If you’re looking for a hotel that’s as vibrant and full of life as Lisbon itself, then look no further!
We’ve rounded up the best design & boutique hotels in Lisbon, each with its own unique character. From chic and modern properties to charming historic accommodations, there’s something for everyone here.
So take your pick and enjoy your stay in this amazing destination!
If you’re looking for a centrally located hotel in Lisbon that offers quality and style, look no further than the Urbano FLH. This modern hotel is situated on the border between the historic Old Town and the Baixa tourist center, making it just a few minutes’ walk to the Tagus River at Terreiro do Paço.
The hotel was designed by Portuguese artist David Rosado, and features his offbeat, brightly colored pop-art-style artwork throughout. The bright, gray and white design provides the perfect backdrop for his vibrant creations.
The Urbano FLH provides a super quality of stay, not just in the rooms but throughout the entire hotel. Even in the lounge, you’ll feel like you’re in your own living room. It’s a good thing that this exciting city is right outside the door, because otherwise you might not want to leave!
The Felix 10 is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the Lapa district – a quiet area outside the tourist hustle and bustle (learn more about the different neighborhoods in Lisbon). But you’re only a few minutes away from all the action by foot or streetcar.
You can tell that the boutique hotel is owner-managed. The wonderful owner couple is always there for their guests and they go above and beyond to make sure all your wishes are fulfilled.
The hotel has only 10 rooms, which are all decorated with cool details and very cozy beds. There are even several pillows to choose from!
There are also two family rooms, which makes The Felix 10 a great choice for families with children visiting Lisbon.
Another highlight is the chic roof terrace. From there you have an incredible view of Lisbon and can end the day watching the sunset with a glass of wine.
Nestled away from the bustling metropolis, Torel Palace Lisbon is a real-life mini palace made up of three early 20th century villas that now serve as an opulent hotel.
Located atop one of Lisbon’s many hills near Jardim de Torel park (one of locals’ favorite viewpoints in Lisbon), you can enjoy breathtaking views across the city to Tagus River right from its two terraces or poolside.
The owner has crafted each room with her signature flair – think leather armchairs, chandeliers and gilded mirrors artfully blended with contemporary accents infused throughout – all within a regal atmosphere inspired by kings and queens!
Overall, Lisbon is a great destination for design and boutique hotel lovers, with amazing options to choose from. From cozy bed and breakfasts to stylish luxury spots, you’ll be sure to find the perfect place to stay during your visit.
Whether you’re looking for an affordable stay or a luxurious one-of-a-kind experience, Lisbon has something for everyone.
Make sure to check out the city’s unique design and boutique hotels on your next trip to Lisbon!
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The weather is great during May and October, with low probability of rain. It’s a great time of year to explore the many unique experiences in Lisbon before the summer crowds and heat arrive.
Summer in Lisbon
Although the temperatures can be high in July and August, the wind from the Atlantic Ocean provides cooling. June is a fun month to visit Lisbon to experience the month-long festival in the city – music, sardines and endless parties in the streets of Alfama. It’s an experience of a lifetime.
In addition, midsummer is a perfect time for a beach vacation, as the water off the coast has warmed up by then. Between June and August, there’s an average of 10 hours of sunshine daily. Expect crowds during Summer, especially at the popular sights in Lisbon like the Belem Tower.
Also, remember that Lisbon is a very hilly city, which becomes extremely exhausting to navigate during the hot temperatures from June to August.
Best time for a city trip to Lisbon
The best time to visit Lisbon for a city break is from April to June or September to November. These months offer mild weather and fewer crowds than in the peak summer season.
If you’re interested in surfing, October through April is when swells and waves are at their best.
Winter in Lisbon
Winter sees more rain fall, but mild temperatures averaging 8 to 15°C make it a comfortable season to travel.
Here is an overview with temperatures, sun hours and rainy days for Lisbon
The green listed months are the ones which we recommend more than the others.
In spring, the number of sunny days and rainy hours is relatively consistent. From March to May you should expect an average of seven rainy days and seven-to-eight sunny hours. Springtime is especially beautiful in Lisbon as the city slowly awakens from winter: jacaranda trees bloom purple during this time of year. Festivals also start to pop during this time, including many spring events.
In summer you should bring your sunglasses and a towel for the beach, as it won’t rain much.
In fall, there are eight rainy days with an average of five sunny hours.
No matter what time of year you choose to visit, there’s always something special about this vibrant city.
If you’re looking for a truly Portuguese experience, you need to visit a few of the best cafes, restaurants and Fado bars in Lisbon. Get a taste of the delicious Portuguese pastries, culinary delights and traditional music.
Some are mor touristic, others are more authentically local. Here’s a list of the best cafes, restaurants and Fado bars in Lisbon.
The word fado comes from Latin and means “destiny”. Having something as heavy and serious as fate as its origin has shaped their character. That is why Fado singers love to sing about strong feelings, love affairs and the end of love, betrayal, jealousy, revenge and misfortune.
But contrary to what is claimed, fado is not always sad. It is often cheeky and bohemian. Fado singers understand like no one else how to sing of the spirit of its people – the fishmongers, sailors, good-for-nothings, rogues, and ultimately nightlife of Lisbon.
Mesa de Frades
If you’re looking for something unique without the hustle and bustle of tourists, then this Fado restaurant is ideal!
The Mesa de Frades has been a beloved institution among Portuguese locals since its establishment in an 18th-century chapel. You can appreciate original features such as ceramic tiles adorning ancient walls while enjoying music from famous performers like Ricardo Ribeiro, Ana Sofia Varela or Pedro Moutinho live.
For only around €50 to 60 you will receive a three-course meal plus access to their 3-hour-long performance with short intermissions between songs.
So come on down at 8 pm sharp if your heart desires some great food combined with soulful melodies – it’s definitely worth every penny!
Good to know:
At this exclusive eatery, you have to chime the bell for admittance!
But don’t worry if it’s after 11 pm – come on in and enjoy a show with some beverages. With limited seating available at such an intimate locale, why not get the combo dinner and performance package? It’s certain to be quite memorable!
This Fado house is a great option if you’re looking for something cheap and traditional.
They offer traditional “petiscos” (small bites, like the Spanish tapas), and there are many must-try dishes here, including the chouriço assado: flame-grilled pork sausage served on a clay dish with rustic bread.
It’s been open since 1937 and has kept its antique, high-end feeling throughout the years. If you’re looking for a unique dining experience that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place for you.
The restaurant offers an intimate and charming setting, complete with traditional Portuguese furniture and tile work, that will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
Today, Adega Machado is known for its incredible traditional cuisine (expect to spend around 50 euros per person for a dinner) and resident singers like Marco Rodrigues, Joana Veiga, and Isabel Noronha.
You’re guaranteed to see a great show here!
Good to know:
Concerts are usually from 5 pm – 6 pm, which is the perfect time for families who want to experience this passionate historic music.
On weekends, the Fado Museum offers a short fado show. The price is included in the ticket fee.
The Museu do Fado in Lisbon is a great place to learn about and experience the unique atmosphere of Fado music. The museum houses a documentation center, auditorium, and classrooms, where you can take courses in Portuguese guitar, for example. The collection includes instruments, sheet music, posters, clothes, records, and newspapers.
In the interactive exhibition, you can travel through history and listen to Fado from different decades. An audio guide leads you through the exhibition. The operator regularly hosts musical performances by renowned artists in the auditorium.
In addition to the museum, the listed building in the old town houses a restaurant and souvenir store.
The Fado Museum is located in the old town of Alfama, directly on the banks of the Tagus River.
The vibrant green facade of the slightly aged building houses Povo – a popular spot not only for Fado, but also as an eatery.
This chic eatery often has fado shows with young vocalists and musicians. There’s no cover for the show, and you can get a full meal of petiscos for around €20, wine included.
Outdoor terraces are usually always full.
The restaurant itself offers 40-50 seats, mainly with table seating and it has a bar counter near the entrance. Tables meant to accommodate two people often end up hosting four due to its narrow pitch – making it quite crowded at times. Portuguese cuisine takes center stage in their menu lineup; yet amazingly, appetizers & soups start from just €2 while salads begin cost €5. Beverages come in abundance too – primarily alcohol such as bottled wine that you can choose from seven varieties per glass. Prices remain modest here, with beers starting off at equally low rates of €2 each for live restaurants like this one.
Dinner time starts 20:00 onwards, followed by fado commencing 22:00 onward every day.
This area has plenty of restaurants and is crowded with young people even late at night.
If you’re looking for a hipster place for a coffee break or wine break, then look no further. The service at Café da Garagem is great, the food is delicious and affordable, and there’s a retro atmosphere to boot.
But the reason why this place is a hidden gem is because of the panoramic views of Lisbon that you get to enjoy. The breathtaking views of the city appear as you descend the stairs, and large armchairs are oriented towards the windows that reach the ceiling.
In the late afternoon, the café is buzzing with energy. Groups of friends catching up with drinks, solo visitors settled comfortably into their armchairs flipping through pages in their books. Or you go onto the sunny patio to soak up some vitamin D.
Surprisingly, not very well-known, this spot also has a theater on the top floor with small art exhibitions.
Located a few streets from the center of all the tourist action, Café da Garagem is situated within Teatro da Garagem, a theater company. The café is hidden two floors down from the unimpressive entrance of the theater company.
If you find yourself in the tourist district, be prepared to pay a little extra for your meal. However, Café da Garagem is situated in a less crowded part of town, so you can expect prices to be lower. This hidden gem is definitely worth seeking out if you’re looking for an authentic dining experience without all the crowds and inflated prices.
There’s no denying that Portuguese custard tarts (pastéis de nata) are delicious, no matter where you try them. But if you really want to experience the best of the best, you need to head to Lisbon.
Forget about the original Pastéis de Belém- nowadays, any good pastry shop in Lisbon has homemade pastéis de nata. But this is the one place, that stands out from the rest.
Even though there’s no place to sit, this place is still worth it for the fresh-out-of-the-oven tarts and the two best viewpoints of the city nearby. Plus, the service is super friendly and the natas are deliciously fresh with a slight orange twist.
Are you looking for a truly authentic Portuguese experience? Then O Velho Eurico is the spot to be! Whether you’re dining with two adults and a toddler or just by yourself, this budget-friendly restaurant will not disappoint.
Not only does it hold all the traditional flavors that Portugal has to offer, but tourists are welcomed too – although locals still make up most visitors.
