Exploring the beautiful Portuguese capital of Lisbon has long been on the top of our bucket lists. Spread across steep hills, Lisbon is a city brimming with culture, charm and beauty. Here we share out tips to exploring the Portuguese capital in true Lisboan style. Read on for an OtterBox view of Lisbon as we take you out of the office one more time!
Sprawling across seven hills, the capital of Portugal is a fascinating city famous for its cute cafes, cobblestone streets and distinctive yellow trams – not to mention its chic but reasonable priced hotels.
It’s also one of Europe’s warmest winter destinations, and summertime in Lisbon is agreeable, overlooking the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.
Hotels are plentiful with many options online, our favourite place to stay? Belem because of it’s unique place in history.
In 1498, Vasco da Gama set sail from Belém to open up trade routes to India, a coup which established Portugal as one of the world’s biggest powers. To give thanks, the king built many impressive monastries and monuments in the area. Definitely a must-see and must-visit place in Lisbon, even if you don’t decide to stay there!
On your first day, it is best to hire a little Tuk Tuk to take you around the city – the best way to familiarize yourself with the city, especially through the cobbled streets of the famous Alfama area. Lisbon, like Rome, sits on seven hills and the guides know all the best viewing spots away from the touristy crowds. it’s a great way to get a quick, real tour of Lisbon from a local.
The trams that trundle up and down the streets are charming to behold. Tram 28 is the ultimate Lisbon experience. It begins at Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique, and passes through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. For visitors, this is the classic Lisbon tram journey, riding in the quaint yellow tram as it screeches and rattles through the narrow streets of the city.
Head to the romantic Baixa and Rossio area for vintage clothing, old linen and food treasures. Lisbon’s Baixa is bascially the ‘downtown’ iof Lisbon and not only is it appealing for clothing, it boasts handsome buildings cradled by the squares of Rossio, Figueira and the grand riverfront Praça do Comércio. Make sure to also roam through Chiado, too, the chic shopping district that’s home to the famous café A Brasileira.
Be sure to visit , a lovely flea market in the old city. Take good carrier bags and packaging to stock up on the incredible vintage Portuguese kitchen crockery and ceramics on sale there in little shops for bargain prices.
Alfama is a must do for all visitors to the city of Lisbon. The city’s oldest quarter is full of old winding streets boasting lots of evening options. For nightlife, it is the best for live music, hidden bars and beautiful little squares. Heading uphill, you’ll get some of the best views Lisbon has to offer.