Lisbon is a metropolis with good accessibility, just a few hours' flight from most European capitals. There is so much to experience here that it is not easy to see everything. That is why I am proposing ten things that you should not miss in the Portuguese capital.
1. Visit Castelo de São Jorge Castle and walk through Alfama
If you are in Lisbon and do not visit the Castelo de São Jorge, you have certainly missed something. It is the highest point in the city and is located in one of the most typical neighborhoods. A unique opportunity to feel and understand the connection between the city and the Tagus. http://castelodesaojorge.pt/en/
2. Listen to a fado
Whether you like this style of music or not, a candlelight dinner while listening to fado is a must in Lisbon. Take your chance if you walk around the streets of Alfama, Mouraria or Madragoa and happen to hear fado somewhere. Such is the "fado vadio" that is sung by amateurs: those who feel like it just start singing and the guitars do accompany.
3. Go to Terreiro do Paço / Praça do Comércio
The largest and most emblematic square in Lisbon is the symbol of the city and of the reconstruction after the great earthquake of 1755. Nowadays it is mainly a nice place to take a walk along the river in the evening. You also have a beautiful view of the square from the river during a boat trip.
4. Go up with the Elevador Santa Justa lift
When you walk through the lower town of Baixa, you will undoubtedly notice it. Take the elevator and enjoy the impressive view over the old part of Lisbon. The more than 100-year-old elevator was designed by Ponsard, a pupil of the grandmaster in the construction of iron structures, Gustave Eiffel.
5. Travel by tram
For the people of Lisbon, the tram is the most used means of transport, but it is also the best way to explore the historic neighborhoods. Don't forget to take a nice photo of it. The sound of an approaching tram over the rails is one of the most typical sounds of the city. Tram 28 is the best known, but there are many more ...
6. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery and the Torre de Belém
Lisbon has two unique monuments that are on the World Heritage List. They are two gems of Manueline-Gothic style that leave no one untouched. With their carved stone vaults, they form a remarkable masterpiece of architecture. The richness of the decorations, connected to the sea and the voyages of discovery, is fascinating. http://www.mosteirojeronimos.gov.pt
7. Taste a pastel de Belém
The recipe for this calling card of Portuguese gastronomy is a well-kept secret, which makes the pastél de Belém extra special. You must definitely taste them! The inhabitants of Lisbon like to eat this sweet pastry with a cup of coffee.
8. Visit the Oceanarium in the Parque das Nações
The Parque das Nações is an example of successful urban renovation of an industrial area. It has a privileged location along the river. A visit to the Oceanarium, one of the largest in Europe, where you can discover the fauna and flora of the different oceans, is a must.
9. Visit the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (tile museum) and the Museu dos Coches (carriage museum)
These two museums are unique in the world. The first tells the history of the azulejo tile in Portugal from the 16th century to the present. The second has an exceptional collection of coaches with beautiful examples from the 18th century, lavishly decorated with paintings and gilt carvings.
10. Dining at Bairro Alto
Lisbon is also known for its vibrant nightlife. After an afternoon of shopping in the elegant Chiado district, you can take a break at the Santa Catarina or Pedro de Alcântara lookouts and end the day with a dinner at Bairro Alto. Not to be missed by nightlife lovers.