Lisbon – Top 5 things to do

For such a long time I would spend hours looking through pictures and blog posts about Lisbon on Instagram & Pinterest. Easily one of the most photogenic cities in Europe and filled with amazing things to do and see! My boyfriend and I were recently lucky enough to spend an amazing week in Lisbon & I want to share the Top 5 things that we enjoyed on our city break!

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A lot of you enjoyed my ‘Top 5 things to do posts’ from the cities we have previously visited, so I definitely want to keep up this tradition! I could go on & on about how beautiful this city was and how amazing the food is, but I’ve managed to pick 5 things from our trip that really stood out to me. I have also included a few tips & restaurant recommendations at the end!

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 If your planning a trip to Lisbon or you haven’t quite decided where you want to go next, then I hope this helps!

Time Out Market
Any foodie will love this place and even if you aren’t as obsessed with food as I am, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the food on offer here.

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This market is full of stalls selling some of the best Portuguese seafood on offer, all set within a communal dining hall. They also sell some of the best street foods & classic options you will find in the area. 

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The best things I tried are the Pastel de Nata’s, Cod croquettes and the tinned fish! All were delicious & well worth the trip. Luckily for us, our hotel was only a couple of minutes away and we were able to go back a few times!

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Cascais
From the train station, opposite the Time Out Market, is a train that runs directly to Cascais & back every 20 minutes.

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Cascais is one of the lovely seaside towns that has gorgeous beaches, quaint little boutiques and great restaurants. If your spending a few days in Lisbon and the weathers good, it’s definitely worth a train ride to Cascais!

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Alfama
This is the older district of Lisbon city centre & is definitely the place I enjoyed walking round the most!

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At the top is the Castle of St George (great views) & the surrounding streets are colourful, quaint & full of things to see.

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This is also the route of the infamous number 28 tram, which runs past some of the best view spots in the city. My favourite being the Miradouro de Santa Luzia. (below)

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Santa Justa lift (Elevador de Santa Justa)
This stunning elevator, built in 1902,  is a great way to view the city from above. As we enjoyed some amazing views from the Castle of St George during the day, we decided to go up the Elevador at night & I’m so glad we did!

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Not only are the views amazing, the city looked gorgeous at night. The elevador is open from 10am – 10pm, so there are lots of different times you can go up!

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Just be aware that it is almost the same as when it was built, so the lift is a little shaky and my boyfriend (who doesn’t really love heights) wasn’t exactly happy with it!

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Belém
Belém is only a short train journey from Lisbon city centre & is a destination for most tourists who visit Lisbon. Not only is this the home of Portugal’s best Pastel De Nata (below) it is also where you can visit the Jeronimos Monastery & Belém Tower.

 

We actually didn’t go inside the monastery, as the queue was huge! However, we did find Belem’s Tropical Botanical Gardens next door to the monastery and decided to buy some infamous pastries to enjoy there!

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If you prefer to avoid the queues, visiting the tropical gardens was a lovely way to spend the afternoon & was a lot less stressful than spending hours in queues in 32 degree heat! Finally, I would definitely recommend a walk along the coast, from the Belem train station, down to the Monument to the Discoveries and further down to the Belem tower. The views of the river are amazing & in the sunshine its beautiful!

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Tips & Restaurant recommendations!

Get a Lisbon CardThis card can be purchased for 48 or 72 hours and is 100% worth it. This allows you to use all public transport, free access to most tourist attractions and lots of discounts! This is what we used for our trips to Belém & the beach, it also got us to the top of the elevador for free! As the weather was amazing during our trip, we unfortunately didn’t visit many galleries or museums, but this card gets you into most of them for free.

Make the most of the mornings! – If your wanting to visit Alfama & walk around the old town, the mornings are the best time. Its quiet & you can really take your time looking around! too!

Get out early – Despite the fact we went to Lisbon in October, most tourist attractions were very busy. If your planning visiting St Jorges castle, Jeronimo Monastery or Belém, get there early as it gets very busy by early afternoon! 

Whilst there are amazing places to eat all around the city, there are 5 spots which I would definitely recommend! Comoba  / The Wine Cellar / Mano-a-Mano / The Tasting Room – They were all delicious, affordable and had great locations in the city & Cascais! 

 


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