Lisbon has stolen my heart. Strolling through the picturesque old Alfama district full of narrow and atmospheric streets, while a few minutes later you are in the middle of the modern Parque das Nações exhibition grounds. In the evening you can enjoy a delicious Portuguese meal, watch the sunset from the stunning viewpoints on one of the seven hills that Lisbon has to offer and in the evening you can walk along the Tagus river. And do you want to avoid the bustle of the city? In Lisbon, there is also plenty to see and do. You can be on one of Portugal’s most beautiful beaches within half an hour or imagine yourself in Sintra’s fairy-tale world. Therefore, Lisbon is a quotation.
Feel small on the immense P raça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio is one of the biggest and most popular squares in Lisbon. It is also called the palace square, because of the Ribeira Palace that used to stand here. The square is right on the Tagus River, making it unique. You will also find a large and magnificent statue of King Joseph I on this huge square. Visiting this amazing square is highly recommended both during the day and at night.
Take a bike tour through the center and along the coast
It wasn’t really a choice to go cycling in Lisbon until a few years ago, as no cycle paths were laid anywhere. Luckily, in the meantime, this has improved and you can even go on full bike rides here. I did a 4-hour Baja Bikes tour and I thought it was a great way to enjoy the area. Would you like more details about this? I’ll tell you all about this bike tour through Lisbon in this article.
Spot penguins and tropical fish in the oceanário de Lisboa
The Oceanário de Lisboa is situated in the new and modern neighborhood of Parque das Nações, built-in 1998 on the occasion of the Expo. The Oceanário is the world’s second-largest aquarium and a wide variety of marine animals are housed here. The oceanário is divided into four focus areas: the North Atlantic, the Southern Ice Sea, the Pacific North East, and the Indian Ocean. A must for the young as well as the aged! You don’t want to be in line? Purchase the Oceanário de Lisboa row tickets here.
Visit one of the many miradouros in Lisbon
There are many perspectives to be found since Lisbon is situated on seven hills. These are known in Portuguese as miradouros, or’ golden can.’ Tour Miradouro Largo das Portas do Sol (top right), for example, from where you have a magnificent view over the old Alfama district and the river Tagus. You also have a good view of the city from the Miradouro Santa Luzia (to the bottom right). My choice is the Miradouro São Pedro de Alcantara (left), because you have both the new part of Lisbon and the old part of it. In addition, with a lovely fountain and a small park, the viewpoint itself is also very scenic.
Take the elevator from Baixa to Chiado
Without a doubt, the Santa Justa lift is the most amazing lift I’ve ever had. Not only because of the Gothic architectural style, but this lift is also very stunning. The lift is so unique as it links two communities divided by the immense height difference. Climb down Santa Justa Street in the neighborhood of Baixa and get off on Carmo Square in the neighborhood of Chiado at 45 meters high. You also have a beautiful view of the Rossio square when the lift is at the highest point. Have you got a ticket for the Lisbon metro day(s)? You can then use the Santa Justa lift free of charge.
Enjoy the beach in Cascais
Combine your city trip with a day at the beach? So Lisbon is the ideal choice! In 20 minutes by train you can reach the beautiful Cascais and spend a wonderful day at the beach. Would you like to do something more active? You can rent bikes free of charge opposite the Cascais station. You can easily find one of the smaller and quieter beaches in the area if you’re in Cascais in high season and it’s a bit busy on the side. Book your Lisbon to Cascais train tickets here.
The Lisboa Card
The Lisboa Card is a great option if you want to visit Lisbon. You get free access to 26 attractions, including the Torre de Belem and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Moreover, in Lisbon and Belém, you can travel unlimitedly free by bus, metro, tram, and elevator. Also valid on tram 28 and the Santa Justa lift is the Lisbon Card. Purchase the Lisbon Card for just $ 19.