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 have had Peru on your mind as your next travel destination, you probably already know why you want to travel there. But, if you’re still looking for reasons to visit Peru, you’ve stumbled upon the right blog post.
For the chance to plan an eco-friendly, unforgettable, and truly adventurous journey to the third-largest country in South America, keep reading for some valuable tips and ideas.
Things to do and see in Peru
Peru is a country that well and truly spoils every traveler, with a variety of things to see and do in all parts of the country. Being the third-largest on the South American continent, there is every reason to spend as much time here as you can to ensure you get the most out of your trip because once you start exploring this unbeatable travel destination, it will be very hard to stop.
Some of the main reasons to visit Peru are because of the culture, landscape, and the warm-hearted people, as well as the many major highlights and activities on offer, and if you are planning to see and do as much as possible, here are a few things you cannot miss out on.
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the main activities in Peru, and because it is so popular, you will need to book this in advance. This hike requires a good level of fitness, preparation, and a real sense of adventure, with the ultimate end goal of reaching this famous 15th Century Inca citadel. No matter how tired you are at the end, you will forget all about it once you catch that first glimpse, especially at sunrise. Just Wow! No trip to Peru is complete with a visit to the Amazon Jungle, of which Peru has the second-largest portion, after Brazil.
Here you can discover the world’s largest rainforest, spot pink dolphins and caiman crocodiles and try your hand at piranha fishing, the traditional way. As well as visiting the bustling cities of Cusco, Lima, and Arequipa.
You will want to feast your eyes on Lake Titicaca, which is the highest navigable lake in the world, on the border of Bolivia and Peru. If you are an adrenaline junky there are plenty of opportunities to go rafting, biking, hiking, kayaking, climbing, and even surfing, there is no rest for the wicked in Peru.
One of the major highlights of this wonderful country is the landscape, which you cannot miss, and which deserves its very own section. The scenery in Peru is just outstanding and you can expect to witness the wild waves on the South Pacific Ocean coast, an array of colors on the Vinicunca Mountain (Rainbow Mountain), the course jungles of the Amazon, the serene beauty of Lake Titicaca, the mountainous terrain of Colca Canyon and the Andes range and even the unique dunes of Huacachina.
The diversity is unsurpassed in Peru, but let’s leave the rest for you to discover, in real-time.
The fact that Baboo Travel hosts some awesome eco-friendly culinary tours throughout Peru, says it all. There is so much to discover in the world of Peruvian cuisine and some of the best ways to try this are by eating where the locals do, taking a cooking class, and doing street food tours.
Some of the foods you will get to try out include ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Pollo a la Brasa, Empanadas, and even their specialty which is Guinea Pig – if you are brave enough. This dish is known as cuy and is often roasted and cooked using the pachamanca, which is a traditional earthen oven used to roast foods. This may seem strange to those who have never heard of a guinea pig as a delicacy before, but in Peru, it is estimated that around 65 million of them are eaten each year, and Peru even hosts festivals that celebrate this small South American rodent.
Be sure to try pisco when in Peru, which you cannot overlook as it is found everywhere. This South American brandy is made from fermented grape juice and has been produced exclusively in Peru as well as neighboring Chile for many centuries. The common cocktail in Peru is the Pisco Sour which consists of pisco, lime juice, sugar syrup, egg white, and lots of ice.
Best time to travel to Peru
Like any destination, it’s important to know when to go, and most importantly, when not to go, so here are a few things you should consider when trying to figure out the best time to take this trip.
Firstly, Peru has two main seasons, the wet season from November to April and the dry season from May to October, but the best time to travel will depend on the regions you plan to go to, so be sure to plan accordingly.
The best time overall to travel is the dry season, which is also the busiest, but it is ideal for outdoor activities, while the wet season has intermittent rains but fewer crowds. The regions to be aware of are the coast, the mountains, and the jungle, all of which have their characteristics. The best time for the coast is in January or February, while the best time for the mountains is May or October and the best time to visit the Amazon is during the dry season.
Opting for a sustainable trip
Peru is not as well off as some of the other South American countries such as Argentina and Brazil, and with it being one of the poorer countries on the continent, it is important to know that you are helping to empower local communities as well as regenerating the earth. This is why Baboo Travels trips are so incredibly rewarding, because not only are you benefiting from local knowledge from a Destination Expert, from that country, you are contributing a huge portion of the money you’ve spent on your trip, right back into the hands of the locals – and that’s a guarantee. Many of us are worried about traveling, because of the impact it can have on the environment, but what if we told you that a Baboo Travel tour uses 2% of this money to combat climate change.
There are so many positive reasons to choose a sustainable, ethical, and environmentally conscious travel team, but furthermore, you will save yourself hours of unnecessary research, stress, and hassle, when you can tailor-make your ideal trip with a local point of view. There is no better time to think about a trip to Peru, with the environment and local communities in mind.
The United States offers 63 national parks for you to explore and enjoy. If you would like to plan a spring trip, there are a few things to consider. The good news is April is an excellent time to visit many of our parks. We will outline the best national parks to visit in April in the US so you can plan your adventure.
Let’s first dive into the pros of cons of visiting a national park in April.
