Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and also known as the city of seven hills. As this city has so much to offer for all sorts of travellers, we think it popularity will grow rapidly in the next couple of years. Lisbon is a unique city that delights tourists from all over the world and is a city to be visited with plenty of time. In addition to the many historic monuments, one must stroll around its picturesque neighborhoods of Moorish origin, such as Alfama or Mouraria, to see how people live in this area of the city. Other places not to be missed are Castelo de São Jorge, Belém, Bairro Alto, Chiado, Baixa, and Rossio and the Lisbon Coach Museum with beautiful golden “posh” coaches from the 17th centurary.
Climb up one of Lisbon’s iconic buildings, Arco da Rua Augusta, for a unique view of the city. Open to the public, the Arch leaves Lisbon at your feet, literally.
Top 10 of historical buildings: Castelo de São Jorge, Torre de Belém, Elevador de Santa Justa, Cristo Rei, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Praça do Comércio (huge square), Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Igreja de São Roque (16th century church) and Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.
Top 10 of activities and experiences: a ride on tram number 28, Eating Pastel Nata in the traditional home of the cake, the night life of Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré, Oceanário de Lisboa, relax on Carcavelos Beach, The Calouste Gulbenkian museum, Feira de Ladra market, The Time Out Market, The artisan hub of LxFactory, a performance of Fado and a river cruise across the Rio Tejo.
Shopping If shopping is your thing, a visit to Embaixada is a must! Embaixada is located in Ribeiro da Cunha Palace, an iconic building in the trendy neighbourhood of Príncipe Real. This XIX century new-Arabian Palace was turned into an innovative shopping gallery that hosts a series of national brands and artists focused on Portuguese design, craftsmanship, fashion, gastronomy and culture. The result is a meeting point of people and experiences https://www.embaixadalx.pt/
Our second tip for shopping in Lisbon is LxFactory, located in Alcantara neighbourhood, 16 min. walk from the bridge Pante 25 de Abril. Colourful designer stores, foodcourts, organic beauty products and more.
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Take the old tram number 28, (image of route map included) that connects the area Martim Moniz and Campo Orique. This old remodelado tram will pass through the vibrant areas Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. Driving over steep streets and making sharp curves, no other vehicle can show you the core of Lisbon better. To avoid crowds in high season we recommend to take the ride early in the morning and start either at Martim Moniz (centre) or Campo Orique (suburb), so you still have a window seat. A one way ticket can be purchased on board (€ 3,-) . You can also use your 24 hours public transport pass (€ 6,40) on this tram. (beware of pickpockets!).
Visit the Calouste Gulbenkian museum
MARKET tips for Lisbon
Time Out Market Lisbon, inside, food court, cooking courses, events Monday to Sunday – 10am – 10:30pm
Feira da Ladra Flea Market, outside,Tuesdays and Saturdays
TOUR tips for Lisbon
Step on board of a historic vessel and enjoy Lisbon from Tagus River (Rio Tejo). Express Boat Tour 45 mins (€ 12), 1 hour 45 mins tour (€ 20 ) or a 2 hour sunset tour with free wine (€ 30).
RESTAURANT tips for Lisbon
Portuguese Lisboa Noite Rua das Gaveas 69 Bairro Alto, +351 21 346 8557
Portuguese Azul e Branco , Avenida Duque de Loule, 81-83, +351 21 318 2000
Portuguese Ourives Petisqueira Calçada De Santo André – 11, +351 913 415 745
International Grenache, (Michelin) 12 patio de dom Fradique, +351 21 887 1616
Japanese Yakuza First Floor, Rua da Escola Politécnica, 231 +351 934 000 913