In Lisbon

City Guide Lisbon Portugal

Happily lacking monumental tourist traps, even the biggest tourist destinations in Lisbon hardly capture what the city is all about. For an authentic experience in Lisbon, start with the amazing viewpoints (‘Miraduoros’). Peppering the tops of the city’s seven hills, each one has its own unique character and diverse patrons, and most can be reached easily via tram or funicular. Next, explore antiquated Alfama. This is the birthplace of Fado music and home of the Fado Museum. To be sure, you will get lost in Alfama’s narrow winding streets and uneven stairways, but that’s part of the fun! The ‘Thieves Market,’ on Tuesdays and Saturdays is a must-see, with a playful array of junk, crafts, and innumerable hidden treasures. Be ready to haggle! On the way to Lisbon’s ever-popular beaches, stop in Belem’s expansive park, and – whatever you do – don’t miss the beloved national pastries at Pasteis de Belem – they’re simply to die for. In Lisbon, June means all-day barbecues brimming with sardines, local fare, and drinks accompanied by live music in all the public squares. Year-round, Lisbon’s nightlife is comparable to any of the best in Europe. Bairro Alto is the city’s main bar district where young locals and visitors mingle over 1€ beers and low-priced cocktails. After 02h, head to any of the renowned nightclubs in Santa Apolina, Cais do Sodre, and Santos, where the parties don’t stop until morning. Hopefully you can wake up with enough energy to have a tasty Portuguese ‘petisco’ and mingle in one of Lisbon’s local cafes.

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