Pros of a National Park Visit in April
For many, summer is the peak travel season due to weather and scheduling.
A national park visit in April has its advantages, including:
Avoid sweltering temperatures
Potentially save money on travel expenses and accommodations
Some parks offer unique experiences this time of year
Cons of a National Park Visit in April
Although you may avoid more extensive crowds and extreme heat, you may encounter issues such as:
Fewer open areas and activities due to limited staffing or cold conditions
Spring break travelers
Greater likelihood of rain in some areas
Let’s explore the best places for you to go in April.
Grand Canyon National Park
Housed in Arizona, the famous Grand Canyon draws visitors from around the globe. Like the ocean, the massive canyon spans your entire field of vision. Its beauty and size are simultaneously mind-boggling and breathtaking.
April brings an average high of 61 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 26 at night. The weather is typically pleasant, with very little chance of rain. Snow is possible but usually only lasts for a short time.
Why visit the Grand Canyon in April
With cooler temperatures and smaller crowds, April is an excellent time to see the Grand Canyon. You can expect cooler temperatures along the rim and warmer temperatures inside the canyon, making April perfect for hiking.
Top things to do in the Grand Canyon
Although the North Rim is still closed, the South Rim offers plenty to see and do. You can take scenic drives along Desert View Drive and Hermit Road. Both routes provide various overlooks where you can peer over the mile-deep canyon. The gorge is so deep there are many spots where you cannot even see the Colorado River.
Hiking is popular this time of year due to comfortable temperatures. The South Rim offers rewarding hikes, including the Rim, South Kaibab, Hermit, and Bright Angel Trails.
While exploring the park, watch for elk. Although large, they can be surprisingly quiet.
The Guadalupe Mountains National Park rests in the Chihuahuan Desert in western Texas, just south of the New Mexico border. It is one of America’s least-visited national parks. The park comprises five districts that house rugged mountains, deserts, white gypsum dunes, and red quartz hills.
As a bonus, you will find two other national parks nearby. You can reach Carlsbad Caverns National Park within a 45-minute drive and White Sands National Park in 3 hours.
The average high temperature in April is 71 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low is 46. You can expect warm and pleasant weather with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures are five to ten degrees cooler in higher mountain elevations. Salt Basin Dunes, one of the park’s districts, regularly sees temperatures five to ten degrees above these averages.
Why visit Guadalupe Mountains National Parkin April
The windy season in the Guadalupe Mountains regularly occurs from November through March. During that time, the area consistently has 30-mile-per-hour winds with gusts from 50 to 80 miles per hour. April offers a small window after the windy season and before the temperatures heat up in May.
Top things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park
The park offers many rewarding hikes that take you through rocky canyons, rugged mountains, and boulders. You gain spectacular views along the journey.
Devil’s Hall Trail includes a natural staircase and a narrow hall between two steep canyon walls. You can hike to the “top of Texas” on the Guadalupe Peak Trail. Other popular hikes include the Permian Reef Trail and the trek to Pratt Cabin. The cabin has rocking chairs where you can rest with an alluring view of the mountains.
Although not the tallest mountain, El Capitan, the park’s most prominent peak, makes for excellent photos. Suppose you aim to see wildlife, hike to Manzanita Spring or Smith Spring near sunset.
To see the white gypsum dunes and red quartz hills, head to the park’s Salt Basin Dunes district.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Located in northern Ohio between Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park delivers a unique assortment of landscapes and activities. The park honors Ohio’s history, provides beautiful scenery, and plenty of recreational opportunities.
The temperature reaches an average high of 57 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 38 in April. Snow is possible but less likely as the month progresses. Although the warming weather brings sunshine, rain is possible this time of year.
Why visit Cuyahoga Valley National Parkin April
Spring rain yields colorful blooming wildflowers and abundant gushing waterfalls. The park contains Bath Road Heronry, a nesting colony for hundreds of great blue herons from mid-February through June. You can witness courtship displays and great blue herons raising their young.
Top things to do in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Visit Bath Road Heronry to watch the great blue herons. If you want to see more wildlife, go to Beaver Marsh. The peaceful, boggy area teems with various flora and fauna. Check out Brandywine Falls, a gorgeous 60-foot cascading waterfall.
Ledges Trail is a wooded path that leads you to a natural stone viewing platform, Ledges Overlook. The spot yields terrific views and makes for a perfect place for a memorable sunset.
You can hike or bike along the Towpath Trail, which follows the historic Ohio and Erie Canal, and is the same path where mules pulled canal boats in the 1800s and early 1900s. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) offers themed train rides within the park year-round. Visit the CVSR site to see the schedule, availability, and pricing.
Death Valley National Park
Straddling the borders of eastern California and Nevada, Death Valley National Park is America’s hottest, driest, and lowest national park. It is a land of extremes and contrasts with a surprising diversity of life that defies its name.
April brings an average high of 90 degrees and a low of 62. Although hot, May through September averages exceed 100 degrees. The chances of rain are slim to none. You can expect the weather to be hot and dry.
Why visit Death Valley National Parkin April
You have two good reasons to visit the park in April. First, the average high temperature is below 100 degrees. Second, you have an outside chance to see a superbloom.
