A Lisbon Honeymoon Packed with Romance and Historic Charm

Castles, waterfront views and romantic hotels await in the Portuguese capital city.
Lisbon Skyline as seen from Almada, Portugal
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Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
Beth Ann Mayer
Beth Ann Mayer - The Knot Contributor.
Beth Ann Mayer
The Knot Contributor
  • Beth Ann writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, including venues, honeymoons and planning advice.
  • Beth Ann is a lifestyle freelance writer, with bylines on healthline.com and parents.com.
  • Prior to freelancing, Beth Ann was a writer and editor for Long Island Pulse Magazine.
Updated Apr 12, 2024
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A Lisbon honeymoon exudes romantic charm at every turn—the Portuguese city is filled with cobblestone streets, old-world architecture and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Lisbon is a place where the city meets the sea; it's a top honeymoon spot that feels like walking through the pages of a fairy tale. The beaches have plenty of space for waterfront wandering, or newlyweds can take in stunning vistas of the Tagus River from luxury hotels.

Portugal isn't the world's longest trek for honeymooners flying from New York City, especially when compared to other destinations like Thailand or Australia. Expect an eight-hour direct flight to Lisbon from NYC. Couples in San Francisco have an 11-hour nonstop flight, while those traveling from Atlanta should expect at least a 14-hour trip with at least one layover. It's also a fairly affordable vacation in Europe, which is always a plus.

That being said, when it comes to planning your honeymoon in Lisbon, let us be your guide. From the best months to visit Portugal to the best hotels and things to do, use our expert tips to plan your Lisbon honeymoon itinerary.

Lisbon Honeymoon Tips in this Article:

    Belem Tower at sunset, Lisbon, Portugal
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    Best Time to Honeymoon in Lisbon

    Lisbon is home to all four seasons, and spring and fall tend to bring the mildest temperatures, making them the best times to visit. Expect 70-degree weather in April, May, September and October—it'll be warm enough to enjoy a beach day but cool enough for a walking tour.

    Best weather: April to October.
    Festival highlights: The Festas de Lisboa in June, where the city celebrates with street parties, parades and music, particularly on the night of Santo António. The Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival in November brings international films and directors to the city, while the Jazz em Agosto in August presents jazz performances in the stunning Gulbenkian gardens.

    Lisbon Honeymoon Planning Tips

    Lisbon is a romantic city and one of the best honeymoon locales for couples craving a getaway that caters to all five senses. Its beauty, history and beaches make it a prime spot for sightseeing, too.

    Portugal is a noted wine region, so expect world-class vinos to sip and swirl while toasting to new beginnings. The lower-key-but-bustling cafes serve up mouthwatering pastel de nata, a custard tart pastry with a touch of cinnamon. Fado, the Portuguese version of the blues, often provides the soundtrack to meals. Romantic hotels offer all the necessary comforts to help you feel relaxed and at home. Lisbon also serves as a good home base for day trips to other areas around Portugal, including the beaches of Algarve.

    You'll be spending a ton of time walking in Lisbon, and the streets can be hilly. Newlyweds who would prefer easier walks may want to look elsewhere. Though Lisbon is full of unique experiences, couples can typically see most of the city in a week or less. Newlyweds looking for longer getaways will want to consider day trips. Sintra, a whimsical locale that's home to the Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle, makes for a good day trip, as it's just about 30 minutes away.

    Entry requirements: A US passport that is valid for at least 3 months. Starting in 2025, US citizens will need to have an ETIAS for Portugal. It's valid for 3 years and can be obtained online.
    Location: Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, located on the western coast at the mouth of the Tagus River.
    Currency: The Euro (EUR).
    Flight time to Destination: Direct flights from major US cities like New York can take approximately 6-7 hours to Lisbon.
    Getting around: Public trains, buses, trams, taxis, bicycles, scooters, walking.

    Pro tip: Opt for professional Lisbon honeymoon planning by adding a travel expert to your team of vendors. Use The Knot Marketplace to find local travel agents.

    Best Lisbon Honeymoon Hotels and Resorts

    Lisbon offers a range of romantic accommodations, from luxury honeymoon suites to charming guesthouses. For an unforgettable honeymoon, look for hotels offering special honeymoon packages that might include welcome bubbly, romantic dinners or a couples' spa treatment.

    Traditional Portuguese dinner with griller sardines and octopus salad, overhead view
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    Bairro Alto Hotel

    This boutique hotel is perfect for couples who want easy access to nightlife. It's also within walking distance of Rossio Square. Each room has unique decor, and there's a refined ambiance throughout Bairro Alto Hotel. Suites offer balconies with sweeping city views. Speaking of vistas, the on-site rooftop bar gives guests a bird's-eye view of the Tagus River.

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Altis Avenida Hotel

    This hotel's opulent exterior sets the stage for a notably sophisticated experience from check-in to departure. It's walking distance from Praça do Comércio, where couples can find a bevy of cafes and shops. Castelo de São Jorge is a short drive away. The rooms at Altis Avenida Hotel feature tasteful decor and city or garden views. Some also have balconies. Rossio Gastrobar serves seasonal Portuguese cuisine with a side of city views.

