Lisbon can be a great leisure spot for a weekend’s lease: it’s a diverse, vivid, and versatile city. If you fancy an affordable holiday in a vibrant city with buzzing night life head to Lisbon. You won’t be disappointed!
1Pastel de nata
Pastel de nata, also known as small egg tarts with a crisp filo pastry and filled with cream & topped with icing and cinnamon to your liking. Alongside with that, you can tartes de maça or travesseiros in nearby Sintra.
2Ride Tram 28
This yellow tram is a classic, and its route can save your legs while you enjoy sophisticated views. It goes through the historical parts of Lisbon, passing by famous quarters of Baixa, Alfama, Chiado & Bairro Alto and Estrela.
In Lisbon’s most historic neighborhoods there are a few things you can’t miss. The Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) and the Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) are truly must sees in Lisbon.
Listen to some Fado, Lisbon’s traditional music genre, characterized by the slow and melancholic rhythm and recently added to the UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Heritage. The district of Alfama is one of the oldest parts of Lisbon to hear Fado music spilling from its many bars. You can also visit the Fado museum there.
5Enjoy fresh fish, local or ethnic food & drinks
Lisbon’s cuisine accomodates marine food very well. From local food charts to cafes and restaurants, you can enjoy high-quality fish meals throughout the city. If you love ethnic food, head to the Martim Moniz area full of African, Asian and Middle-Eastern restaurants. You can book a food tour to try the traditional Portuguese dishes such as Caldo Verde and Bacalhau.
The famous liquor Ginjinha is made from local cherries. It certainly worths to try. Besides, The Alentejo region and Setubal Peninsula are full of wineries.
6Take a Day Trip to Sintra
Half-an-hour train ride from Lisbon, Sintra can feed your soul through your eyes with panoramic gardens. Also, you must visit the Palace of Pena, which is among the 7 UNESCO wonders of Portugal, as soon as possible. The other prominent ones are Castle of the Moors and National Palace of Sintra.
7Cabo da Roca & Ursa Beach
Cabo da Roca takes around half-an-hour from Sintra if you use the local bus line 403. Once there you can enjoy beautiful views of the sunset, ocean and nearby lighthouse. Ursa Beach hosts an untouched landscape but reaching it requires climbing down a hill.
8Enjoy The Beach in Cascais
Head to Cascais, the most popular beach town near Lisbon, for some shopping and beach time. This popular destination is famous for its charming city center, with pretty, pastel-colored buildings, and its coastline.
9Visit the Bazaar at Feira da Ladra
If you have much curiousity for an authentic experience, join treasure hunting at Feira da Ladra, the city’s vivid flea market. Every Tuesday and Saturday, from 9am to 6 pm, here you will find hundreds of stalls selling literally anything.
One of the top things to do in Lisbon is to admire the view at one of many Lisbon’s Miradoures: Some suggestions are Miradoures São Pedro de Alcantara, do Graça and do Monte Agudo.