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Lisbon Guide

Lisbon is a trendy, cosmopolitan and beautiful city which provides the perfect antidote to more bold and brash sunny seaside resorts like Magaluf or Benidorm. If you’re keen for a bit of culture, you’ll love it! Here’s our handy guide to the best parts of the city.

Getting In


The best way to get to Lisbon by far is by aeroplane and plenty of your favourite budget airlines fly in from airports around the country, making it both time and cost effective. You’ll land in the Aeropuerto da Portela which is easily reached from and to the city centre by public transport by day and taxi by night. Take the ‘Aerobus’, metro or a taxi – although they’re best avoided as they can be pretty expensive.


It is possible to take the Eurostar and then trains through France, Spain and Portugal – but take it from us, you’ll be travelling for a while!


Plenty of ferries leave from Southampton and Portsmouth to the north of Spain, so you could access the continent this way but once again, it’s time consuming and can be pretty expensive.


Many Portuguese people, particularly Lisboetas, speak great English and also Spanish which is helpful if you know a few words in this language and so it’s not essential to know a lot of Portuguese but a quick crash course in some greetings and pleasantries is polite and fun! It’s pretty similar to Spanish which makes learning it both more difficult and simpler in equal measure…

Hello – Ola
How are you? – Como estas?
What’s your name? – Como te chamas?
My name is – Chamo me
Please – Por favor
Thank-you – Obrigada
You’re welcome – De nada
Yes – Sim
Não – no
I’m sorry – Desculpa
Good morning – Bom dia
I’m lost – Estou perdida
Do you serve alcohol? – Servim álcol?
A glass of re/white wine please – Um copo de vinho tinto/branco por favor
Cheers! – Saúde
I love you – Amo
Adoro! – I love it!
Que gostoso! – How delicious!
Legal! – Cool!

Local Foods

There’s some delicious dishes to be had in Lisbon, so make sure you try out these fantastic delicacies whilst you’re visiting!


All across Portugal, shellfish and seafood in general is really popular as it is or in a variety of traditional dishes and as you and the girls will be right on the coast in Lisbon, be sure to try as much as you can fresh from the sea!

Portuguese Custard Tarts or Pastel de Nata

It’s not difficult to tell that this is a dish exclusive to Portugal and these bad boys are absolutely delicious. Be sure to pick up hot, fresh tarts from bakeries all around the city – you’ll be able to sniff them out by their delicious cinnamon and vanilla smell!

Piri Piri

Experiencing a massive surge of popularity in the UK right now, taste some of this firey and tasty spice on just about everything from fish and meat to side dishes and get a real taste of Portugal.


Exclusive to Lisbon especially, red mullet feeds on the seaweed in the local harbour and makes it absolutely delicious. East in just about every restaurant on every street – fresh and gorgeous.

Because the best things in life are free…    

Museu Colecao Berardo

Known in English as the Berardo Collection, this free to enter art gallery. There’s a variety of different styles and sculpture on offer from pop art, hyper realism and body art to cubism and digital art and it’s really well worth a look whilst you’re sightseeing. See original Picassos, Dalis, Rothko and Warhol!

Sunday Sweets

All the biggest attractions in the city require an entry fee but loads of them are free to enter on Sunday mornings. See the Museu Nacional de Azulejo, the Mostiero dos Jeronimos and the Torre de Belem all for nothing.

Beach Bums

There’s so much to see in the city in Lisbon that it’s sometimes difficult to remember there are beaches to enjoy too! See Estoril and Cascais for a glam experience where you can flaunt it in your bikini with pride!

FCO travel advice

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