Enchanting, fairy-tale architecture in an array of pastel hues creates a delightful palette for the eyes. Steep, cobblestone hills – the “living Stairmaster” is what I called them – rattling electric trams, secret stairways leading to majestic monuments, and leafy plazas hiding historic façades. All of this endows a quaint, unique quirkiness to this beautiful city – Lisbon.
This is a city easily approached on foot. You do, however, have to think about what you wear on your feet – rubber-soled shoes are the order of the day. Forget fashionable footwear – in Lisbon, even the locals go for comfort.
Cover the historic area in a couple of days and you’ll never cease to be amazed at the amiable hospitality and vast array of restaurants and fun funky pop-up street bars.
Dancing in the streets, flags fluttering in the breeze, the smell of smoky sardines on grills, people singing, people laughing, hustle and bustle… this was my first impression of Lisbon in June for the fiestas of St. Antonio.
You’ll never be lonely in Lisbon. The locals are patient, kind and shyly curious. They are also passionately patriotic, so be sure to tell them how much you are enjoying their home.
- 10 minutes from Lisbon Airport
- About 48 km from Alenquer
- About 1-1/2 hours from Alentejo
- About 2-1/2 hours from the Algarve
- About 3 hours from Beiras
- 15-35 minutes from Cascais
- About 1-1/2 hours from Comporta
- About 4 hours from the Douro River Valley
- About 68 km from Peniche-Nazaré
EXPERIENCES IN LISBON
- Sightseeing – There are monuments around every corner as well as looking points. Visit St. George Castle, a Moorish castle in a dramatic hilltop location.
- Walking tours – The whole city is easily walkable.
- Tram services – Multiple scenic tram routes.
- Gastronomy – Thousands of restaurants to suit every taste and budget.
- Night clubs – Abundance of nightclubs and bars throughout the city. Try a shot of ginginha to keep yourself going until the wee hours.
- Fado clubs – Cozy, authentic bars with a convivial atmosphere and traditional entertainment.
- Shopping – Boutiques and specialty shops selling everything from local designer clothing to unique Portuguese commodities such as lace, embroidery, cork products, gourmet items, shoes and textiles.