What is a superbloom? It is a rare desert occurrence where an unusually high number of wildflowers blossom simultaneously, blanketing the desert in a vast splash of brilliant colors.
Top things to do in Death Valley National Park
Beyond praying for a superbloom, Death Valley is a top-notch place for stargazing due to a lack of light pollution. Visit during a new moon for even darker skies.
Visit the gorgeous erosional landscape of Zabriskie Point. Take a scenic tour on Artist’s Drive, where you will see multi-colored eroded hills, including the surreal Artist’s Palette.
Visit the massive salt flats of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in all of North America. With a drive and a short hike, you can overlook the valley and Badwater Basin from Dante’s View.
Slide down the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and admire the mesquite trees that thrive amongst the rolling dunes in the harsh desert conditions. If you need a break from the heat or some entertainment, you can drive to Las Vegas.
A massive pocket of rolling dunes between two mountain ranges in New Mexico, White Sands National Park is an odd but beautiful playground. You may have your best beach day with stunning scenery and unique recreational opportunities.
April provides warm days and cool evenings, with an average high of 79 degrees and a low of 40. Rain is unlikely, but it can get windy in the spring.
Why visit White Sands National Parkin April
Wildflowers typically begin to bloom in mid-April, including sand verbena, Hartweg’s sundrops, White Sands mustard, and yuccas. Although the white sands look magnificent against a blue sky, the wildflowers add unique touches of color.
Note that the park often gets crowded near Easter and during spring break.
Top things to do in White Sands National Park
Sand sledding is a must-do activity at White Sands. Although climbing up dunes of loose sand is tiring, the ride down is a blast.
You will not find an ocean, but you can still build a castle, dig, and play in the sand. The sand, made of gypsum, surprisingly does not absorb heat. So it feels cool on your hands and feet.
With beautiful scenery, the park is great for a photo shoot or a picnic. You can find hikes ranging from a boardwalk stroll to an intense journey of climbing dunes. With a bit of planning, you can see the dunes under the glow of a full moon on a ranger-led hike.
Redwood National and State Parks
You can find some of the world’s tallest trees burrowed in the northern California coast in the Redwood National and State Parks. The forests abound with beauty and serenity almost beyond comprehension.
April may bring some rain, but temperatures typically range from 42 to 59 degrees. Although the rainy season spans October through April, the last month usually brings less rain than the preceding months. May through September may have less rain, but the park gets crowded during this time.
Why visit Redwood National and State Parksin April
April is a small window of time with decreasing rains and small crowds. Wildflowers begin to bloom, adding bright coats of paint to the landscape.
Top things to do in Redwood National and State Parks
Drive the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, where you will find giant trees and many places to stop and explore. The parks provide many lovely forested trails, including Stout Grove Trail, Grove of Titans, Boy Scout Tree Trail, Fern Canyon, Tall Trees Grove, and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. All of the hikes are fantastic.
For those who love wildlife, Redwood National and State Parks house North America’s biggest species of elk, the Roosevelt elk. The beautiful animal can exceed 1,000 pounds.
A surprise to some visitors, the parks offer great tide pooling opportunities. You can cross a land bridge at low tide to visit Battery Point Lighthouse. During high tide, it is an island. Seals, sea lions, and birds inhabit the lighthouse area.
Saguaro National Park
Many visitors traveling to the western United States mistakenly expect to see giant cacti in abundance. Ironically, saguaros, the iconic giant cacti representing the American West, only grow in the Sonoran Desert. Head to Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, and you will find nearly two million of them.
As you can imagine, the weather in the Sonoran desert is hot and dry. Temperatures in April are tolerable, with an average high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 52.
Why visit Saguaro National Park in April
Although temperatures are most comfortable in the winter, April has tolerable temperatures and blooming flowers. Desert wildflowers can start blooming in February, but many bloom from mid-March to mid-April. Saguaros can display colorful blossoms the last two weeks of April, often peaking in late May or early June.
Top things to do in Saguaro National Park
It is essential to note the park has two separate, unconnected areas:
Saguaro West: Tucson Mountain District
Saguaro East: Rincon Mountain District
Saguaro West has a more significant concentration of saguaros, while Saguaro East offers better mountain views. Both areas provide plenty of saguaros and surreal desert beauty.
Hiking is the park’s most popular activity. Walking beside the cacti puts in perspective their size and durability. As you hang out with the cacti, you will swear they develop personalities. Popular hikes in Saguaro West include Valley View Overlook Trail and Signal Hill Trail, which houses unique petroglyphs. Visitors to Saguaro East often suggest hiking the Mica View Loop.
Consider exploring the park by taking a scenic drive. Saguaro West offers Bajada Loop Drive, while Saguaro East has Cactus Forest Drive. You will gain excellent views of the cacti and mountains as the dust settles.
Saguaro National Park offers stunning sunsets as the sky glows behind the silhouettes of the cacti. Enjoy the view, cooling temperatures, and sounds of animals preparing to feed.
Everglades National Park
Florida houses Everglades National Park, where a slow-moving river of grass contains alligators, turtles, fish, birds, and more. Exploring the park feels like a zoo without barriers where alligators bask in the sun along walking paths. Although beautiful, it can be scary at times.
