Lisbon is the capital and the largest city in Portugal. Lisbon has recently become very popular! I was planning a solo trip to Spain and decided to spend a weekend in Lisbon. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Lisbon as much as I did but I’m obsessed with the city! I was told it resembles San Francisco with similarities of the Golden Gate Bridge, trollies, hilly streets and buildings full of charm and colors. Indeed it really does! Which makes me love the city even more. I have compiled a list of the best of Lisbon, a quick guide of things to see, do and eat.

Where To Stay

I had such a great time staying at the Hotel Sofitel in downtown! Read my full review here: Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Review

The Sunset Destination Hostel is also a great option, it even has a pool on the rooftop!

Things To See & Do

Miradouro – Miradouro’s are viewpoints throughout the city. A must visit to at least 2-3 but there are plenty throughout the city. I visited Miradouro da Graca and the most popular one Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

Miradouro da Graca

Miradouro as Portas do Sol

Castelo de São Jorge (St George’s Castle) – St George’s Castle is a must for anyone visiting Lisbon. The castle overlooks the city and has over 1000 years of history! You’re able to climb to the top of the castle which provides a stunning 360 view.

Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge

Explore Alfama – the oldest town of Lisbon. Get lost, explore and find yourself eating ice cream between the streets.



Ride Tram 28 – this iconic tram rides along the city to the most iconic sites

Tram 28

Elevador de Santa Justa – I did not get a chance to go up the Elevador de Santa Justa but if you have time I highly recommend it! You will get stunning views right in the center of the city!

Elevador de Santa Justa

Torre de Belém (Belem Tower) – This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which started construction in 1515 and was completed in 1519. Make sure to go early as it gets very crowded. I showed up 5 minutes after 5pm and was denied entrance.

View 25 de Abril Bridge “Lisbon’s Golden Gate Bridge” – this can be viewed on the way to see the Belem Tower.

25 de Abril Bridge

Bairro Alto – an area full of restaurants and bars! Great place to go out at night!

Day Trip to Sintra!!! This is a must! Post coming soon!

What To Eat

Try Pasteis de Belem’s Portugese Tart – these tarts are thoughout the city but the very BEST is from Pasteis de Belem!! Do not leave Lisbon without trying it! There’s usually a line for the to go section but it moves quickly. I heard Manteigaria in Bairro Alto has pretty good ones too.

Pasteis de Belem

Eat Bacalhau – Porgugal is known of Bacalhau (salted cod). It can be found at many restaurants.

Cervejaria Ramiro – A local favorite! Go for lunch for a shorter wait time and get the garlic shrimp and tiger prawns!

Taberna da Rua das Flores – A recommendation from Ckanani! I tried to have dinner here but they would not take any walk ins after 10pm since it was too full!! I was so disappointed! So if you have a chance, make sure to go here for dinner.

Lisbon is now one of my favorite cities in Europe and I can’t wait to return! If you’ve visited, comment below on your favorite thing about Lisbon!

The Best of Lisbon

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  • Jennifer

    October 1, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    We haven’t been to Portugal but I so want to go. It looks beautiful! I love your pictures.

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you Jennifer!! I hope you get to visit, I didn’t think I could fall in love with the city so much!

  • Culture Passport

    October 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    So glad you posted this as I was just looking around for Lisbon guides today! I’m planning a solo trip in December! Can’t wait to visit 🙂

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

      That is awesome! Lisbon is a great place for a solo trip. Make sure to do a day trip to Sintra as well. I plan to have a post on that soon =)

  • Mindi Hirsh

    October 2, 2016 at 5:39 am

    We went to Lisbon during our honeymoon nine years ago. Looks like it’s time for a second visit.

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Oh nice! Definitely time to return!

  • Christina

    October 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Aflame looks absolutely beautiful – love all of the pastel colors 🙂 Great guide!!

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 2, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Christina! I love the colors of Lisbon, the city is full of color!

  • Tara @ ShataraTravel

    October 2, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Lisbon is such a beautiful city, your photos bring m=back such wonderful memories for me! Wonderful post!

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 2, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you Tara! Lisbon is a gorgeous city and I can’t wait to go back!

  • nicki

    October 2, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Has anyone told you how pretty you are lately? Or that your photos are just beautiful? I can’t wait to visit – I love all the colorful architecture and DEFINITELY the food <3

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Aww Nicki you’re so sweet!! Thank you!! I know you would love Lisbon if you go!

  • Mel

    October 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

    What a beautiful city! Love all the pastels. I am saving this for when we (hopefully) get to Portugal in the next year.

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

      That’s awesome!! If you have any questions let me know =)

  • runawaybrit

    October 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Lisbon looks SO PRETTY!! Your pictures are really colourful – is the whole city like that? My friend just moved to Lisbon, so I should get planning a visit to see him. I love those portuguese tarts, they are so good!

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 13, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Yes the entire city is so colorful!! Your friend is so lucky that she gets to live there, Lisbon is an amazing city!

  • Salt in our Hair

    October 19, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Lisbon is so great! You made a really good article about it! 😀

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 19, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks you!! I’m in love with Lisbon and can’t wait to return!

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