Portugal's capital city is one of the oldest cities in the world, having been continuously populated since 1,200 BC. More than a quarter of the country's population live within the city and its wider metropolitan area. Lisbon has for centuries been a city of global significance - from its glory days of global exploration to its modern day status as a global city. As well as being one of Europe's major economic centres it has a thriving trade in tourism, with more than 1.5 million visiting each year. Lisbon's famous landmarks cover many centuries: from the Moorish Castelo de São Jorge and elegant 17th century Fronteira Palace, to 20th century classics like the stunning 25 de Abril suspension bridge and the Monument to the Discoveries. The city has an abundance of quality restaurants and bars, excellent shopping facilities (from designer, to craft, to every-day shopping), and a thriving arts scene.
One of the joys of Lisbon is that there are so many vantage points offered by its hilly terrain. Lisboans have capitalised on this by creating superb viewing areas like the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (a pretty terrace garden, looking out high over Bairro Alto) and Miradouro da Senhora do Monte (the highest viewing area, with the widest field of sight). As would be expected of such an old city, there is history on almost every corner and must see buildings like the 16th century Church of São Roque (home of the world's most expensive chapel) and 12th century Cathedral of Saint Mary Major (Sé de Lisboa). This history has led to the establishment of many high quality museums, covering all interests - the Gulbenkian Museum, for example, has a fine collection of art from the ancient civilisations of the world, European art by some of the most well known of the old masters, and a modern art gallery within the same grounds.
Each year Lisbon holds a number of summer festivals and a carnival in February. Families are well catered for whether or not your visit coincides with events like these - the Lisbon Zoo has animal displays, a children's farm, train and cable car rides, and the Oceanário de Lisboa is an aquarium that will not fail to amaze the younger family members. Those who like shopping when on holiday are able to spend hours in Lisbon's 'West End' district of Chiado - where international outlets, quality local traders and high-fashion mix in the most stylish of streets. Lisbon is also a city where quality is a byword for the local restaurants and cafés - whether you are looking for a full meal or just to try Belém's local custard tart treat 'pastel de Belém'.
When to visit Lisbon
Lisbon's Mediterranean like climate makes it a great destination to visit all year round (even in winter, temperatures average out at about 11o Celsius). The high-season of June through August sees the capital at its busiest and of course temperatures at their highest. Shoulder seasons of March to May and September through October are ideal for those who want to avoid extreme heat and crowds and also for those seeking a good deal on the price of their holiday. If you're happy to risk the rain, you can take advantage of excellent low season (November through February) deals and still be confident of mild daytime temperatures.
Getting to and around Lisbon
Until recently the only options for getting from Lisbon Airport into the city were either by bus or by taxi but since July 2012 Lisbon Airport has had its own dedicated metro station, whatever your preferred choice to travel, the journey is quite short because the airport is situated only about 7 kilometres from the city centre. Lisbon is a compact city and often the best way to get around is on foot. Lisbon's busses and trams are very cheap to travel on and although rather slow, they are pretty frequent. The metro system is the best way to get around quickly and taxis, although susceptible to the frequent traffic jams, are reasonably priced.
Where to stay in Lisbon
Staying in one of our Lisbon apartment rentals is a more affordable and authentic experience than hotel accommodation. All our apartments are well equipped and offer the benefits of separate sleeping areas, fully equipped kitchens, privacy and freedom to come and go as you please. They are the perfect alternative to hotels for couples or families. Choose apartments in areas like:
- Castelo, for historic and peaceful surroundings under watch of Castelo de São Jorge;
- Baixa, the bustling downtown area of Lisbon, where careful urban planning balances convenience with stylish architecture;
- Bairro Alto, where the relaxed daytime streets give way to the city's best night-life experiences; or,
- Parque das Nações, with all the best of contemporary architectural design and the best transport connections to the rest of the city.
Loving Apartments are a fantastic choice of accommodation for your weekend city break or longer holiday. Perfect for all types of travellers, our apartments are located in the heart of the city, and when browsing available properties you can filter your search to include popular areas such as Baixa, Bairro Alto and Parque das Nações. Lisbon Apartments enable you to immerse yourself in the city culture and be close to many attractions
Budget Friendly Apartments
Browse our budget collection, offering great value accommodation in vibrant centrally located areas. These apartments are fully equipped with modern conveniences to make your stay as comfortable as possible
Luxury Lisbon Apartments
Our luxury collection offers superior apartments, beautifully furnished and with high quality facilities for that extra special treat. Many apartment buildings provide additional services to purchase, such as spa treatments, and the use of fitness centres and swimming pools, to unwind in after a day exploring Lisbon.
Lisbon Apartments for groups
Many visitors travel to Lisbon for a group city break, and often, finding group accommodation can be difficult. Lisbon Apartments can provide ideal accommodation for group travellers, with many properties sleeping a large number of guests. Alternatively, we offer many buildings with multiple apartments, so that guests can be close together but still have their individual space and privacy in which to retire to after a day's activities in Lisbon. With our Lisbon big group booking tool, it's never been quicker or easier to find Lisbon Apartments to accommodate large groups, with instant pricing and availability.