Lisbon

“Lovely Lisbon - one of the prettiest cities I've ever visited.” - Reviewed by Lisa

  • Miguel says: “Take the ferry to Cacilhas and eat at the Ponto Final restaurant – this is Lisbon.”
  • Lisa says: “Revel in the late nights. Do go to a fado house, preferably with somebody who can translate the silly/witty songs for you.”
  • Aaron says: “Crazy, steep street scenes. Street partying till the early hours, avoiding the electric trolley – awesome!”
  • Francisco says: “I’ve made the Belem neighborhood my home – what more do I need to say?”
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Enchanting, fairy-tale architecture in an array of pastel hues create a delightful palette for the eyes, steep, cobblestoned 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.

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.

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EXPERIENCES

  • 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.