Here are ten must do things for your next trip to Lisbon!
1. Solar dos Presuntos:
This is a perfect family restaurant. There are good products and a great choice of typical Portuguese dishes.
2. Pasteis de Belém:
This desert cooked with eggs is well-know in the Portuguese-speaking world. It’s name comes from the Catholic monks of the “Mosteiro dos Jerónimos”.
3. Torre de Belem:
It is a fortified tower located in Lisbon. It played a significant role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II in the 16th century to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. The last floor will offer you an amazing view on the Tagus river and on the city of Lisbon.
4. São Roque Igreja:
The exterior of the São Roque is deceptively sober; but once you enter through the central portico, you’ll be welcomed by an abundance of marble and gilded sculptures, large paintings, gilded woodwork, azulejos and precious relics. The wooden ceiling is richly painted with religious scenes and trompe l’oeil domes.
5. Mercado da Ribera:
Markets are important places to discover a city. The Mercado da Ribera, close to the Tage river and in front of the Cais do Sodre Station, is the biggest coven market of Lisbon. There you will find fruits, vegetables, wines, books and even dancing rooms. The market is surrounded by small typical restaurants.
6. Avenida da Liberdade:
This street is the vertebral column of the city. It’s a very nice place for a walk among fountains and a lot of different trees and flowers. You will find some buildings from the XIXth century, as well as hostels and luxury shops.
7. Jardim Zoológico (Zoo):
The Lisbon Zoo is one of the eldest of Europe. It was built 120 years ago. There you will find more than 2.000 animals and 400 different species. For the children, there us a farm, pique-nique areas and dolphins shows.
By walking through fascinating exhibits, visitors are encouraged to learn about oceans and how to make decisions in their daily life to protect nature.
You can’t leave the city without seeing a Fado show. In some typical restaurants of the Bairro Alto (very animated area at night) let yourself be charmed by those unique singers and musicians to live an unforgettable moment.
To visit the city, we advise you the “sightseeing” buses. Indeed, “places to see” are far apart one from each other. Moreover, the city is very inclined so the bus will make you save a lot of time and efforts. The system is very flexible, you can stop wherever you want to and stay the time you need. Tickets are quite cheap and it’s a way to discover the city on a different manner.