Lisboa - Center

Lisbon: the city of seven hills is really 'cool'

If you are just passing through or thinking about staying for a few days, the Lisbon Youth Hostel is a sure bet. It is strategically located in the city centre, in other words, you can get anwhere in the blink of an eye, either by underground/subway, bus or your own set of wheels.

Here, you can watch colossal concerts, get caught up in electrifying soccer games, take part in colourful festivals, visit amazing exhibitions, sublime shows and much, much more! Just keep your eyes open and be tuned in to what’s happening!!

From the Belém Tower to the Planetarium, or from the Jerónimos Monastery to the Parque das Nações (Park of Nations – the site of Expo’98 which was hosted by the City of Lisbon), from the Moorish São Jorge castle to Bairro Alto, or from Avenida 24 de Julho to the docks, the Belém Cultural Centre or Praça do Município (Town Hall Square) ... it’s best to come with plenty of time and a city guide!


Light, History, Culture, Sun, Animation and a Youth Hostel right in the centre. Why wait? Come to Lisbon!

In which city the sun shines up to 290 days a year, and where the temperature rarely drops below 15 ° C? What is the ideal city for all kind of tourism - sun and beach, historical-cultural, religious, nautical, gastronomic, etc., etc., etc.? What city is famous for its hospitality? We could continue with the questions, but there is nothing to guess. We we're talking about Lisbon.

In Portugal capital, the Youth Hostel is very central, just a five minute walk from the Marquis of Pombal and 20 minute for the historic center. The subway is right outside the Youth Hostel (station: Picoas) and it’s a good starting point for exploring the entire city.

To visit Lisbon, you may do a walking tour. Start in Marquis of Pombal, where there’s a garden, Parque Eduardo VII, here you can relax in the grass, or even visit a Greenhouse (Estufa Fria)

After the relaxation, you can go along the Avenida da Liberdade to the Historical Center; any resemblance to the Champs Elysées in Paris is not pure coincidence. If you look at the surroundings, Avenue buildings and shops are Art Nouveau - Rivoli Theater, São Jorge Cinema. Around the Avenida, you have several attractions: Glória Tram (to get to Bairro Alto), Príncipe Real Garden, and Botanic Garden or, São Lázaro Tram, which puts you in the Campo das Mártires da Pátria.

As soon as you arrive at Restauradores, you’ll find the Rossio Railway Station, one of the most beautiful in the world; there you can catch the train on a half an hour trip, to Sintra, which is known for its wonderful gardens and palaces.

In Sintra you can visit the Moorish Castle, Quinta da Regaleira, Quinta de Monserrate, the National Palace of Sintra and the Capuchos Convent. In the village, you can also visit the vineyards and wineries of Colares wine or even go to the most Westerly  point of Continental Europe, Cabo da Roca. Ah! Do not leave Sintra without visiting “Casa Piriquita”, the pastry shop, and try some Travesseiros and Quejadas de Sintra.

But let's go back to Lisbon, where we were. You can continue descending to Tagus River and entering the Baixa Pombalina, it was built following an earthquake, tsunami and a fire, that destroyed Lisbon in 1755. There, you’ll find a traditional trading area with some of the best shops in the country.

Look for the Santa Justa Elevator, built by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, and go up to  Carmo Church ruins. Alternatively, continue to Terreiro do Paço, where you can visit the Arch and see Lisbon 360 degrees.

Next to the Tagus River, walk through Ribeira das Naus, and enjoy the view, it’s a beautiful sunset with the bridge and Cristo Rei. At the end of all this walk, you deserve to recharge your batteries at Confraria Nacional, where you can choose all the sweet delicacies of Lisbon.

In Martim Moniz square, we advise you to take the 28 tram, which takes you on a trip through some of the most typical Lisbon neighborhoods. You can sit at the window and admire the Graça, the Voz do Operário, Portas do Sol, Alfama, the Santa Luzia view-point, São Jorge Castle, Cathedral, Chiado, Bica tram, Basilica and Estrela Garden. The route ends on Campo de Ourique neighborhood, where Fernando Pessoa House is located.

Tired out? I hope not. There is still so much to see! In front of the Youth Hostel, you can catch a bus to Belém. There are many interesting points - National Coach Museum, the Republic Presidency Museum, The Electricity Museum, Botanic Tropical Garden, Jeronimos Monastery, Navy Museum, Planetarium, Monument of the Discoveries and Belém Tower. If you continue along the catwalk you arrive in Algés, and visit Vasco da Gama Aquarium.

Don’t forget about the Portuguese food! In Belém there’s Fábrica dos Pastéis de Belém, you have to give it a try. They are delicious. The best thing to do, is to get some for the return trip.

In Youth Hostel you can catch the subway to Lisbon Zoo and watch a show with the dolphins. Or go to the Parque das Nações and visit the Thematic Gardens before entering the Oceanarium,  Knowledg Pavilion or attend a beautiful concert at the Altice Arena.

If you like to go to the beach, we advise you to take a bus towards Costa da Caparica. And if time permits, take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean or practice some sports activities. Return to the 25 Abril Bridge and try to discover the dolphins, they are increasingly in Lisbon.

Lisbon nightlife starts by having dinner at Ribeira Market. After a good meal, head to Cais do Sodré or Bairro Alto. You will find an electric atmosphere in the street. To dance you have the nightclubs in the Santos area or the Lx Factory.

Lisbon has a lot to visit. Stay for awhile! At the Youth Hostel we’ll be happy to suggest new experiences every day.

Did you know that Time Out London has just considered Lisbon one of the best cities to visit? That's right, after Chicago and Melbourne and before New York. Why wait?

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Points of interest

» Arte Urbana (Picoas)
» Área comercial (centros comerciais, restaurantes,supermercado)
» Parque Eduardo VII e Jardim Botânico
» Castelo de São Jorge
» Baixa/Chiado
» Museu de Arte Antiga
» Museu dos Coches
» Museu da Electricidade
» Centro Cultural de Belém
» Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
» Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
» Terreiro do Paço
» Mercado da Ribeira
» Museu/Jardim Gulbekian
» Museu do Oriente
» Parque das Nações (Oceanário, Meo Arena, Casino de Lisboa)
» Elevador Santa Justa

Theme parks

» Jardim Zoológico – Sete Rios
» Jardim Botânico da Ajuda
» Estufa Fria (Parque Eduardo VII)
» Escape The Room
» Observatório Astronómico - Ajuda

Places for sports practice

» Monsanto
» Piscinas Municipais (Lisboa)
» Jardim do Campo Grande
» Hipódromo do Campo Grande
» Campo Universitário de Lisboa

Leisure places nearby

» Piscina Oceânica de Oeiras
» Campo de Ténis do Campo Grande


» Monsanto
» Tapada da Ajuda
» Quinta das Conchas e dos Lilases

Internet spots

» Forum Picoas

Events and festivities

» Festas de Lisboa (mês de Junho)
» Outjazz (de Maio a Outubro)
» Festivais de Verão (SBSR;NOS Alive…)

Night life

» Bairro Alto
» Cais do Sodré
» Santos
» Alcantara (Docas)


» Bacalhau com Natas
» Caldo Verde
» Canja
» Sardinhas Assadas
» Cozido à Portuguesa

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