Now part of my pre-travel routine, the week before I flew out to Lisbon I grabbed my iPhone and started looking for useful apps that would allow me to make the most of my time in the city.
There seems to be many Lisbon-related apps, but sadly a lot of them were pretty poor affairs, providing small lists of attractions or hotels, many of which I could already find in my guidebook.
Although there wasn’t a huge amount that I found overly useful, I did come across a few interesting Lisbon-related apps, so here’s my top picks.
Top app: Urban Adventures Lisbon
From the guys at Intrepid, this quirky little app provides a cool treasure mApp (see what they did there) of city highlights picked out by the locals.
A Pinterest-like wall allows you to scroll through activities, location and restaurants that the locals know and love.
Many of these can be off the beaten track, so it’s a great option if you’re after somewhere a little quieter and not in the guidebook, or for returners to the city who’ve seen all the main sites.
Top app: City Walks Lisbon
For those that love to explore cities by foot, City Walks Lisbon provides you with a decent range of walking tours, all with a different theme.
Explore downtown Lisbon, take in the modern architectural and Jewish sites, tour Belem’s museums, find out about the best clubs and the city’s gay nightlife: this app offers walks that cover it all.
The app tells you how many sites each walk will take you to, and also how long it should take to do. But be warned, Lisbon is a very hilly city, so unless you’re ultra fit, these walks may take you longer than the expected duration.
But don’t expect maps and directions on the Lite version: the tours are basically a list of sites they recommend you visit, with some information on each for when you get there.
There is a city map on the app, however, but to get the touring route displayed on this map, and to receive turn-by-turn directions then you’ll need to upgrade to the full version.
This upgraded version also gives you the ability to create your own tours, so perhaps if you discover something new yourself, you can share it with other travellers.
As well as the walks, City Walks Lisbon provides users with a list of city attractions to peruse in alphabetical order. Many of the sites are on the walks, but it does include other locations not covered in the existing walks.
Top app: Let’s go explore Lisbon
Similar to the above app, Let’s go explore Lisbon offers users five different walking tours. Written, designed and developed entirely by college students, it’s a little prettier and more colourful than City Walks Lisbon, but offers a smaller choice of routes. Swipe to move between the walks and then click into each walk to get information on the sites it recommends, how to get there, walking time and directions. It’s got some of the top tourist attractions in there, so quite a nice little tool.
Top app: Metroa Lisboa
The official Lisbon Metro map at your fingertips, this is a really simple and useful app that’s a must have for people travelling about the city.
It’s got an easy to navigate map, route, timetable and fare information and if you’re connected to Wi-Fi then you can also check the status of the routes, making sure you’re aware of any delays or maintenance work etc.
Top app: Trip Advisor
You find this app in any top list I make – Trip Advisor is like my travel bible! It’s absolutely brilliant when searching for places to stay before you travel and I use it as a way of finding out what sites people do and don’t recommend visiting.
As a total foodie, my main use of Trip Advisor when I travel is to find out as much as I can about the best places to eat in a city. We used the app to find several really great restaurants in Lisbon, which we really enjoyed visiting, but as a picky eater it’s a great way to find out if a place serves the kind of food you’ll like.