When in Alfama’s tourist heartland, why not take advantage of some sun on their small terrace come lunchtime? Here at O Eurico everyone can find something delicious no matter what your taste buds desire!
When you enter, there are a few tables that you can sit at. The place could be full, and a waitress will ask for your order loud and clear. There is another seating area around the corner from the kitchen.
If you’re coming to Eurico with kids in tow, no worries – the staff are used to it and there’s plenty of space for buggies.
The food is delicious and comes in huge portions, so if you’re not a big eater, make sure to share a dish. You won’t find an extensive menu here; the restaurant has signs that show the house specialties. But don’t expect anything too fancy or chic about this place – the charm lies mainly in the fact that you can easily come into contact with locals.
At Java, experience Mediterranean flavors seared on the grill with a charming 360-degree view of Lisbon. On our menu is shakshuka, bowls, avocado feta bread and pancakes – lots of vegan options available too.
The ideal accompaniment for these dishes includes Bloody Marys or Mimosas as well as freshly squeezed juices. As night falls enjoy an al fresco sunset accompanied by wine and CBD cocktails at Java’s picturesque setting!
If you’re ever in the mood for a good steak, Carvoaria Jacto is the place to go! The place consistently offers good food at reasonable prices.
Start with fresh rissoles and croquettes or a creamy fresh cheese with pumpkin jam.
Then choose a good strong wine from the Alentejo region. Choose your main dish of meat: cow, pork or lamb. Also choose the meat-cut: round, loin, rib… And then choose the weight from 300g to 500g… and off you go!
Order some rice, French fries (homemade) and mashed spinach as side dishes and try to make your own salad at the free salad buffet. There are lots of vegetables to choose from. At the end you could also add sauce, like olive oil or barbecue.
Save some room and don’t forget to try the chocolate mousse!
Plus, the friendly staff and great prices make this spot hard to beat.
If you’re looking for a delicious burger in Lisbon, Ground Burger is the place to go.
They have juicy patties on fresh brioche bread, hand-cut fries, and a great selection of craft beer from all over the world. You can try an “Oldschool American Burger” in Chili Cheese, Turkey, Lobster, or Veggie varieties.
You can find Ground Burger at Time Out Market (read more about it in our post about markets in Lisbon) or near El Corte Inglés.
One of the best places to eat in Lisbon is Casa da India, where you can get delicious home-cooked traditional cuisine.
This restaurant is a favorite among locals, who come for the grilled chicken, salmon, sea bream and octopus. Casa da India also offers more traditional dishes like salad, rice and hand-cut fries or the famous “batatas assadas”, which are absolutely delicious!
If you’re not hungry enough for a full meal, try some of their delicious starters like Patéis de Bacalhau, samosas and a delicious traditional vegetable soup.
Visiting the viewpoints in Lisbon, you can admire the most beautiful sights of the city from afar.
The Portuguese capital entices its visitors with charming pastel-coloured buildings, an exciting nightlife and stunning views.
Numerous viewpoints throughout Lisbon offer phenomenal panoramas over the Atlantic coast, the Tagus River and iconic landmarks such as the Castelo de São Jorge fortress or the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.
We tell you where to find the most beautiful “miradouros” in Lisbon – keep reading for more!
This lovely park, situated near the old town, offers stunning views of Baixa district and much of Lisbon.
In summer, the idyllic setting also features a beautiful water pool – perfect for cooling off after an exciting tour around Lisbon (we recommend doing the hop-on, hop-off bus tour to easily cover more spots in Lisbon).
The park’s seating areas are very popular too; from here you can enjoy the magnificent view whilst resting your weary feet on one of the comfortable footstools provided with each chair.
Jardim do Torel is definitely worth seeking out – it’ll be sure to leave a lasting impression!
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
The stunning São Pedro de Alcântara lookout in Lisbon is nestled away in a historic garden, full of fountains, statues and flowerbeds. You can also buy snacks and drinks from the small kiosk located there.
To get one of the best views over Lisbon, make your way to this viewpoint, located in Bairro Alto. Not only will you be able to see Baixa district from this vantage point, but you can also spot Castelo de São Jorge and right at the mouth of River Tagus.
Restauradores station is the closest metro stop to reach Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara but we recommend taking the historic funicular Elevador da Glória instead. The picturesque ride has been running since 1885 after all. Plus, it’s only a few meters walk from either public transport option to reach the viewpoint itself.
Just down the street of the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, you’ll find the little park “Principe Real”.
Elegant buildings surround this quaint urban oasis, where a gigantic cedar tree with a parasol-like canopy casts shade on couples sitting below. Old men play cards while children run around in the small playground nearby. We didn’t find many playgrounds in Lisbon. So this one was very much appreciated.
The space also has a café with seating outside, as well as two kiosks that have refreshments.
Every Saturday, the area hosts a farmer’s market with organic fruits and vegetables. The last Saturday and Monday of every month there is also a market for crafts and antiques.
There’s a stone reservoir from the 1800s that’s part of the city’s aqueduct and Water Museum underneath it all. You can visit the museum on weekends.
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
This one is less visited, but no less beautiful. Probably, it’s the best viewpoint in Lisbon and the most overlooked.
From here you have a good view of the Castelo de São Jorge, the Baixa district, the bridge of April 25 and can see as far as the Convento do Carmo on the other side of the Tagus, and as well almost all the other miradouros.
It’s a bit harder to get to, but it’s totally worth it. Taking in the gorgeous panoramic view is one of the best memories you’ll ever have from Lisbon.
If you want to take the best of the moment, bring a beer or a bottle of wine with you and head here just before sunset.
The next two are both close to each other and offer great views of the red roofs of Alfama.
In the historic district of Alfama, you’ll find the Miradouro de Santa Luzia. From this vantage point, you have an unobstructed view of the seemingly endless mouth of the Tagus River.
The Miradouro is elaborately designed and is a sight in itself. Many visitors are drawn here on their way to Castelo because of its beautiful facade decorated with tile paintings that tell stories about Lisbon before the great earthquake in 18th century.
Largo Santa Luzia is home to both the lookout point and church of Santa Lucia which can be quickly reached by streetcar 28.
In addition, on clear days you can see Igreja de Santa Engrácia and Santo Estêvão Church on horizon.
Above the rooftops of the old town of Alfama is the Miradouro das Portas do Sol. It’s not far from the viewpoint Santa Luzia, but situated slightly higher on the hill.
The “portal to the sun” certainly lives up to its name…. From up here you have a great view over the hustle and bustle in the alleys of Alfama.
The monastery of São Vicente de Fora on the horizon seems close, but is actually a good distance away.
The Miradouro das Portas do Sol is on your way to Castelo de São Jorge.
Streetcar 28 takes you to the “portal to the sun” via Largo Portas do Sol in just a few minutes.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina
This is a bit of a hidden gem and we stumbled-upon this one with a bit lof luck.
Lisbon’s Miradouro de Santa Catarina is a lesser-known spot, but some are familiar with the Adamastor statue. The terrace attracts young locals who come to enjoy the music, conversation and beer on balmy evenings well into the night.
The view from Santa Catarina is breathtaking–you can see all of Lisbon’s Tejo estuary, the 25 de Abril bridge and São Paulo municipality rooftops.
There’s also a small park nearby, but it’s the large terrace that really makes this spot special.
The towering Adamastor statue represents mythical poet Camões’ figure of Cape of Storms (now known as Cape of Good Hope). After the circumnavigation of the cape by Bartolomeu Dias, the Adamastor lost its terror and is now a pleasant accompaniment when watching the sunset at the Miradouro of Santa Catarina.
Christo Rei Statue
Lisbon’s highlights include Christo Rei, a statue of Christ perched on a 75-meter-high pedestal.
It is the seventh largest statue of its kind in the world, modeled on the larger Cristo Redentor figure in Rio de Janeiro. Strictly speaking, the monument is not in Lisbon, but in neighboring Almada. The place can be reached by ferry and bus.
You can take the elevator up inside the monument and enjoy the panorama at one of the best viewpoints in the city. Especially, the nearby 25th of April Bridge can be seen well from up there.
Good to know:
The way to the statue is time-consuming. It’s best to save it for the very end of your trip, if you still have time. Otherwise, visit it next time.
Pilar 7 – P7 – 25th of April Bridge Viewpoint
The P7 Bridge Experience is a great way to get up close and personal with the famous suspension bridge Ponte 25 de Abril.
You can take an elevator up to the viewing platform, which is at the same height as the cars driving on the bridge. The platform has a glass floor, so it’s not for people who are afraid of heights. You also see the real steel cable construction with which the bridge is attached.
Don’t expect a good view of the bridge itself, as you are too close to the bridge and therefore don’t really have a good view of it.
Good to know:
You have free entrance with the Lisboa Card. If you don’t have that card, you might want to head a few meters further, as you get a free experience there.
Walk along the road N6 to the pedestrian bridge and admire the bridge directly from the water.
Castelo de São Jorge
From the Castelo de São Jorge you also have a great view. However, this is not free of charge. Book a skip-the-line ticket here.
Overall, we had a blast checking out all the viewpoints in Lisbon! Each one offered incredible views of the cityscape, and we loved getting to experience them.
If you’re ever in Lisbon, be sure to check out as many as possible of these viewpoints for yourself – you won’t be disappointed!
In Lisbon there are several traditions that are maintained until today, as is the case of markets and street markets. For anyone looking to do a bit of shopping in Lisbon, you’re going to have to include a few markets on your list.
In Lisbon there are several traditions that are maintained until today, as is the case of markets and street markets. Street markets are kept in the oldest or most traditional regions.
Even with the growth of supermarkets, there are still many people who go to street markets to buy fresh produce or simply take a walk and have lunch. In this article we will talk about the most typical and best markets for shopping in Lisbon.
A visit to the markets in Lisbon is always an enjoyable and fun experience. Whether you’re looking to buy something, eat or just wander around, there’s a market for everyone.
The traditional Mercado da Ribeira is a great place to get an authentic taste of Portuguese life.
The market hall is always bustling with activity and full of color. You can find fresh fruit and vegetables here in abundance, and the seafood selection is impressive.
If you’re looking for unusual culinary specialties from all over Portugal, this is the place to go.
Construction work on the current market hall began in 1876, and it officially opened on January 1, 1882. However, in 1893, a fire destroyed the eastern part of the market. The Mercado da Ribeira was rebuilt and enlarged several times over the years.
The last renovation took place in 2014, though care was taken during this process to preserve the original character of the market. This character is mainly due to elements of iron architecture, which give the structure an imposing appearance.
