Lisbon has so much more to offer than its tasty custard tarts! For starters, sunset viewings are mandatory thanks to its beautiful hilly location overlooking the Tagus River. While its means of transportation are some of its biggest attractions. From Gothic style elevators to yellow trams and three wheeled tuk tuks, there’s so many unique ways to see the city! And its culture is just as fascinating, although you’ll find most of its best art work on its streets. Admire ornate tiles adorning the walls of townhouses and detailed graffiti that wouldn’t look out of place in a gallery.
Things to do
Whether you want to do Lisbon like a local or you’ve come here to see its top tourist attractions, there are some things that should be on everyone’s to-do list!
If it’s viewpoints you’re after, the city’s highest point Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is a must for its castle panoramas. Or if you want to combine incredible views with one of the city’s most famous landmarks, head to São Jorge Castle. Another fantastic vantage point lies on the banks of Tejo Estuary, a great spot to catch a glimpse of Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Not to mention it’s home to the Cristo Rei statue, Lisbon’s answer to Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer.
While you’re in Belém, you can’t miss a chance to see one of the neighbourhood’s most camera-worthy spots, Belém Tower. Sitting on the banks of Tagus River and decorated with military motifs, this famous structure can only be accessed by drawbridge. This is also where you’ll find Pastéis de Belém bakery, which is home to Portugal’s most authentic custard tart. The ancient recipe remains a secret to this day.
When you’re not exploring the city by foot, you should be taking it in from the seat of a streetcar. Hop on the iconic tram 28, which will take you down some of Lisbon's skinniest streets, rattling past top landmarks like Baixa & Terreiro do Paço.
After a day of sightseeing, Lisbon’s nightlife won’t disappoint. Find swanky drinking spots up on the rooftops alongside live music venues playing traditional Fado music. And there’s a district to suit every personality too, Bairro Alto is like one big street party, while Alfama is home to the city’s best wine bars.
If you’re planning to stay in Lisbon for longer than a weekend, then make sure to pencil in some time to visit Sintra! Just a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon, it’s like stepping into a Disney movie. The first thing you’ll notice are the brightly-painted palaces, but it’s manicured gardens are just as beautiful! You’ll also find a string of beaches within easy reach including one of its most popular shorelines, Praia de Carcavelos, which you can reach by car in around 25 minutes.