If you are dreaming of your next trip to Europe, come and discover Lisbon, a historic city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15ºC.

Is Lisbon worth it?

A city where you feel safe wandering day or night, where the kitchen is dedicated to creating more than a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you will find hotels and restaurants for all tastes, budgets and needs. .

Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermingle with cultural entertainment and high-tech innovation. Lisbon is ageless, but it loves company, as you will know if you meet someone and ask them to explain to you, with many gestures and repetitions, which is the best place to visit.

The most famous tram in Portugal

Lisbon is full of slopes, as it sits on seven hills. Therefore, despite being relatively small, it can be difficult to cover the entire area on foot. Good thing its famous trams are there to help you during your visit. Rattling through the city’s history-filled streets, these charming electric carriages not only skip the treks up the hills, but also offer prime views of the city’s most iconic landmarks and people coming and going. . Of the six active routes, you cannot miss number 28, which crosses Alfama and Graça, or number 15, which leads to Belém.

Visit Alfama

Lisbon is a city that over the centuries has welcomed the most diverse populations, such as Celts, Romans and Arabs, which is evident in its rich heritage, made up of interesting buildings, monuments and museums. In addition, it is linked to the trips of great explorers, such as Vasco da Gama and Magellan.

If you are visiting Lisbon for the first time, take the opportunity to explore the picturesque medieval quarter of Alfama, go up to the Castle of São Jorge, from where you can enjoy impressive views of the capital, and take a ride on one of the old trams to explore the colorful streets of the city.

Alfama is known for being the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and the photogenic number 28 tram stops there. However, this neighborhood hides many other things. The area boasts a variety of quirky shops and cafes, some spectacular viewpoints, and an artisanal atmosphere.

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Uptown

Although you will probably spend the day in and out of it, Bairro Alto is the perfect place to enjoy the nightlife, regardless of whether you fancy a fado concert or something more modern or international.

Like other areas of Lisbon, this hilltop neighborhood is packed with cafes and terrace restaurants dotting the streets. The shops close quite late and you’ll have no problem buying souvenirs, for example the unmistakable Portuguese canned fish from the innovative Loja das Conservas on Rua do Arsenal. At sunset, settle in the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, on Rua de Santa Catarina, to contemplate the river and the crowd while sipping a good glass of wine.

Start the day at Praça do Rossio

If you feel like observing the bustle of the locals, Praça do Rossio is the ideal place. It is one of the liveliest places in Lisbon and is an ideal starting point for visiting the city.

In addition, you will be able to admire the undulating pattern of the paving stones, the ornate fountains and the impressive classical-style buildings that surround the square with a majestic air. Soak it all in as you sip coffee on a terrace. For example, here is the Café Nicola, one of the most famous coffee shops that, one way or another, has been open since the 18th century.

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Ribeira Market

The Mercado da Ribeira, also known as Mercado 24 de Julho (July 24 Market), is an essential stop, if only to admire its imposing façade. The exterior is crowned by a Moorish-style dome and has a doorway with a large clock.

The interior is equally captivating. A mix of old and new, the stalls are brimming with fresh produce and the high ceilings give the place a light and airy atmosphere. In a twist towards modernity, Time Out magazine now runs the venue and has included a hipster-style gourmet food court, perfect for both eating and stopping to peruse the local ingredients. It even has a concert hall on the top floor.

Without a doubt, Lisbon is a city worth visiting, discovering and living. 

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