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Lisbon should be on everyone’s bucket list. Come visit it when you can! The capital of Portugal got nominated for 6 awards at the World Travel Awards, winning World’s Leading City Break Destination 2017.
Lisbon won World’s Leading City Break Destination 2017 at the World Travel Awards. It was also one of main contributors to Portugal getting crowned World’s Leading Destination, the most coveted award at the WTA. We not only want you to visit all the places listed below but to also encourage you to discover awesome hidden gems on your own.
It’s always a good idea to be hungry
If you stay in Lisbon for more than a day, there’s a good chance you will enjoy having a satisfying breakfast that will get you pumped to walk (more like hike) over all those hills. These are two places that you might want to ditch your hotel’s menu for:
Choupana Caffé: located in the uptown business centre, right next to Saldanha, it has a thousand options for brunch and you can even sit on a terrace at the back. It is within walking distance of two great green spaces: the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum/Garden, and the City Park, called Eduardo VII.
Mad Mary Cuisine: An irreverent space close to Avenida da Liberdade that is still under the radar enough that you can have brunch without it being extremely crowded. Relatively close to the Botanic Garden and a bunch of Museums and Theathers.
Bring your best sneakers
Quickly after landing or even while the plan circles around the city before approaching Portela Airport, you notice that the city is the definition of hilly. Do you enjoy hiking? Going up slopes? You will climb a whole bunch of them while in Lisbon. The nicest neighbourhood to do it? Graça.
It’s the one you can see right behind the castle. You obviously won’t miss visiting Castelo de São Jorge. However if your legs give you permission, walk up and down the quiet streets of Graça. At each end you will be rewarded with breathtaking views from the Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte and the Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. Miradouro is the Portuguese word for belvedere and it’s very important for you to know it. If you don’t delight yourself with the views from at least five different Miradouros, does it even count you were in Lisbon?!
By the riverside, there is quite a variety of places to go and you probably won’t have time to get away from the main tourist attractions. The area from Terreiro do Paço to Cais do Sodré was recently renovated and is now much greener than before. Nothing will you stop you from going to Belém to eat pastéis, visit Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the Tower, and even check the President’s Pink Palace out. That strangely shaped building by the water is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in honour of Infante D. Henrique. He made it all possible for Portugal to show Europe who’s boss and find the rest of Africa, the way to get to India by sea and even Brazil (it was accidentally but still counts). Now you can go right to the top of it.
Portugal combines food and music like no one else
Do you want to discover a new music genre? Then you must enter any of the little houses/ restaurants that say Fado. There is also a Museum of Fado. Believe us, it’s worth whatever they charge you (usually super cheap) to experience a live show in a very romantic and reserved environment.
Lisbon has 19,576 restaurants and most of them are affordable and greatly located. That’s why we are ending this article advising you to go to a parking lot. Seriously, a parking lot, in altitude (of course). It’s called Calçada do Combro. When you reach the top, you will find a wooden place called RoofTop PARKBar. It’s a bar more than a restaurant, but everything on the short menu is tasty and they have some of the best views of the city. We almost forgot to let you know they have the most delicious chocolate cake you will ever eat.
Go to Lisbon, visit the outskirts if you can as well. Travel to Sintra, Guincho, Carcavelos or Estoril. Find places that aren’t listed here, or in any other guiding site because that’s one of the greatest feelings of a traveler. Enjoy and have fun!