The engineer responsible for this was Frederico Ressano Garcia (1847-1911), who was also responsible for other notable buildings in the Lisbon area, such as the Avenida da Liberdade and Praça Marquês de Pombal.
The traditional market is open Monday to Saturday from 6 am to 2 pm. The flower stores are open daily from 6 am to 8 pm, on Sundays only from 10 am.
The Time Out Market Lisboa opened in the western part of the Mercado da Ribeira in 2014, after the market hall underwent renovation.
At Time Out Market, there are more than 30 restaurants and bars, some of them even with starred Portuguese chefs. You will find traditional Portuguese cuisine, seafood, steak, pizza, sushi and basically any kind of cuisine.
The principle of the Time Out Market is relatively easy to explain. All around each side of the market are small restaurants and bars. In the center, you’ll find seating and dining all around, as well as two other bars that have placed themselves here. If you’re with family or friends, everyone picks their own food and then eats together at one place.
For vegetarians and vegans, the selection at Time Out Market is not very exciting or impressive. Traditional Portuguese cuisine is meat- and fish-heavy. Only at Asian Lab is there vegan curry and Pad Thai.
All the stalls offer excellent food, but I can especially recommend the fried baby squid and the roasted farinheira (smoked pork sausage) by Chef Alexandre Silva.
Other highly recommended places:
Pap’Açorda: traditional Portuguese cuisine, located on the 1st floor. Marlene Vieira: delicious seafood at relatively reasonable prices. Manteigaria: the pastéis de nata from Belém are much better known, but these are at least as delicious. See below for more info!
The only downside is that it’s become pretty touristy over time, so the prices are higher than average. And it’s still worth visiting, as you get some delicious food.
Good to know:
The Time Out Academy offers cooking classes that are located in the middle of the market hall. There are different workshops, lunches, and dinners with live cooking as well as programs for kids. This would be a great place to get a souvenir instead of something small like a keychain.
Get to know the Biological Market of Príncipe Real in Lisbon.
This is one of the best markets, where you can find the best organic products, in one of the noblest neighborhoods in Lisbon.
The market offers Lisboners a huge variety of vegetables and other products. It was created as a collaboration between Agrobio and the Lisbon City Hall and has been a great success among neighbors in the region and even people who don’t live nearby, make a point to go there to buy their products.
There are fruits, fresh vegetables, cereals, breads, olive oil, wine and many other products. The little market consists of several stalls, where the producers sell their main elaborations and specialties. Arrive early to see all the fresh and organized products and be able to choose the ones you like the most. The market’s location is always the same, in the Garden of Príncipe Real. It is super easy to get there, since the area is surrounded by public transportation options.
This is the local market of the Campo de Ourique district, where residents come to buy fresh fish and vegetables.
It’s a covered market with several eateries, similar to Time-Out Mercado da Ribeira, though it’s smaller and not yet discovered by mass tourism.
It offers plenty of choice: fish, meat, fruit, traditional sweets, pizza, sushi, walnut bar, wine bar, beers from around the world and an ice cream shop. You can get just about anything you want here.
So, it’s a great place for lunch or drinks. The portions are generous and not too expensive. For 2 adults and a toddler you’ll spend about €25 in total.
The food here is so good, you might forget it’s a market hall at first. If you’re looking to cook your own meal, you can buy fresh (local) ingredients for a delicious meal here. But there’s also plenty of fruit available.
Good to know:
When you hit up the restaurants, be ready to get generous servings with your dish – but don’t forget to check out what’s on offer in terms of portion size. You can usually opt for a smaller helping if that works better for you!
Soaring above the rooftops of Lisbon, in the charmingly situated district of Graça, you can explore an extraordinary market during a stroll through town.
Here, at one of the city’s most enchanting spots, lies Feira da Ladra — Lisbon’s biggest flea and antique marketplace — sure to capture your interest with its vastness and diversity.
A Selection Beyond Compare
At Feira da Ladra, visitors will find literally anything their hearts desire; from antiquated technology to vintage garments or books – even trinkets galore.
The small shops located around this wonderful bazaar also boast incredible merchandise, including antiques that are top-notch quality yet still affordable prices.
The Feira da Ladra flea market, which takes place on the Campo de Santa Clara square and is almost infinitely large, has an eventful history and had a rather dubious reputation in its time because its name means “flea market of thieves“, which is because a lot of stolen goods were offered at the market in the past.
Nowadays, however, nothing of this is noticeable, and you will find a market where a lively hustle and bustle and a cheerful atmosphere prevails.
In addition to being incredibly large and diverse, the Lisbon flea market is also located in an excellent, idyllic location.
On the Campo de Santa Clara worth seeing square you will also find impressive church São Vicente da Fora – one of the incredible sights in Lisbon.
The best way to see Graça is by taking the historic streetcar 28. It’s a comfortable ride, and you’ll get to see some remarkable views along the way.
If you’re looking for something to do, hop on streetcar 15 and head to the LX Factory. It’s a former industrial area.
This hipster hangout features trendy shops, restaurants, and bars – perfect for exploring on a sunny day! LX Factory is the perfect place to spend a sunny day.
You’ll find some really cool stores in the old factory buildings. One place you should definitely check out is the Ler Devagar library. It’s located in an old printing house, and the impressive printing machines are still there.
Ler Devagar, one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, is a place where time stands still. With its inviting atmosphere and relaxed pace, it’s easy to while away an afternoon browsing the shelves and enjoying a coffee or two. The name says it all – take your time and savor each moment in this special store.
The other small galleries are also worth checking out.
In addition to all the cafes, there’s also a dance school and a multi-purpose hall where concerts and other events are held. Keep your eyes open for upcoming events.
And if you keep walking around, you’ll find lots of graffiti art.
Treat yourself to a magical experience at Rio Maravilha. Relax with an ice-cold refreshment while admiring the stunning views of Tejo river and 25th April Bridge – truly like something out of a movie! Although it may not be quite budget-friendly, you won’t regret this experience.
This co-working space/café is located in a converted Lisbon streetcar depot, and it’s chock-full of colorful containers and buses stacked on top of each other. The café is located in a double-decker bus placed on top of a container, and it’s definitely worth a brief visit.
Unfortunately, there is no direct access from the LX Factory, so you’ll have to walk around the outside of the site to get there. But trust us, it’s totally worth it!
We usually wander around a town and simply get lost. That way we find many small and special shops in each city we visit.
It’s worth exploring the side streets and not just focusing on the big shopping streets, where you only find the big brands anyway, like in every other city.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the mainstream stores, there are plenty of Portuguese designers scattered around the city.
A good place to start your Lisbon shopping tour is Calçada Sacramento in Chiado district. Here you can find charming stores selling clothing, confectionery, jewelry, accessories and even decorative items for your home. At the top of Largo do Carmo square, in front of the monastery ruins, you’ll find a traditional leather shoe store (Sapateria do Carmo).
As you walk back downhill from here, on your left you’ll find a second-hand store with great vintage clothing (“Ás de Espadas“).
Alternatively, if you head up diagonally from Largo do Carmo towards Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, you can continue your shopping trip at Príncipe Real.
The Príncipe Real is a hip and also very clean district in Lisbon. You can find stores here that would fit in perfectly in other European cities. The Embaixada, a luxurious department store housed in a 19th century palace, is one of the highlights of the area. It has various concept stores with medium to high price ranges.
Then there is Rua do Carmo, which is a charming side street that branches off from Rua Garrett. Its handpicked selection of small family-run boutiques makes it the perfect place to find quality pieces and unique souvenirs to remember your trip to Lisbon.
Insiders have long since gone on the prowl in the neighborhoods on the outskirts of the center – in Marvila, for example. It is precisely there that a young, creative scene has settled. Concept stores, boutiques, cool cafés and quirky galleries provide one hundred percent of the entertainment and plenty of inspiration.
Despite its crumbling warehouses and dilapidated industrial architecture, Marvila is the district to keep an eye on in Lisbon. Situated along the riverside between downtown and contemporary Parque das Nações zone, it has experienced a cultural revival after years of being overlooked.
Marvila is a trendy, up-and-coming area in Lisbon, perched on the side of the beautiful Tagus River. It’s rapidly gentrifying, but still has a gritty edge that makes it unique.
It’s the up-and-coming “London East-End” of Lisbon.
There is one tourist attraction in Marvila – the Igreja de Marvila, a church from 1680 with a beautiful gilded interior and baroque tile panels. It only opens for services, but it’s definitely worth a visit.
The rest of the galleries, restaurants and breweries in this eastern part of town only open in the afternoon or evening, so there’s no reason to come during the day.
If you’re looking for galleries, cafes, bars and breweries, you’ll find them on Rua Capitão Leitão and Rua do Açúcar, which leads to Praça David Leandro da Silva, the main square with a few notable examples of early-20th-century architecture.
Just a few feet away is Fábrica Braço de Prata, a former factory that became an arts and culture center. It’s open until late and has a bookstore, exhibition spaces, screening rooms, and a stage for live music.
In Portugal, there are no clear-cut opening hours for stores, so they may differ from place to store.
In Lisbon, street shops typically open Monday through Friday from 9:00 or 10:00 am until around 7:00 or 8:00 pm. Many smaller establishments close down for an hour or two in the afternoon, usually between 1:00 and 3: 00 pm.
Larger chains and malls open at 10am and stay open until 10pm; some malls are even open as late as midnight. Certain shopping centers and larger stores also remain operational on Sundays.
So it’s best to check online if it’s open, if you want to visit a specific shop.
Supermarkets throughout Lisbon generally maintain the same hours of operation–from 9am to 8pm.
Be sure to wear your most comfortable walking shoes. Lisbon is nicknamed the “City of Seven Hills” – and with good reason. Also, the paved sidewalks can get pretty slippery in the rain.
Lisbon is a great place to shop for clothes, accessories, shoes, and souvenirs at reasonable prices. And since the cost of living is generally lower in Portugal, it’s cheaper than shopping in other major European cities. Plus, leather goods have a good reputation in Portugal—especially bags and shoes. So if you’re looking for quality leather products, it’s worth paying attention to these items when you’re out shopping.
When it comes to shopping and finding great deals in Lisbon, you can’t go wrong! With the numerous top markets and nice boutique shops, you can find anything your heart desires, all while immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of this beautiful city.
Lisbon’s markets and shops have you covered. So why wait?
Book your tickets and get ready for an unforgettable shopping experience in one of the world’s most stunning cities.
