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About Lisbon

Lisbon is the charming capital city of Portugal. With a population of over 2.7 Million residents, it is one of the historic masterpiece cities in the world. Lisbon is a vibrant place that is renowned for its perfect holiday climate and magnificent architecture. Popular attractions include the gorgeous Jeronimos Monastery, the São Jorge Castle and Torre de Belem.

Cheap flights to Lisbon are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be blown away by the beauty of this extraordinary city. Lisbon is home to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Lisbon. Lisbon Portela Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including TAAG, Iberia and British Airways. Popular international flights to Lisbon depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Lisbon is approximately 12 hours and 15 minutes.

Popular flights to Lisbon

Flight Route Airline Trip Type Travel Dates Searched Price from
Cape Town - Lisbon TAAG Return Nov 3 - Nov 10 1 day ago R6,899.00
Johannesburg - Lisbon Iberia Airlines Return Oct 10 - Oct 27 1 day ago R6,229.00
Durban - Lisbon SAA Return Nov 1 - Nov 2 1 day ago R11,129.00
George - Lisbon SAA Return Sep 8 - Sep 29 1 day ago R15,479.00

Why visit Lisbon

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Arts & Culture

The 16th century Jerónimos monastery is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also symbolically linked to one of the most important moments of national recollection.

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Sightseeing

The Belém Tower is the medieval landmark fortified tower that is located on a tiny river island and surrounded by breathe-taking estuary views.

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Portuguese Flavours

Lisbon is home to port wines which are the best in the world and places like Café Martinho sa Arcada, the oldest café in the city, which offers the most delectable delights.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Portugal
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language Portuguese
Hub Airport Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)
Airline TAP
Time Zone GMT+0
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Lisbon

With a mild climate, Lisbon is a great holiday destination any time of the year. This city is known for receiving 3000 hours of sunlight every year and temperatures usually reach highs of 30 degrees during their hottest month, namely July. The coldest month is in January, and the wettest month is in November. If you are looking for a less crowded holiday, then you should avoid visiting Lisbon between June and August - as this is peak-season.

Weather & Climate in Lisbon

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 8°C 9°C 11°C 12°C 14°C 17°C 18°C 19°C 18°C 15°C 12°C 9°C
High °C 15°C 16°C 19°C 20°C 22°C 26°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 23°C 18°C 15°C
Rainfall (mm) 100 85 53 68 54 16 4 6 33 101 128 127

The vast history and culture that Lisbon has on show makes it one of the most favoured and loved holiday destinations. Lisbon has been inhabited for over 30 thousand years and many ancient sites still stand today, such as the Belém Tower, São Jorge Castle, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Carmo Convent.

Lisbon is also famously known for Bairro Alto, where you should head if you want a great night out in town. Bairro Alto is a top celebrity hot spot, so be sure to watch out for some famous folk partying it up.

Enjoy a tranquil mix of fun and relaxation, not to mention the breathe-taking views. Soak up some local culture with a visit to the world’s most expensive chapel, Sao Roque Church. You can wander the old town to see unique scenery and picturesque cobbled streets.

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South Africans passport holders require a visa to enter Portugal. You will need to ensure your passport has a validity of at least 6 months and 3 blank pages for entry stamps. Visas are processed through VFS Global.

Lisbon is one of the safest capitals in Europe. Despite this, travellers should be aware of their surroundings. Be vigilant when walking the streets alone at night and do not carry large sums of cash on you. Using unfamiliar public transport is something that is not advised as a precautionary measure.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Lisbon
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 112.45
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 21.08
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 18.43
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 6.61
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 67.47

Lisbon is a tourist destination with plenty of hotels and resorts on offer to make your stay here that much more enjoyable. From high-end hotels to backpackers and low end hotels there is a place for you.

The best way to get around in Lisbon would be with inexpensive taxis. They can be found driving around the city at any time of day or night. Alternatively there are other travel options available-including buses, trams and the metro. Walking is also a great way to see all the sights in the city-just keep in mind that climbing this city’s hilly streets on foot can be quite a workout.

Main attractions in Lisbon

São Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle

Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comércio

Rossio Square

Rossio Square

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