Being both the capital and the largest city in Portugal, Lisbon bears the distinct honor. It characterizes extravagant architecture, appealing cobblestoned streets and the type of breathtaking scenes that produce lasting memories on a holiday. With the modish atmosphere featured in its many eateries and bars, hip shops, these blessings mix unusually well. It is precisely what makes this classic capital a truly remarkable place to visit by this cultural fusion between the old and the new.
Start your exploration of Lisbon in the district of Baxia, situated in the heart of the city but don’t forget to bring a trusty map in hand. Take a walk around the scenic Praça do Comércio Square via the pedestrian Rua Augusta, and then pave your way east to the Alfama district – arguably the most charming area to visit for its winding streets making it the oldest.
Including the 12th century Sé Catedral (the oldest building in Lisbon), the Tile Museum and the unique façade of Casa dos Bicos (House of Spikes), one of the few remaining structures following a devastating earthquake in 1755, are the attractions of interests.
Enter the legendary 6th century Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George’s Castle), bragging some of the best views in town right after exploring the area at your leisure. Step in at Restô do Chapitô, a relaxed eatery serving international cuisine at reasonable prices for a quick bite to eat.
Jump on the famous Tram 28, to the main shopping district known as Chiado once you’ve had your fill of historic sites with snaps for a souvenir. Visit the whimsical A Vida Portuguesa, a short distance from the stylish retail stores along Rua Garret, a shop specializes in vintage Portuguese products. Along with a mixture of knick-knacks all featuring retro packaging, here you can purchase a fine collection of kitchen and bath products.
Take a break at the Santini ice cream parlor, serving the best artisan ice cream in the country and was established in 1949. The shop is usually full-packed with locals and curious visitors throughout the day, and the interior is decorated in nostalgic red and white stripes, colorful 50’s inspired posters and comfortable booths. For the finale of your exploration of the area, take a ride to the tip of the Santa Justa Elevator, a favored local landmark built in 1902.
To the longest, most fashionable avenue in Lisbon, the Avenida da Liberdade, is a must visit and reach by walking north and make a stop at the regal Dona Maria II National Theater in Rossio Square. The visit is worthy for its cobblestoned streets, full of lovely garden belvederes, as well as high-end shops and art nouveau edifices.
Begin the morning, and end your trip to the sinfully delicious signature pastry pastel de nata at Pastéis de Belém, a legendary bakery established in 1837.