Baixa / Chiado
0.2 miles from city centre
Welcome to Old Lisbon. Baixa’s pedestrian streets exude a charm of yesteryear, with expansive Praça do Comércio embodying Lisbon’s 18th-century grandeur. From there, head uphill to Chiado for a coffee in poet Fernando Pessoa’s old haunt, A Brasileira. Or take the gloriously old-school Santa Justa Elevator up to the roofless beauty of Carmo Convent.
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Lisbon City Centre
In the city centre
There’s so much going on in the city centre, it’s hard to know where to start. Baixa impresses with its architecture and Chiado enchants with its sophistication. Bairro Alto offers night owls a shindig with a view and Avenida Liberdade brims with designer shops. And for a taste of ordinary Lisboeta life, head to the residential streets of Saldanha.
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3.7 miles from city centre
Hail the Age of Discovery! Belém is jam-packed with opulent buildings from Portugal’s golden era, when her explorers ruled the waves. Stand agog at Jerónimos Monastery’s stunning stonework, replete with maritime motifs saluting Vasco da Gama and company. Then set a course for the unique Belém Tower, jutting out into the Tagus like a caravel of old.
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Parque das Nacoes
4.5 miles from city centre
A classic for a Sunday stroll. The steel curves and glistening glass of Parque das Nacoes are a far cry from central Lisbon’s old-world splendour. Follow the riverside boardwalk past the array of new-fangled buildings and sculptures. Give your taste buds a fishy treat at a waterfront eatery before feasting your eyes on marine life in the outstanding Oceanarium.
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0.4 miles from city centre
Bairro Alto has something of the Jekyll and Hyde about it. Climb the quaint cobbles during the day and you’d never guess what night-time antics go on here. The narrow streets fill with revellers who spill out of overflowing bars, plastic cups in hand. Catch the sunset from Park Bar’s terrace before ducking into the maze of watering holes. “Saúde”!
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Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of its most enchanting cities. Walk through any one of its cobblestone streets and there's a good chance you'll come across some traditional fado music or pastelarias serving fresh pastéis de nata (custard tarts). The old-fashioned tram 28 is one of the last of its kind still operating in the city, and provides a unique way to the popular districts of Graça, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela.
The central district of Bairro Alto is a great place to try out some of the local cuisine the capital is famous for. Try some bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with onions, eggs and potatoes) or cozido à portuguesa (a typical stew).
To take in a blend of history and panoramic sights, pay a visit to the ancient castle of São Jorge and the Santa Justa Lift. Lisbon is also home to Ponte Vasco da Gama – the longest bridge in Europe – and the sister bridge of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Ponte 25 de Abril.
Lisbon is renowned for its surfing spots like Carcavelos and Costa da Caparica, with many offering long sandy beaches.
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|Most popular time to visit||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.43|
|Average weekend price||£105 per night|
|Average weekday price||£103 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Lisbon has a very long history. Unfortunately, there are not many historical sites to visits. We enjoyed visiting Castelo de S. Jorge and the river view was nice otherwise you can only see the roof tops. Walking in the narrow roads of old town was good too. Also, a ride with the old tram is recommended. We are vegetarian and had difficulties finding proper food. It almost always ended with some fake Italian pizza or a veggie burger. Avenida is nice for a walk. There are good possibilities for shopping. Most Portuguese are very kind and helpful people.
Lisbon is a great trip for young adventure travelers. Cool bars and restaurants, young cool art scene, classy old world city with wonderful history. lots of fun outdoor space to drink, eat and enjoy life with the people of Lisbon. Did feel was a hard city for elderly or people with walking issues. lots of hills, stairs and side walk so old and polished can be a little slippery. Which was good here for keeping me in shape.
The concentration of museums by the coast was very enlightening, after stepping out of the relentless sun. The Museum Aljube Resistência e Liberdade was an eye-opener. It made me glad to be British and proud of my country's history, as I had no idea that Portugal's 20th century history was such a police state nightmare for as long as it was. Did I mention the sun? Being English I felt like a morlock stepping out of my cave! Bright sunshine, 30c+ temperatures, 2.5 hour flight away from the south of England, wonderful! I can speak Spanish, but not Portuguese, and thought there would be some degree of mutual intelligibility based on the written Portuguese I've read.... but no. If you're a language enthusiast I definitely recommend poring through your language learning materials of choice before you go. If you're used to seeing massive colourful signs of national chain supermarkets à la UK, you won't see them here. You'll have to keep an eye out for grocery stores as it is easy to walk right by them and miss them. If you hire a car within the city centre, Good luck. It is really hilly, the locals are masters at clutch-control or they're rolling back into the front bumper of the vehicles behind them. The roads smell of burning rubber and clutch transmission. Trams, trains and buses are commonplace, but they're very busy most of the time, don't skimp on deodorant.
The views from the top are amazing, taxi's are cheap €4 got us to our apartment half way up the city. The incline of the city is insane, tuk tuk vendors will drop you off at your apartment if you ask. The Queen Ale is a great real ale pub in the middle of the hill with rock music. There are numerous food outlets with some portugese classics. Large cases do not fit in the bagage storage you might get them in but wont get them out, be careful!!! Pack light unless your host provides storage. Also the bagage store only takes coins which are difficult to get change for. The Market Veg store in the main square in Rosie was kind enough to give change.
A city with something for everyone: new town, old town, strolling by the water, fabulous aquarium and science museum, high end shopping, parks... it really has it all. Would have loved to stay longer and we will definitely return.
Lisbon is such a dynamic and historical city. It truly is up and coming. Make your move and go now - it has something for every age group and so many fantastic areas to experience. The prices of food, entertainment, Uber/Taxis can’t be beat. And, it’s very safe!
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