Everglades National Park has two seasons, wet and dry. The dry season runs from December through April. You can expect an average high of 85 degrees and a low of 61. Although warm, it is not nearly as hot and humid as the wet season.
Why visit Everglades National Parkin April
Since it is the last month of the dry season, you can expect warm temperatures with fewer mosquitoes. You also have greater chances of spotting wildlife. Once the temperatures start climbing in May, many animals hide throughout the day.
Top things to do in Everglades National Park
One of the most exciting things to do in Everglades National Park is to take an airboat tour. Zipping next to alligators in the river of grass is a thrill ride.
There are plenty of hiking trails where you can observe wildlife. Anhinga Trail puts you next to alligators, turtles, and many birds. It contains paved and boardwalk sections and is an absolute delight. The water is so clear you will readily detect fish and turtles beneath the lily pads.
If you prefer to avoid hiking, you can ride a bicycle or take a tram tour. You can kayak through a maze of mangrove islands in the park’s western section. Manatees occasionally swim in Flamingo, the park’s southern district. Visitors regularly spot crocodiles and ospreys in Flamingo.
Shenandoah National Park
Nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park offers a blissful forested mountain escape. Serenity envelops you as you soak up gorgeous views hiking through the woods and peering out at mountains from spectacular overlooks.
The average high for April is 56 degrees, while the low is 36. Temperatures can vary considerably from the mountainous elevations to the lower valleys. It is still somewhat cool, and rain is certainly possible this time of year.
Why visit Shenandoah National Parkin April
Shenandoah National Park draws large crowds in summer and fall. Spring is a great time to visit when crowd levels are lower. Blooming wildflowers highlight the landscapes like paint on a canvas. Although many of the park’s waterfalls are lackluster or nonexistent in summer, you should find gushing waterfalls in April.
Top things to do in Shenandoah National Park
The 105-mile Skyline Drive is one of America’s best scenic drives, with 75 overlooks. Take your time and savor the views. You may encounter white-tailed deer or black bears on your journey.
The park offers more than 500 miles of beautiful, forested trails. You can find everything from challenging multiple-day treks to short, easy hikes. Stony Man Trail and Blackrock Summit offer rewarding hikes with excellent views. Upper Hawksbill Trail takes you to the park’s highest summit, while Dark Hollow Falls Trail yields a picturesque waterfall.
For those seeking more extreme adventures, you can try mountain biking, bouldering, or rock climbing.
Petrified Forest National Park
Located in Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park showcases stone logs, striped mounds, badlands, and portions of historic Route 66. The park offers surreal landscapes that often get overlooked due to the state’s feature park, the Grand Canyon.
Average daily temperatures swing from 35 to 70 degrees in April. Although the region’s rainfall is low, snow or rain is possible this time of year.
Why visit Petrified Forest National Parkin April
Crowd levels are low in April. Due to the remaining moisture coming out of the winter months, the surreal striated landscapes pop with even brighter colors. It is magical.
Top things to do in Petrified Forest National Park
You can see the park’s highlights in one day. The main park road is a 28-mile loop with places to stop and explore. Combine the drive with a few short hikes, and you will have the makings of a delightful day.
You gain lovely views of the badlands from various overlooks along the main road. The Tepees, large roadside mounds with brightly painted layers, also await you.
Hike the Blue Mesa Trail, where you gain close views of beautiful striped hills. Crystal Forest, another short but popular hike, loops around a field littered with petrified logs. Newspaper Rock is an overlook with viewfinders pointed at more than 650 petroglyphs. Stop at the old Studebaker for a photo op and pay homage to Route 66.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, offering misty mountain views and many recreational opportunities. The mountain retreat contains lush forests, bright wildflowers, flowing waterfalls, exciting wildlife, and more.
Mid-April regularly brings milder temperatures, with daytime temperatures reaching the 70s. Temperatures can dip below freezing at night in higher elevations. Afternoon showers are common this time of year.
Why visit Great Smoky Mountains National Parkin April
As America’s most visited park, the Great Smoky Mountains get especially crowded in summer and fall. If you can avoid Easter and spring break, crowd levels will be lower with mild weather in the second half of April. The spring temperatures and rain reward you with beautiful wildflowers and full waterfalls.
Top things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With forests, mountains, and waterfalls, hiking is one of the park’s most popular activities. If you are up for a steep, half-mile climb, you can ascend Clingman’s Dome, the park’s highest point. At the top, you will find an observation tower yielding exquisite views.
If you love waterfalls, hike Roaring Fork, where you will encounter Rainbow Falls, Grotto Falls, and the Place of a Thousand Drips. Favorite hikes of visitors also include Rocky Top, Laurel Falls, and Chimney Tops.
The park provides many roads for an auto tour. If you love scenic drives, consider the Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park on a gorgeous 469-mile drive with 26 tunnels and more than 200 overlooks.
You can visit one or both of the park’s historic grist mills for something different. Cable Mill is water powered while Mingus Mill is turbine powered.
Black bear sightings are pretty common in the Smokies. While exploring the park, be aware of your surroundings.
