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Being the city of the seven hills, Lisbon have multiple spots where one can appreciate the views of the city. Every different spot lead to a different perspective, so don’t quit on climbing after your first viewpoint! We specially recommend the viewpoints of São Pedro de Alcântara and Nossa Senhora do Monte. If you prefer a quite unique experience, enjoying the view while tasting a glass of wine or an exquisite dinner, try one of Lisbon’s Terraces.
Climbing the seven hills of Lisbon might not be so fun as the views they provide, so, in the late 19th century, several funiculars were built along the hardest streets to climb. Nowadays there are still three of them running, Lavra, Glória and Bica. In 1902 another elevator was built, this time vertical: the famous Santa Justa, a tower of iron made by an apprentice of Eiffel. Try this elevators to merge into the Portuguese culture. Plus, all of them lead to amazing viewpoints, so you won’t regret!
Belém is an area in Lisbon dedicated to the Portuguese World Discoveries. Here you can visit the monuments from the 16th century that did not fall during Lisbon’s big earthquake, like the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém tower. This monuments are built in a Manueline style, an architectural style invented by the kind Manuel I, thus being something unique that you can only see here.
Invented on the 19th century by the monks of the Jerónimos Monastery, Pastéis de Belém have been, ever since, the most popular pastries in town. While the outside part is crispy, the inside is creamy. They always come warm and with a pot of powder sugar and cinnamon to put on top. The original recipe of this pastry is still a secret, thus being only possible to taste at the original Pastéis de Belém shop. On the meanwhile, you can still get Pastéis de Nata, a slightly different imitation that you can get in any Lisbon’s café or bakery.
Fado is not only the Portuguese but more specifically Lisbon’s traditional music. Born in the streets of Alfama, it is not a surprise to find a Fado restaurant at every corner and you cannot leave Lisbon without going for one of those! As there are many ways to listen to Fado and many different restaurants, check the list we gathered for you.
Parque das Nações is the newest neighborhood in Lisbon. Along the river-side, it is an area of big skyscrapers that will not be indifferent to architecture-lovers. Its construction started in 1998, after Lisbon’s Universal Exposition, taking advantage from the structures built for the occasion. You can still visit the Oceanário aquarium or the Pavilion of Konwledge, that were part of the exposition. Other highlights of the area are the Vasco da Gama Shopping Mall, the cable car or the Gare do Oriente train station.
Every local knows: to start a night out, you must start at Bairro Alto, the bohemian neighborhood of Lisbon, with 250 bars and restaurants. Since the weather is good, and most of the bars are very small, most of the people grab a drink inside and come outside to drink it, so all the streets get very busy. Remember that Portuguese people do everything later than in the rest of Europe, so don’t expect to find much going on before midnight. At 2 or 3am most of the bars in Bairro Alto close, so people start moving down in direction to Cais do Sodré, where are the clubs for you to dance till 6am! Yes, party in Lisbon only finishes with breakfast! If you want some tips on where to go, follow our suggestions.
One of the most characteristic things of Lisbon is it’s river. The Tagus is both impressive by its width and the light it reflects to the city, and it is not by chance that the entire city winds around it. As so, while being in Lisbon take the chance to walk by the river side, starting at the magnificent Comércio Square. For an even greater experience, take boat trip at the Tagus and get a different perspective of the city.
Before visiting Lisbon’s local markets one cannot claim to have experienced the real Portuguese culture. There are colors and sounds everywhere, the sellers preaching the products, the buyers haggling the prices. There are three you shouldn’t miss. Time Out Market and Campo de Ourique Market, both of them refurbished to serve a new way of living the market, serving both as market and food court; and Feira da Ladra, the weekly flea market. Beside these ones, there are always handcraft markets and fairs of regional products along the city.
When coming to Lisbon, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the close-by cities of Sintra and Óbidos. Looking like taken of a fairy tale, Sintra is a city of beaches and forests, covered by astonishing palaces that once belonged to the king and the finest aristocrats, which are now open to the general public to visit. Óbidos is a medieval town of white houses and orange roof tiles built inside a still-existing wall. Visiting this two places will be a “time-traveling” experience you will never forget. If you don’t want to miss a thing, check out the tours we arranged for you.