Portugal is known for its beautiful beaches, sunny weather and rich cultural history. You’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches spread out all along the coast, from the Algarve through to the beaches near Lisbon.
Located just a short drive from Lisbon, the beaches in this area offer something for everyone, from secluded coves and quiet fishing villages to bustling resorts and lively surf spots.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the sea or an adventure-filled vacation, you’ll find it at one of the best beaches near Lisbon.
Yellow beaches – West of Lisbon – use the train (or bus) Orange beaches – West of Lisbon – best by car Purple beaches – South of Lisbon – best by car
Great beaches you can reach by train or bus from Lisbon
The following beaches are much-loved by local people and sightseers alike. Getting to them from Lisbon is straightforward, with regular train services running out of Cais do Sodré station or any other rail stop towards Cascais.
The coastline from Oeiras to Estoril to Cascais stretches west of Lisbon and offers sandy beaches, calm seawater and characteristic spas. This is the coastline where most tourists take a day trip to the beach.
Those are the yellow beaches on the map above.
The coastline is connected from Lisbon to Cascais by a train that runs regularly. A trip costs about €2 per person each way and takes about 45 minutes from terminus to terminus. This means that almost all beaches are easily accessible from Lisbon. The only disadvantage is that all beaches can be very crowded in summer, especially during the Portuguese summer vacations.
Then you could still consider to rent a car, leave early and head to a different beach a bit further away.
Hop on a carriage and you’ll be surfside in no time!
~30 minutes train ride along the coast. – West of Lisbon
Caxias beach, nestled in the municipality of Oeiras and just a stone’s throw from Lisbon city center.
It is easily accessible thanks to its proximity to the waterfront road and train station.
The beach splits itself up in three stretches of sand – ranging from Giribita Fortress (Forte da Giribita) through São Bruno Fortress (Forte de São Bruno), all the way down to Lage River mouth (Ribeira da Lage).
This idyllic spot offers tranquil waters shielded by gentle winds blowing offshore.
Praia de Santo Amaro
~40 minutes train ride along the coast. – West of Lisbon
Santo Amaro beach is the first one where you can buy snacks and drinks from the beach café. This is definitely not our top choice, but there is also a busy McDonalds right behind the underpass of the Marginal, which is open 24/7.
During the summer, there’s always a lot going on down at the beach. For example, during the main season they set up and operate a water park on the water. Children can slide, play and train their dexterity and balance here for an entrance fee of ~€7.00.
A surf spot that’s right next to the bathing beach is perfect for those who want to catch some waves. The ground is partly rocky, which makes it ideal for advanced surfers. Watch out, there can be waves up to 3.5 meters high. This spot is also popular with Portuguese surfers. So it’s not a spot for beginners and there is also not a surf school at this beach.
The beach can be easily reached by the Santo Amaro train station. It’s only about a 3-minute walk from the station to the beach.
~ 45 minutes train ride along the coast. – West of Lisbon
This is one of the most popular and busiest beaches in the Lisbon region. Praia de Carcavelos is just under 1.5 kilometers long and one of the most beautiful beaches along the Lisbon coast.
It is by far the most popular Lisbon beach due to its excellent public transport links. There are numerous beach bars and cafes along the boardwalk. These are ideal for a light lunch or to escape the intense UV rays of the summer sun. Ice cream stands and watermelon vendors can be found here, as well as watch vendors and Asian massage ladies.
The beach attracts a predominantly active crowd and there really is always something going on. Be it beach volleyball, beach football or sometimes a championship.
The big waves make Carcavelos a popular place for surfing and the equipment can be rented at reasonable prices. There are also several surf schools here. Book a surf lesson in Carcavelos here.
Decent changing rooms, showers and toilets can also be found regularly.
Carcavelos beach is the perfect spot for a relaxing day by the water. You can learn to surf, play beach volleyball, tan in the sun, and cool off in the sea. This Lisbon beach is popular with both Portuguese and foreign tourists.
If you’re looking for the perfect beach day in Lisbon, Carcavelos is a top choice. It’s easy to get to and is suitable for everyone, whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or even on your own.
To get there, just get off at the Carcavelos stop and then walk down to the beach for about 10-12 minutes.
Praia de of São Pedro do Estoril
~45 minutes train ride along the coast. – West of Lisbon
Sao Pedro offers a wide and sandy beach, with clean water that is perfect for swimming and relaxing.
Plus you’ll find natural pools here, which are unique and special. These are extremely popular with children and are safe, especially at low tide.
The waves on the beach make it a great spot for surfing and bodyboarding. There are usually many stand-up paddlers here as well, and you can also rent a board.
Sao Pedro is also conveniently located near a train station, making it a great choice for a day trip from Lisbon to the beach.
Get off at the São Pedro do Estoril stop and walk about 150 meters to the beach. Please use the underpass or traffic light to cross the busy street Avenida Marginal.
Tamariz Beach, Estoril
~50 minutes train ride along the coast. – West of Lisbon
Another great beach near Lisbon is Praia do Tamariz, located in the town of Estoril. This beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and wide, sandy shore, making it a perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing.
Praia do Tamariz, situated at the bottom of the grand avenue leading to the magnificent Estoril Casino, used to be known as an upper-class beach where wealthy people would spend their summers on the Estoril coast.
However, today it is one of the most visited beaches in the area because of its convenient central location right next to the railroad tracks. The infrastructure of Tamariz beach is excellent and even includes a seawater swimming pool at the pier. Consequently, there is nothing left to be desired.
One of the things that sets Praia do Tamariz apart from other beaches in the area is its lively atmosphere. The beach is dotted with small cafes and restaurants, where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing drink. There are also a number of shops selling beach gear and souvenirs, so you can pick up everything you need for a day of fun in the sun.
Despite its popularity, Praia do Tamariz manages to maintain a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The beach is large and open, so even on busy days you can find a quiet spot to relax and soak up the sunshine. And with its beautiful natural surroundings and convenient location, Praia do Tamariz is the perfect destination for a day trip from Lisbon.
A trip there on weekends will reward you with fascinating food trucks plus bustling flea markets!
Praia Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Cascais
~50 minutes train ride along the coast. And it’s also the last stop. – West of Lisbon
If you’re looking to spend a day lounging on the beach, Bar de Praia is the perfect spot. Just a few steps from the Cascais train station, this beach offers clear blue waters and little to no waves – perfect for snorkeling and for families.
You can rent sunbeds for the whole day starting at 9:30am, and umbrellas are available too. Prices are reasonable, with two sunbeds plus an umbrella costing around 20 euros.
At Bar de Praia you can order food and drinks throughout the day. The menu features simple but tasty dishes, including Portuguese classics as well as salads, pizzas and pasta dishes. There’s also a wide selection of drinks available, from beer and wine to sodas, fruit juices and cocktails. If you’re renting sunbeds then you can use the toilet at the Bar do Praia for free; otherwise it costs 50 cents (in high season).
The beach has a lot of nearby facilities.
If you walk towards Estoril, you’ll find a natural sea pool. At Praia da Conceição, you can rent SUP boards to explore the area. The water is usually pretty calm, so it’s a fun activity. It costs 15€ per hour to rent a board. If you want to do a guided tour, it’s 35€ per hour.
You could even walk into the center of Cascais within 5 minutes. If you want to walk a bit further, you can get to the promenade by going through the neighborhood beach Praia da Duquesa.
The beach is also kid-friendly, as the water was is usually calm. There is also a small rocky area where our toddler could go on an adventure and climb/scramble around at the risk of getting splashed by some waves along the rocks.
It’s a mix of locals (who are in the majority) and tourists.
30-minute bus or car ride from Lisbon’s center – South of Lisbon
Costa da Caparica is a vibrant and burgeoning holiday spot that many Portuguese flock to.
It’s on the other side of the Tagus River, steadily becoming an attractive destination for both domestic and global vacationers alike!
It’s 24 km long stretch of sandy beaches along with its picturesque natural scenery makes it one of Europe’s longest shorelines – not to mention spectacular. So there are many smaller beaches to choose from.
The resort town itself lies at the northern tip overlooking this breathtaking beachfront; conveniently located only 20 minutes away from Lisbon by bus or car.
Costa da Caparica beckons travelers and locals alike with its radiant shoreline. Swells draw in surfers, who flock here to escape the crowds of Carcavelos and Guincho. On balmy days, get ready for a delightful surfing session! In summer, Portuguese come together on these sandy beaches that offer blissful family fun — plus evening beach revelries you won’t want to miss.
Great beaches close and West of Lisbon – Best reached by car
Let’s start with the beaches towards the Nort/West of Lisbon, which you could also combine nicely with a day trip to Sintra.
But those beaches are recommended to explore by car, as you won’t reach them really with public transport. But I would recommend to rent a car for 2-3 days anyway to explore the region around Lisbon a bit.
Praia do Guincho
30-45 minutes by car ride from Lisbon’s center – West of Lisbon
Praia do Guincho is a beautiful beach located just a short drive outside of Lisbon.
It’s only a little bit futher West than the beaches mentioned above, but as the train stops in Cascais, you would have to take a bus from there to reach it and it might take 1:30 hours in total, instead of 35 minutes by car.
With its golden sands and crystal-clear waters, this beach is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.
One of the standout features of Praia do Guincho is its expansive size. At over 2 kilometers in length, there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out and enjoy the sunshine. The wide, open spaces also make it a popular spot for sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding, as the steady Atlantic breeze provides the perfect conditions for these activities. The beach also has a surf school, where you can learn the basics or take a lesson from a professional instructor.
Another reason for Praia do Guincho’s popularity is its location. Nestled between the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and the Atlantic Ocean, the beach is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, and is a great place to go for a hike or a bike ride. And of course, the Atlantic Ocean provides endless opportunities for swimming, surfing, and other water sports.
Despite its beauty and popularity, Praia do Guincho manages to maintain a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. There are a few small restaurants and cafes along the beach, but they are low-key and non-intrusive. This means that even on busy days, the beach feels peaceful and uncrowded.
If you’re planning a trip to Lisbon, be sure to add Praia do Guincho to your itinerary. The beach is easily accessible by car or public transportation, and is the perfect place to spend a day soaking up the sun and enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you’re a water sports enthusiast or just looking for a peaceful spot to relax, Praia do Guincho is sure to impress.
