Lisbon is a city that has nothing to do with the previous cities I visited. As you know I love tropical places. I always have a preference for the beach than for the city. But I’m thinking of going back to Lisbon to fully enjoy it.
In the meantime, here is a list that will help you plan your trip to Lisbon:
Taking the Tram 28
This tram has remained the same since the beginning of the 20th century. It will make you travel back in time! Crossing the city aboard this tram allows you to discover the most beautiful parts of Lisbon. I recommend you to take this tram early in order to avoid the crowd and get in at Martim Moniz station to have more chances to be seated.
Admiring the view of the Miradouros of Lisbon
The Miradouros in Portuguese are the equivalent of belvedere or viewpoints that Lisbon offers. Here are my 2 favourites:
The Miradouro das Portas do Sol offers a wonderful view of the Alfama district. You can also admire the Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon and the bank of the Tagus.
The Miradouro de Santa Luzia is the most typical and the most colourful one. It’s located in the heart of a blooming garden surrounded by walls covered with azulejos. It offers to me one of the most beautiful views.
Discovering monuments along the Tagus
A long pedestrian promenade along the Tagus allows you to discover beautiful historical monuments including the bridge “25 April” (it looks like the one in San Francisco). You can also admire the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries and the Jerónimos Monastery here.
The Tropical Botanical Garden, my favourite place in Lisbon
After visiting Lisbon, I had a huge need to see and feel flora and fauna. The tropical botanical garden is located right next to the monastery. Grab a pastry at Pasteis de Belém and stroll through this beautiful park. It can only please you!
A few places that I liked
The Lisbon Cathedral commonly known as Sé de Lisboa is the oldest and most important church in the city. A typical photo with the tram, a tuk-tuk and the cathedral would have been wonderful but I wasn’t patient enough!
The Basilica of Estrela is as beautiful and important as the Lisbon Cathedral. If you want nice pictures with a tram you will not be disappointed: there is a stop just next to it and in addition a nice park to discover opposite.
The place of commerce (Praça do Comércio) has been Lisbon gateway for maritime trade for years. It was built on the Royal Palace site which was destroyed by the big earthquake of 1755. A beautiful place but unfortunately full of tourists.
The Rossio place, officially known as Praça Dom Pedro IV, is the liveliest place in the city. It’s a meeting place for locals and tourists. You will find something to drink and eat as well as many shops nearby.
Pink Street is a well-known street especially on social networks. Lucky me, it was recoloured shortly before my arrival. Unlucky me, it had rained the day before and there were huge puddles everywhere.
A few adresses where to take some photos with a tram
- Rua da Conceição
- Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo
- Ascensor da Glória
- Largo Calhariz 26
- Elevador de Santa Justa
- Oliveira à Estrela 19
If I had more time
I would have liked to discover the underground district of Lisbon, known as LX Factory. It’s a small corner of very colourful artists which gathers a few restaurants, a beautiful bookstore and above all incredible works.
The Castelo de St Jorge was part of my visit list. I went there and discovered that the entry price was 8 €. I found it a little expensive for only 15 minutes and some Instagram photos. However I am sure the price is worth it if you have more time. It offers wonderful views.
A place where to eat Portuguese
This time I will only reveal one restaurant as it’s my favourite by far. The food is excellent and the decoration quite unique.
The rhinos which represent the Geographia Restaurant symbolize the crossroads of Portuguese-speaking cultures that inspire GEOGRAPHIA. This restaurant offers traditional Portuguese dishes as well as ones from other countries speaking the same language (Brazil, Macau, Goa, etc.).
I loved this quaint and delicious little restaurant.
Where to sleep in Lisbon?
I offer two different addresses so that you can make your own choice according to your criteria. But let me warn you in advance that they are both equally beautiful and pleasant!
The Porto Bay Liberdade Hotel is a charming hotel. The services they offer are worthy of their 5*. A covered private parking is available for guests. Guests can enjoy a gym and a spa with pool, hammam (steam room) and sauna.
Their rooms are beautiful and spacious (with a pillow menu). The hotel has a restaurant and offers room service (which I have tried and appreciated!) and their breakfast is just perfect! Last but not least, their rooftop has a jacuzzi overlooking the city. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun rays.
The Heritage Avenida Liberdade is a small hotel close to the city centre. It has a parking and offers also a luggage storage service. An indoor pool and gym are available for guests.
The service is irreproachable and the rooms are very spacious. The breakfast offers delicious fresh products. You can enjoy their lounge with free tea, biscuits and lemon water all day long. They also have a nice library and two iMacs available to entertain you.
Have you ever visited Lisbon? Tell me your favorite place in comment. If you’ve never been there, you now know what to do, where to sleep and where to eat so what more could you ask? Enjoy!