17From Porto my next destination was the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.

Recently Lisbon has been declared one of the most visited city in Europe and I have to agree, there are many reasons for that.

Tasty food, warm weather, good nightlife, monuments and cultural events. These are some of the reasons.

For going out, stroll around the old neighborhood of Bairro Alto (‘high neighborhood’) for an after-dinner caipirinha or ginjinha and people-watching. Its small streets, full of people, are packed with a high variety of bars.

1 First tip: stay at Lisbon Old town hostel. Beautiful building, warm hospitality, nice location and good prices.

Other tips:

9 Take tram 28 route  goes through the “Old Town” taking you by many of Lisbon’s most famous and interesting sites including monuments, churches and gardens. Do not miss the view from ‘Porta do Sol'(see pictures below)

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2 National Monuments are…funiculars: Gloria Funicular, Praça dos Restauradores – Bairro Alto. It is the most visited one in the city. Bica Funicular, Rua de São Paulo (Rua Duarte Belo) – Largo de Calhariz; Lavra Funicular, Largo da Anunciada – Travessa Forno Torel, the oldest funicular of Lisbon.

alfama2 Feira de Ladra is a flea market in the Alfama quarter, On saturday late morning until afternoon.

20Try the magnificent pastéis de nata at any pastelaria; or better yet, visit the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém

18 Most restaurants are very small, family run and generally cheap. Some of them have a sheet on the door with the “pratos do dia” (dishes of the day) written on it. These dishes are usually cheaper and fresher than the rest of menu there, and unless you’re looking for something specific, they’re the right choice

alfama Visit Alfama neighbourhood and search for a fado show

Below other pictures from the city

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4 responses

  1. Nice recap! The ‘pratos do dia’ are also usually quicker to prepare (if you’re in a hurry). Did you ever go to Martim Moniz or to Parque das Nações (both in Lisbon)?

    1. Unfortunately I stayed in Lisbon and Porto only 2 days each, I couldnt do much (also because the weather was surprisingly bad in those days)

  2. I loved it in Lisbon too for the reasons you give, but I’m surprised to hear it is now one of europe’s most visited cities. I was one of the few tourists around when I went in September 2007.

  3. I found it on wikipedia: …’Lisbon is, after Barcelona, the European city attracting most tourists, with 7 million tourists sleeping in the city’s hotels in 2006, the number grew 11.8% compared to previous year’…maybe they all went in 2006 and from 2007 is deserted 😉 Anyway portugal has the best hostels in the world:

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