5 Things to do in Lisbon
Lisbon will forever hold a special place in my heart, as it is the place my husband and I choose for our honeymoon. It was a great decision, the places we managed to visit were amazing, and we had a great time combining romantic evenings with outdoor walks.
Below I will try to focus on 5 things you need to do in and near Lisbon, plus a bonus tip!
5-Drink like a local
Due to its climate, Portugal has a variety of wonderful wines and drinks which are waiting to be tasted. Everywhere we went, including in Estoril and Cascais, we were welcomed with ginjinha, the local cherry liqueur, as well as Vinho do Porto, the strong sweet wive which derives its name from the Porto Region. If wine is your poison, try dropping by The CorkScrew Wine Bar, a small cozy bar featuring more than 300 types of wine, where you can also taste different local meats and cheeses. If you prefer beer, O Museu da Cerveja is the place to be. Take a walk through the Praça do Comércio, walk in for a plate of seafood and a nice cold beer.
4-Eat like a local
We really try to get a sense of city we are in by loosing ourselves on its streets, and also by trying to avoid the so called "tourist traps". In this case, the tip for the best place to eat like a local came from the owner of a bar where we had stopped to catch our breath. He mentioned that the locals have a favorite spot to eat where we would find a little bit of everything.
That place is Mercato do Campo Ourique, a market place which turns into a food court, with various stands to choose from. Italian cuisine, asian fusion, desserts, steaks and wine await! The downside to being a place for the locals is that it is pretty far away from the tourist spots, but it is well worth a visit!
3. Take a day trip
Since we had decided from the beginning that we do not want a "lazy" sort of honeymoon, I tried to find something worth visiting outdoors, like a park or a hike. We found Sintra to be the best choice, with the amazing views from the Palacio Nacional de Pena and the Castelo dos Mouros.
If you have the time, I would strongly recomment spending a night in Sintra and visiting the Castelo dos Mouros on foot, hiking all the way to the Pena Palace and Gardens. If you are in Sintra, do not miss Quinta da Regaleira, it is, to this day, the best spent 7 euros of my life :)
2-Visit a Museum
No matter what hobby you have, there will certainly be a museum for you! If you enjoy the wildlife and sea creatures, or have a child fascinated with dolphins, go for an afternoon at the Oceanario de Lisboa. If you are charmed by history, visit the Museu da Marinha and the Moasterio dos Jeronimos, as well as the local Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Visit the Museu do Azulejo to get a better sense of the colors of Lisbon.
1-Simply walk around the city
See the difference in height between the streets by riding the Elevador de Santa Justa. Walk around on old cobbled streets, and discover the history of each neighborhood. Walk to the ferry terminal, catch a ferry and visit the Statue of Cristo Rei. Walk at different times of the day and watch as the city changes. Try to cover as many of the miradouros as you can, and enjoy a unique view of the city with each one!
Bonus: Mercado de Santa Clara
If you find yourself in Portugal on a Tuesday or a Saturday, lose yourself in the Feira da Ladra flea market. A huge yard sale where you are certain to find bargain gifts or mementos of your travel!