There are lots of places to visit in Lisbon. Lisbon is divided in several neighborhoods. Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, the Castle of Saõ Jorge and the Lisbon Cathedral are located here.
The heart of the city is Baixa, here you can find the famous Lisbon attractions Praça do Comercio, Rossio Square and the Elevador de Santa Justa.
The hotel I stayed at, Hotel Borges, was located in Chiado. The most famous cafe of Lisbon (not the oldest) is right next door from the hotel: Café A Brasileira (Rua Garett 120). It became famous especially because of the poet Fernando Pessoa, who has a statue nearby. A lot of shops are located in this district too.
(And if you like ice cream, there was Haagen Dazs Chiado close to the hotel!)
Bairro Alto is the place to be for Lisbon’s nightlife. You can find fun and trendy hostels with bars and clubs right on your doorstep in this buzzing neighborhood. Of course there is also Belém, who hasn’t heard about the Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém)?
So what to see in Lisbon?
There are so many places to visit in Lisbon, that I decided to make a list of 10 must-sees I thought were definitely worth seeing!
- Torre de Belém (Belém Tower)
- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jeronimo’s Monastry)
- Ponte 25 de Abril: compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, sometimes even referred as twinsister.
- Praça D. Pedro IV in the Rossio area where you can also see the Rossio train station and the National Theater D. Maria II.
TIP: You can also enjoy a cup of coffee at Café Nicola. It’s a nice old building and a popular cafe, with outdoor sitting overlooking the beautiful square.
- Praça do Comércio
- Elevador de Santa Justa in Bairro Alto.
- Cathedral Sé
- Parque Eduardo VII for an amazing view.
- Castelo de São Jorge
- Beautiful view from Miradouro Santa Luzia (Rua do Limoeiro, Alfama)
Because photos say much more than words, I put together a slideshow with these sights, together with some views over Lisbon. Check out my Lisbon pictures!
Turismo de Lisboa Visitors & Convention Bureau
Rua do Arsenal, 15
Lisboa Welcome Center
Praça do Comércio
From 9 am till 8 pm
For US citizens: Portuguese Trade and Tourism Office, 590 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036 (Tel. 212-354-4403) www.visitportugal.com
When you’re going to be visiting Lisbon, why not learn some Portuguese phrases, so you can talk to the locals.