Lisbon, you’ve been an absolute treat. I don’t think I’ve ever been as fascinated by a city than I was with Lisbon. First, I was kinda disappointed because in my head I had painted a very different picture due to everyone telling me how amazing it is and how much I’d like it there. So once we arrived in Alfama and entered our apartment we were a bit disappointed. After a day of walking through the streets, however, I fell head over heels in love with this incredible city. So today I want to share my Lisbon Travel Guide with you.
Lisbon Travel Guide | Lisbon From Above
One thing you absolutely have to do when in Lisbon is seeing the city from above. Beeing bulit upon hills, it gives you a huge amount of places where you can do just that. Some are free to visit (public squares), while others will cost you a small fee. We went up the Arco da Rua Augusta for 2,50€ and felt like this was an absolute insiders tip as we were the only ones up there enjoying the incredible view onto the Plaça do Commercio. The Elevador de Santa Justa is a big tourist magnet and will usually have a huge crowd queuing to get up there. So if you don’t fancy waiting, try to visit any of the other places.
- Miradouro de Santa Luzia (free – public square)
- Portas do Sol (Café/Bar)
- Arco da Rua Augusta (2.50€)
- Elevador de Santa Justa (5€)
Lisbon Travel Guide | What not to miss
Lisbon has so many great places to visit. What I enjoyed most, however, was simply strolling through the narrow streets and discovering hidden gems. Especially Alfama, Graça, Bairro Alto and Belém are great for doing so. What is an absolute must is taking a drive in the famous Tram 28. It’s so unlike every other tram I’ve been in before.
- Stroll through Alfama & Graça
- Take a drive in the famous Tram 28
- Shop at the Feira de Ladra or LX Factory
- Visit the Panteão Nacional
- Chill at the Ribeira das Naus
- Discover Bairro Alto
- Take pictures of the Ponte 25 de Abril
- Walk around Belèm
Lisbon Travel Guide | My favourite food spots
I already posted my Lisbon Food Guide a couple of days ago. I listed you my favourite restaurants and places to eat in Lisbon. I also added some places at the end of the post that were recommended to me but I didn’t had time to check out. If you have anything to add to this list, feel free to do so in the comments below the post.
Lisbon Travel Guide | Accommodation & Costs
Due to the fact that we traveled to Lisbon during high season accommodation was a bit pricier than it usually is. Therefore, we decided to rent an apartment via Airbnb. This was my very first Airbnb experience and it was absolutely fabulous and uncomplicated. The apartment we booked was located right in the middle of Alfama and provided us with an amazingly authentic Lisbon experience. In case you’re interested » THIS « is the one we booked! I can totally recommend this place if you plan on going there. The only drawback is that it can be a tad loud as the famous Tram 28 is driving right beneath the window. It stops at midnight, though!
In general, Lisbon is a rather cheap place. The restaurants are all absolutely affordable. I’d even say that food is a tad cheaper there than it is in Austria. Public transport is incredibly cheap in Portugal. We once bought a 24-hour public transport ticket for bus, tram, underground and boat and only paid 9€. Getting into the city via the Aerobus was also super cheap and easy. We paid 3,50€ to get from the middle of the city to the airport, a trip that takes about 30-40 minutes.
I’d only advise you to steer clear of taxi drivers if you don’t speak any Portuguese. We took the taxi into town when we arrived in Lisbon and were ripped off by the driver. We saw the taximeter saying the trip would cost us around 9€. The driver, however, showed us a sheet that said we’d have to pay 30€. We paid because we didn’t want any trouble. When we talked to our hosts about this they said that this very often occurs. SO ANNOYING! So either make sure to speak some Portuguese or avoid taxis and you should be fine.
Have you ever been to Lisbon? Do you have anything to add to my Lisbon Travel Guide?