T’s Travel Diary – Lisbon

Lisbon 11
Classic Tram 28

I thought about starting a new category, so here it is. It will give you a proper itinerary for the respective city or region I stayed in, so you won’t have to figure one out for yourself. Not to worry, you will have enough free time to do your own things as well.

So let’s get to it, the first trip I am taking you on is a 3-day trip to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital and the perfect escape in early spring. With around 20-25°C in April perfect to get a tan on and escape potential bad weather in central Europe, which in my case was not necessary, but well it’s not all about that.

I strongly advise to take breaks along the way whenever a restaurant or café intrigues you, if I have a special recommendation, I will put it in the list and there will be an extra post about my foodie tips to the city!

Day 1- Bairro Alto & Baixa

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara – The best thing to start of your days in Lisbon is with a view over the whole city. You can see the Bairro Alto, Alfama and Baixa from here.

Convento do Carmo – Is an old monastery with free access to the Elevador de Santa Justa, with another great view. The area itself has some great shops, check out The feeting room on the way to your next stop.

Elevador de Santa Justa – Not just a great view point but also pretty majestically located in the middle of the shopping area of Baixa. Opened in 1901 the massive steel construction is an unexpected yet fascinating work of architecture.

Arco da Rua Augusta – Walk along the most famous street in Lisbon leading to the Portuguese Arc de Triomphe. It is the central street and also a joy at night, with loads of artists roaming the streets.

Praça do Comércio – Undoubtedly one of the biggest places I have ever seen in the center of a city. It is impressive but that’s about it. However, I will say that it is crazy that from this place you can hardly tell that the city is built on seven hills.

Mercado Da Ribeira – If you know me you, will know that I would never miss out on a food market. This one is split up in a traditional part and the Time Out Market with a modern feel and loads of food stalls. My choice goes clearly to the traditional part, however do get one or two Pastéi de Nata at Manteigaria fresh out of the oven!

Praça Luís de Camões – Head on to this place going though the Bairro Alto, wander along the streets and see where it takes you. It’s always good to take some time to get lost. You might stumble up on places that should be on everybody’s list!

Miradouro de Santa Catarina – One of the liveliest and best viewpoints across Lisbon. There are always musicians setting the scene and the bar sells beer and wine, so you can enjoy the view, sunset and vibe of the place while staying hydrated at the same time!

Day 2 – Views meets Alfama

Parque Eduardo VII – Located pretty much in the center of Lisbon, the hillside park has amazing views and a great balustrade to chill on and soak up the sun.

Avenida da Liberdade – The most famous shopping street in the city lined with all the big designers and enough shadow to enjoy after all the sun up top. But take a left to get to one of the best concept stores I have ever seen.

Embaixada Concept Store – Located in an ancient palace it is one of a kind in the world. The different rooms have shops and bars but the biggest part is taken by a café. The perfect calm spot to have a stroll through and maybe a coffee.

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II – After the little stop head back to the Avenida da Liberdade and continue to the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. Being one of the most important theaters in Portugal it also has an amazing architecture that is worth stopping by on the way to the next destination.

Praça Martim Moniz – A rather modern square in the middle of Baixa district with water plays and cool musicians, plus the last flat part before the climb of your lifetime.

Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte – Is it the highest viewpoint in Lisbon? YES! Is it also the hardest to get to when walking? Also, YES! But trust me the views will reward you, even though you need to catch your breath for  at least 5 minutes after walking up about 200 flights of stairs.

Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen – Yes, another view point. closer to the castle and another view of the city. The reason you shouldn’t miss out is the church right next to it. Also the fact that you don’t have to walk up another hill but you can walk over there without having to climb up another hill.

São Vicente de Fora – Talking about churches, the architecture of São Vicente de Fora is worth walking up another small hill. The white towers rank over the city and make it a classic part of Lisbon’s skyline.

Alfama – Less a specific place and more a whole district, this is the most authentic area of the city. Just get lost in here and if you’re lucky you can hear some Fado music coming from the bars along the way. Especially, worth visiting at night time when the street lights and music heighten the atmosphere.

Day 3 – Belém and LX Factory

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – Not to miss when heading to the west of Lisbon, especially with the fountain and park closing it off from the street. This monastery is host to Vasco da Gama’s sarcophagus and the double-door on the site is a work of art itself.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos – The monument representing the discovery phase of Portugal under the Salazar-Regime, is more than impressive. From the location over looking the Tejo river and the Ponte 25 de Abril to the architecture which looks like a cross from the back and has 33 of the most important figures from the age of discoveries on both sides it is worth the 20 min tram or bus ride from the city center.

Belém Lighthouse – If you enjoy the sea breeze as much as I do, you should walk along the river passing by the lighthouse. In comparison to the two sights before, this one is way more simple yet has a cool look and it’s a great photo opportunity.

Torre de Belém – As a world heritage sign this is one of the only buildings, together with the before mentioned Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, that survived the big earthquake of 1755. Originally this tower was one of two, being the gateway to the world and representing yet another importance in the Age of Discoveries. Even though, I did not see it at dawn or sunset I am almost certain, that it is worth the visit.

LxFactory – From the Age of Discoveries to the 21st century at LxFactory. Basically an old industrial area that has been rediscovered and is now home to trendy coffee shops, concept stores, restaurants and start ups. The perfect place of a drink, lunch, cake, coffee and vintage shopping. The atmosphere is super relaxed and you can just chill out and hang out!

With this guide I am pretty sure you will see the majority of Lisbon’s sights. Don’t forget to let yourself be taken by the city and see where it takes you. Trust me with this itinerary there is more than enough time for that! And don’t forget to stop for Pastéis de Nata whenever you can.

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