A Travel Girl’s Guide to Lisbon

10 amazing things to do in Lisbon by coffee and a view

Lisbon has been blowing up social media lately! With every inch of the city Instagram ready, its hard not to spend your days taking photo after photo. Sunny days, plenty of activities and a bustling city center makes this a great choice for a get-away. Use my travel girl’s guide to Lisbon to get ready for your Portuguese adventure:

How to Get There

Plane: This is likely how you will arrive. The low costs that come with a growing number of direct flights into Lisbon make this the best choice.

For more information on Lisbon Portela Airport check their website here.

Train: If you are arriving from Spain, you have the option of taking the night train from Madrid. At 60E for this 10 hour trip, you’re better of paying 10-20E more for a flight, unless train travel is a burning passion that you can’t live without.

a colourful building in Lisbon is lined with flowers

Where to Stay

Chiado /Baixa : The busiest area in all of Lisbon makes this downtown location the perfect spot for someone who wants to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle. This is my least favourite area to stay in for the simple reason that it is the most visited, but if that appeals to you, then this is the perfect neighbourhood.

Barrio Alto: As one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods, this is the perfect place to stay for someone who wants to be in an area that is still busy, but still retains much of its original charm. Think quirky bars, elaborate street art and historic buildings. It’s worth a visit even if you aren’t staying here.

Alfama and Castelo: This is my favourite area to stay in! With its location beside the Barrio Alto, it offers all the same benefitsts with the extra bonus of being slightly quieter. Keep in mind that the streets are cobblestone and narrow which may pose an issue for some if you don’t plan ahead.

Bonus tip: for the best views try to aim for a bit ” higher” in the neighbourhood (closer to Castelo).

10 amazing things to do in Lisbon by coffee and a view

What to Do

The cultural capital of Portugal offers countless museums, historic buildings and enough cute boutiques to keep you busy for days!

Check out 10 amazing things to do in Lisbon here

10 amazing things to do in Lisbon by coffee and a view

Looking for sights rather than activities?

Here’s where to find the best views in Lisbon.

10 amazing things to do in Lisbon by coffee and a view

What to Eat

Cod: Being so close to the ocean means tons of great seafood. The most popular being Cod served dripping in oil.

Pastel de Nata: A flaky, creamy egg tart that tastes differently each place you try it! The perfect excuse to sample one every where you go.

Coffee (of course): Portuguese coffee is similar to that in Spain. Strong and delicious.

Port : a sweet wine similar in taste to sherry

Ginja: a popular liquor made from sour cherries

a glass of white wine is perched on a table with a dramatic view of Lisbon clay roofs in the city below

Tips and Tricks

Taxi Scams: Although the majority of people you will meet will be lovely, there are still often taxi scams ( as there are in most large cities). You can try to avoid this by agreeing on a price before hand. The set rate into the city center should be marked in the vehicle and is generally around 20E.

Sun Protection: The sunniest capital in Europe lives up to its name! Protect yourself by wearing enough sunscreen and drinking plenty of water.

Pickpockets: Like any popular destination, pickpocketing can be a problem. Wear a cross body purse and keep valuables zipped away, particularly on the tourist tram and in main squares.

10 amazing things to do in Lisbon by coffee and a view

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