My solo trip to Lisbon
Before I fly to Lisbon, I digged into the web, read blog posts and watched many YouTube videos. I was looking for the best travel tips for the city: where to go, what to do, where to eat, where to stay. But I have to admit, that I have been very lucky as well to get in contact with Beatriz, a local Portuguese young girl, who has been following me on Instagram. She came to enrich my list with more valuable Lisbon travel tips. I tried to collect all the infos.
I can now happily present my Guide List to Lisbon on The Viennese Girl blog!
My solo trip to Lisbon
Embarking on a solo journey to Lisbon is like stepping into a vibrant tapestry of culture, history, and breathtaking scenery. As you wander through its charming streets adorned with colorful tiles and immerse yourself in the rhythm of Fado music echoing from cozy taverns, you’ll find yourself enchanted by the city’s undeniable allure. From indulging in delectable pastries at quaint cafes to soaking in panoramic views from ancient hilltops, Lisbon beckons to be explored, offering a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern delights. Join me as I recount my solo adventure in this captivating city, filled with unforgettable experiences and newfound discoveries around every corner.
My solo trip to Lisbon – SIGHTSEEING IN ALFAMA DISTRICT
Miradouro das Portas do Sol / Miradouro de Santa Luzia / Sé Lisbon Cathedral / Miradouro da Senhora do Monte / Miradouro da Graça / São Vicente de Fora Church / São Jorge castle – worth it to go inside! Try the Pasteis de Bacalhau in Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau.
Exploring Lisbon’s enchanting Alfama District is a journey through history and beauty. Begin your adventure at Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro de Santa Luzia, offering breathtaking views of the city’s red rooftops and the Tagus River. Marvel at the grandeur of Sé Lisbon Cathedral before ascending to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte for another panoramic vista. Don’t miss Miradouro da Graça and its tranquil atmosphere. Delve into the architectural wonders of São Vicente de Fora Church and consider a visit inside São Jorge Castle for a deeper historical immersion. Finally, treat your taste buds to the delightful Pasteis de Bacalhau at Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau, a culinary gem amidst the district’s charm.
My solo trip to Lisbon – SIGHTSEEING IN BAIRRO ALTO DISTRICT
Luís de Camões square, here you can try the Pasteis de Nata at “Manteigaria” / Rua do Loreto Ascensor da Bica / Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara / Príncipe Real (many restaurants here!) / Bairro Alto / Miradouro de Santa Catarina
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My solo trip to Lisbon – SIGHTSEEING DOWNTOWN
Avenida da Liberdade / Restauradores square / Santa Justa Elevator aka Carmo lift / Rossio square / Arco da Rua Augusta / Terreiro do Paço / Praça do Comércio – here you can try the Pasteis de Bacalhau at “Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau”
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My solo trip to Lisbon – BELÉM DISTRICT
Torre de Belém aka Belém Tower / Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (worth it to go inside!) Here you can try the Pasteis de Belém at their famous bakery.
MAAT (for the platform view)
LX Factory (a very cool “hipster” market in Lisbon)
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My solo trip to Lisbon
What to do in Lisbon
See a Fado Performance in Lisbon
Take the Line 28 tram. Boarding takes place at Praça Martim Moniz.
WHERE TO HAVE BREAKFAST – BRUNCH – LUNCH IN LISBON
Nicolau / Amélia / Fauna & Flora / Dear breakfast / Heim cafe / Cotidiano / Luz Ideal / Hello, Kristof / Comoba / Café Janis / Zenith
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TIP from Beatriz: You have to try the Portuguese way of cooking cod! Either “bacalhau à brás”, “bacalhau com natas” or “bacalhau com broa”!
- Great food markets where you can find well-made traditional food: Time-out market/Mercado da ribeira
- Boa-bao (great asian restaurant at Principe Real)
- Best seafood: Relento, Ramiro
- Traditional food: Solar dos Nunes (in Belém), Carvoaria Jacto
- Popular (and more on the pricey side) restaurants: Palácio Chiado, Guilty by Olivier, KOB by Olivier, JNCQUOI, Cantinho do Avillez
- Pastéis de nata from 1. Pasteis de Belem and from 2. Manteigaria Rua do Loreto 2
My favourite restaurant in Lisbon
My favourite restaurant, not because of the food but mostly because of the atmosphere and the whole experience, is Restaurante Ponto Final in Almada. Go at sunset time!
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FURTHER AWAY FROM LISBON
- Sintra (requires at least 1 full morning): Palácio da Pena, Moors Castle, Casa do Preto bakery (for the Queijadas), Piriquita bakery
- Palácio de Queluz
- Fundação das casas de Fronteira de Alorna (Palácio dos Marqueses da Fronteira)
Lisbon is beautiful! There are 2 things I will be definitely longing for until the day I go back: first, the Pastéis de nata and second the Restaurante Ponto Final in Almada!
Shoutout to my friends from Urlaubsguru for their contribution to this trip. If you also want to escape from the cold weather and fly to the South of Europe, or if you are looking for the best travel offers on the web, I highly recommend you to check them out.
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