Lisbon travel shortlist

Lisbon streets, photo by Michal HajtasLisbon streets, photo by Michal Hajtas

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Explore Lisbon: bucket list for tourist

The coastal capital of Portugal with pastel-colored buildings and tiled roofs is the largest city, country’s political, economic, and tourist center. The town still restrains the 19th-century vibe despite the modern drive and buildings. You will find unique architecture, rich history, best food, and nightlife you won’t want to miss.

Things not to miss in Lisbon

  • Wonder at the Torre de Belém, a beautiful tower, resembling the mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. 
  • Ride Tram 28 through the steep, cobbled roads and discover the city’s history while passing through the majestic places. 
  • Wander in Alfama District, the oldest part of the city with winding streets and narrow alleys, tile fronted chapels, and the Lisbon Cathedral.
  • Enjoy the nightlife at Bairro Alto and sip Caipirinha in one of the bars in the neighborhood. 
  • Find Casa Independente, a private residence with furnished rooms and a down-to-earth ambiance where you can enjoy drinks, cool music, and parties. 

Eat like a local in Lisbon

  • Find over 40 food categories in the Time Out Market Lisboa and spend some time trying at least half of them. 
  • Have one of the most amazing meals at Michelin-starred Loco restaurant with avant-garde Portuguese cuisine.
  • Visit Lisbon’s oldest restaurant Martinho da Arcada to enjoy a cup of coffee.
  • Try the best roast cod, veal steaks, and roasted potato at Zé da Mouraria.
  • Have dinner at Gambrinus with a croquette, Gambrinus tulip (mixed beer), and watch the preparation of the balloon coffee.
  • Take a picture of pancakes with mascarpone and strawberries at Nicolau Lisboa cafe.

Where to stay in Lisbon

  • Choose the ambient atmosphere of Wine & Books Lisboa 5-star Hotel that will become the best epitome of your vacation in the capital. 
  • Located in the historic Alfama district, 4-star Memmo Alfama – Design Hotel will make you enjoy every moment of your stay.
  • Be Poet Baixa Hotel has a more affordable option with a modern interior, rich colors, and decorations.
  • Save on the accommodation in Lisbon and still enjoy comfort booking a bed in Yes! Lisbon Hostel.
  • Take a one-day trip to Cascais and stay in a luxurious Westlight Cascais Chalet hotel with breathtaking beach views.


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