Joshua Tree National Park
Resting in southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is home to its bristled and twisted namesake trees that share the harsh desert environment with unique, rugged rock formations. The park is a conjunction of two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado, that harbor a variety of fascinating flora and fauna.
You can expect temperatures in the upper 40s at night and upper 70s during the day. It is one of the most comfortable times of the year, and there is very little chance of rain.
Why visit Joshua Tree National Parkin April
March and April present desert wildflowers in bloom, highlighting the normally drab landscape. With little rain and comfortable temperatures, the park draws quite a few visitors this time of year to see the flowers and hike. Despite an uptick in visitors, the temperatures and flowers make March and April a great time to visit.
Top things to do in Joshua Tree National Park
With unique rock formations, Joshua trees, and various cacti, hiking and exploring are the most popular things to do in the park. Top hikes include Skull Rock Trail and Arch Rock Trail. You can also find Heart Rock near Arch Rock Trail. These iconic rocks make great photo ops.
Explore Hidden Valley, a large bowl-shaped basin surrounded by boulders and stacks of rocks. You will find a loop trail on the basin’s interior. Head to Keys View, where you gain a fantastic vantage point of valleys and mountains for as far as you can see.
The peaceful Cholla Cactus Garden, with mountains in the background, is perfect for photos. You will find several oases in the park to explore as well.
Walking along the surreal landscapes throughout the park makes for an enjoyable day. Nightfall brings an excellent opportunity for stargazing. Joshua Tree National Park is an International Dark Sky Park. Try not to visit during a full moon, and you should discover the stunning Milky Way.
Summer is not the only time to visit a national park in the US. An April visit offers mild temperatures and smaller crowds. Some parks have unique opportunities this time of year as well. Like a wildflower, your national park adventures can bloom in April.
For more tips on visiting national parks in the US, check out the below posts:
Tourism is on the rise again with many people visiting exotic or remote locations for a variety of reasons including leisure or even for business trips.
However, in recent years it has become apparent just how many people are visiting countries for gaming purposes. In fact, as locations like London and Tokyo have some of the best gaming facilities in the world people are venturing from their own hometowns and going further afield in search of unique gaming experiences.
With the gaming industry constantly expanding due to technological innovations it is worth exploring some of the best gaming countries to visit around the world and what exactly makes them so popular among tourists.
Firstly, for those who want to step away from their gaming console at home, London is one of the best locations for people who want to have an exclusive and varied gaming experience. Scattered throughout the city of London are a wide array of eSports bars that combine peoples love for people’s love for pub culture with gaming.
The Red Bull Gaming Sphere in particular is an expansive eSports and gaming studio that includes consoles, VR headsets and racing simulators, recently opened to rave game reviews.
Furthermore it is not just video style games that can be played in London as the city is also globally renowned for having a thriving casino scene where people can visit famous casinos like the Hippodrome to play their favorite casino games. In fact, thanks to advancements in technology those who cannot find time in their busy schedule to take a trip to London can replicate their gaming experience by playing games like slingo on sites like Rainbow Riches Casino which has a myriad of benefits like rewards and bonuses to entice players in.
Moreover, Monte Carlo is also a fantastic host to many gaming attractions like the Monte Carlo Casino which is known for its stunning architecture. The Monte Carlo Casino offers a variety of different games, including slot machines, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, stud poker, video poker.
For those gaming fans who are visiting the area, the Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor racing event held annually on the Circuit de Monaco, in late May or early June and it is perfect for those who are enthusiasts of sports video games as they can see a real race in front of them.
In addition, gaming fans should consider adding Tokyo to their itinerary as it is globally recognised for its pleasant and welcoming gaming culture.
The Akihabara Electric Town is the host of plenty of opportunities for shopping and cosplaying plus themed shops to hang out and enjoy everything Tokyo has to offer. There are also a plethora of internet cafés scattered across Tokyo which offer tourists the opportunity to play online games or simply browse the internet.
The Japanese arcade scene is also something that allures many tourists each year and have had a strong presence in Japan since the 1970s. Today, there are a huge abundance of Japanese arcades that host a wide variety of games including skill-based games, accuracy-based games, rhythm games, fighting games and racing games which allow players to feel as if they are fully in control of the car.
Elsewhere in the US, Los Angeles in California is also flourishing with gaming fans who are equally as fond of the nightlife as they are with gaming.
This attractive location is the host to big events and conventions that are hosted by well known gaming companies like EA and Playstation. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and Blizzcon are also two famous examples which are some of the largest events in the world of gaming which allows games developers to showcase their upcoming titles.
Not only does visiting Los Angeles give gamers the unique opportunity of socializing and connecting with other gamers, but when they want to have time off they are never short of entertainment with attractions like the Disneyland Park and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Of course, when exploring outstanding gaming location we cannot neglect to mention Las Vegas which is known as the entertainment hub of the US.
The Strip is home to the world’s largest casinos and largest hotels with 30 casinos on the Vegas strip alone and two dozen nearby. You are guaranteed to avail of plenty of gaming opportunities if you visit locations like the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, and Mandalay Bay which not only offer a huge array of casino games but also let you try out virtual reality games like racing and action games.
