Portugal is a beautiful country and offers different activities and adventures for everybody. Lisbon is the capital and is a destination that you must add onto your list.
Lisbon is a huge city which means that you would need to plan out your days according to which area you wish to travel to. You can explore each area and discover something new, as they are all unique and offer something different.
Belém is a very popular location and where most traveler’s go to since it has plenty of monuments to see. You’d also have the chance to ride in one of the trams that travels around the city, which is a must do when visiting. Belém has a beautiful marina and a port that leads to the River Tagus; along with a view of the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge from afar. It also has a large park area, with protected areas for ducks in their ponds.
The houses in Belém are pastel colored, with trees that have vibrant purple leaves, which is what makes this area stand out in the Summer.
Not only that, but it has a pastry shop that is widely known by both locals and traveler’s. This pastry shop is called ‘Pastéis de Belém’ and is loved by many; since they have so many traditional Portuguese desserts to choose from. There is an endless queue and you can be waiting a while, but many think it is worth it.
However, there are two tourist attractions that is a must when visiting Belem; padrão dos descobrimentos and Tower of Belém.
The Tower of Belém is very important to the history in Portugal, as it played a key role in Europe’s Age of Discoveries. This fortress and port still stands strong today and is still intact. The padrão dos descobrimentos is a monument that celebrates the Portuguese Age of Exploration during the first 15th and 16th centuries. Both of these attractions are significant as they were part of the first European trade in history with China and India.
Whereas the downtown Lisbon area is called Alfama and it is one of Lisbon’s oldest area’s. Alfama also has a lot of hilltops, so you surely will be active when walking around this area. There are a lot of handmade craft shops, cafes and restaurants which you will find traditional Portuguese food for decent price’s. If you do not feel like walking, you can ride the historic no. 28 tram which allows you to see the area, since it travels through the area and even reaches the famous São Jorge Castle.
Alfama is also known for its tall houses which are covered in stunning patterned tiles, which is another tradition that symbolize’s Lisbon. A lot of bags and purses are crafted from corks and patterned tiles are used for decorations. Another significant tourist location to visit is the Miradouro da Graça terrace, as you can see a panoramic view of central Lisbon. Next to the Miradouro da Graça terrace is the Graça Church, which is one of the city’s oldest churches. It was built in 1271 and has a Baroque interior, along with 17th century tile panels.
Lisbon is ideal to visit during March, May, September or October. The weather is still warm and especially in May it can go up to 31 degrees in the day. During these seasons, it is still busy but not as crowded as it would be in the Summer. You can also find cheaper flight and hotel price’s, or even use Airbnb in locations near these area’s and travel by either bus, tram or the metro.