I went to Lisbon a few years ago for 4 days in April to finally discover the city that everyone was talking about.
Capital of Portugal, Lisbon is a city built close to the Ocean, well known for its famous cod, the pasteis de Belem and also for the Fado, this city became these last few years a touristic destination for all Europe. When you think about it, it makes sense. You’re already by the sea, ready to jump in the ocean, the weather is supposedly always sunny (I say supposedly because I was pretty unlucky during my stay, it was most of the time raining and cloudy) and Portuguese people are very sweet.
You discover Lisbon by trams. And I must admit, it’s the best way to discover a city. Forget about touristic buses, bikes or anything else, take the tram. Lisbon is built on hills, so it’s a up and down roller coaster and these pretty trams are very helpful. If I remember well, the best tram to visit is the 28, which you can take on square Martim Moniz.
I first visited Belem, which is very famous for its fortress and a beautiful monastery. Again, you take a cute tram which goes all along the coast and the port and you arrive in a very VERY touristic Belem where you also find the Pastéis de Belem. Famous pastry from Portugal, there is one very famous place to eat them which is called Casa Pastéis de Belém. You can’t really miss it because as soon as you arrive, you’ll see a HUGE line of people waiting to buy these famous pastries. Okay… I didn’t eat them there because I was too impatient to be in the line… BUT for my defense I tried it but in another coffee ! Still count…
In Belem, you discover the pretty fortress and have a view on a huge bridge which looks a little bit like San Francisco’s one (just sayin’) and then you head to the calm and quiet monastery which is I think a good place to end your trip to Belem.
Portugal is very famous also for its earthenware. There are huge walls made in this material all over the city. The very blue ones are the most famous and you can’t really miss them. I’ll definitely say that these walls were one of my favorite things about this city. It really creates all the charm and atmosphere of Lisbon.
My favorite spot of all was on top of Lisbon on Miradouro. The place is beautiful, you can get lost in the streets around but the best part is the balcony which opens onto the river and offers an amazing vies over Alfama.
I’m glad I visited Lisbon even if the weather didn’t help to enjoy it a 100%. I won’t say it’s my favorite city in the world (Rome has the first position forever) but I truly believe it was a good and interesting trip.