What to do in Lisbon? Our tips for visiting Lisbon

The Portuguese capital has been on a roll lately! European city, capital of culture and meeting places of multiple Mediterranean and Eastern influences, Lisbon conceals hidden treasures to disorient the tourist in search of exoticism. A few hours by plane from Paris and for a reasonable budget, the city of Portugal also has other assets to show off! Overview of activities and places not to be missed during your stay in Lisbon.

A historic walk through the Belém district

This is the unmissable historic district of a stay in Lisbon. First go to the mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery). This monastery is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It symbolizes the time of the greatness of the enriched capital after the great discoveries of the 16th century.

The Belém tower is the other monument not to be missed in the district. Built in the 16th century, it was intended to warn the city in the event of the arrival of any invaders. Located near the port, it guards the city like a sentinel.

Finally, a last look is essential at the monument of the discoveries representing the explorers (Vasco da Gama, etc.) on the prow of a boat.

Other monuments less frequented by tourists are also accessible in this district for those who want a bit of calm: National Museum of Archeology but also magnificent gardens.

It is also the ideal district to savor the famous Pastéis de Belém or Pastéis de Nata, which look like little flan tarts. Perfect for taking a break between two visits!

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A walk in the alleys of the Alfama district

Fan of old stones, Château Sao Jorge is for you! Castle dating from the Middle Ages and former royal palace, it is a monument showing us the old Lisbon, before the splendor of the time of the great discoveries.

It is also located on one of the highest hills in the city, reminding us that Lisbon is nicknamed the city of 7 hills. Climbing to the top of the castle offers an exceptional view of the city.

The object of all eyes, the tramway is undoubtedly the attraction that attracts the most tourists to the Alfama district.

He crosses many places in Lisbon, Martim Moniz, Campo Ourique but also Baixa, the chic district of the city. Do not hesitate to get on it then jump off the tram to finish the walk on foot in the countless tangled alleys.

In this authentic district, you can admire the azulejos, these blue mosaics that can be found everywhere in Lisbon. The city also hosts a national museum entirely dedicated to this ceramic.
Going out in the Bairro Alto district

Bairro Alto is the ideal district if you want to have a drink and enjoy the Lisbon lifestyle. This is an opportunity to taste local spirits, cherry liqueur, sangria or port, all accompanied by tapas.

Obviously, listening to fado is one of the must-do things to do in Lisbon. To do this, go to the Mouraria district or the Alfama district. You may be disconcerted by this music full of nostalgia and melancholy, but it’s definitely something to do at least once in your life.

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Also note that the house of Amalia Rodrigues, famous local fado singer, can be visited in the city.

Finally, the district of Bairro alto (literally the « upper town ») has its mirador allowing you to admire the view of the city.

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