10 Places to visit in Lisbon to have an amazing holidays
At the weekends I never sit at home. I try to use every minute of being abroad – out of my country – for exploring, enjoying and traveling with passion.
Furthermore, seeing everything with eyes of a person from another country lets me appreciate and remember every little detail. Sometimes I come to work and say ¨Have you seen this bust of don’t-know-whom on the building facade?¨ and they having passed this corner hundreds of times for the last several years never noticed it. Discovering and feeling that every step – in whatever city – makes sense. This time I am passing you a little part of my trip to the Portuguese capital and these 10 places to visit in Lisbon which left me totally love poisoned.
1. Castle of San Jorge
When going up the San Jorge hill we face one the main attractions of Lisbon, a castle of San Jorge. Being more than 10 centuries old it is also one of the best viewpoints of the city. If you like walking I recommend you to get by foot from the Castle to the Cathedral. It is going to be a magnificent walk!
It is one of the two most charming districts in the city. It is located in the city center and is a perfect neighborhood to stay in Lisbon. While walking around – almost all the zone is pedestrian – you will be provided with a local soundtrack. The streets are full of musicians playing Portuguese fado who enrich your walk to the heaven.
- Try sardines on the skewer.
- Carla, be aware, the city center of Lisbon is full of cobblestone streets…No high heels, girls!
3. Lisbon Cathedral
It’s also called Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or simply Sé de Lisboa. When I saw it, for a moment I thought I am in front of the Notre Dame de Paris. Even thou the Portuguese one has progothic (with a Roman touch) style and the French one is purely gothic, there are plenty details in common which bring your mind and imagination to the past without asking.
While visitng, watch it with affection. It had suffered and had to be reconstructed several times after earthquakes. Keeping secrets and history for so many years! Go closer and enjoy its beauty.
4. Senhora do Monte Viewpoint
Yes, there are sunsets in Lisbon and there are perfect panoramic views to watch it. You can catch it from the Senhora do Monte viewpoint. Let me hint about booking a table in Tasca do Jaime, one of the most recommended restaurants of the city. Because of the views and because of the life music with fados. A mix of the perfect food, the city under your feet and delightful melodies…simple perfection.
5. Torel Garden
If we want to enjoy the tourist attractions and the city sights which Lisbon has on every corner, let´s get lost in Torel Garden (Jardim do Torel). It is taking place right after the Lavra elevator, the oldest in the city, and from there on we can see, one more time, one more marvelous spot of Lisbon.
The city is precious when you are getting lost in the streets, taking a coffee with a fado melody by your side and succeeding not to fall on the cobblestone roads…look around and breath deeply.
6. Time Out Market
The adults know it as Mercado da Ribeira but the youngsters call it ¨Time Out¨ and, yes, the name comes from the leisure magazine. From outside the market check out the variant styles of each one of the entrances. Is one of the most fancy and hip places to eat in Lisbon. It is like all the markets in one place but extremely modernized. Now, try out everything you like, take hundreds of photos and take some food with you.
P.S. – Do not dare to leave without tasting bacalao a la portuguesa.
7. Bélem Tower
Nothing else but enjoying the evening with the famous pastry pastelito de bélem…do it! Instagram it with hashtags #SoSweet or #PureLove
With the same name exists the Tower Belem. Thanks to its Manueline style and strategic location it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO more than 50 years ago.
8. Jerónimos Monastery
Was also declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is an ideal corner to run away from the busy city atmosphere. Along with Jerónimos Church I dare to declare it one of the most peaceful places in Lisbon.
Almost forgot… if you plan a cultural visit to Lisbon, take into account Lisbon Card. With it you will save a lot on the entrances.
9. Sweetshop Pastéis de Bélem
Was waiting till the end of the post for recommending you a very sweet place. It is called Casa dos pastéis de Bélem. The most known pastries which once you try, you cannot stop thinking about taking one more, and more. La Casa dos pastéis de Bélem is one of those sweetshops where they make each pastry in a craft way. Take one for you and bring us a few, please 😉
10. LX Factory
Hipster style, second hand market, vintage furniture and everything related with ecology and sustainability. This is LX Factory, a fashion market and, for sure, my TOP 1 in the list of places to visit in Lisbon. Located in the old reconstructed factory is a total contrast of what we have seen in the capital before. Remember my advice and visit Ler Devagar bookshop.
Which cities in Portugal has you visited? For now, we have been in Lisbon and Oporto, which one do you choose?