Travel Guide to Make the Most of Lisbon, Portugal
The flight from the US to Europe is a long journey, so it is important to make every moment count.
Among the many stops we made on our whirlwind tour of Portugal we had the pleasure of spending 3 days and 2 nights in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal.
1. Torre de Belem
A little way away from the city center you will find two important landmarks worth a trip out. There are public transporation options, but if you can drive manual you may want to rent a car for the day as we did.
If you do rent a car, make a bigger trip out of it and continue further out to Cascais a beachside community 30 mins away and Sintra where the royals summer castle is located.
2. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Near the Torre de Belem it is a natrual next stop.
3. Recharge In A Hostel Apartment
Lisbon has quite a few boutique hostels where the accomodations are incredibly pleasant, in great central locations, yet affordable, and some offer offsite apartments.
4. A Place With A View Is A Plus In This Beautiful Riverside City
5. Jump On One Of The Trolleys To Get Around
Rumor has it that pickpockets frequent the trolleys so keep your valuables close, we didn't have any porblems with this.
6. Check Out The Rua da Prata In The Baixa Neighborhood
This central street is lively with restaurants, bars and shops.
7. At The End Of The Rua da Prata You Will Find The Praca do Comercio
This public square sits along the Tagus River and provides great views of the Cristo Rei statue and the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge
8. Cristo Rei Statue From The Lisbon Waterfront
9. Stroll Back Inland To Find The Santa Justa Elevator
10. Take The Elevator To The Top For Some Stellar City Views
11. From The Top You Will Be Able To Walk Over To The Carmo Convent
The foundation is all that remains following an earthquake hundreds of years ago.
12. Begin In The Baixa District And Walk Toward The Sao Jorge Castle Making Sure To Pass The Casa dos Bicos
The house is know for it's unique exterior which features cones jutting out from the surface.
13. Continue Walking Up The Hill And You Will Pass The Se Cathedral
14. As You Reach The Top You Will Arrive At The Castelo Sao Jorge
These are the best views overlooking the city and river below.
15. Take Some Time To Wander The Side Streets And Look For A Good Place to Eat Lunch
We happened upon a mom and pop restaurant where the wife cooked and husband hosted and served. Fish grilled with a little sea salt is cooked to perfection and although it's a simple preparation is a speciatly of Portugal.
16. Keep Strolling The Streets And Follow Your Ears To Find Some Fado Music
Fado is a type of Portuguese folk music and the city has many popular clubs featuring Fado.
17. You Cannot Go All The Way To Portugal And Not Try The Port Wine
A top spot for Port is Solar do Vinho do Porto.
18. End The Trip With A Meal At Cervejaria Trindade
19. Take In The Views One Last Time, Adeus Portugal