Lisbon, Portugal

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Mattfromtexas

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Where to Stay

What to See

Santa Justa Lift

The Santa Justa Lift is Pretty to Look at, but Do Not Ride It
by Mattfromtexas about 5 years ago
The Santa Justa Lift is Pretty to Look at, but Do Not Ride It

One of the photos you’re sure to take is of the gothic, Eiffel Tower-looking elevator rising from the edge of the Baixa neighborhood allowing you to avoid the 5 story climb to the Chiado district. It costs 5 Euro to take the lift up and avoid the stairs, but you can just as easily take the escalators at the closest metro station and save your money.

What to Do

Day Trip To Cascais

Lisboa Day Trip
by Travis of lifesresidency.blogspot.com about 6 years ago
Lisboa Day Trip

While in Lisboa, do not miss the cheap train trip out to Cascais. It's a beautiful 30-minute ride along the coast to a quiet, yet upscale beach town. Enjoy a lunch and glass of wine over-looking the cliffs, stroll to Hell's Mouth (cliffs with giant crashing waves), and stop in the phenomenal modern hotels along the way.

Day Trip To Sintra

Sintra for Castles and Palaces
by Mattfromtexas about 5 years ago

If you have a day to dedicate to it, you need to make it out to Sintra, a land of castles and palaces that is actually a national park. I did not, but saw a bunch of photos from fellow backpackers and wish I would have made the time. Get there through any local tour company, or head out there yourself from the Largo de Estaco do Rosio station. Is a little over 4 Euro to get into the park.

Surfing

Surfing at Ericeira
by Mattfromtexas about 5 years ago

Ericeira beach is only an hour or so away by bus. You can rent surf boards there no problem and there's breaks for both beginners and advanced depending on the tides. To get there head to Campo Grande station and look for buses heading that way. They leave pretty regularly.

Walking Tour

Walking Tour is Essential
by Mattfromtexas about 5 years ago
Walking Tour is Essential

I am usually not a fan of walking tours, but the “We Hate Tourism Tour Company” ( http://wehatetourismtours.com/) in Lisbon really does it right. It’s kind of like your buddy who lives in Lisbon is taking you around, making fun of stuff, showing you things that he thinks is cool instead of what his boss told him he needed to include on the tour. The tour picks up and ends from Oasis Hostel on Rua de Santa Catarina 24. You hit everything from Bairro Alto to Chiado to Baixa, Castelo and go up to the base of the castle. Walking tour takes about 4 hours and you’ll have ample opportunities to grab a beer and a shot of Ginjinha.

What to Eat

Local Specialties

Original Portuguese tarts!
by Laurajuniper about 5 years ago

If you're ever in Lisbon it's worth finding the most tantalizing and delectable Portuguese tarts you'll ever try!
Pasteis de Belem produces many different types of baked goods and are most famous for their 1000 year old secret recipe for portugese tarts ( pasteis) from the monks in the monestary! Located only a short walk from Belem station, right beside the monestary, this shop is always packed out with locals.
This hidden little gem is a huge must see taste of Portuguese culture!

Other

Ginjinha Liquor, A Portuguese Staple
by Mattfromtexas about 5 years ago
Ginjinha Liquor, A Portuguese Staple

Sampling the local alcohol offerings is always a must. Even better to do it with a local. Ginjinha liquor is one of those musts for Lisbon. This cherry-flavored liquor is served in a shot glass and is sipped! It’s one of those liquors that warms you up. If you’re lucky you can find a local selling it out of the window of her home. Look for this sort of thing in the old city.

Restaurants

Cheap Counter-Service Restaurant - Casa Brasiliera
by Mattfromtexas about 5 years ago
Cheap Counter-Service Restaurant - Casa Brasiliera

Casa Brasiliera is always slammed with locals and travelers who know how to save money and still eat well. They serve up everything from alcohol, to sandwiches, and a ton of pastries made from seafood, meats, cheeses, and sweets. Walk in, get the attention of anyone behind the counter, order, and eat standing up while crowds of people do the same. Located on Rua Augusta just north of Rua Santa Justa.

Where to Party

Drinking / Bars / Happy Hours

Pub Crawls from Oasis Hostel
by Mattfromtexas about 5 years ago
Pub Crawls from Oasis Hostel

Pub crawls are a relatively new phenomenon in Lisbon, but are catching on fast. If you’re staying at a party hostel, they’ll likely organize one for you. But if you want to get the party started right, you should plan on staying at Lisbon Oasis Hostel and heading out with their crew. Lisbon nightlife goes till the sun rises, so bring your A-game!!

Sunset Beers at the Mirador
by Mattfromtexas about 5 years ago
Sunset Beers at the Mirador

Every evening, the good people of Lisbon and a handful of travelers head to the Miradouro de Santa Catarina to grab a cocktail and a gorgeous view. There’s a cafe here selling beer, but you can save a couple of Euro by grabbing a bottle of beer from one of the grocery stores you’ll pass on your way to the lookout.

Lisboa Night Life
by Travis of lifesresidency.blogspot.com about 6 years ago
Lisboa Night Life

If you have a night or two in Lisboa, there are a few must-see stops to make. Kick off your night with a happy hour drink, soaking in the sunset view from the rooftop of Hotel Bairro Alto. Then, for dinner, walk just up the road to Sea Me, one of the cities newest sushi spots. Seafood is a Portuguese specialty. Sit at the bar there, and let the multilingual female bartenders do the ordering for you. Enjoy a vinho verde along with your sushi and you can't go wrong. Once you're full, head a few blocks up to the edge of Bairro Alto and kick off your night with a shot and a beer at Sentido Proibido - Joao and Bruno will take good care of you. Tell them Travis from Texas sent you.