Lisbon – the charming city will steal your heart

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, with a population of around 545,000 people. It is located on the Atlantic Coast, which makes it a popular destination for tourists who enjoy the combination of city life and beach activities. The city has many attractions such as historic landmarks and museums but also a vibrant city life.

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Street in Lisbon

The famous yellow tram in Lisbon

When people think about Lisbon they probably think of the known yellow Tram 28. Tram 28 is a historic streetcar line in Lisbon. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, as it takes passengers on a scenic ride through many of Lisbon’s historic neighborhoods and landmarks. The tram route starts in the Martim Moniz square and goes through the narrow streets of the Alfama district, passing by the Sé Cathedral, São Jorge Castle, and many other attractions along the way. It is a vintage wooden car and provides a nostalgic and charming way to explore the city. Because of its popularity, the tram can often get very crowded.

Castelo S. Jorge

There is so much to discover in the city itself and also in popular destinations around it. A great attraction to start with in Lisbon is Castelo de S. Jorge. It offers a fantastic view of the whole city and includes a small museum. Also, there is a café with peacocks just walking around the tables, adding a unique charm to an unforgettable experience!

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Castelo de S. Jorge
Lissbon from above
View from the Castle
Lissbon cityview
Cannon at the castle
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At the Castle
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Peacock
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Peacocks in the Cafe

District Alfama

From the Castle one can easily walk down through the district Alfalma which is the oldest district in Lisbon. From there the Cathedrale de Lisboa is not far. Alfama is a charming neighborhood that survived the devastating earthquake of 1755. It is also known for its traditional Fado music, stunning viewpoints, and vibrant nightlife.

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Alfama
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Street in Alfama
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Comic History of Lisbon
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Tunnel with comic inside
Lissbon comic
Comic History of Lisbon

Cathedral of Lisbon

The Lisbon Cathedral, also known as the Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Se de Lisboa, is one of the oldest and most important religious monuments in the city. Built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style, the cathedral has undergone numerous renovations and additions over the centuries, including Gothic, Baroque, and neoclassical elements. It is located in the Alfama district and has a beautiful interior featuring stunning stained glass windows, intricate altars, and a grand organ.

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Street to the Cathedral with the Cathedral on the left side
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Inside the Cathedral
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Window inside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral
Pastel de Nata

From the Cathedral, one can walk to the Arco da Rua Augusta, an impressive archway that leads to the “new city” with many shopping opportunities and pastry shops with the famous portugese pastry “Pastel de Nata“, which originated in Lisbon. It is a small custard tart with a flaky pastry shell and a creamy egg custard filling, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon or powdered sugar.

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Pastry Shop selling Pastel de Nata
New city of Lisbon

The “new city” in Lisbon is commonly referred to as Baixa, which means “downtown” in Portuguese. It is the central business district of Lisbon and is characterized by its grid-like streets, neoclassical architecture, and busy pedestrian areas. The district was completely rebuilt after the arthquake of 1755 and is now a popular tourist destination, known for its shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. At the end of the street one will find the Santa Justa Lift. It is an elevator that connects the lower streets of Baixa with the higher neighborhood of Bairro Alto. The lift is 45 meters tall and is constructed of wrought iron with a neo-Gothic design and offers stunning views of the city.

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Santa Justa Lift
Waterfront spot in Lisbon

On the other side of the street is the large Praca do Comercio, with a statue in the middle. After walking a little more one will find Cais das Colunas, a lovely spot by the waterfront where one can sit and enjoy the view.

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Arco da Rua Augusta with City Tour bus
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Praca do Comercio
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Cais das Colunas
Lissbon waterfront
View to the water
Time Out Market Lisbon

From Cais das Colunas, one can walk to the Time Out Market, also known as Mercado da Ribeira. It is a popular food hall and features over 30 food kiosks. The market is a gathering place with a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of seating for diners. In addition to the food stalls, there is also a bar, a music stage, and a shop selling gourmet products. However, be aware of that the food there is a bit pricey.

Time Out Market Lisbon
Time Out Market
Jerónimos Monastery Lisbon

From the Time Out Market, the tram station Cais do Sodré is not far. The line 15E (Algés) leads to the Jerónimos Monastery. It is a famous landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 16th century in the Portuguese Late Gothic style, also known as the Manueline style, it is considered one of the most impressive examples of this architectural style in Portugal. It also houses the tomb of the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama.

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Jeronimos Monastery
Belém Tower Lisbon

From the Monastery one can either take the 15E again to the Belém Tower or have a 15 minutes walk. The Belém Tower is a historic monument located in the Belem district of Lisbon. It was built in the 16th century and is considered one of the most iconic landmarks of Portugal. The tower was originally constructed as a defense system for the city, but it later served as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. The architecture of the tower is a combination of Manueline, Gothic, and Moorish styles, and it features intricate carvings and sculptures. The tower overlooks the Tagus River.

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Belem Tower

Lisbon is a wonderful place to spend either one day, one weekend, or one week. The city itself and the surroundings have a lot to offer, so it definitely does not get boring at all. Até breve, Lisboa! (See you soon, Lisbon!)

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