10 Essential Lisbon Travel Apps
Get some serious holiday plans in place with this awesome events-finder app. Promising to only show you the best of Lisbon, the Lisboa Cool app works by asking you to answer two questions before providing you with a range of great things to see and do in the city during your stay. Better still, it lets you build your own personal itinerary for your trip based on your travel dates and the app’s recommendations. Genius.
Magic Seaweed Surf Forecast
The combination of reliable Atlantic breakers and mild weather makes Lisbon the perfect year round surf destination. Tempted to catch some waves while you’re in town? Check conditions at local beaches with the MSW surf forecast app. The forecast includes a star rating, as well as plenty of detailed information on surf size, swell height, swell period, swell direction, wind strength, wind direction and temperature.
If you’re determined to find the most melt-in-the-mouth pasteis de nata, juiciest burger or best coffee in Lisbon, then call off the search – the Zomato app is waiting to point you in the right direction with restaurant menus, pictures, and user reviews to help you decide where you want to eat.
A wander through the cobbled streets and hills may be the most romantic way to see the city’s sights, but when you’ve got a need for speed, only the metro will do. Access maps, routes, time tables and fare information in an instant with the official Lisbon Metro app. Real-time updates mean you can also check for any delays and diversions that might affect your journey time.
You’re witnessing the most incredible #nofilter sunset over the Alfama neighbourhood and you’ve left your DSLR camera at home. All is not lost – this app will let you take flawless high-quality photos using just your iPhone. Not only does ProCamera offer manual control over focus and exposure, but also advanced features including HDR, selfie-mode and a timer.
Early check in/check out at your rented accommodation? Find a central, secure spot to stash your luggage with Street Lobby and make the most of your wait time in Lisbon. Luggage can be stored for a small fee, leaving you safe in the knowledge that your belongings are under lock and key while you’re exploring the city or grabbing a bite to eat.
Nobody said Portuguese was going to be an easy language to learn, but you can sure have some fun trying with Memrise. Brush up on your vocabulary on-the-go using offline mode, create and share your own memes and get to grips with new words and phrases with challenging memory games.
Discover the city’s wifi hotspots, where to find the most reliable free connections and even reviews about the standard of coffee at the venue when you get there. What’s not to love? WifiMapper is definitely a keeper.
Short on time, big on social sharing? Quick does exactly what it says on the tin. In a matter of a few taps, you’ll transform those random video clips of your journey on the number 28 tram into documentary-worthy material. Move over Spielberg.
GPS My City
Pack your walking shoes with this one. From well-known landmarks to locals’ favourites, GPS My City will take you on a guided tour of Lisbon’s most vibrant and historic neighbourhoods at a pace that’s entirely set by you.
Got your own favourite app for travelling in Lisbon? Share your tips and advice in the comments section below!