The beautiful city of Lisbon is much more than Fado music, colourful tiles, delicious custard tarts, trams and sardines.
If you’re looking for a bright, vibrant city full of history, culture, gorgeous sunsets and delicious food, then Lisbon is the destination for you.
With a flight time of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from London Gatwick, Lisbon is the ideal city for a weekend break away, which is exactly what me and Al did last month to celebrate his birthday.
Here are some tips, restaurants and places that we highly recommend:
The Metro is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of exploring the city and can get you access to the Elevador Santa Justa for free!
- Purchase a Viva Viagem card for 50 cents (One off purchase)
- Load your fare onto this (€6.40 for a 24 hour period)
- An English option is available on the ticket machines
- The Metro LX app is brilliant for planning journeys and tells you which lines to use along with journey times
- Some of our favourite stations include Colegio Militar/Luz for Colombo Mall, Barrio Alto for Praça do Comercio Square, Castelo de S.Jorges castle and Santa Justa Tower, Anjos for Brick Lisboa Cafe (great for breakfast)
Whilst you can find small supermarkets in most parts of the city, this large supermarket offers a wider range of food and drink at affordable prices. We got a bottle of wine, a pack of beer, 6 croissants, sweets, pack of water, orange juice and a large bag of crisps for less than €13.
This delightful find offers a large Brunch for €11 each and includes smoked salmon, a selection of hams, cheeses, scrambled eggs with bacon, tempura green beans, deep fried mini hotdog, chocolate salami, fresh bread, a selection of jams and butter, croissants, a choice of juices and hot drinks such as coffee or tea.
This Italian restaurant offered outdoor heating and blankets which were perfect for a candlelit dinner in January.
This little gem can be found at the top of the Santa Justa Lift providing gorgeous views at night overlooking the city whilst you enjoy a glass of wine or beer.
The perfect place for a spot of lunch overlooking the Praco do Commercio.
Castelo de S.Jorge €10 per adult (discounts for children, disabled or over 65).
Elevador Santa Justa (Free with Viva Viagem card) €1.50 each (adult) for entry to viewing platform.
Praca do Comercio (Terrioro do Paco)
This square can be found in downtown Lisbon overlooking the Tagus river, which looks stunning with the sun setting over it and provides the perfect opportunity to take in some of the traditional sights and sounds that the city has to offer.
I hope you have enjoyed a brief overview of some of what the city of Lisbon has to offer. Have you visited Lisbon before? Do you have any recommendations for my next trip there?