In summary, throughout the world there are a myriad of different gaming venues that people go to in order to have a great gaming experience.
Whilst there are many destinations that have some gaming facilities, it is best to visit locations like London, Tokyo or Los Angeles that have a successful gaming culture and a variety of gaming facilities. If you are not travelling alone and have the company of someone who is not particularly impressed with gaming, most of these locations also have a stream of other activities and experiences that can satisfy everyone.
As a gamer, whatever location you decide to visit next, remember to carry out your research on where you are going to stay and what activities you want to take part in so that you can make the most out of your experience.
How to make the most of your visit to Mnemba Island
This lovely spot is only 1.5 kilometers long and 500 meters wide, but it provides enough space for pure relaxation, absolute privacy, tropical vegetation and plenty of fun in the underwater world.
It’s situated just 3 kilometers from the main island of Unguja in the Zanzibar archipelago, so it’s a short boat ride away.
A personal dream trip and an ideal place to relax, explore white sandy beaches, track down an incredible array of underwater creatures or even soak up some sun in shallower water.
This island is special because of its size and exclusivity, but most importantly because of the coral reef that surrounds it.
This reef is called Mnemba Atoll and is one of the most important nature reserves in East Africa. It is extremely well-preserved and offers many opportunities for diving and snorkeling, as well as numerous colorful fish.
Although the term “atoll” is not quite correct, as Mnemba Island is not a lagoon, the reef extends around the entire island. Here, you can find countless colorful coral reefs, turquoise waters and fresh fish.
It’s a great experience for everyone!
What to do on Mnemba Island
If you’re looking for the best snorkeling in Zanzibar, look no further than Mnemba Island!
This small island off the coast of Zanzibar is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, making it a perfect place to go snorkeling.
There are plenty of tour operators offering trips to Mnemba Island from both Nungwi and Kendwa, so it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule.
The trip out to Mnemba Atoll takes about two hours, but it’s well worth it for the incredible views of brightly colored fish and coral.
What makes Mnemba Island special is that you’re not allowed to go ashore. Every day, hundreds of tourists come to Mnemba Atoll to snorkel, but none are permitted to set foot on the island.
The small island with its beautiful beaches is privately owned; only guests of the luxury resort there are allowed access. See below for more info if you would like to stay there.
Back to discover the pristine beauty of Mnemba Island, a true paradise!
Whether you’re looking for tranquility or to explore the fascinating underwater world of this atoll – here everyone can find what they desire.
Glimpse an array of captivating corals while diving and snorkeling amidst thousands of vibrant fish species. Watch in wonderment as majestic sea turtles lay their eggs on shorelines fringed by lush foliage. Don’t miss out on spotting whales and dolphins swimming nearby too!
Slip into newfound seclusion amid romantic scenery – there’s no better place than this idyllic isle.
Looking to explore the underwater world without having to spend hours learning how to dive? Then snorkeling is the perfect activity for you!
Tours to Mnemba Island
There are half-day and full-day tours, and you can easily find a tour that suits your schedule (like this one).
A snorkeling tour is great value for your money. You can choose a cheaper group tour or decide to go for a private tour. For all those tours, all equipment, transportation and snacks should be included in the price. So, all you need to worry about is enjoying yourself. And that should be easy at Mnemba Island.
If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, low season is the best time to visit Zanzibar (between March to May). Even though Mnemba Atoll can be busy, it’s nothing compared to what it’s like during high season. But in general, the reef is big enough for everyone, so you won’t feel crowded when snorkeling.
The boats will drop you off right at the edge of the coral reef and then anchor a little ways out from there. You’ll have about two hours to explore all that Mnemba Atoll has to offer.
If you need any help, there’s always a guide nearby who would be more than happy to show you around or point out animals you might not have seen on your own. But if you’d rather go solo, that’s perfectly fine too!
The underwater world around the coral reefs off Mnemba Island is absolutely stunning. There are so many colorful fish here. These colors, this water, the white sandy beaches in front of Mnemba Island — just amazing.
With a little luck you can discover turtles, dolphins, starfish, rays, octopuses or lionfish. Just spend a few super nice hours underwater.
Here is a tour with a private boat:
After being picked up from your hotel on Unguja, Zanzibar, you will be taken by private boat to Mnemba Island. Depending on conditions, the coral reef of the Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve can be reached in as little as 20 minutes.
Once you’ve completed the snorkeling, take a break on an idyllic sandbar. Soak up some rays as you munch away at delectable seasonal fruits and other tasty morsels.
Then make your way back to Unguja’s coastline; observe fishermen returning with their day’s catches before being transported safely home again!
Hotel pickup and drop-off
So you only need to bring your swimwear, towels and your sunscreen. And remember, nature is unpredictable. So specific sightings of dolphins, turtles or other animals are not guaranteed.
You could also choose a diving tour, which include two dives. Again, all equipment, drinks, snacks and transportation are included in the price.
Note: you need to be certified with PADI. Only then you’ll be able to explore some of the most beautiful locations, Mnemba Atoll has to offer.
To all visitors and guides, please be aware that feeding wild animals – including fish – is not advisable.
