There’s never a bad time to visit Lisbon. Plenty of sunshine, good food, wine and fado awaits.
Visiting a new city with only a few days to explore can be challenging, but this short itinerary will highlight some of the best things to do in the Portuguese city.
Baixa Chiado is Lisbon’s beating, and very touristic, heart. Expect plenty of crowds, street performances and shopping.
Praco do Comercio and R. Dom Pedro V.is where to come to find the trendiest boutique lined shops.
Mercado da Ribeira
Another market worth checking out is the Mercado da Ribeira. Here you’ll find a spellbinding array of food and drink stalls.
Many locals also flock here to stock up on fresh fish, flowers and other household goods.
When in Lisbon, you have to visit a Fado house. This traditional music is akin to watching a flamenco show in Seville.
Head to the Alfama district of the city, where you’ll find many good places. Let the melancholic, dulcet tones from the Fadista melt any stresses away, and enjoy this Portuguese cultural experience.
Parque das Nações
Rather than a park as the name suggest, this area’s actually home to leisure and commercial properties as well as residential homes.
Look out for the Camões Theatre, and the Vasco Da Gama shopping centre. The Telecabine cable car is also a must for getting that bird’s eye view of Lisbon.
Feira da Ladra
If you love open-air markets as much as me, you’ll surely love the Feira da Ladra. Literally meaning ‘thieves market’ think of it as a larger version of the English ‘car boot sale’.
You can find everything from second-hand clothing to jewellery and books. Saturday mornings get busy very quickly, so come early if you can.
Principe Real is an area that’s somewhat Bohemian in feel, and within short walking distance of popular areas of Lisbon.
It’s also the place where you’ll find some great independent shops, the Gloria funicular and the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.
Campo de Ourique Market
Campo de Ourique is a market that sells traditional produce along with a wide range of edible goodies.
It’s a great place for people watching, eating of course, and hanging with the locals.
In Belem, you’ll find the stunning Jerónimos Monastery or Hieronymites Monastery, as well as the Torre de Belem.
It’s also home to the red 25 de Abril Bridge (very similar to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge) and the ‘one is never enough’ Pasteis de Belem.
For a great day outside Lisbon, and one that only takes around 35 minutes, head to Cascais.
This pretty coastal town sits along the Portuguese Riviera, and is the perfect getaway from Lisbon’s busy streets.
Magical and romantic Sintra also makes up the perfect day trip, and you won’t be disappointed when you arrive. As you walk from the train station to the centre of town, you’ll come across statues and sculptures amongst the trees and spiralling roads.
When there, don’t miss seeing the Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, and the Palacio da Pena. Be warned as the roads are very steep and can become tiring to reach these attractions by foot. That said, be sure to take the bus, or car to reach the top.