10 things to do in Lisbon
10 things to do in Lisbon
love it!’s ANNABEL STEVENS visited the cosmopolitan city of Lisbon to find out what cannot be missed in the Portuguese capital…
1. PARC DAS NACOES A lovely area to visit with plenty to see and do, Parque Das Nacoes previously hosted the Expo 98 World Fair – the first in Portugal. A great place to take a walk, shop and eat. Take a cable car ride for great views on a sunny day.
2. LISBON ZOO & OCEANARIUM Lisbon’s city zoo keeps 300 different species, has a children’s farm and conservation programme. Also home to the largest indoor aquarium in Europe with sharks, rays, penguins and tropical fish.
3. WE HATE TOURISM TOURS Run by a group of young Lisbon natives, these tours promise to give you a genuine taste of what is life is like in Lisbon, from the ones who live there.
4. CUSTARD TARTS Visit Pasteis de Belém for one of their famous custard tarts. Depending on what time of day you visit, you may find yourself waiting in a large queue, but don’t let this put you off experiencing one (or more) of their world famous egg custard tarts fresh from the oven.
5. CASTELO SAO JORGE Towering dramatically above Lisbon, the mid-11th century Castelo de São Jorge manages to sneak its way into almost every holiday snapshot. Don’t miss the Inside the Ulysses Tower, where a camera obscura offers a unique 360-degree view of the city and picturesque Tagus River.
6. URBAN ART The streets of Lisbon offer some of the most interesting and unique street art in the world. Take a tour, or simply stroll through the centre and historic neighbourhoods at your own pace to see beautiful sights.
7. TIME OUT MARKET Another one for the foodies! This lively and often jampacked market is the first in the world where each vendor has been chosen, tasted and tested by an independent panel of city experts. Expect more than 40 stalls that demonstrate why Lisbon’s food scene is so special.
8. TRAM No 28 If you want to get a good impression of the city, jump on this typical yellow trolley ‘eléctrico 28’. For around four euros the legendary tram will take you all around town – just hop on and off!
9. CASCAIS BEACH VILLAGE A short and inexpensive train ride along the shore from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré station leads to Cascais. A former quaint fishing village, it is now a colourful cosmopolitan town with elegant pedestrian streets, luxurious villas, fashionable shops, restaurants and bars.
10. PONTE DE 25 ABRIL BRIDGE One of Lisbon’s most notable landmarks, which closely resembles San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The name marks the Portuguese Carnation Revolution of April 25, 1974.