Unfortunately, some people still do this, attracted by the opportunity to take a great photo with lots of fish around them. But this can have negative consequences for the environment and the local ecosystem.
So next time you go snorkeling, wherever in the world it may be, resist the temptation to feed the fish or touch corals and other marine life.
Mnemba Island is a private island that can only be accessed by booking a stay at the andBeyond Mnemba Island resort. This luxurious resort has room for just 24 guests, making it very exclusive. Prices for a night at andBeyond Mnemba Island start at around $1200 per person.
The cabins at Mnemba Island Lodge are small, but attractively designed bungalows right on the beach. You can see the crystal clear water from your bed and also have a private bathroom.
Three meals per day are included in the price, as well as two dives (for which you must have at least a PADI Open Water certification). The transfer from the airport or Stone Town in Zanzibar city as well as the laundry service and drinks are also included in the price.
For those who want to enjoy a lazy morning, breakfast trays full of tropical fruit, fresh juice, and Tanzanian coffee can be delivered right to your beach banda.
If you’d like to celebrate the sunset with a special treat, they can discreetly place sushi and champagne at your beach lounger. And for a truly romantic dinner, they’ll serve you right on the beach while the waves gently lap at your feet. In addition to yoga and massages in your banda, allow yourself to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Finding environmentally friendly solutions to the pressure being placed on ocean resources, they have eliminated plastic water bottles, create awareness with conservation lessons, protect and monitor turtle nests, nurture a tree nursery and execute beach waste clean-ups daily.
Guests can enjoy sheer unpretentious luxury while relaxing on their own stretch of private beachfront. With simple yet luxurious accommodations, stunning views of Zanzibar beyond, and a variety of activities available, Mnemba Island is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime!
Cheaper accommodations in Nungwi, Zanzibar
If you’re looking to explore the Mnemba Atoll without spending a fortune, staying on the main island, Zanzibar, is a great option.
While you won’t be able to set foot on the atoll itself, there are plenty of diving and snorkeling tours that will let you see all it has to offer.
This quaint, cozy guesthouse in thatched-roof buildings is just a 2-minute walk from beautiful Nungwi Beach and only 64 km from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.
A simple shared room with wooden beams and mixed occupancy comes complete with Wi-Fi, mosquito nets, bunk beds, a fan, a terrace and a shared bathroom. Private rooms have balconies, private baths and/or four-poster beds. There are also huts made of coconut palm wood and palm leaves. One hut with upscale amenities is air conditioned.
Continental breakfast is served in a courtyard with a white sand floor. Other meals are available by prior arrangement. Parking is available upon request.
The Z hotel is the perfect place to stay for a unique and relaxing beach holiday experience. With its contemporary London-inspired design, it offers a fresh and original take on the traditional beach vacation.
The hotel is set in a tropical garden with steps leading down to the white powdery sands of Nungwi’s award-winning beach and the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean.
All rooms come equipped with LCD TVs, cable TV, Wi-Fi and docking stations, so you can enjoy all the modern conveniences while on vacation.
The Z has been named one of the ‘trendiest hotels in Africa’ – and is the only one in Tanzania – so you can be sure you’re staying somewhere truly special.
Whilst they aim to provide a totally relaxed and stress-free environment, the location of the Z also means they are perfectly placed to offer their more ‘energetic’ guests some of the best diving, snorkeling and fishing available anywhere in the world, as well as a wide range of water sports.
The world-renowned Mnemba Atoll has one of highest concentrations of turtles anywhere on Earth, and is just a half hour boat ride away.
Nestled in Nungwi, Casa Carlotta & Villa is a haven of serenity and comfort. Boasting free WiFi access, lush garden views, an inviting shared lounge area and terrace space – this 3-star accommodation will make your holiday truly unforgettable!
Just moments away from the beachfront palms where you can appreciate breathtaking sunsets over turquoise waters; here lies tranquility among tranquil surroundings that are perfect for relaxation. The Green Garden also allows guests to take full advantage of their downtime with plenty of peace and privacy on offer at all times throughout their stay.
Casa Carlotta & Villa is situated near Nungwi Beach, just 200 metres away. Royal Beach can be found after a pleasant 1.3 km stroll from the property and Zanzibar International Airport lies 61 km in the distance for easy access to this idyllic spot. An airport shuttle service is also available at an additional cost if needed! And as an added bonus there’s even a children’s playground onsite – perfect for little ones looking to stretch their legs before exploring Zanzibar!
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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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.
Are you looking for a beach-based holiday where there’s plenty more to explore nearby too?
Then consider a break to the island of Malta. With incredible scenery and lovely coastlines you can sit back and enjoy soaking up the sun, or explore the history, shops and holiday activities that the region has to offer.
A holiday to Malta is only 3 hours away from the UK (and not far from most European destinations), so it makes a great destination for those who are looking to take a medium haul break.
Here’s a list of the top places to visit in Malta.
If you are planning a trip to beautiful Malta in Southern Europe, know that you will be visiting a place that is full of rich, historic beauty and quaint, old world charm.
It is a densely populated country comprised of many little towns that blend together into one big country full of breathtaking scenery that is certain to provide you with a trip to remember.
