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Being the city of the seven hills, Lisbon have multiple spots where one can appreciate the views of the city. Every different spot lead to a different perspective, so don’t quit on climbing after your first viewpoint! We specially recommend the viewpoints of São Pedro de Alcântara and Nossa Senhora do Monte. If you prefer a quite unique experience, enjoying the view while tasting a glass of wine or an exquisite dinner, try one of Lisbon’s Terraces.
Climbing the hills of Lisbon may not be as much fun as the views they provide, so in the late 19th century several funiculars were built along the steeper streets. Today there are three of them working, the Lavra, the Glória and the Bica. In 1902 a last elevator was built, but this time vertical: the famous Santa Justa elevator, an iron tower built by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard. Try one of these elevators if you want to experience the real Lisbon culture. Plus they all give you access to beautiful viewpoints, so you won’t regret it!
Belém is a Lisbon quarter dedicated to the time of the Discoveries. Here you can visit the Jerónimos Monastery or the Belém Tower, monuments from the 16th century that did not fall during the Lisbon earthquake, and that were built in the Manueline style, an architectural style that arose during the reign of Manuel I, and is therefore unique in the world.
In the century 19th, following the liberal revolution and a controversial eviction, the convents and monasteries were closed and the clergy expelled. It was precisely one of the monks expelled from the Jerónimos Monastery who put up for sale the pastries in the shop of a sugar refinery nearby. Since then, the Pastéis de Belém has become the most popular cake in Lisbon. The outside is crunchy, while the inside is creamy, and the cakes always come warm, with cinnamon and powder sugar to sprinkle on top. The original recipe for the cakes is still a secret, so you can only taste them at the original Pastéis de Belém shop.
Fado is not only the a portuguese music genre but more specifically Lisbon’s traditional music. Born in the streets of Alfama, it is not a surprise to find a Fado restaurant at every corner and you cannot leave Lisbon without going for one of those! As there are many ways to listen to Fado and many different restaurants, check the list we gathered for you.
Parque das Nações is the newest neighborhood of Lisbon. Along the river-side, it is an area of tall buildings that will not be indifferent to architecture-lovers. Its construction started in 1998, after Lisbon’s Universal Exposition, taking advantage from the structures built for the occasion. You can still visit the Oceanário aquarium or the Pavilion of Konwledge, that were part of the exposition. Other highlights of the area are the Vasco da Gama Shopping Mall, the aerial lift or the Gare do Oriente train station.
Every local knows: to start a night out, you must start at Bairro Alto, the bohemian neighborhood of Lisbon, with 250 bars and restaurants. Since the weather is good, and most of the bars are very small, most people grab a drink inside and come outside to drink it, so all the streets get very busy. Remember that Portuguese people do everything later than in the rest of Europe, so don’t expect to find much going on before midnight. At 2 or 3am most of the bars in Bairro Alto close, so people start moving down in direction to Cais do Sodré, where you will find the clubs and where you can dance till 6am! Yes, party in Lisbon only finishes with breakfast! If you want some tips on where to go, follow our suggestions.
One of the most characteristic things of Lisbon is it’s river. The Tagus is both impressive by its width and the light it reflects to the city, and it is not by chance that the entire city winds around it. As so, while being in Lisbon take the chance to walk by the river side, starting at the magnificent Comércio Square. For an even greater experience, take boat trip at the Tagus and get a different perspective of the city.
Before visiting Lisbon’s local markets one cannot claim to have experienced the real Portuguese culture. There are colors and sounds everywhere, the sellers preaching the products, the buyers haggling the prices. There are three you shouldn’t miss. Time Out Market and Campo de Ourique Market, both of them refurbished to serve a new way of living the market, serving both as market and food court; and Feira da Ladra, the weekly flea market. Beside these ones, there are always handcraft markets and fairs of regional products along the city.
When coming to Lisbon, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the close-by cities of Sintra and Óbidos. Looking like taken from fairy tale, Sintra is a city of beaches and forests, filled with astonishing palaces that once belonged to the king and the finest aristocrats, which are now open to the general public to visit. Óbidos is a medieval town of white houses and orange roof tiles surrounded by a still-existing medieval wall. Visiting this two places will be a “time-traveling” experience you will never forget. If you don’t want to miss a thing, check out the tours we put together for you.