I recently visited Lisbon, Portugal for a week. It is a great city to visit, with a lot to do and see! Here are my Top 10 moments:
- Historical areas Stroll through the neighborhoods of Bairro Alto, Alfam
a and Baixa, where you will wonder through cobbled streets filled with history and many Insta-worthy moments. There are many shops and restaurants along the way. Great to visit both during the day and night
- Castelo de Sao Jorge This castle is a must! There is so much to see, from the surrounding scenic viewpoints, to the castle itself and the archeological site, it is well worth the entry (8,5 Euros for adults and 5 Euros for students).
- The Torre de Belem A historical prison set on the water. You walk over to a bridge to enter the small fort. Although it is small inside, the balconies are breathtaking. Research before visiting or join a tour to gain a greater understanding.
- Shopping There is no shortage of trinkets in and around Lisbon to take home as souvineers. However, there are also malls or ‘forums’ which offer name brands that may not be available in your home country. For me, that was Bershka!
- Cristo Rei If there is only one place you visit, let it be this one. You don’t need to be religious to take in the breathtaking views over the city. Definitely picture-worthy and awe-inspiring.
- Food It’s always a must to try different foods from new places. Most memorable for me was visiting the huge bakery Pasteis de Belem, open since 1872 (find the monestary pictures below a stone’s throw away). They have the best pastel de nata and deliciously thick hot chocolate. Also a favorite, although not Portuguese, was all-you-can-eat sushi! For authentic Portuguese food, visit on e of the many homely restaurants, where the menus are written by hand!
- Beach Although the water may be cold, it is always wonderful to visit the beach, especially when it is a short distance away! I put my feet in at Costa da Caparica almost immediately after arriving where I was jokingly baptized.
- Night out Nightlife is a lifestyle in Portugal. Many people, young and old, still wonder through the streets after 10pm. It is a wonderful way to experience the culture and to see the city. For clubbing, visit the ‘former Red Light District’ or ‘Pink Street,” Rua Nova do Carvalho. Do yourself a favour and lookout for the former burlesque club!
- Scenic Spots Stop by to take in the views of the city from another angle at Mirador de Graça. From here, you can easily get to the old historic centre and the castle. There are many others located around the city too!
- Other places to see If time allows, also consider visiting: Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta, Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Museu Sao Roque and Sacred Art Museum
Most surprising thing about Portugal: English music everywhere! I am also told that they are the best at understanding English (as they are accustomed to the music and movies) in Europe.