Portugal’s capital city is jam-packed with sightseeing attractions, from the ancient neighbourhood of Alfama, the shopping and nightlife districts such as Baixa, Bairo Alta and Chiado, the peaceful square and gardens in Principe Real to the castles, monasteries and churches that sit atop the hills of Alfama and Graca. Don’t forget to visit to the imposing Tower of Belem, at the entrance to the Tagus, and whilst you area there sample the famous Antiga Confeitaria de Belem Pasteis de Nata, reportedly the best in Lisbon. The best way to travel around the city is upon Tram 28, a charming wooden tram that connects Martim Moniz to Campo de Ourique. The museums, monuments, cathedrals and galleries are not to be missed and the viewpoints scattered around the city are simply breath taking. Parc das Nacoes encompasses an Oceanarium, beautiful public gardens and exhibition centres. Vibrant and colourful, effortlessly balancing tradition with modernity, why not pay a visit to the aristocratic district of Lapa, or the charming and authentic neighbourhood of Santos.
If you don’t mind a slight drive, a visit to Sintra is a must. The jouney is 33.7 km by car via the A16 motorway, alternatively you can take the train from Lisboa Santa Apolonia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site set high up in the mountains, with beautiful churches, grand mansions and fairy tale palaces that you can visit and explore.
Lisbon has a vast array of restaurants and cafes where you can sample the local cured sausage, cheeses and Pasteis de Nata, a delicious custard-filled tart. You can also sip on the local cherry liquor, Ginjinha, or simply relax at one of the bars and small clubs, which often play live music such as Fado, a traditional genre with the classic Portuguese guitar. Lisbon International Airport is located just 5.6 km from the city and the National Railway Service is modern and reliable.