Lisbon is a beautiful and charming city with a unique history, vibrant cultural scene, and breathtaking views. The city is built on seven hills, which provide stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape. The climate in Lisbon is almost always mild and pleasant, boasting 300 days of sunshine per year. Portuguese people are known for their hospitality and friendliness, and Lisbon is no exception. Whether you’re interested in history, food, culture, or just soaking up the lively local atmosphere, you won’t regret a trip to Lisbon!

Top 5 Things To See in Lisbon:

Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal, surrounded by clouds

1. Visit Pena National Palace:

Pena Palace is situated on a hilltop in the middle of a forest, which adds to its fairytale-like ambiance. It was built in the 19th century on the site of a former monastery and inside the palace, you can explore a variety of rooms including the Throne Room, the Arab Room, and the Music Room. The palace is decorated with ornate furniture, rich tapestries, and works of art that reflect the tastes of the royal family who once lived there.

(💡 Insider tip: Get exclusive access and experience this treasure without the crowds on our Portugal Cultural Walking Adventure)

2. Visit Belém Tower:

This iconic tower is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most recognizable (and photographed) landmarks in Lisbon. It was built in the early 16th century as a fortress to protect the Tagus River.

3. Take a tram ride:

Lisbon’s historic trams are a great way to explore the city’s narrow streets and steep hills. The famous Tram 28 takes you through some of the city’s most picturesque neighborhoods, including Alfama and Bairro Alto.

4. Visit a Fado House:

Fado is the traditional music of Portugal, characterized by mournful melodies and poetic lyrics. Lisbon is home to many Fado Houses where you can listen to live performances while enjoying a meal or a drink.

5. Spend time in Rossio Square

This bustling plaza is the heart of Lisbon and a great place to people-watch, shop, and enjoy a coffee or a pastry in one of the many traditional cafes. It has been the setting of popular revolts and celebrations (and even some bullfights) and is now a preferred meeting place of Lisbon natives and tourists alike.

Top 5 Things To Eat In Lisbon:

Pastel de Nata pastry in a Lisbon bakery with blue tile in the background

1. Pastel de Nata

This is a must-try dessert in Lisbon. These delicious custard tarts are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. You can find them in many bakeries around the city, but the best ones are said to be from the original Pastéis de Belém bakery in Belem.

2. Bacalhau:

Bacalhau, or salt cod, is a staple of Portuguese cuisine. There are many ways to prepare it, but one of the most popular is Bacalhau a Bras, a dish made with shredded cod, onions, potatoes, and eggs.

3. Seafood:

Portugal is known for its fresh seafood, and Lisbon is no exception. Try the grilled sardines, octopus, or clams at one of the many seafood restaurants throughout the city.

4. Bifana:

Bifana is a Portuguese sandwich made with thin slices of marinated pork, served on a roll with mustard or hot sauce. It’s a popular lunchtime snack in Lisbon, often served with fries.

5. Queijadas de Sintra:

These are traditional sweet treats from the town of Sintra, just outside of Lisbon. They’re small, baked cheesecakes made with a mix of cottage cheese, sugar, eggs, and cinnamon, and they’re absolutely delicious!

💡 (Insider tip: Enjoy a wine-tasting and gourmet al fresco dinner in a vineyard on our Portugal Cultural Walking Tour)

Top 5 Things To Drink In Lisbon:

A glass of Port wine sitting on a banister in front of Douro Valley vineyards

1. Ginjinha:

Ginjinha is a traditional Portuguese liqueur made from sour cherries, sugar, and alcohol. It’s often served in small chocolate cups and is a popular after-dinner drink or aperitif.

2. Vinho Verde:

This is a light and refreshing wine from the northern region of Portugal that’s perfect for sipping on a hot day. It’s typically served chilled and pairs well with seafood dishes.

3. Port Wine:

This is a sweet, fortified wine that’s made in the Douro Valley region of Portugal. It’s typically served as a dessert wine and pairs well with cheese and chocolate.

💡 (Insider tip: Visit the seaside city of Porto, where Port wine originated on our Portugal Cultural Walking Adventure)

4. Super Bock:

This is a popular Portuguese beer that’s brewed in Porto. It’s a light, refreshing lager that’s perfect for sipping on a warm day.

5. Coffee:

Portugal has a strong coffee culture so you’ll find cafes all over the city serving up delicious espresso-based drinks like café com leite (coffee with milk) and bica (a strong espresso). Be sure to try a pastel de nata alongside your coffee for the perfect morning snack.

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