Praia da Ursa
40-60 minutes by car ride from Lisbon’s center – West of Lisbon
Another hidden gem near Lisbon is Praia da Ursa. This secluded beach is only accessible by a steep hike down a rocky path, but the stunning views and serene atmosphere make it well worth the effort. The beach is known for its beautiful rock formations and crystal-clear waters, making it a popular spot for swimming and snorkeling.
One of the standout features of Praia da Ursa is its stunning natural surroundings. The park is a great place to go for a hike or a bike ride, and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. And of course, the Atlantic Ocean provides endless opportunities for swimming, surfing, and other water sports.
Another reason for Praia da Ursa’s popularity is its convenient location. Just a short drive from Lisbon, the beach is easily accessible by car or public transportation. This means that even if you’re staying in the city, you can easily make the trip out to the beach for a day of fun in the sun.
Despite its popularity, Praia da Ursa manages to maintain a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The beach is large and open, so even on busy days you can find a quiet spot to relax and soak up the sunshine. And with its beautiful natural surroundings and convenient location, Praia da Ursa is the perfect destination for a day trip from Lisbon.
Praia das Maçãs
44 km from Lisbon’s center you’ll find Praia das Macas. This beach is located in an urban area, only 0.8 km from town center, surrounded by cliffs.
It has several tiny coves with clear turquoise waters and pure golden fine sand.
This beach gets very crowded during high season. The Praia das Macas coast is free for all and has amenities such as sunbeds, umbrellas, toilets and a beach restaurant.
During high season this beach supervised by lifeguards. Besides swimming and sunbathing, you can participate in the standard fun activities.
The beach is easily accessible, as there is a parking lot located directly on Praia Dasmacas.
Praia das Azenhas do Mar
44 km from Lisbon’s center you’ll find Praia das Azenhas do Mar.
This beach is only thirty meters wide and so small that it practically disappears at high tide.
However, the magnificent scenery with white houses perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea has made it a mandatory destination for visitors to the Sintra region.
Despite its small size, it is supervised by lifeguards during the bathing season. These are located on the jetty between the terrace of a famous fish restaurant (open all year) and a tide-fed sea pool (free access).
Depending on the sea, you’ll see how the waves will smash against the sea pool. Then it’s too dangerous to go into the sea itself, because of the strong currents. But it’s still worth visiting Praia das Azenhas do Mar, because of the whole atmosphere. Sometimes they also have some open-air parties with a DJ.
In the village there are examples of “true Portuguese” houses, some of which were designed by the most renowned architects of the mid-20th century, who mixed modernist features with aesthetic elements of the traditional houses of the different regions of Portugal (such as the brick panels on the facades).
Praia do Magoito
45-60 minutes by car ride from Lisbon’s center – North/West of Lisbon
If you’re looking for a more secluded beach experience, head to Praia do Magoito, located in the charming fishing village of the same name. This peaceful beach is surrounded by cliffs and trees, providing a serene and picturesque setting for a day by the sea. The beach is also a great spot for birdwatching, with many rare species of birds making their home in the surrounding forests.
The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is a great place to go for a hike or a bike ride, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. And of course, the Atlantic Ocean provides endless opportunities for swimming, surfing, and other water sports.
Just a short drive from Lisbon, the beach is easily accessible by car or public transportation. This means that even if you’re staying in the city, you can easily make the trip out to the beach for a day of fun in the sun.
Despite its popularity, Praia do Magoito manages to maintain a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The beach is large and open, so even on busy days you can find a quiet spot to relax and soak up the sunshine. And with its beautiful natural surroundings and convenient location, Praia do Magoito is the perfect destination for a day trip from Lisbon.
With its golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and stunning natural surroundings, this beach is a must-see destination. Whether you’re a water sports enthusiast or just looking for a peaceful spot to relax, Praia do Magoito is sure to impress.
Great beaches South of Lisbon – Best reached by car
Now we take a look at the beaches a bit further away and South of Lisbon. The landscape is very different to the rest, so that it’s worth exploring this region as well.
Praia do Creiro
55 minutes – 1 h 20 min by car from Lisbon’s center – South of Lisbon
Praia do Creiro is a lovely sandy beach, South of Lisbon and on the west coast of Portugal, located in the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park. The area is well-known for its crystal clear waters and small island called “White Mountain”.
The beach is perfect for families or couples looking for a calm and relaxing atmosphere. There are also lifeguards on duty during bathing season for added safety.
Praia do Creiro is unique in that it’s only a 15-minute walk from Praia dos Coelhos, Praia dos Galapinhos and Praia dos Galapos. Plus, from the parking lot you have a direct view of an archaeological site of Roman ruins, discovered in 1987, called Estação Arqueológica do Creiro.
Praia do Ouro
45 – 60 minutes by car from Lisbon’s center – South of Lisbon
Finally, no trip to the beaches near Lisbon would be complete without a visit to Praia do Ouro, located in the town of Sesimbra. This beach is known for its vibrant atmosphere and lively beach bars, making it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
The beach is also a great spot for water sports, with opportunities for surfing, paddle boarding, and more.
Praia do Pego
1 h 25 minutes – 2 hours by car from Lisbon’s center – South of Lisbon
A serene Alentejo oasis by an expansive sandy beach, with a dune system of great scenic and environmental value. It has quality restaurants that serve traditional Alentejo cuisine.
Praia do Pego is a great kite spot located near Torroal. The spot usually has choppy water to small waves, making it perfect for intermediates, advanced and experts alike.
Overall, the beaches near Lisbon offer something for everyone, from secluded coves and quiet fishing villages to bustling resorts and lively surf spots.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the sea or an adventure-filled vacation, you’ll find it at one of the best beaches near Lisbon.
Lisbon is a city like no other. With the many unique sights and hidden gems in Lisbon, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
From the colorful streets of Baixa to the stunning views from São Jorge Castle, Lisbon is a city that will surprise and delight you at every turn.
Lisbon makes for an enchanting getaway, with its stunning sights and plentiful attractions. Tourists flock to the city due to its magnificent architecture and vibrant culture – but there are still ways of avoiding the crowds!
Exploring this destination promises a truly memorable experience full of discovery.
Here is our summary of top sights and hidden gems in Lisbon:
Sights, attractions and a hidden gems in Lisbon
The number 28 tram is a Lisbon institution. Commissioned in the 1930s, it has a nostalgic charm. You can use it for an all-day sightseeing tour of many sights. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat, that is. Tram line 28 goes from Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique. As you ride, you’ll pass through the Estrela neighborhood (read all about Lisbon’s neighborhoods) with its Baroque basilica, past the Portuguese Parliament, and through the city’s bustling main square.
The best time to use the tram either early in the morning or late at night, when there are fewer crowds.
The popular tram 28 is often full, so boarding at the start or end stop gives you the best chance of getting a seat. At stops in between, there is virtually no chance of getting on.
The tram 28 is simply one of the most popular sights in Lisbon. Don’t waste valuable time waiting – just take a picture if you can’t get a seat and move on to the next exciting Lisbon sight.
You can also take other trams such as the 15 or 12; both have great routes as well.
Good to know: The Lisboa Card includes the ride in tram 28.
Castelo de São Jorge
The Castelo de São Jorge is a castle built by the Moors that has served as a royal seat for centuries. It’s one of Lisbon’s oldest buildings and a top tourist sight.
The castle offers an incredible view of the city, with high trees providing shade on hot days. There’s also a permanent exhibition inside that tells you all about Lisbon’s history, plus a camera obscura in one of the towers where you can see a 360 degree image of the city.
On two large squares near the castle, you can play boules and dominoes. And if you get hungry, there’s a restaurant and café inside the castle grounds.
Climbing the steep hill to get to the castle is definitely worth it for the breathtaking views alone.
Wandering the narrow, cobbled streets of Alfama, Sé and Mouraria, which surround the castle, is the best way to explore this historic area and discover its hidden gems. From quaint restaurants to stunning views of Lisbon, there’s plenty to see and do around every corner. So take your time strolling through these beautiful neighborhoods – you never know what you might find!
Good to know: There are elevators in some places around Lisbon that can help you avoid having to walk up steep streets. Just keep your eyes open. For example, the Graffiti Carpark, a parking garage, offers such an opportunity.
In Belém stands an awe-inspiring piece of late Gothic architecture – the Jerónimos Monastery.
Built with wealth from its prosperous nautical trading, it remained unscathed by the 1755 earthquake. At 300 meters long and adorned in lavish decorations, mosaics and a magnificent cloister inside; this monastery is no less than amazing!
Symbols of Portugal‘s maritime supremacy adorn every inch: honouring Vasco da Gama who discovered India via a sea route around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope back in 1498 – his tomb rests here too.
It truly marks a legacy that will continue to fascinate for centuries more!
Good to know: You have free access with the Lisboa Card.
Elevador de Santa Justa
The Elevador de Santa Justa passenger elevator has been connecting the Baixa and Chiado (Baixa-Chiado) districts for over 100 years.
It was originally powered by steam engines, later by an electric motor, and overcomes the 8-meter height difference between the two places. The elevator tower is neo-Gothic in style and catches the eye, and the elevator cars are decorated with wood and brass fittings that give off a nostalgic vibe.
Once you reach the top, you can continue on up a spiral staircase to see the elevator’s drive. Even further up is a café with a beautiful view.
Good to know: The ride in the elevator is free, if you have the Lisboa Card.
Often the wait time is 1 or 2 hours if you want to take the elevator from bottom to top. The other way around is much faster. Or you could just take a picture and move on to the other sights instead of wasting time in line here. Because let’s face it, it’s a beautiful elevator, but it’s “just” an elevator.
Tower of Belém
Nestled at the edge of the city, the old lighthouse stands as a guardian of Lisbon. Slumbering in its ancient bricks is centuries of history.
Today, it still offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area and serves as a reminder of bygone days.
Throughout its captivating journey, the Torre was a lighthouse and watchtower. Here royal audiences were held; here valiant struggles for Lisbon occurred. When Spain conquered the city in 1580, it served as an incarceration facility before being transformed into a customs house.
A few times restorations took place and by 1910 it had acquired national monument status. Since 1983 this iconic structure has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site registry!
The Tower of Belém rises 35 meters from the Tagus River. From the observation deck, you get a unique view over the estuary and the district of Belém.
One of the jewels adorning Lisbon is certainly the Sé de Lisboa Cathedral in Alfama.
It stands as a beacon within this captivating city, being its main church and also one of its oldest sites for worshiping. The construction was originally done in Romanesque style but has now Baroque and Gothic touches to it too. The 20th century brought about restorative works on account that there were still traces from an earthquake three centuries ago present. In fact, you can spot remnants coming from antiquity inside the eastern cloister – these provide evidence supporting how long-standing this cathedral really is.
