I spent several weeks prior to our trip foraging information about attractions in Lisbon, from natural to manmade, and from charged to completely free. I even produced a very comprehensive table full of the details for each attraction, too much? Well, I had to do something with my time to distract me from the important university that I actually should have been doing… You really can tailor any trip to cater for your budget and still get so much out of your experience.
The Pink Street
What used to be the Red-Light District of Lisbon is now a quirky and colourful street clad with bars and clubs. Admittedly, the street is a faint pink and actually looked better in the rain! Perfect for a photo, a late-night cocktail or a one-stop destination if you’re going “out out”!
Castelo de São Jorge
Perched on the top of the hill, the views are sensational. Albeit, I did attempt to get a photo overlooking these views, only to be met by a gust of wind so strong that it nearly blew me over the edge. I did also get told by my friend that I’m “the biggest drama queen” she’s ever met, but the point is still valid…
Set out in the sea, you’re likely to get blown away by the sea breeze while queueing on the bridge. It’s worth it when you’re in there for snippets of history about how they protected themselves from attack and the views from the look-out points over the sea are glorious.
One of Lisbon’s old towns and a total step back in time to how I imagine a traditional Portuguese town to be. A great juxtaposition to the commercial city.
Elevador da Gloria
This is the pinnacle of Lisbon meets Instagram. Trams cocooned in vibrant graffiti parade up and down the labyrinth that are Lisbon back streets for you to be immersed in the street-art that fills the walls. Try to head there for an off-peak time to avoid being packed into the carriage like sardines!
Santa Justa Lift
It isn’t your everyday sighting to be walking down the shop-lined street and to find a gap for an enormous ornate cast-iron lift, but you know what, the tourists seemed to love it, with a queue that snaked around it more than when you twist spaghetti round a fork.
Views from the top = worth it. Exhibition centre before the viewpoint = questionable.
Lisbon is overflowing with beautiful shopping quarters, cathedrals and viewpoints. It’s safe to say our step count each day was through the roof, more excuses to eat and drink more indulgently…
Check back for the next few posts giving you lots of details about where we ate and drank!
“Any Portuguese town looks like bride’s finery – something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” – Mary McCarthy