Lisbon is a vibrant city with lots to do and visit!
Indeed, the list does not end up in only ten things, but for us, just like when going to Rome, you have to see the Colosseum and go to the Vatican, in Lisbon these are places and details you must definitely visit.
So, shell we start your trip to Lisbon right now?
Historical Belém and pastry tasting
Probably, Lisbon most iconic touristic attraction celebrating Portugal glorious past. A delightful combination of historical monuments, fascinating museums and beautiful green parks, all aligned with the cooling waters of the Tejo river.
Tasting the famous Pásteis de Belém at the traditional home of the cake is also something not to be missed. Get ready to face some queues, depending on the time of year, because everyone who visits Lisbon wants to taste these delights!
Torre de Belém ex-libris of Lisbon and the jewel of Manueline art
Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor, the Torre de Belém was the preliminary point for many of the voyages of the Portuguese discovery age. For the sailors it was the last vision of their motherland.
And Unesco says… Belem Tower was declared a World Heritage monument because:
“It is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.”
As they know what they say, nothing like coming to discover it with your own eyes!
Padrão dos Descobrimentos a modern monument dedicated to the Portuguese maritime discoveries
On the edge of the Rio Tejo you can find this remarkable modern monument designed to promote Portugal national self confidence while honouring the great Portuguese explorers. A curiosity… on the court floor in front of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos there is map, which traces the extent of Portuguese influence around the world. Amazing, hum?
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos the greatest example of Manueline art
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of the most complex religious buildings of Portugal!
Vasco da Gama spent his last night here before his impressive voyage to India and the church was used later by the sailors wife’s to pray for the safe return of their loved ones.
It is tremendous! Expect long queues to get inside but it is absolutely worth it.
Alfama – Mouraria
The oldest and most picturesque part of Lisbon where you can feel the essence of this city, where most of the typical restaurants (like the Houses of Fado) and monuments are concentrated.
Lose yourself in the narrow labyrinthine streets of Alfama and Mouraria and discover Lisbon’s most charming neighbourhoods.
Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio is the biggest and most beautiful square in Lisbon where you must stop for a picture and enjoy the views.
Baixa-Rossio-Avenida da Liberdade, Marquês de Pombal, city center
These areas reveal a greater Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755 and like the Champs-Elysees and other immense European boulevards, expect to see a large roundabout and a monument, in this case, to Marques de Pombal, the prime minister responsible to rebuilding the city after the great natural disaster.
Major belvederes of Lisbon
An essential part of the city’s charm, visiting some of these belvederes it’s almost mandatory. We will not describe much to keep the beauty of the surprise…
Santa Luzia – Senhora do Monte – São Pedro de Alcantara – Graça – Santa Catarina
Stretching along the slopes of the riverside along the Tejo, Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, offers excellent views from viewpoints on higher points or terraces of monuments. These are some of the most famous, so fix these names!
Bike my Side Tours in Sidecar, Vespa or Jeep
In fact, you do not need to worry too much about your next visit to Lisbon, Portugal, because Bike my Side, whether in a sidecar, Vespa or Jeep will guide you to know these and other wonders. In a relaxed and fun way, get to know Lisbon, one of the most beautiful European cities. Just enjoy the ride!