The National Pantheon in Lisbon, known also as the Panteão Nacional or Igreja de Santa Engrácia, is a beautiful baroque church from the 17th century that was never used as an actual church.
When you step inside, you’ll be amazed by the gigantic arches and naves. You can even get your steps in for the day by climbing up to the large dome. Once at the top, you’ll be able to enjoy a magnificent view of the entire city from the spacious terrace.
Lisbon is home to many hidden gems, one of which can be found behind small doors at Livraria do Simão.
This famous bookstore has become well-known for its tiny size and the quality of books it sells.
Small, but with room for all tastes, here you will also find rare books, prints, manuscripts, comics, records old papers and lots of stories to listen to!
In 2008, former chemistry teacher Simão Carneiro decided to dedicate himself to his passion: literature.
He was looking for a place to open a bookstore in central Lisbon when he came across this curious space in the middle of Escadinhas de São Cristóvão—one of the city’s most “secret” streets.
And so, Livraria do Simão was born.
This 4 square meter store can hold up to four thousand books of various languages, genres, and values—including novels, poetry, and short stories. It’s so small that no two people can fit inside at the same time! But visitors are always welcome according to owner Simon and his son.
What’s more, Simon is also a great storyteller—one of the reasons why so many people flock to this unique spot.
Address: Escadinhas de São Cristóvão 18 (Mouraria)
Lisbon is a city full of unique sights and hidden gems! From the cobblestone streets of Alfama to the colorful buildings in the old city, there’s something for everyone to explore and enjoy.
Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience to remember or simply want to relax and take in the beautiful scenery, Lisbon is the perfect destination. With its stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, and amazing cuisine, you can be sure that your visit to Lisbon will be an unforgettable one.
Welcome to the port of Lisbon! The first thing that arriving ships will see is the magnificent Tower of Belém.
This 35 meter high tower was built in 1521 to greet and welcome all visitors to Lisbon. As a world leading naval power at the time, Portugal wanted to make a statement with this grandiose structure.
And what a statement it is! The Tower of Belém is truly a sight to behold.
The gardens in front of the tower invite you to take a stroll, and from the 35-meter-high observation deck you can look far out over the sea. Besides, inside the tower you will find the first representation of a rhinoceros made by a European artist.
A visit to this historic site is only possible until 5:30 pm. By the way, this is the case with many Lisbon sights.
If you want to see the Tower Belém and more sights, then save stress and money with the popular Lisboa Card. You can choose between 24, 48 or 72 hours, and you can use public transportation as much as you want!
That includes the famous wooden tram ride 28, the elevadores like “Santa Justa elevator” and even a free train ride to Sintra and Cascais.
It includes free admission to top attractions, and further sweet discounts.
The Tower of Belém was commissioned by King Manuel I as a defense against enemy ships. The fortress, which still stands today, is built in the Manueline style – a unique late Gothic architecture found only in Portugal. Construction of the tower replaced an existing ship that patrolled the area to protect Lisbon’s port entrance.
Across from the tower on the other side of river Tagus, there was once another tower so that any incoming enemy ships could be caught in a crossfire. However, this second tower has not stood since 1755 when a devastating earthquake struck Lisbon. Originally, Torre de Belém sat on a small island off the right bank of the Tagus River, but over time land has risen, and now it can be reached via a small bridge. Interestingly enough, Torre de Belém is one of few structures that survived the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.
Prison, customs station and monument
The tower was converted into a prison and customs station after Lisbon was occupied by Spanish troops in 1580. In the 1840s, the Torre de Belém was restored. Today, the tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the nearby Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. The southern facade is richly decorated with royal symbols and typical architectural elements of the 16th century. The best way to view the southern facade is from the terrace of the bulwark.
The foundation of the structure was a bulwark, used to store food and weapons. There are embrasures here too. The tower itself has four floors- on the second floor is the room of the governor, and above that is the king’s hall (which has an ornate loggia with arches and holes in its floor so that those inside could fire). On fourth floor there is a chapel. The highlight of visiting this tower: at its very top is an observation deck 35 meters high from which you can see all of Belém, Lisbon, and even Tagus River.
If you’re looking to visit one of the most important sights in Lisbon, be sure to put Tower Belém at the top of your list. And if you’re wondering how to buy tickets to the tower, we’ve got you covered.
I usually recommend walking like crazy and getting lost as the best way to get around any new city. That way, you stumble across the best hidden gems down charming alleyways (it’s worth keeping your comfy shoes on). I recommend the same when asked how to get around Lisbon.
Although be warned that it can be quite steep in places, with some stairs here and there, as Lisbon has plenty of hills. It can also get quite hot in summer – which makes the hills even harder to accomplish!
The trams are often the more convenient option as they let you get around Lisbon quickly and easily – whether you’re just going from A to B or exploring more distant Lisbon neighborhoods.
Another option is to take the metro if you’re in a rush – it is noted as one of Europe’s finest public transport systems, after all. You can also take advantage of Uber, Bolt, a private cab or tuk-tuk services for a speedy ride.
Exploring the city by car may not be ideal as the streets can get rather congested and steep. And finding parking spots is no fun. However, a car can come in handy when taking day trips from Lisbon.
There are several alternatives to choose from when wondering how to get around Lisbon! You can even hop on a tram for an audio-guided tour of Lisbon’s greatest attractions. For destinations further away such as the airport, buses, cabs and even Uber services provide convenient options too.
The best way we found was often to mix things up: walking around town with occasional help from metros or Ubers when returning home later in the evening!
The Lisboa Card is an easy and perfect way to explore Lisbon!
This 3-in-1 transport card, museum pass and discount card gives you access to the best the city has to offer. The package also includes a free map and small travel guide, so you can make the most of your time in Lisbon. With this card, visitors save both time and money while enjoying everything that Lisbon has to offer!
To make the most of your sightseeing in Lisbon, pick up a Lisboa Card.
This popular card allows you to choose between 24-, 48- or 72-hour options and grants unlimited use of public transportation – including the iconic wooden tram 28, as well as “elevadores” like the Santa Justa elevator – plus a free train ride to Sintra and Cascais.
The card also provides free admission to top attractions like Torre de Belem and the Jeronimos Monastery among others and along with additional sweet discounts.
Whether the Lisboa Card is worth it depends mainly on your travel plans and need for convenience. If you’re planning on squeezing in the best Lisbon experiences in a short amount of time, then it’s definitely worth it. The Lisboa Card is a good deal if you plan on traveling by public transport and visiting various museums and attractions.
Keep the below in mind if you´re considering buying the Lisboa Card:
The cost of the card:
The only way to be sure the Lisboa Card is worth the investment is to go through your plans and work out how much it would cost on entries, tours and transport. Compare the total with the costs per day of the Lisboa Card and see if the card is a good deal.
Keep in mind that the 72-Hour card offers the best value per day.
Freedom and flexibility:
In many cases, the Lisboa Card sells on convenience. It lets you do what you want, whenever you want it without having to worry about buying extra museum or transport tickets.
If you’re visiting Lisboa on a shoestring budget, do the math and see if the cost vs. the savings are worth it. If you value freedom, flexibility and convenience, then the Lisboa Card is a good choice.
Good to know:
The card is activated on the first use, so no need to worry about the card expiring before you arrive in Lisbon.
It’s valid for a full calendar year after its purchase date.
Your online ticket needs to be swapped for the actual card at one of the five Ask Me Lisboa offices.
There is a free cancellation included! You can cancel it for free until 23:59 on the day before your visit.
Go “Zapping” in Lisbon
How do you use the Viva Viagem Card?
The viva viagem card is an electronic smart card that is validated by approaching the card to the contactless validators. It is specially designed for non-frequent customers (occasional journeys).
This electronic smart card makes taking public transportation a breeze! Simply approach your card to the contactless validator and you’re good to go.
You can also use the Viva Viagem card for “Zapping”.
Zapping is a great way to get around Lisbon and the surrounding area. You can use your Viva card with several different operators, and your fare will be deducted from the remaining balance on your card. This makes it easy to get where you need to go without having to worry about carrying cash or buying tickets each time you ride.
You can check the balance of your card or the number of tickets you have at Metro machines and points of sale.
Where can I buy the Viva Viagem Card?
The Viva Viagem card is available for purchase at vending machines and points of sale in the metro.
Just in case, better keep the store receipt of your ticket and bring it with you in case you need to exchange or if there is an error on the card.
Extra tip: Take a photo of the receipt. That way you can access it quickly via your phone and you don’t need to worry to loose it.
How much does a Viva Viagem card cost?
A Viva Viagem costs €0.50 (this must be added to the fare) and you can use the card a whole year. You can then top up the card depending on how many trips you plan on taking.
What are the types of Viva Viagem tickets can you buy?
Zapping Metro journey: €1,35 (valid for a single journey on the Metro network) Each zapping journey refers to one operator only. Every time you change transport operators, an additional fare is deducted from your card, according to the conditions of the operator. The following amounts can be topped up: 3€, 5€, 10€, 15€, 20€, 25€, 30€, 35€ e 40€.
Day ticket Carris / Metro: €6,45 (valid for unlimited journeys on Carris and Metro, networks during 24 hours following the first validation.)
Day ticket Carris / Metro / Transtejo (Cacilhas): €9,60 (valid for unlimited journeys on Carris, Metro and Transtejo (Cacilhas river connection), during 24 hours following the first validation.)
Carris / Metro / CP: €10,70 (valid for unlimited journeys on Carris, Metro and CP (Sintra, Cascais, Azambuja and Sado lines), during 24 hours following the first validation.)
Go Zapping – If you like to explore a city on foot, you might still take one or other public transport in between.
Zapping is always a little cheaper than buying a single ticket. For example, a single Metro ticket costs €1,50 and zapping €1,35. Let’s say you go for 3 rides, this will cost you around €4 per day with zapping.
The other option is to get the Lisboa Card, which includes unlimited use of public transportation and many other extras, which you might use too.
The Metro in Lisbon – Metropolitano de Lisboa
The Lisbon metro runs every day from early in the morning (6:30 am) until late at night (1 am), including weekends and holidays.
The Blue Line runs from Santa Apolónia station to Reboleira.
The Yellow Line runs from Rato in the old town to the suburb of Odivelas.
The Red Line goes from the airport to São Sebastião.
The Green Line runs from Cais do Sodré to Telheiras.
