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.
First tip: stay at Lisbon Old town hostel. Beautiful building, warm hospitality, nice location and good prices.
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)
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.
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
Below other pictures from the city
I’m now in Seville, in Spain, planning to spend almost a month here, to escape the winter – so far is incredibly working…!!!
In the next days I’ll post pictures from Lisbon and Seville.
I highly recommend to visit Porto for its beautiful landscape and charming atmosphere.
Plus its historical centre is listed at the UNESCO heritages
Enjoy the free walking tour, twice a day, it will show you the best spots in Porto, tells you lots of interesting, curious and funny stories. Walk down to the river bank, take pictures from the panoramic spots and enjoy the view of the wonderful decoration of churches and houses with hand craft majolica.
Do not miss the chance to cross the bridge for a stunning view of the city from the ‘other’ side
For a cheap meal go to one of the many pastellaria – pastries shop