Why do I love Lisbon so much?
Delicious fresh seafood, incredible buildings and more sunset viewpoints than I have ever seen in one city, Lisbon was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. The most photogenic place, I can promise you will not stop taking photos.
Whoever decided that all houses should have tiles all over them should get an award. The President of Lisbon’s house is pink and it really doesn’t stand out, the houses all have the most intricate tiles on the front of them, making it a colourful and very happy place to be!
There are a few areas that are a must, Alfama, being the oldest part of Lisbon, has lots of pretty little streets and lots to explore. Belem is home to the Belem Tower and a breath-taking cathedral and is right on the water front. Bairro Alto is great for nightlife, restaurants and the Carmo Covent here is not to be missed.
Each part of Lisbon has it’s own unique charm, with the sun shining, a glass of sangria in hand, be sure to watch the sunset from one of the Miradouro’s – which means viewpoints.
Where to Stay
I stayed in the Alfama area, the oldest district of Lisbon and in my opinion the most amazing. I stayed in a fabulous apartment with a great view and I would definitely recommend this!
Where to Eat
Pois café – the most delicious brunch in Alfama if you would like breakfast with a view of the fabulous houses. Lovely service and a very picturesque café.
Starving and having just arrived in Lisbon, the first little sunny square was the perfect lunch spot. With no time to look up what the dishes were, one of every starter seemed appropriate. Cataplana de Marisco, however, is a must try if you are hungry and love a seafood stew.
Then for dessert and if you are in Belem, head to Pasteis de Belem for the most mouth-watering custard tarts!!
Timeout Market – An easy way to try as much Portugese food as possible! There are lots of small restaurants in one huge hall, and lots of tables in the middle to eat at! To give you an idea of how much there is to choose from, we tried black risotto with scallops, mussels in a tomato sauce, octopus and of course, Pastel de Nata for dessert!
What to Do
There is so much to see in Lisbon. I’ll give you my top few, but every street is gorgeous and lovely to walk around so just enjoy.
Castelo de Sao Jorge – Stunning castle remains set high up above Lisbon, incredible views and a lovely place to wander around.
Then there are many churches and a cathedral worth visiting too.
My all time favourite viewpoint is Miradouro Santa Luzia, make sure you don’t miss this place.
Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries – Both a must see and very important historical sights.
Jeronimos Monastery – If you enjoy architecture like me then you must visit this monastery
Miradouro de Santa Catarina – the perfect spot to watch the sun go down
Carmo Convent – the ruins of the oldest and incredible church in Lisbon
Elevador da Bica – the original funicular to get you up the steep hills, a must see for a classic Lisbon shot!
Lx factory – If you like street art and nice cafes and something a bit different then definitely take a visit here, a tuktuk from the centre is not too expensive and a good way to get around.
Pink Street! Would also recommend going in the day for a few photos.