Visitors on the way from the airport to the old town of Lisbon have to change trains once in Alameda.
You can buy tickets for the metro either at a ticket machine or at the counter. The counters are sometimes closed, but don’t worry, the ticket machines are easy to use. Plus, the individual steps are presented in several languages.
Trams in Lisbon
The trams are the personality and spirit of Lisbon. Riding the tram at least once is an absolute necessity for your vacation in Lisbon.
In addition to their extraordinary appearance, trams are also a very practical means of transportation, making it easy to reach the highest points of the city without getting out of breath.
It feels like there’s a tram stop on every street corner in Lisbon, which is great for getting around the city without having to use the metro.
The trams keep going Monday to Friday from 6am until 10:30pm and the intervals between each one are about four in an hour.
You may have a difficult time finding somewhere to sit during peak times (around 9 am and again between 5 – 7 pm), however, if you’re wanting guaranteed comfort (a seat) hop on at either of its endpoints!
Good to know:
To use the tram, look for stops that are marked with a sign that says the word “paragem” and usually also shows the line number.
To stop the tram, signal with your hand. The destination of the tram is written on the front. You board the tram through the front door and pay or show your day pass.
You then exit through the rear exit. To stop, press one of the red buttons; a flashing light with the word “parar” appears.
There are two types of streetcars in Lisbon. The streetcar network was established in 1901, so there are still a few historical trams that are older and more charming, and modern ones.
The historic trams were given a complete overhaul, making sure to preserve the exterior and interior characteristics of the old streetcar.
The tram network covers many of the city’s historic areas and they connect the lower parts of the city with the higher parts. There is the old-fashioned cable cars in Gloria, Bica, and Lavradores, as well as the Santa Justa elevator.
The most well-known tram of Lisbon is definitely the tram 28. This line has gradually become a tourist attraction itself.
In most pictures or postcards taken by tourists, the tram 28 crosses the historic center of the city and connects the main tourist attractions in Lisbon. It’s an interesting way to discover the city, but not a daily means of transportation since it often gets crowded.
Tram 28 is also so popular by visitors, as it passes many sights.
Top sights along the tram 28 route:
Basilica da Estrela
Assembleia da Republica
Praca Luis de Camoes
Praca do Comercio
Igreja de Santo Antonio
Se de Lisboa
Portas do Sol
Mosteiro Sao Vicente
Castelo de Sao Jorge
Good to know:
Tram 28 departure times are for reference only and are very rarely accurate. That’s because of the traffic in the city. So it’s best to simply wait a few minutes at a stop and hop on when it’s there.
The Start and Final stops are Campo de Ourique and Martim Moniz. The complete tram 28 route is: Campo de Ourique, Estrela, Sao Bento, Chiado, Rua Conceicao (Baixa), Se Cathedral, Portas de Sol (Alfama), Graca, Martim Moniz. Once it reaches the end, it will turn around and drive the same way back.
You can use the Viva Viagem card by loading your “zapping” budget. Or you can also buy the tickets on board the tram, but this is the more expensive solution (€2.80 for a one-way ticket vs. €1.35 when zapping).
The buses in Lisbon are excellent. There are around 150 lines and 750 buses in Lisbon, which cover a distance of over 670 kilometers. Those take you everywhere, even to the most remote corners.
The buses are reliable and often a good alternative to the metro or streetcar.
The bus is an excellent mode of transportation especially for the parts of the city without subway access; especially because these areas are located on the hills of Lisbon. This means that you can explore the city as well as make trips to the countryside using this method of transportation.
It can sometimes be difficult to find the right bus in the direction you want, but with a little help, you will find your way without any problems.
To plan your bus journey, you can use the Carris website or the Lisboa Viagem app (Android / IOS) or you simply use Google Maps. ?
Lisbon is a city full of charm and culture!
With its winding streets, quaint cafes and stunning views, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Lisbon is the perfect destination for those looking for an unforgettable experience. From its vibrant nightlife to its amazing cuisine, you won’t be disappointed with your visit to this beautiful city.
So start planning your trip today – you won’t regret it!
Are you looking for a top destination for year-round warmth? Look no further than Florida, also known as the Sunshine state.
While Florida is famous for its many theme parks, fantastic beaches, art deco buildings and Cuban influences, you might not know that there are many luxury spas in Florida. Whether you want a mani-pedi or full body massage, there are some amazing wellness retreats in Florida that you can’t miss when looking for some pampering on your next trip.
For those looking for fantastic spa resorts in Florida or another relaxing getaway, keep reading for the best wellness retreats in Florida for your next vacation.
The best wellness retreats in Florida
Acqualina Resort & Residences On The Beach – Wellness retreat Florida, Miami
Acqualina Resort is a luxury beachfront resort located on Sunny Isles Beach in Miami, Florida. If you’re looking for a 5-star experience, you will enjoy the Acqualina Spa, one of the most relaxing spas in Florida.
Acqualina Resort also features three oceanfront swimming pools, a marine biology-based program, Italian-style dining at Il Mulino New York restaurant and calming cabanas throughout the property.
Acqualina Spa by ESPA is a world-class wellness retreat in Florida. At this Florida spa, you can expect to find brand-new innovative treatment rooms, private relaxation lounges, a private Royal Spa Suite, an outdoor terrace retreat, and so much more.
Amongst the services offered at this space include full-day spa journeys, sound healing massage, Cryo T-shock massage and facials, volcanic stone massage, HydraFacial treatments, as well as couple’s massages, hair treatments, and a unique salon store. There’s something for everyone here!
Mr. C Miami – Wellness retreat Florida, Coconut Grove
If you’re looking to stay in the exclusive Coconut Grove neighbourhood of South Florida, Mr C is a great choice. This luxury hotel features views of Biscayne Bay and the Coconut Grove skyline and world-renowned architecture from Arquitectonica in Florida.
One of Mr. C Miami’s little known secrets is its fantastic wellness retreat in Florida. The hotel offers amenities, including the BeAtala Wellness Club, which includes beauty treatments, sports therapy, wellness retreats in Florida, and so much more.
If you are looking for a fantastic sports experience, BeAtala at Mr. C includes Padel Tennis, Hot Pilates and Sculpt Yoga. If you are looking for one of the traditional spa resorts in Florida, BeAtala offers luxury treatments by Pietro Simone, an industry leader in international skincare.
You can expect BeAtala to be one of the most luxurious wellness retreats in Florida, as it offers a variety of facial treatments, Gua Sha sessions, cellulite-targeting therapies, a range of therapeutic massages and a comprehensive 360 Wellness Program. We think this is one of the best wellness retreats in Florida at the moment!
Were you looking for one of the most relaxing spas in Florida for your next vacation? Look no further than Eau Palm Beach near Lantana, South Beach.
Eau Palm Beach is a 5-star resort that features various beautiful rooms, and Lantana Beach is only a few minutes walk away. The Eau Spa at the resort offers a glass of bubbly to encourage ultimate relaxation. This massive spa considers itself a ‘grown-up playground’ and is one of few spa resorts in Florida to achieve a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.
Prepare for an opulent wellness retreat in Florida! We think you’ll like The Eau, as it offers 19 treatment rooms, a garden with dipping pools, massage benches and hanging chairs, private garden villas to lounge in and a variety of jacuzzis and spa lounges to help soak your worries away.
The Florida Keys is a beautiful stretch of the tropical paradise of the Southern tip of Florida. While most people go to Key West for snorkelling, scuba diving and boating, there are also fantastic spa resorts in Florida located here.
Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa is an exceptional resort featuring a private beach and terraces for every room. The Isla Bella Spa offers a luxurious array of wellness treatments, including facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and premium hair and beauty salons.
When planning amongst the spas in Florida, choose Isla Bella for over ten different massage types, five unique treatment rooms, and six facial treatments. Choose Isla Bella for full-on pampering!
Cheeca Lodge and Spa, Wellness retreat, Florida Keys
If you’re going island hopping in the Florida Keys, you’ll love Cheeca Lodge and Spa. Cheeca Lodge features a private beach and natural beauty in the unique Indian Key Historic State Park. This spa is one of the most down-to-earth wellness retreats in Florida.
However, it also involves its fair share of luxury, including poolside cabanas with butler services, an adult-only pool and a full fitness centre. We know you’ll love it!
Miami Beach is the ultimate destination when visiting Florida. It’s got perfect beaches, excellent restaurants and hotel rooms with ocean views. Miami Beach Resort & Spa is a great budget option for those looking to splurge elsewhere.
This three-star hotel is right by the Miami Beach Boardwalk, as well as country clubs and galleries. It also offers a fitness centre, large swimming pool, sauna and more. It has everything you could need for one of the most relaxing wellness retreats in Florida! While you’re at it, this is one of the most reasonably priced spas in Florida.
Luxury 5-Star Hotel and Spa on the Beach, Fort Lauderdale
If you want to go somewhere other than Miami, Fort Lauderdale is a great choice. Look no further than this luxury 5-star hotel on the beach, featuring a full spa, sauna and couple’s massage therapy.
Enjoy seaside views from this room in Central Beach, with modern finishes throughout. This clean condo offers a king-sized bed with a balcony, a large marble bathroom, jacuzzis and deep tissue massages on the premises.
There is also a concierge service to ensure total satisfaction, as well as 24-hour room service. Enjoy all the benefits of a traditional hotel while still getting the wellness treatment you deserve. This is one of the wellness retreats in Florida that offers a full luxury hotel experience. ‘
Perhaps you’re not the world’s biggest beach lover, but you still enjoy the warm weather that Florida offers year-round. You may consider visiting Lake Buena Vista Resort Village in Orlando, in the middle of Florida.
This 4-star resort offers a variety of pools and a full-service spa at Reflections Spa and Salon. This spa provides fun for the whole family, including teens and tween wellness services and massages, facials, hair care treatments, and men’s facials.
Don’t miss out on one of the most understated spas in Florida that offers friendly services at a discounted rate compared to other luxury spas.
Tampa doesn’t get as much attention as Miami does, so we thought we’d share something different from some of the usual wellness retreats in Florida.
Epicurean Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of Tampa. It features two restaurants as well as an appointment-only spa and outdoor pool near the Channelside Bay Plaza.
The Autograph Collection presents the Spa Evangeline, featuring a variety of fruit-themed nourishing treatments for guests. Some of the unique treatments offered here include the Cabernet wine body scrub, agave nectar scalp massages, Bourbon-on-the-rocks pedicures, and so much more!
