I have visited Lisbon twice, first in 2011 then again in 2015 (Kevin was only there on the 2015 trip). Instead of writing an itinerary of both trips we thought it would be better to list the best things to do in Lisbon (In our opinion).
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and the most western capital city in central Europe. This means you are able to see America from Lisbon.. Nah, only joking you can’t see that far! It is a great destination to spend a few days as it is packed full of character, sights, great places to eat, and hills to burn off those calories after. (Actually, maybe hills are not so good in the heat!) Heres our top things to do in Lisbon:
1. Rossio Square
Located in downtown Lisbon, Rossi Square is easily accessible due to its good transport links. It is a very touristy area, which makes it busy but it is great place to people watch and take a break from the sun. Dating back to medieval times and stunning fountains, it is a charming place. There are also many great restaurants in close proximity to Rossio Square, if you wander a few streets back you find a variety of different cuisine and avoid the tourist traps of the square. If you like seafood make sure you eat some in Lisbon.
2. Praça do Comércio
This is the main square in the city and it is located in Baixa district in Lisbon. Surrounded by stunning facades on three sides and the waterfront on the other, it is an absolutely beautiful area of the city. Full of people and street performers, the square is brought to life and has a buzzing atmosphere. Grab an ice cream and admire the view.
3. Belem Tower
The Belem Tower, built in 1515 is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s original function was a fortress tower to protect the entrance of the city but now it serves as a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery. Situated on the banks of the Tagus River, it’s a stunning part of Lisbon’s history.
4. Rua Augusta Street
This is in one of the busiest areas of the city and is located just a few minutes walk from Rossio Square. It is stunning with an archway situated at one end of the street which allows you to get a great view of the city. It is full of shops that range from designer to souvenir and is bustling with pedestrians as the road is closed off from any vehicles.
5. Christ the King
This is a Catholic monument that overlooks the city. It is one of Portugal’s most iconic statues and basically a mini version of Christ the Redeemer. Does this make it a mini wonder of the world? We’re not sure but definitely look out for it!
6. Jeronimos Monastery
Located in the Belem district, this former monastery boasts stunning architecture. Inside of the monastery is extremely opulent as well as the gardens outside. The weather was gorgeous when we were here and it was such a nice place to wander and bask in the Portuguese sun.
7. Vasco De Gama Bridge
At 10.2 miles (17km) long, the Vasco De Gama is the longest bridge in Europe. And when you are driving over it it seems to go an for ages… well 10.2 miles. The sheer size and length of the bridge makes it an engineering masterpiece.
8. Padrao Dos Descobrimentos
Located directly across from the Jeronimos Monastery, this monument was erected to celebrate Portugal’s discoveries in the 15th and 16th century. It is an unusual design that swoops into the air and over the water. You can also climb the monuments stairs if you are after a little discovery yourself.
9. Castelo de. S. Jorge
Built in the 11th century, the Portuguese Castle overlooks the historic centre of Lisbon. The ancient structure is very impressive and worth the hike up the hill that it sits upon. Once you are up there you will also be rewarded with an amazing 360 degree view of the city.
Although this is not something to do it is certainly worth a mention. One of the best things about visiting Lisbon is the cost. It is cheap in contrast to many other Western European cities. Many attractions in the city don’t cost anything to visit. Local dishes are very good value for money, even if you do decide to sit in the squares (where prices are higher in any city) the cost of a meal will remain cheap. Best of all a pint is only 1.50 Euros!
There you have it. Our top things to do in Lisbon.