Lisbon Travel Guide
Lisbon is one of those destinations you cannot match when it comes to charm and allure. It’s a unique city with quirky qualities that emanates a sort of nostalgic vibe. With its quintessential yellow trams, medieval elevators, churches that soar gorgeously in the sky and eternally young population that keeps the city alive, Lisbon is truly magical.
The city has been affected by dozens of other civilizations that has given it the diversity of so many clashing cultures – from its streets that are reminiscent of San Francisco, to plenty of accommodation options, to its food that is so beautifully Mediterranean, to the Arabic culture that has beautifully intertwined itself into the facades of Lisbon and of course – the Spanish.
Lisbon is quite simply effortless – it doesn’t try too hard to be anything. A city that is shaped by its grit, its vigor and its beauty. A city drenched in over 3000 hours of sunshine, one you can never get bored in.
Top Attractions in Lisbon
Torre de Belem
If you only have one hour in Lisbon, go to Torre de Belem. One of the most symbolically beautiful attractions, this symbolic site a not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it also holds immense history.
It was first built as a small fort that was built with the purpose of guarding all of Lisbon back when Lisbon was attractive as a nation to invade. Lavish exteriors, beautiful decorations and ornate details are some of the most iconic things about Torre de Belem. As it rises beautifully from the surrounding water, with its North African Moorish styled watchtowers, the Torre de Belem is simply majestic.
You’ll first see it while aimlessly wandering around Lisbon, standing majestically over the city, its grandeur un-debatable, its beauty unexplainable. The majestic structure of Sao Gorge, the emanating 6th century architecture, the ultimate symbol of Lisbon….This is one of the most important attractions in Lisbon.
Stone goats that pierce into the sky, walls that soar beautifully, underground chambers filled with hidden secrets – the Sao Gorge castle is a place you can get lost and fall in love with, both at the same time. You can check out gorgeous views of the Baixa district, check the Moorish, Royal and other castles. Explore the Tower of Ulysses with its modem camera obscura, go to the Nucleo Museological or watch a media show that narrates the entirety of Lisbon’s history.
A trip to Lisbon would not be complete without an old-fashioned trip on a creaking tram. The whimsical yellow trams ride up and down gorgeous quintessential hills, surrounded by the quirky yet dominant architecture of Lisbon. You’ll be able ot travel back in time to the times of historical trams. The trams you get on now will most definitely help you reminisce over older times since they have no air conditioning, or WiFi and don’t expect smooth trips. But that’s all part of the charm right?
Where to Eat in Lisbon
Mercado da Ribeira
Avenida 24 de Julho
Working hours: 10 am to 12 am on normal days and 2 am on the weekends.
The food court at Mercado da Ribeira is the biggest and best fresh food market in Lisbon. It’s an incredible way to get to experience the culture of Lisbon through its markets and food. You’ll be experiencing the culture of Lisbon first-hand. You’ll move from one kiosk to another, sampling the best food – from plates of ham, to sheep cheese to chocolate…..all drenched in gorgeous Portuguese spirit. You can sit at the wood hidden tables and let the Portuguese gastronomic delight take over you!
Avenida Almirante Reis 1
If you’re a seafood lover, this is the place to go. One of the most historic Lisbon seafood places – this place is equal parts touristic and delicious! Try at the infamous tiger prawns, the shrimp, the shellfish, the crab and much more. It has been there since 1956, and fails to disappoint! It has even been nicknamed as the seafood temple!
Largo de São Carlos 10, 1200-410 Lisboa, Portugal
Belcanto is nestled in Lisbon’s Chiado neighborhood and is now the epitome of culinary delights from Portugal. This Michel star restaurant seamlessly blends tradition and all things grand. Try the seafood, or its renowned cocktails!
Accommodation in Lisbon
There are plenty of accommodation options in Lisbon, all varying when it comes to amenities, designs, things they offer, and locations. The city boasts hundreds of hotels, hostels and boutiques and you can find practically anything to match your budget! Here’s a quick overview of some of the best accommodation in Lisbon.
Intercontinental Lisbon – 5*
The Intercontinental is simply one of the best hotels in all of Lisbon. A five-star hotel that surpasses all expectations – one that truly immerses you in the life of luxury. The backdrop of the Eduardo VII Park, the comfortable rooms, the elegant bathrooms and the general chic atmosphere in the hotel is enough to make you never want to leave! There is of course no need to mention the exemplary service!
Tivoli Oriente – 4*
You won’t even feel like you’re at a 4-star hotel at Tivoli Oriente. The place emanates a 5-star vibe unlike any other with a fusion of contemporary designs, convenience and unparalleled sophistication. You can go up to Sky Bar for the best panoramic vistas of Lisbon, revel in the gorgeous river views, or unwind at one of the Jacuzzis at the hotel. The hotel is very suited towards comfort and convenience. Its location is also optimum if you’re interested in finding the perfect monuments, or immersing yourself in the history and the culture.
The American Diamonds Hotel - 3*
Located right at the city center, this hotel is one of the most highly acknowledged 3 star hotels in all of Lisbon. Modern interior rooms, gorgeous designs and over 66 different designs – the hotel is a treat to the eyes! It’s also located right in the middle of Lisbon so you have access to many metro stations, along with major attractions like Baixa, Castelo de Sao Jorge, Elevador Santa Justa and much more!
Lisbon is one of those places you go to once and then fall in love with forever. The retro cars, the yellow-washed trams, the picture-perfect facades and the general happy vibe that looms over the city….It’s one of those places you go to so you can fall in love!