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Lisbon is not only the capital, but also the largest city in Portugal and is picturesquely situated on the Atlantic coast. Although it is regularly listed as one of the top 10 best cities in the world by the Lonely Planet Guide, Lisbon has long been a shadowy place in terms of tourism. That has changed in the meantime. The attraction of Lisbon lies in the multitude of tourist attractions, sights and activities offered and the visible glorious history of the city, which invites you to interesting journeys of discovery. On the other hand, due to its coastal location, the city is predestined to combine sightseeing and strolling with relaxation on one of the well-tended beaches.

Praca do Comercio

Accommodation in Lisbon

If you have decided on a city trip to Lisbon, the question of suitable accommodation arises. In the best case, this is strategically favorable in order to be able to achieve as many goals as possible flexibly and without major inconvenience in a relatively short time. Hotels near the old city center are particularly suitable. The center is divided into the districts of Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Alfama and Avenida da Liberdade. Here you can reach the most famous sights on foot.

Dignified atmosphere in the centrally located Hotel da Baixa (www.hoteldabaixa.com)

Lisbon in three days

For a city trip to Lisbon you should plan at least three days to get a first impression of this fascinating city and the most important attractions. These include the historic fortress Castelo de São Jorge high above the old town of Lisbon, and the Ponte 25 de Abril (April 25th Bridge), which spans the Tagus River and is a modern landmark of the capital. We also recommend a visit to the impressive Cristo Rei statue right next to the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge with an 82 meter high viewing platform that offers unforgettable sunsets in the evening hours. Also worth seeing is the Elevador de Santa Justa, an elevator in the city center that has connected the Baixa and Chiado districts since 1901 and is an impressive architectural masterpiece.

Arcade in the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery with its many frescoes and decorations is also worth a visit. The lively Praça de D. Pedro IV, abbreviated to “Rossio”, is an important traffic junction in the city, which is frequented by both locals and tourists and is known for its wavy pattern of paving stones in the square.

Fountain on the Rossio, the Praça de D. Pedro IV

The nostalgic yellow trams are an important means of transport within Lisbon. You should definitely not miss a trip on the number 28 tram through Lisbon's old town and along the many sights. It starts from Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique, then through the Estrela district with the baroque basilica, past the Portuguese Parliament and over the already mentioned lively Rossio of Lisbon.

Sights around Lisbon

Popular destinations for a day trip in Lisbon's immediate surroundings are the pretty town of Sintra, which is located on a mountain peak, and the fishing village of Cascais. The Torre de Belém in front of the city walls of Lisbon also attracts many tourists. This former lighthouse sits on the water, with visitors having the option of either crossing a bridge or viewing it from the sea during a boat trip.

State hall in the Palácio Nacional of Queluz, 15 km outside Lisbon

The culinary Lisbon

The Portuguese love their espresso (“Bica”) and always have a few minutes to spare. Perhaps you will also take the time to do this during a sightseeing tour. And if you order your espresso with the words: “Uma Bica, faz favor”, you have surely won over the Portuguese waiter's heart.

The famous Pastéis de Nata (singular "Pastel") are a sweet, culinary highlight. This refers to puff pastry tarts filled with pudding, which taste best in the popular Café a Brasileira, which can be easily recognized by the long queues.

Espresso with Pastel de Nata

Typical dishes include stockfish (bacalhau), preferably fried with potatoes and onions, caldo verde, a creamy, green soup made from cabbage, onions and potato slices and the specialty “Carne de Porco Alentejana”. For this, pork is cooked together with mussels, tomatoes and vegetables. Grilled fish, especially sardines, and grilled chicken are also very popular.

Less known outside of Portugal is that they also have excellent cheese. The most popular cheese is the Queijo da Serra, which is made in the mountains of Estrela from sheep's milk and thistles.

Fish dish Bacalhau, cod with potatoes, onions, olives and tomatoes

Lisbon airport

It may not be modern, but it is well organized. The Portuguese capital's airport consists of two terminals. The main building houses Terminal 1, which is responsible for arrivals and the majority of international departures. All of the low-cost airlines' departures will start from the new Terminal 2. The airport is located within the city limits of Lisbon and offers very good connections by public transport to the main tourist attractions of the capital.

Best travel time

It can get very hot in Lisbon in midsummer. That is why spring or autumn are more suitable for a city trip. May, June and September are good months to travel. From May to the end of September you can also enjoy a break on the beach during your stay.

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© Samuel B. - stock.adobe.com (lead photo Cristo Rei statue)
© fotobeam.de - stock.adobe.com (Praca do Comercio)
© Joao Trindade / Hotel da Baixa, www.hoteldabaixa.com
© Srdjan - stock.adobe.com (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos)
© Artur Bogacki - stock.adobe.com (Rossio Fountain)
© Jose Ignacio Soto - stock.adobe.com (Queluz National Palace)
© Puntostudiofoto Lda - stock.adobe.com (Espresso with Pastel de Nata)
© paulovilela - stock.adobe.com (fish dish Bacalhau)