After visiting the Algarve and loving the Portuguese lifestyle, I decided to embark on an adventure to Lisbon. Known as the city of seven hills, Lisbon will take you up and down through colourful streets and offer you the most rewarding rooftop views.
Having spent 3 days in Lisbon, I learned a little about the Portuguese way of life.
Below are the top things to do in Lisbon.
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Things to do in Lisbon
There are so many romantic things to do in Lisbon, we couldn't believe this city is so underrated. We know Lisbon is great for digital nomads, but we think it's even better for travelling couples looking for an urban adventure. We loved our time in Portugal's capital so much we even decided to take some day trips from Lisbon.
This is Lisbon's oldest district and also the most exciting. You can walk through tiny streets and really soak in what Portugal is all about. There are colourful buildings, plenty of restaurants scattered around and interesting hidden paths which will take you to the most unexpected places. In a way, walking around Alfama reminded me of Italy.
São Jorge Castle
Walk around Moorish ruins and enjoy breathtaking views over Lisbon. From the castle, you can see beyond the Ponte 25 de Abril and all the way to Almada. The São Jorge Castle is a medieval gem overlooking river Tagus. From the hilltop, you can really capture Lisbon's historic soul.
Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio really comes to life when the weather is nice. Here, you can admire a statue of King José as well as the Arco da Rua Augusta, an arch which leads you right into the heart of Lisbon. This is a popular meeting spot among locals, which in turn make their way to the river banks for a chill-out afternoon.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jerónimos Monastery is an architectural marvel. You will notice a great combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles. This jewel, located in the heart of Belém was inaugurated in the 15th century and has been in use ever since. Today, it is also Vasco da Gama's resting place.
Tower of Belém
This 15th-century fortress is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, located, as the name suggests, in Belém. It has a lot of historical significance, especially due to the fact that this mighty Tower served as the departure point for many maritime expeditions.
25 de Abril Bridge
There are two reasons why I love this bridge. Firstly, it looks very much like San Francisco's Golden Gate. This in itself it's pretty cool. Secondly, you can capture some really beautiful sunset pictures over this majestic bridge. Lookout for that perfect vanilla sky, set up your tripod and go crazy.
Vasco da Gama Bridge
Since we are talking about cool bridges, here's another one for you. The Vasco da Gama bridge is Europe's longest bridge with its 17.20 km, stretching across River Tagus. It was built in only 3 years for the 1998 World's Fair. It looks absolutely impressive and again, I recommend going there during sunset.
Tropical Botanic Garden
This one is rather unconventional, it is not your usual botanic garden. The Tropical Botanic Garden of Lisbon looks rather neglected and abandoned which is exactly what makes it so appealing. A walk through the garden grounds will make you feel as if you landed on the "Great Expectations" movie set. I loved it to bits and I recommend you check out this quiet place too.
The entry fee was just 2 EUR and kids go for free.
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
This is quite a walk uphill but you will be rewarded by some of Lisbon's best rooftop views. I recommend this not just because of the end result, but the walk itself will take you through charming little streets and secluded spots, which highlights the true nature of the Portuguese capital. It was absolutely delightful to explore Lisbon away from the crowds. If you visit during the summer, make sure to take enough water with you.
Jardim da Estrela
Full of trees, tropical flowers and beautiful greenhouses, Jardim da Estrela is the perfect place to spend an afternoon strolling, chilling or reading a book. It features a very nice playground, so if you are planning a visit with your children, this is a great choice. If you're walking to Jardim da Estrela from the city centre, be sure to wear comfy shoes as it gets quite hilly.
Very similar to Paris' Notre Dame, the Lisbon cathedral is a gothic beauty and the oldest church in the city. Here, you capture a nice shot with Lisbon's famous little yellow tram. It looks so cute and cool. Better yet, jump on and make your way towards the historic centre.
I was most impressed with this restaurant, due to the freshness of their seafood. The quality of the food was outstanding at very decent prices. I've been recommended this place by a local. If you like fish and seafood in general, you must try Ramiro.
Have you been to Lisbon? Tell me all about your adventures or your plans in the comment section below. And don't forget to check how to enjoy 24 hours in Lisbon.