The founding of Lisbon dates back to 12th century BC, making it older than Rome and an important international capital. It was from this seaport that the explorations of Vasco da Gama and others led to Portugal's control of half of the New World. Today it is home to splendid art and maritime museums and a 13th century castle, featuring rare white peacocks and black-necked swans in its garden. Fado is a unique, soulful type of singing you will hear while relaxing in Lisbon's cafes.

Good to Know

  • Lively and rapidly expanding gay scene, especially in Praça do Príncipe Real
  • Most nightclubs attract a mixed gay and straight crowd
  • Gay marriage legal since June 2010

Featured Resorts:

Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa


The modern and stylish Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa is one of the most recognized icons in Lisboa. The great location in one of the city's most prestigious business districts allows you to explore and connect to the wonderful city. Fabulous shopping, theaters, art museums, and nightlife in the surrounding area are just a short walk away. The hotel is only 15 minutes from Lisbon's International Airport and the hotel is easily accessible by train, bus, subway, or car.

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