Look no further for your next getaway destination – visit Lisbon! A city where neverending soundtrack pulsates through city’s veins, offering visitors vide range of activities of culture, sports and gourmet adventures. All of this is reachable by hiking up and down the wonderful cobblestoned streets. Equip yourself with comfortable shoes, map or phone for navigation and go out exploring!
Begin at Pedro IV Square
No better place to start your everyday stroll around Lisbon by visiting downtown’s one of the main squares. Grab some snack or choose any of paths to get from one neighborhood to other, learning about different stories of this welcoming city. Amount of tourists and locals like small ants fill one of the central cells, making it 24-hour buzz across wavelike cobbles. While it’s likely that you see few of the hash-peddlers, it’s one of the safest European capitals you’ll ever visit – noticeable presence of police, kind locals and non-stop lifetime decreases any risks to minimum for you to enjoy this beautiful city! Do a few steps and have your first picturesque tourist photo by giving a glimpse to most famous and last working vertical lift in Lisbon – Santa Justa lift (Elevador the Santa Justa). No need to stand in lines and use it, as it’s enough to enjoy it’s construction from below.
Arco da Rua Augusta / Praça do Comércio
Where city meets Tagus river. Your everyday route to direct sunlight. This arc serves as a gateway to Lisbon. No mather which way you’re going. One way it links to central downtown part with all the well know shops and touristic restaurants, other way it opens up to an easier walk near the river coastline and connects you to endless transportation options. Hop into boat to have an easy route to other side of the river for visiting Cristo Rei statue (and foul your friends for visiting Rio) and head further to famous surfing beaches, or decide on other options. But before leaving central location, pay an early morning visit to Rua Augusta Arch and see the Lisbon from top of this monument – one of the best views guaranteed.
Mercado da Ribeira
It’s no fake! I’ve been used to that most tourist popular market of the city may not be the best you could expect, but Mercado da Ribeira is appreciated not only by foreigners, but also by locals. Fresh fruits, vegetables (tastes like something you’ve never tasted), fish and other products daily occupy tables and small shops. Architectural pleasure and imagination have found a place and since 2014 hosts 35 of selected restaurants and mini shops that serves top of the high profile Portugal chef’s masterpieces right in this market. Enjoy the signature dish by HENRIQUE SÁ PESSOA accompanied by selected local red wine, enjoying this atmosphere and food together with other tourists, locals and even the chefs who share their passion with each other.
Belem neighborhood is a perfect half/full day destination to explore Lisbon’s architetural mightiness. Various huge buildings hosting cultural events, stories and modern artists – Belem Tower that’s built for welcoming and showing defensive power to arriving ships in previous centuries, mighty cathedral’s and factories and exceptional fortress-like Cultural Centre of Belem with Museu Collecau Berardo, which hosts one of the most impressive modern and contemporary art collections around the Europe. And thanks to Berardo, works by Warhol, Pollock, Picasso and others can be seen for free. Visit Pasteis de Belem for authentic Pastel del Nata and on walk back see LxFactory – small and trendy Lisbon’s creative corner!
A 40 minute train ride to the cosmopolitan suburb town of Cascais is a worth. Comfortable ride, easy to find directions and you reach this picture perfect town, that takes you with it’s calmness, glorious beaches and vibrant nightlife. Enjoy an hour in sandy beaches, have a walk around, catch last glimpses of previous signature of this fisherman’s town or visit rocky cliffs. Plenty to see and enjoy during your stay here.
Spectacular view, amazing wine, cheese and meat selection makes it best little discovery of the whole trip. Located next to popular viewpoint it’s still kept like a secret to ordinary masses. Locals and diligent tourists manage to spot it’s entrance. On the rooftops located this two-floor cafe/bar attracts those who want to enjoy ambient atmosphere on the terase while sun sets down the 25th of April Bridge.
And many more to see and visit that haven’t been captured, noted, visited or left for you to discover.
A few stats
Total walking distance: 108,6 km
Average climb: 48 floors/day
All photos by me. More photos on my Flickr account