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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!