A quaint laid-back town where people are not always in a rush is what I’d describe Lisbon in one sentence. The city has a vintage charm which you’ll hardly find nowadays and you either get intrigued by it or see it as a tired town with a lack of energy.
Here are some must-go, must-see and must-eat things when in Lisbon!
The iconic Tram 28 is a must ride in Lisbon and for many reasons besides the touristic experience. For a tram that is over 100 years old, it has an old school charm to it that you’ll fail to resist. Being an extremely hilly city, the tram becomes the best means of public transport and it passes through all the popular tourist districts.
Basílica da Estrela
St. George’s Castle
A Moorish castle which sits on the hill, overlooking the entire historic city of Lisbon and Tagus River. The castle ground wasn’t the most impressive, but the view of the city is certainly to die for from above.
Praça do Comércio
This is a seafront facing town and walking right through that arch brings you to their beautiful seafront but beware of the consistently strong wind. It is overall a beautiful place to relax and have a leisurely stroll.
The Belem Tower is quite a stunner! Personally loved this as it had some Game of Thrones vibe (or am I thinking too much). If you have the time, be sure to go right to them top through their narrow staircase for more ‘feels’ of this tower.
Pastéis de Belém
Belem feels very different from other parts of Lisbon for some reason. It still has the old town charm to it but in a more modern way perhaps. Also it’s located close to the waterfront and you MUST NOT MISS their infamous natas. It is the shop with the blue roofs!
I ate a bunch of natas throughout my trip and none of them comes close to these babies here! Probably also why it’s the most famous one and with a history dating back to 1837!
Probably a must-not-miss as this monastery is a UNESCO heritage which has history from 1501. Take a moment to truly immerse in how this beautiful interior was constructed 500 years ago with simple machinery.