With so much to do in Portugal’s capital city, it’s hard to know where to start. Let us kick you off with some suggestions. Beware: you might want to plan to stay a couple of days more than you thought!2019 October 17
Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, its winding streets and alleys make it ideal for wandering at your own leisure. Discover the remains of the old city walls, hidden squares and al fresco cafes as you stroll around this compact district of Lisbon.
Don’t miss the Lisbon Cathedral, also called the Sé or Santa Maria Maior, which is one of the main churches in the city. The entrance fee for the Cathedral’s Gothic cloister is €2.50, while access to the Cathedral is free.
Another top activity to do in the Alfama district is to see the Castelo de São Jorge (St. George’s Castle). Adults tickets are €10, while concession, senior and disabled persons prices are also available. Children under 12 years old can enter for free. This castle on top of the tallest hill in the city, has amazing views over the Baixa district and the Tagus river. It is one of the most visible landmarks in the historic centre of Lisbon.
Not too far from Castelo de São Jorge, you can hop on the historic yellow trams. From Martim Moniz, take the Tram 28 which will take you past many main points of interest in Lisbon (and help you avoid some hills). Tram 28 runs all the way to Campo de Ourique. The trams get very packed, it’s worth attempting to catch them before 11am, especially in the summer, to avoid the crowds.
Top tip: you can even catch one of the other trams which do a similar route to Tram 28 (but are less busy!)
Getting to Alfama from easyHotel Lisbon:
By foot: the Martim Moniz tram stop is a 20 minute walk from easyHotel Lisbon. From here you can either wander through Alfama or catch the tram through Alfama and see the main sights.
By bus: There are also buses which you can catch in the direction of Alfama if you would rather save your feet for wandering around the district!
One of the most famous neighbourhoods in Lisbon, Belém is worth a half day visit on your trip to Lisbon. One of the main attractions in Belém and an iconic feature of the city, standing watch over the Tagus river is the Torre de Belém (Belém tower). This fortified tower, built in the 16th century, was first built to defend the city and has a fusion of architectural styles from the Mudejar to the Moorish, Gothic to the Romanesque. You can go up the tower and enjoy the views over the Tagus river, tickets cost €6.
While there, it’s hard to miss the Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site close to the banks of the Tagus river. It was built to mark Portugal’s ‘Age of Exploration’ and inside lies the tomb of Vasco de Gama. It costs €10 to enter the Monastery.
If you’ve got a minute to spare, try one of the world famous Pastéis de Belém. 20,000 pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) are made everyday in the Pastéis de Belém bakery. These delicious treats are available for €1.10 each (we recommend having 2..!) and you can enjoy them fresh out of the oven in the large tea rooms covered in white and blue azulejos (Portuguese ceramic tiles). The secret recipe still used today was first created by the monks at the Jerónimos Monastery!
Getting to Belém from easyHotel Lisbon:
By bus: You can catch the 723 bus from Marques de Pombal (a 5 minute walk from easyHotel Lisbon) all the way to Belém, which will take you about 50 minutes.
By other public transport: Alternatively, head down to Cais Sodre on the 706 bus where you can then catch the tram 15E towards Belém. This journey will take about 50 minutes. Other buses and trains are also available from Cais Sodre towards Belém.
You will see an array of tiles decorating buildings all over Lisbon, if you want to learn all about them and their history, the National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo) is a great choice. This museum traces the important history of tile making and its technologies, from when the Moors first brought it to Iberia. The famous ceramic works and azulejos gave Portugal its reputation for craftsmanship in ceramics.
Getting to the National Tile Museum:
You can catch the 706 bus and get off at Cruz da Pedra, which will take 20 minutes. You can then walk from the bus stop to the museum in under 10 minutes.
For an art exhibition, head over to Lisbon’s National Museum of Ancient Art, the home to Portugal’s prestigious national art collection. Here you will find some travelling as well as permanent collections.
Getting to the National Museum of Ancient Art:
Catch the 727 bus from Marques de Pombal (a 5 minute walk from easyHotel Lisbon) and exit at Rua das Janelas Verdes. The museum is a 2 minute walk away from the bus stop. The journey will take 30 minutes.
There are also other bus options which require a slightly longer walk, the journey will still take about 30 minutes.
Views, views and more views! There are plenty of viewpoints, or ‘miradoures’ around Lisbon to enable you to get a great view of the city. Here are our top miradoures in Lisbon.
Panoramico de Monsanto is Lisbon’s latest popular viewpoint - yet it’s almost 50 years old. It used to be a luxury restaurant, a bingo hall, a nightclub, a warehouse...among other things! But now this architectural UFO by Chaves de Costa has become a viewpoint - made legal and safe since 2017 following its abandonment in 2001. This derelict building provides a 360 degree view of the city.
Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara has an open-air cafe which is great for relaxing with a view - a popular meeting spot which gets busy after sunset. While Miradouro do Monte Agudo is the perfect alternative spot for a view in Lisbon. A lesser known spot and more off the tourist trail, head here if you’re after a quieter viewpoint.
Park is a great spot for sunset. A sprawling rooftop bar on a multi-storey car park on the edge of Bairro Alto, provides a great vantage point over the city. A bar with affordable drinks, and DJs making appearances, where the views are as instagrammable as the cocktails.
Or why not head over the river Tagus and up the 80m high viewing platform of Cristo Rei? Situated across the river in Almada, this monument overlooks the city of Lisbon. The statue of Christ the King was based on the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
If you ask anyone where to go for a night out in Lisbon, they’re sure to tell you about Bairro Alto. in this district, you’ll find lots of bars which spill out onto the small, hilly streets. Although this area will be quite quiet in the daytime, once the night falls this area is one of the liveliest.
Pink Street is located nearby Bairro Alto and is another popular area to enjoy the nightlife of Lisbon. You can’t miss it - it quite literally is a pink street!
Fado is a traditional folk music which is a must to experience on your visit to Lisbon. Fado is very expressive and can be melancholy in nature, with lyrics related to a feeling of loss or longing, which is best described by the Portuguese word ‘saudade.’ There are many bars around Lisbon which perform fado music nightly.
Mercado da Ribeira
Mercado da Ribeira became a Lisbon landmark back in the 1890s when its doors first opened at Cais do Sodre. It is now home to the Time Out Market, an open, airy food court with a variety of food stalls - you’ll be spoilt for choice! From street food stalls, to stalls inspired by high-end restaurants, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Getting to Mercado da Ribeira from easyHotel Lisbon:
By bus: Take the 706 bus to Cais do Sodre. The market is opposite the station.
By tram: Walk to Marques de Pombal metro station (5 minutes away from easyHotel Lisbon) and catch the Blue ‘Azul’ line and get off at Baixa-Chiado. Walk between 5-10 minutes to Time Out Market.