

Quelez was a summer palace for Portuguese kings during the 1700s. There are beautiful rambling gardens with sculptures and lakes.


Lisbon’s nightlife is considered to be among the best in Europe. The Portuguese take pleasures in long dinners with exquisite Portuguese food and good conversation to the tones of traditional Fado music. Creative international fusion cuisine, great cafes in Chiado and Baixa, music bars, dance clubs and large concert venues at Culturegest or the Caloust Gulbenkian Museum add up to wonderful nights out in this brilliant historic capital.

Lisbon Hotels

Lisbon accommodation features a wide and plentiful hotel offering throughout. Cheap hotels in Lisbon could include the home-like hostels called Residencials that are found everywhere in most towns and cities. On the more opulent side of hotels, a traveller can opt to stay in a pousada that is usually set in a monastery, palace, castle or monument that can be found close to Lisbon. Solares is a type of villa or manor type accommodation that is usually relatively affordable.

Getting around by car

Lisbon Airport to Lisbon: 13 min (5.9 km) via Av. Alm. Gago Coutinho and Av. Alm. Reis

Porto to Lisbon: 13 min (5.9 km) via Av. Alm. Gago Coutinho and Av. Alm. Reis

Faro to Lisbon: 2 h 33 min (278.0 km) via A2

Madrid to Lisbon: 5 h 37 min (628.9 km) via A-5

Accommodation, driving and car rental

At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team


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