Do you know Lisbon? If that’s the case, has it been a long time since you visited the capital of Portugal? The Portuguese capital is a city that never ceases to amaze. But Lisbon Christmas is something special and this is not a topic.
In the first internet search or the first conversation about the Portuguese capital, you have heard of lighting, Christmas markets, an extraordinary atmosphere, its romantic winter, its fado, its sweets, Lisbon with children... and many more attractions of a city that you will never forget. What are you waiting for?
Take advantage of this Christmas to take a tour. We will give you a series of recommendations to enjoy the streets, and the secrets of the city. Don’t forget to write it down or to save it on your mobile. Let's go.
Lisbon in December: travel plan
If you are already planning your trip to enjoy Christmas in Lisbon, you will be finalizing the days of your stay, the accommodation and means of transport in which you will arrive in the Portuguese capital. Keep two questions in mind: Lisbon is a capital with great tourist attraction, and we are at Christmas. So, pay attention to a couple of things:
· Make your reservation with time. Use the internet or the services of an agency. If you have already decided that you are going to travel to Lisbon for Christmas, book your accommodation as soon as possible. By the way, also check the weather and wear suitable clothes.
· Plan your visit. The main thing is to take advantage of the trip at a time when the city will be very busy. How to do it? A highly recommended option is to put yourself in the hands of a free tour through Lisbon. Have you never done it? Put yourself in the hands of the experts who will guide you through the most important points of the city and will discover secrets and corners that could go unnoticed. Plan your visit beforehand to avoid last minute problems.
Our Free Tour of Lisbon will amaze you with the history of a unique city, witness of the Crusades, the age of Discover and the rise and fall of empires.
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Lisbon at Christmas: what to see?
On arrival, the first thing is to get our agenda. The city itself, and especially at this time of year, will invite us to embrace its streets. And it is that Lisbon, although it is a capital, is not a megalopolis and is manageable for the visitor, both if you travel as a family or if your option is an adult Christmas getaway.
We propose here a series of unavoidable stops on your Christmas visit:
In every city worthy of a Christmas destination, street markets have become one of the great attractions of Christmas, both for locals and visitors. And, the truth is that in Lisbon they have become one of the biggest attractions at this time of the year, and if you have not visited them, they are a fantastic option to combine shopping and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere of the city.
The Christmas tree at Praça do Comércio
It is one of the essential visits and a classic of Christmas in Lisbon. The illuminated tree that presides over the Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) has become the tallest Christmas tree in Europe. And, if you want to enjoy the illuminated Lisbon, visit the Eduardo VII Park or Parque das Nações (the Nations Park).
The circus of Coliseu dos Recreios
It has been operating for 125 years, being an unique attraction: it is a circus with no animal shows. General admission costs between 18 and 25 euros, which can be purchased online. It is a great option for children, but also for audiences of all ages.
You may have already heard of Christmas Park. Considered as the largest in Europe, it is one of the novelties of the city. This huge theme park presents a recreation of Christmas in different parts of the world: Lapland, the Arctic, ice palaces, ice rinks... Ideal for children, but you must plan your visit because of the long queues to access, especially at this time of the year.
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest attractions of Lisbon at any time of the year and, of course, at Christmas, is walking and shopping. Especially attractive are its shopping malls, which have a spectacular appearance at this time of year. Some highly recommended options are several central areas such as Chiado and Baixa, in addition to Avenida da Liberdade.
Travel to Lisbon at Christmas: a romantic getaway
The Portuguese capital is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and especially in wintertime its beauty lights up between fados and the winding streets of the Bairro Alto.
For this and much more, Christmas is the ideal time for a little getaway to enjoy its corners. We give you here a series of options.
Tram ride: number 28
Visiting Lisbon without a ride on the legendary tram number 28 is unforgivable. In addition to a means of public transport, it has become a tourist attraction that runs through the neighbourhoods of Graça, Baixa or Estrela.
A night of fado in Alfama
That’s another inescapable option. The Alfama is the oldest district in the city, and it has its own sound: fado, Intangible Heritage of Humanity. There are numerous venues where you can have some tapas and listen to music, in an unforgettable and endearing evenings. Let yourself be advised by our guides.
If we talk about unforgettable moments, Christmas time will offer you a special perspective from the many viewpoints and watchtowers: the tower of Santa Justa, the viewpoint of Santa Catalina, the São Jorge castle, Peter of Alcántara, or the bridge 25 de Abril. Do not miss it.
The Bolo Rei
The Portuguese in general, and the lisboetas particularly, are a very big fans of sweet. Be sure to try the Bolo Rei (King Cake). It is a typical sweet of Portuguese Christmas, very similar to the Spanish roscón de reyes. One of the best is, without a doubt, the one that you will find in the Confeitaria Nacional (Praça da Figueira), right in the centre. Do not go home without trying a nata from the Pastelería de Belem (Rua Belem), which has become a gastronomic monument of the city.
A coffee in Lisbon
Lisbon is one of the capitals where coffee is very important. In Portugal, there is a coffee for every hour, and you have many establishments that will captivate you during this Christmas season. Without leaving the centre, you have A Brasileira (Rua Garret) or Nicola (King Pedro IV Square). You will enjoy a good coffee and part of the history of the city. Make a stop. It’s worth it.
Are you seduced by the plan to travel to Lisbon at Christmas? If you have not decided yet, you are on time. The city has been chosen as the best in the world for a city break or a short break.
If you want to make the most of it, put yourself in the hands of our guides, and enjoy our free tour through Lisbon. Try it! It will give you a closer view of the city.
Encourage yourself to visit Lisbon at Christmas!