As you plan your vacation to this beautiful country and are exploring the wide variety of Malta travel tips, hopefully the following list will help you with your travel itinerary.
The capital city is a must visit for anyone wanting to get a sense of history and a feel for the true Malta. The capital is located in the central east part of the island and the entire town has been awarded UNESCO status as every street, square and church has a story to tell in the history of this country, do not miss the Hypogeum a fascinating underground insight in the history and long lost past of the Maltese people.
You must make a point to visit Grand Harbour, Valletta. This beautiful harbour will take you back to ancient times with its naturally made splendor and charm. Grand Harbour, Valletta is one of the most visited places in Europe and it contains many unique hotels for lodging and breathtaking sights to absorb.
The old capital of the country and in my opinion, the most picturesque and photogenic town on the whole island. Known as the walled city, take an hour or so to wander round the small narrow streets, stopping to take in the amazing views of the whole island from one of its many vantage points.
Maybe grab an extended lunch in one of the small number of restaurants, but leave room for some cake to be devoured in the Fontanella tea gardens, which is located high up on the city walls. So high up is this small fortified city, that on a clear day you may be lucky to see Mount Etna across the sea on the island of Sicily.
Escape the crowds searching for little pockets of sand in the tourist areas of Bugibba and hop on a bus across to the north west of the island to Golden Bay, where sand, cliffs and grottoes can be found with minimal fuss. Although becoming more touristy, you can still get away from it all by visiting the national park close by, catch a ferry to Comino, explore the coastal areas on a speedboat tour or even go horse riding.
Comino is the perfect Malta travel destination if you desire to experience crystal blue waters. This beautiful island is home to the Blue Lagoon which is a watery paradise that is the best place in the Mediterranean to experience marine time fun.
If the hot summer sun is unrelenting, but you reckon you could manage a short trip out, head to Mosta on the bus, where its main sights will only take an hour or so to do, before you find a cool air conditioned café to relax in.
The main reason to visit is to see the Mosta Dome (one of the largest unsupported domes in Europe) for its amazing interior of blue, gold and white and the replica bomb that is located by the alter after the original one pierced the dome roof and landed there unexploded during WW2.
Maltas sister island to the North is easily accessible by regular ferries from the northern tip of Malta in Cirkewwa. Aim to spend at least one full day here, to make sure you visit the capital of Victoria for shopping, visiting the old prison, the cathedral and a whole range of museums.
Jump on the buses that travel extensively round the island to visit the beaches of Ramula Bay and definitely make time to sample some mouthwatering Gozitan cheeses and wines maybe in one of the many small towns and villages such as Xaghra or Nadur. Before heading back to the main island of Malta, pack your snorkel and enjoy the blue lagoon of Comino a small island in-between the two, uninhabited save for staff of the one and only hotel located there.
The Tarxien Temples
No trip to this European country would be complete without a visit to The Tarxien Temples. Although The Tarxien Temples were built between 2500 – 3000 BC, 3 of the 4 temples in all of their architectural glory have held up quite well through the years. The Tarxien Temples are a must see for any visitor of Malta.
Malta has a selection of golden sands, in particular the North West Golden Bay is a must visit, and rocky cliffs and caves. Whether you’re looking to sunbathe, swim or clamber across impressive rock formations the island offers it all. Another popular Malta beach attraction is the Blue Grotto area with its striking bright blue water and caverns, perfect for a romantic swim or dive. If you’re hoping to explore further out, beaches in Mellieha bay and Qawra are also great and within walking distance of some good resorts and restaurants.
If you’re interested in learning about the history of Malta, visit the beautiful capital, Valetta. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site; walking the charming streets it is hard not to marvel at the Baroque architecture. The 16th century Grand Masters’ Palace and the awe-inspiring St John’s Cathedral are also worth a visit. Valetta is one of the best places to take in the culture of Malta too, with a night-time visit to the Triton fountain well worth staying up late for – browse the art galleries too, and check out Malta’s Museum of Fine Arts for a unique outdoor art experience.
For those who enjoy a spot of retail therapy on their holidays, Malta provides plenty to keep you occupied. There are a number of traditional souvenir shops to pick up gifts for those back home or there are the numerous chain stores that you’ll recognize from back home. Markets are also held regularly to pick up local handicrafts and bargains.
Malta has plenty of nice restaurants and bars to spend your evenings in. St Julian’s is the best place to go for clubs, pubs and all night partying opportunities; for a different experience head to the open air clubs of Mdinaand Rabat. There are also several casinos on the island of Malta if you’re stuck for things to do in Malta.
Aside from sightseeing and shopping, Malta has activities such as water sports (try scuba diving, jet skis or banana boating), hiking and glass bottomed boat rides!
When you’re on holiday it’s the perfect excuse to over-indulge, and with the many great restaurants across the island, you probably will! Don’t forget to sample the traditional Maltese delicacies such as fresh fish pie, beef olives, rabbit stew, pate and goat’s cheese. Expect to see lots of fresh seafood on the Maltese menus too. A trip to the Marsaxlokk fish market will show you what an abundance of great fresh seafood the sea around the island offers up!