Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and the center of a multifaceted region that appeals to different tastes and senses.
In a city that has been receiving many different cultures from far and wide distances over time, today it still feels like a village breath in every historic neighborhood. You can walk through the grid of streets in the Baixa Pombalina that opens to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio and, following the river, get to know some of the most beautiful places in the city: the monumental area of Belém with World Heritage monuments, medieval neighborhoods, and also areas more recent or contemporary leisure facilities, such as the Parque das Nações or the Docks.
Continuing near the mouth of the river, you will understand why it is said that Lisbon is the center of a vast resort. Along the marginal road, you will visit beaches and seaside resorts that combine villas and hotels from the early 20th Century with marinas, terraces and modern sports equipment, with particular emphasis on golf and recreational boating. Following the coast you will find world renowned surf spots, but also the palaces scattered around the cultural landscape of Sintra, a World Heritage Site.
Both north and south of the capital, the great variety of landscapes and heritage is always within walking distance. With beaches, natural parks, cultural routes and accommodation for all tastes, it is difficult to escape the Lisbon region on a visit to Portugal.
Fado is another Portuguese expression also elevated to World Heritage. Therefore, dining in a fado house will be another experience not to be missed. And then you can still get together in lively bars and clubs, where we celebrate with a glass the arrival of those who visit us.
10 Must to do in Lisbon:
1. Go up to São Jorge Castle and walk through Alfama:
Whoever passes in Lisbon and does not go to Castelo de São Jorge will certainly have missed an unforgettable moment. It is the highest point in the city, in the middle of the most typical neighborhoods. A unique opportunity to feel, and perceive, the city's connection with the Tagus River.
2. Listening to a Fado:
Whether you like the music style or not, dining by candlelight listening to fado in Lisbon is a must. For those who are lucky enough to hear it sung when passing in any street of Alfama, Mouraria or Madragoa, it is to take advantage. Amateur or lazy fado is like that, when you feel like singing, you sing and the guitars accompany you.
3. Go to Terreiro do Paço:
The largest square in Lisbon and also one of the most emblematic, symbol of the city and its reconstruction after the great earthquake of 1755. Currently, it is mainly a very pleasant place to stroll along the river, in the late afternoon. It is also a very beautiful view of the river, on a boat trip.
4. Climb the Santa Justa Elevator:
As you travel downtown, you can see it when you pass it. It has an enviable view over this old part of Lisbon, in addition to being a privilege to travel in this elevator with more than a hundred years old which was designed by Ponsard, a disciple of the great master of iron works, Gustave Eiffel.
5. Ride the Electric:
It is a common means of transport for Lisbon residents, but also one of the best ways to travel through historic neighborhoods. It looks good in any photo and the sound of the tram running on the rails is one of the most characteristic of the city. The N°28 is the best known, but there are more...
6. Visit the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower:
Lisbon has two unique monuments that are a World Heritage Site. They are two gems of Manueline Gothic that easily impress anyone. In addition to the stone vaults being an admirable piece of engineering, the richness of the decorative elements linked to maritime aspects and the voyages of the navigators is fascinating.
7. Tasting a pastel de Belém:
It is an ex-libris of Portuguese gastronomy and has a recipe very well kept in secret that makes them unique. Not to miss!!! A sweet pastry that Lisboners like to accompany with a coffee.
8. Visit the Oceanarium, at Parque das Nações:
Parque das Nações is a case of success in the revitalization of an industrial area, with a privileged location on the riverside. It is worth visiting the Oceanarium, one of the largest in Europe, where you can appreciate the fauna and flora of the different oceans of our planet.
9. Visit the National Tile Museum and Coach Museum:
There are two museums that have no equal in the world. One, tells the story of the tiles used in Portugal, since the first uses on walls from the 16th Century to the present day. Another, has an unrivaled collection of coaches, with good examples from the 18th Century exuberantly decorated with paintings and gilded woodcarving.
10. Dinner in Bairro Alto:
Lisbon is also known for having a very lively and busy night. After an afternoon of shopping in the elegant Chiado neighborhood, there is nothing like a late afternoon at one of the viewpoints, in Santa Catarina or São Pedro de Alcântara, and staying for dinner in Bairro Alto. It is essential for those who like to go out at night and have fun.
Sources & Credits: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa / Turismo de Portugal / Viaje Comigo
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