With all of the exciting destinations and sights to see throughout Europe (the French Rivera, Florence, Munich, the Alps, and Amsterdam to name just a few), it’s easy to overlook Portugal. Nestled due west of Spain, even travelers to Barcelona or Madrid often don’t take advantage of their proximity to one of Europe’s true wonders.
Portugal (and Lisbon to be specific) are beautiful year round. Here are a few tips for what to see when you visit.
5 Must Do’s in Lisbon
LX Factory: Built on the site of a 19th century fabric production plant, LX Factory is a hidden gem in Lisbon. The district includes small art galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants. In our opinion, the best way to experience LX Factory is to grab a coffee at Wish Slow Coffee House and stroll down the street, stopping to see all of the interesting modern art scattered around you.
Castelo de San Jorge: Did you pack your hiking shoes? Just kidding, but it is quite a hike up to Castelo de San Jorge! But the view of all of Lisbon’s red roofs is more than worth it. The Castle sits above downtown Lisbon and has great views of both sunrises and sunsets.
Santa Justa Elevator: Built between 1900 and 1902, the Santa Justa Elevator or “Lift” was designed to better facilitate the movement of people and goods between the lower streets of the Baixa with the much higher Largo do Carmo. Try to visit early in the morning to get great views of downtown without having to wait!
Torre de Belem: Built between 1514 and 1520, the Belem Tower is one of Lisbon’s oldest structures. The Tower was part of Portugal’s maritime defenses. Beyond it’s obvious historical significance, the location of the Tower on the Tagus river is impressive, especially when the water is high!
Santuário Nacional de Cristo Rei and Ponte 25 de Abril: Does this bridge below look a little too familiar? It should!
The 25 de Abril Bridge is based in part on two San Francisco Bay Area bridges: its paint is the same International Orange as the famous Golden Gate Bridge; and its design is similar to that of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Both the Bay Bridge and the 25 de Abril Bridge were built by the same company.
Take the journey across the bridge to the Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei and ride the elevator to the top. The view is spectacular and the monument itself is very impressive in it’s scale.
Where to Stay
One of the best parts about Lisbon is it’s affordability relative to other European cities. For the price of a 2 star hotel in Paris or London, you can live like a king or queen at an Airbnb in Lisbon.
Here are a couple of our favorites!
If you’re traveling, why wouldn’t you travel with Airbnb? We absolutely love it and haven’t stayed in a hotel in over 3 years!
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