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado

    Set in an 18th-century building by Municipal Square and the waterfront, Alma Lusa/Baixa Chiado is a 20-minute walk from Castelo de São Jorge. Its rooms are comfortable and modern. Couples can book experiences through the concierge service—walking tours, water-sport adventures and massages are all options.

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Pousada de Lisboa

    Another stunning boutique hotel, Pousada de Lisboa's golden facade assures guests they're in for a luxury experience from the get-go. Upgraded suites have balconies, and the beds in all rooms are comfortable. It's a good thing, as this hotel provides ample opportunity for adventure. It's a hop, skip and jump away from Praça do Comércio plaza and the Tagus River. It's also not far from metro stations for couples looking to get out and go sightseeing.

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Pro tip: If you're looking for Lisbon honeymoon accommodations that are more secluded or budget-friendly, consider staying at a romantic Airbnb or VRBO.

    Lisbon Honeymoon Itinerary Ideas

    Lisbon is brimming with everything from natural beauty to fun nightlife. There are plenty of opportunities to relive history while also savoring every moment of present-day Portugal. Don't hesitate to plan a day trip to Sintra or other areas close by—there is a lot of beauty to explore while honeymooning in Portugal.

    A couple having fun on Pink Street in Lisbon
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    One of Lisbon's oldest areas, Alfama, has steep cobblestone streets, but it's worth walking them for a chance to browse the unique shops and cafes. When the sun sets, fado musicians croon inside the area's restaurants.

    Couples can skip the steep walk and take the 28 tram line up to the Castelo de S. Jorge. Perched on a hill, the Moorish citadel has been everything from a royal palace to military barracks since about the 8th century BC. Today, honeymooners can discover the area's history and take in some of the best views of the neighborhood and the Tagus River from atop the hill. Some walking tours of Alfama include the castle (and a good workout).


    This area along the Tagus River boasts its share of historical sites, and the locals are as easygoing as a sea breeze. Expect friendly service at the numerous highly touted seafood restaurants, where the fish relies more on freshness than frills.

    Belem Tower, a 16th-century fortress, is a popular draw, and it only costs 8 euro to enter. The tower once helped protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jeronimos Monastery, another stunning monument from the Age of Discovery built using Moorish and European architectural styles.


    Chiado serves as Lisbon's center for shopping and theater. Peruse Rua Garrett for a mix of businesses selling everything from pastel de nata to silks. The National Museum of Contemporary Art also calls Chiado home, as do many Michelin-starred restaurants. Alma's extensive wine list and sea-to-table menu make it worth the splurge (expect to drop more than €150 here). Meanwhile, Loco's intimate setting and 16-course tasting menu make it a perfect place for a dinner you'll never forget.


    Spend the day in Baixa, a neighborhood that was rebuilt from the ground up after an earthquake in 1755. Many of the neoclassical buildings remain. When in Baixa, head to Rossio Square (or Praca do Rossio). The boisterous plaza flanked by two baroque fountains has a seemingly endless number of cafes. Many of them have outdoor seating, making it a perfect place for people-watching. Avenida da Liberdade's 19th-century buildings and garden terraces give it a sophisticated charm.

    Bairro Alto

    Move from Baixa to Bairro Alto with ease by hopping on the Santa Justa Lift, a Gothic elevator connecting the two areas. Bairro Alto is perhaps best known for its spirited nightlife. Bar hopping is easy in these parts, and you can hear a mix of fado music and modern hits playing as you walk by. Tasca do Chico has a rustic and brooding scene with plenty of fado music, though the notable sausage and red wine give it a happier buzz.

    Cais do Sodre

    This trendy neighborhood is known for its colorful nightlife scene. Pink Street, located near the port, is like trick-or-treating for adults. There's a high concentration of bars ideal for couples hoping to toast to the years ahead. And the name isn't simply a misnomer—the street has actually been pink since 2013.

    Pro tip: Add Lisbon honeymoon experiences to your gift registry so family and friends can pitch in on your Portuguese getaway. Make sure to post a few honeymoon photos to your wedding website—this way your wedding guests can see what you're up to while you're away.

    What to Pack for a Lisbon Honeymoon

    Traditional old tram on the streets of Lisbon old town, Portugal
    Photo: Alexander Spatari | Getty

    Lisbon involves its fair share of walking, so a comfortable pair of shoes must be included in your honeymoon luggage. Casual but neat attire—such as nice denim or slacks, polos and blouses—works well while sightseeing or dining at unpretentious-but-upscale cafes. Add a cardigan or light jacket to your packing checklist, too, as nights can get cool.

    Dress shoes, stilettos, chic dresses, pants and button-down shirts are necessary if you plan on going dancing. Pack a swimsuit and towel if you plan to dip your toes in the water or the hotel pool. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen will help you mitigate not-so-stylish sunburns.

    Brittany Barber contributed to this article.

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