We’re firmly in the grasps of summer, with autumn not far off. If you haven’t already been on holiday, why not consider a visit to beautiful Lisbon in Portugal? Lisbon is ideal for budget travellers or backpackers. Stroll through the historic centre, on the banks of the Tagus River and admire the city from afar by climbing Lisbon’s highest hill.
Lisbon can be easily reached by flights, as many budget airlines fly to Lisbon from a host of locations in Europe. Discover the allure of Lisbon by browsing our suggestions and recommendations below.
Bairro Alto & Chiado
Photo Credit: Manuel Menal
Bairro Alto and Chiado are often described as Lisbon’s bohemian heart. These beautiful districts are perfect for great evenings out. Quiet during the day and ideal for souvenir shopping, these districts come alive at nights thanks to a host of great restaurants and theatres. Not to mention that the architecture is simply breathtaking.
In service since the beginning of the last century, tram 28 remains the most famous line of the city offers one of the most beautiful tours through the Portuguese capital. Climbing on board, the tram will take through the popular districts of Graça and the Alfama looking like villages, passing by the watchtower of Santa Luzia.
Castelo de São Jorge
Photo Credit: François Philipp
São Jorge Castle is located on the highest hill in Lisbon offering spectacular views of the city’s roofs, pastel-coloured facades and the Tagus River. Once inside, you can visit the superb fortifications dating from the Roman era take a nap in its gardens.
Pastel de nata
You can buy this amazing treat anywhere in the city, literally! We recommend trying these gorgeous pastries sprinkle with cinnamon at Pastéis de Belém, loved by locals and tourists. Be prepared to queue up though!
Exploring the Futurist Parque das Nações
Designed to host the 1998 World Expo, this parish is the result of a particularly successful urban rehabilitation project including the Oceanário de Lisboa, considered one of the most beautiful aquariums in Europe.
Travel back in time at Belém
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Take a trip to Belém, from where the ships leave for the new world, a picturesque district that has retained a certain charm. Belem holds the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a real masterpiece that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lovers of contemporary art will find great exhibitions at Museum Berardo.
Cross the Tagus at sunset
Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or among friends, enjoy a late afternoon crossing the Tagus at sunset, take some pictures of the city and stroll along the docks before making a pitstop at the restaurant Ponto Final. Here you can taste amazing seafood accompanied by a glass of ginjinha (a typical cherry liqueur) with a splendid view over the capital.