Perhaps you’re visiting Orlando for some family fun at Walt Disney World – we don’t blame you! There’s a reason it’s called the happiest place on earth.
The Four Seasons Resort in Orlando lets you stay at a four-star hotel while still getting in some quality time with family and friends. There’s even an 18-room treatment spa, fitness centre on demand, IV Vitamin therapy, a massive water park, and golf and tennis facilities.
The Four Seasons is one of Florida’s most luxurious wellness retreats that allows you to have fun with your family.
No matter where you decide to go, we’re sure there’s one of many spas in Florida that will tickle your fancy. Whether going to Miami Beach, the Florida Keys, Tampa or Orlando, there are a variety of spa resorts in Florida at various price points that will let you leave feeling relaxed.
We hope you find one of many wellness retreats in Florida to suit your next getaway to the USA.
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I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences I had whilst traveling. You’re in a certain place and a fellow traveler, or a local, tip you off on a little-known beach, bar or accommodation. Great travel tips from other travelers or locals always add something special to our travels. That was the inspiration for Travel Dudes.
Here are the our top things to do when visiting Lisbon
When seeking the best experiences in Lisbon, make sure to include a few of these on your list. Trust me on those, I’m a Lisbon guide.
The Lookouts Points. The reward after climbing the hills of Lisbon.
The only way is up to visit these spots. Lisbon’s voluptuous topography offers its rewards. After a steep climb, you surely will be rewarded with stunning views.
Ideally, you should do it on foot to have the Lisbon full experience!
For a quick and smoother ride up some of the city’s steepest hills, Lisbon operates three bee-yellow elevadores (funiculars/trams), which were originally water-powered.
One of the most charming rides is the Elevador da Bica which creeps up to Rua do Loreto through the Santa Catarina district. At the end of Rua Marechal Saldanha, is the Miradouro de Santa Catarina with a few popular outdoor cafés, offering exhilarating views across the river and the 25th of April Bridge.
The other lookout point you should not miss is S.Pedro de Alcântara.
The lookout was built in the 19th century. This is Lisbon’s “hotspot” and it was recently restored.
Located at the top of the journey of the Glória Elevator, nearby Bairro Alto, provides a spectacular perspective over Lisbon’s Eastern side. You’ll see the appealing old quarters of Graça, Saint Vincent Monastery and St. George Castle.
You will have the best views at the end of the day, when the lights of Lisbon are lit and the slope of the castle is illuminated.
Belém. Centuries of History and a Little Treat.
It can get very crowded and touristy, but Belém is totally worth a visit. The views to the Tagus River are stunning and, in some days, you’ll almost feel like being at sea.
Belém is intrinsically linked to Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery, the site where navigators set sail to discover the world from 1400s onwards.
It’s the area where you will find the most visited attractions, St. Jerome Monastery (a must), Belém Tower (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites), the Monument to the Discoveries and The Coach Museum.
The latter being a gem in a worldwide context. Here you will be able to see a precious and one of a kind collection of royal ceremonial coaches and carriages, that will immediately teleport you to ages long gone by.
First stop should be the St. Jerome Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Portuguese), a Manueline masterpiece that will leave you inspired. I could spend hours just looking at its intricate limestone work!
Nearby, in the waterfront, you’ll find the Belém Tower, symbol of Portugal’s maritime glory – also a stone jewel.
A stroll in the Belém Gardens and in the waterfront is mandatory. Open sky, the river breeze, the white hues of the buildings, as well as the contemporary Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT).
Don’t miss the chance to taste the divine traditional Pastéis de Belém (Custard tarts). It’s just a short walk away and fresh off the oven. If it’s too crowded, take them with you to the gardens and have your delicious treat outdoors.
Chiado and Baixa Pombalina. Augusta Street Arch for Stunning Views.
Start your stroll in Chiado, one of the most elegant parts of the city, with centenary cafés and probably the best historic shops in town.
In the beginning of the 20th century the menus of the finest cafés were written in French, as it had ambitions of being “Lisbon’s Little Paris”.
Walk down towards Santa Justa Elevator. It connects the higher part of Chiado and Carmo to the lower streets of Baixa (Downtown).
Baixa, the next stop, is the best place to admire the typical Pombaline architectural style so characteristic of Lisbon.
Pombaline is named after the feared and admired statesman Marquis of Pombal. He was in charge of revamping the city after the devasting earthquake of 1755. The architectural features are spectacular and one of a kind. Especially if you consider it was one of the first anti-seismic construction systems in the world.
Don’t miss the Arch of Augusta street, where you can admire stunning views to St. Jorge Castle, Pombaline Downtown, Commerce Square and, last but not the least, the Tagus River.
Gulbenkian Museum and Foundation
The Gulbenkian Museum houses one of the world’s finest private art collections.
Gulbenkian Museum is a true gem, being voted as one of the seven best small museums in the world.
The Foundation premises include a large auditorium with a wide selection of music concerts, from classical to contemporary. There is also a space for temporary exhibitions, a congress area with auditoriums and other rooms, as well as the previously mentioned Gulbenkian Museum, the Art Library and a Modern Art Centre.
Don’t miss the chance to visit its beautiful gardens. If you visit in the beginning of August you will be lucky to get “Jazz em Agosto” (Jazz in August). It’s a rather quirky jazz festival with worldwide musicians playing live on a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre.
The National Tile Museum. Discover the Unique Art of Azulejos.
The National Tile Museum is one of a kind in the world. It is housed in the 16th century Convent of Madre de Deus – a rather secluded venue in the Xabregas district but well worth a visit.
Over the centuries the Portuguese have developed a particular form of art consisting of paintings on ceramic tiles, a mastery known as “Azulejaria” (from “azulejos” – glazed tiles). Even though not originally Portuguese, the art was developed in the country in a very peculiar and unique way.
You can admire a unique collection consisting of some 1,300 tiles, from ancient to contemporary styles.
The highlight lies on the third floor with a Great Lisbon Panorama tile panel. It dates back to the early 1700s, depicting Lisbon before the 1755 earthquake.
Always look down!
All over the city (that can be applicable all over Portugal too), you’ll find beautiful cobblestone pavements made of several types of limestone.
The patterns can be so ornate and rich that will leave you literally mesmerized. Watch out for the “open sea waves” pattern at the central square of Rossio, in Downtown district.
Last but not the least, bring comfortable footwear with a good “grip” for your trip to Lisbon (check out SUAVS and use the code TRAVELDUDES15 for 15% discount). The Portuguese cobblestone pavement can take its toll on the feet and it can be very slippery – especially on the first days of rain.
For a more in-depth or detailed visit Lisbon with Pats to help you maximize your time and have the best and memorable experience of Portugal’s capital city.
Pats Madeira is an author, a cultural tour guide and the founder of Lisbon with Pats, private tours of Lisbon tailored to the visitor’s interests and preferences. She’s a Lisbon Expert and her tours are highly acclaimed for bringing history to live. If you want to have a peek preview of Lisbon or can’t wait to travel, Lisbon with Pats also offers several live virtual tours in Lisbon, upon request.
Vibrant Culture, colorful festivals, Rajputana architectural aesthetics and gracious people – these four elements describe Jodhpur in a nutshell.
One of the major tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Jodhpur will give you a sneak peek into the magnificent forts, royal palaces, revered temples, lip-smacking food and colorful festivals.
For those looking forward to experience luxury and lavishness from close quarters, staying at Jodhpur heritage hotels is a very good option.
In this article, you will find the list of top 7 Heritage Hotels in Jodhpur, each of which retains the soul of princely India.
The only heritage hotel in Jodhpur to be recognized as a ‘Classic Heritage Hotel’ by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the hotel has taken care of every meticulous detail to enter this prestigious category. The Palace was converted into a heritage hotel by Raj Kumar K.V. Singh. The hotel has derived its name from the famous battle cry of the Rathore Clan, Ranbanka Rathore. It features 71 fully quipped heritage rooms which include Courtyard Wing, Legacy Wing and Jodhana Win. On the dining front, the hotel has several multi-cuisine and al fresco dining venues to watch out for.
The Kothi Heritage
Built by Bachraj Ji Singhvi in 1888, The Kothi Heritage has been refurbished into a heritage hotel and gives the ultimate pleasure of a luxurious stay. As you will book your stay at this Heritage Hotel in Jodhpur, the spectacular blend of art and architecture is visible in every nook and corner of this hotel. The 30 feet long Central Hall in The Kothi Heritage, adorned with lattice work frescoes, adds splendor.
Haveli Inn Pal
A serene and beautiful place, known for its good ambience, Haveli Inn Pal was built by Thakur Umaid Karan Singh Ji. For many years, Haveli Inn Pal has been a private residence of the Pal family but now it has been converted into a cozy place to accommodate discerning travelers. There are 12 tastefully designed rooms in this hotel, each of which is equipped with an array of modern amenities. The Haveli Inn has a beautiful Garden Restaurant where you can savor breathtaking views of the Mehrangarh Fort along with lip-smacking Rajasthani food.
Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur
If you are looking forward to plan your stay in the vicinity of Thar Desert, then Ajit Bhawan Palace is the best bet available for you. It is one of the top choices for both domestic and international tourists. The beautifully designed and decorated ambience will make you fell head over heels in love with this hotel. The accommodation options at Ajit Bhawan Palace are classified as Royal Suites, Luxury Suites, Luxury Rooms, Luxury Tents and Executive Rooms. Few facilities that you can enjoy in this hotel include swimming pool, spa, shopping arcade and conference facility among others.
Hotel Megh Niwas
Built by Colonel Megh Singh, an army veteran of World War II, Hotel Megh Niwas has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel and offers an exciting mix of traditional hospitality and classic ambience. All the rooms are air-conditioned with amenities such as telephone, bath tubs and 24 hours running hot and cold water. There is a rooftop restaurant having a seating capacity of 80 to 90 people and offer panoramic views of Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Balsamand Lake Palace
Situated on the banks of Balsamand Lake, The Balsamand Lake Palace heritage hotel is built entirely of red sand stone. The hotel offers accommodation in terms of 10 plush suites and 26 other rooms, each of which is surrounded by lush green and manicured gardens. The open-air multi-cuisine restaurant at Balsamand Palace offers delectable variety of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
Set amidst 26 acres of sprawling greens, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in India. The hotel is built entirely out of yellow sandstone in fashionable Art-Deco style. With its 64 well-furnished rooms categorized as Maharani Suite, Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Regal Suite and Deluxe Rooms. Besides accommodation, the dining options offer a wide assortment to choose from.
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