Updated: Aug 12
Lisbon will undoubtedly come up when you search for "Best European Destination" online. The city just took home the title of Leading City Break Destination in Europe from the World Travel Awards. It comes as no surprise that the Portuguese capital has consistently and steadily risen up many people's radar over the years, attracting and enticing a large number of travelers and all those who come and discover the city. One reason is that it has over 300 days of sunshine annually, making it one of Europe's sunniest towns. The city is ideal for vacations all year round, pleasant in the winter and temperate in the summer, thanks to its abundance of light and warmth. Neither too hot nor too cold conditions exist. During the warm months, the Atlantic breeze constantly keeps the area refreshed in the evenings.
Additionally, it is tremendously vibrant, friendly, and historically significant. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and the hills that surround it give it charm and spectacular views. However, finding the city to be incredibly walkable is something that many people find surprising. Lisbon will reward you with stunning surprises around every corner provided you're happy to tackle a few inclines here and there. Because you learn more when you're moving, we always advise everyone to take a good walk.
Walk towards Downtown Lisbon
You can reach Cais do Sodré by strolling along Rua da Boavista from plenty of the hotels in Lisbon. This street experienced a fresh wave of revitalization as numerous hip stores, cafes, galleries, pubs, and restaurants opened their doors to both locals and tourists. There is Neighbourhood Café, which brings Australian speciality coffee to Lisbon town and has a blue-tiled facade. The newest food stand on this route, A Pousadinha, will satisfy your hunger for pastel de nata. The wonderful Pistola y Corazon is nearby if Mexican food is what you have in mind for lunch or dinner. Plus351 is a boutique and atelier where you can shop for 100% Portuguese-made clothing and goods.
Ascensor da Bica
The well-known funicular, Elevador da Bica, also called Ascensor da Bica, is just a short stroll away. It leads all the way to the neighborhood of Bairro Alto and is one of the most emblematic locations in Lisbon thanks to the funicular that has been ascending and descending this hill since the early 20th century. Prior to boarding the funicular, don't forget to fill your Viva Viagem card. With this card you can travel on bus, metro and even the train in Lisbon and surroundings.
Walk along Lisbon waterfront
You'll reach a popular Lisbon hangout, the beautiful Lisbon shoreline, after crossing Av. 24 de Julho and passing the Cais do Sodré station. This lengthy promenade attracts a lot of visitors because it is a tranquil setting. You'll be pulled here by the sparkling Tejo and the welcoming atmosphere to relax and sunbathe on one of the reclining benches or to simply sit by the river bank and take in the sea breeze as you gaze out over the waters and catch a view of Cristo Rei and the Ponte 25 de Abril.
Additionally, you can visit Ribeira das Naus, which has a magnificent riverfront terrace and a kiosk where you may stop for coffee and refreshments. Take a seat in a lounge chair and experience the utmost tranquility Lisbon has to offer. You'll find that a lot of people enjoy staying here, whether it's during the day or the sunset on one of Lisbon's most well-liked esplanades!
Praça do Comercio - The Heart of Lisbon
The large square in Lisbon known as Terreiro do Paço. Sadly, this location once housed the Royal Palace, which was destroyed by the earthquake in 1755. You can now see the impressive Arco da Rua Augusta and the entirely reconstructed square, under the direction of Marquês de Pombal. This triumphal arch was constructed to mark the destruction of the city. You may now ascend there for €3 and take in a fantastic 360-degree aerial view of the square, the Tagus river, and Lisbon's central business district.
Praça Dom Pedro IV
Praça Dom Pedro IV, often known as Rossio Square, is one of Lisbon's most stunning squares. Its black and white wave-patterned pavement adds to its charm. Here, you can find two baroque fountains and a 23-meter-tall column with a statue of Dom Pedro IV in the center.
The nearby Lisbon Hotels providing a wonderful setting and home base for your time in Lisbon, placing you in the center of the city's most fashionable and convenient neighborhood.
Praça dos Restauradores
A magnificent square with an obelisk memorial honoring Portugal's independence from the Spanish crown is located immediately next to Rossio. Numerous classical and art deco structures surround the area, but none can compare to the splendor of Palacio Foz, the pink palace.
As you ascend to Lisbon's most opulent retail area, you may explore some of the district's historic sites and take in the Portuguese café culture, designer shopping, fine eating, and luxury shopping. Although there are many stores there, we suggest visiting the old stores that have been carefully conserved over time. Visit Luvaria Ulisses, the only glove store in Portugal, and Joalharia do Carmo, with its famous Art Nouveau façade.
Convento do Carmo
Despite the horrific earthquake that struck Lisbon in 1755, a beautiful ruin up near Largo do Carmo managed to stand and attract tourists. Convento do Carmo, a Romantic Gothic structure with towering arches, is a landmark of Lisbon that has withstood the test of time. It is preserved as a reminder of the historical event and has never been rebuilt. Inside is an archeological museum that has tombs and several other artifacts from the past.
Praca Luis de Camões
Due to its prime location on the border of the Bairro Alto and Chiado districts, this charming, sunny square is a favorite gathering place for both locals and tourists. People congregate here, sitting beside the benches or at the foot of the pillared statue of Portugal's finest poet, Luis de Cames. You'll see yellow trams elegantly scuttling around the square. The renowned Manteigaria pasteleria de nata is also only around the street. Therefore, give some of the sweet pastries and coffee a try.
The Principe Real sector, an expensive, trendy neighborhood full of 19th century buildings, palaces, botanic gardens, pubs and restaurants, and a booming boutique shopping scene, can be reached by walking along Rua de O Século from Santa Catarina and past Palácio Pombal. And right in the middle of this neighborhood is Jardim do Príncipe Real a beautiful oasis where locals, families, and visitors enjoy the outdoors by relaxing on esplanades and making the most of the garden. There is a vintage and organic market on Saturdays where you may browse antiques, trinkets, and local farm goods.