7 Reasons to Love Lisbon
Not only are there seven hills to watch sunset from, Lisbon has some of the best cultural, historical and fun sites to explore. There are a million reasons but if we had to pick… here are our 7 Reasons to Love Lisbon!
7 reasons to Love Lisbon
We love the people, the food, the friendly yet cool atmosphere – not to mention the music festivals all summer long. But if we had to pick 7 reasons to love Lisbon…
1. Best Party in Europe
Could it be? We think so. With the whole of the Barrio Alto becoming a party at night, Lisbon is pretty good at rocking until daylight. Check out one of the local bars or hit the clubs on the waterfront.
If you’re in the old town check out Loucos e sonhadores – popcorn, wine, good old fashioned music – this is a great place to come and lounge around in the Barrio Alto. Very relaxed and comfortable, it’s got a Bohemian vibe and great petiscos.
If you want something fast and furious try uber famous club Lux – it’s in a former warehouse of cool interconnected rooms on the waterfront and has a good vibes crowd.
For something different try Pensão Amor. This lounge bar has exquisite decor and shows, quiet reading space and refreshing cocktails. Try it out!
2. Beautiful Views
This goes without saying from a city on seven hills by the sea, but Lisbon boasts so many great places to watch the sunset it’s magical.
Enjoy the view from the Barrio Alto or the Mirador de San Pedro de Alcantara and the Portas do Sol below the castle in Alfama for a more secluded location.
3. Portuguese Cuisine
Along with plenty of new avant garde restaurants there are also many traditional ones that are budget friendly. The Portuguese say there are 365 ways to cook cod, which is one for every day of the year, so expect to see a lot of bacalhau on the menu in Lisbon. With influences from the Mediterranean and lots of fresh seafood from the Atlantic, there is plenty of fresh and tasty dishes to try as well as salted cod and grilled sardines. Check out the Tascas for a professional grilled meat or seafood menu. There are also lots of rice and beans, especially with Brazilian bean dish feijoada and food from Mozambique.
4. Trendy Art Scene
Not only for the designer boutiques, cool graffiti and design museums, we also love the waterfront warehouses. For the coolest of cool check out neighbourhood hotspot in the former industrial warehouse area along the waterfront LX Factory. Where the fabric factories were built in the mid 19th century between Lisbon and Belem is now a creative space. With artist studios, street art, delicious food and drink – and even a farmer’s produce market – this place has everything.
This melancholy soulful music is a Lisbon specialty, drawing plenty of tourists in the Alfama neighbourhood below the castle. These love songs are sung at the famous O Faia or Cafe Luso but these are tourist prices. For a more local experience try Senhor Fado
6. Beautiful Historical Monuments
Along with icon design such as the Vasco de Gama Bridge, Lisbon is packed full of beautiful historical monuments from the hilltop castle to the waterfront.
Step back in time to where the 16th century Age of Discovery set sail from on Lisbon’s waterfront at the romantic Tower of Belém, an icon of New World exploration that looks out to sea. The Baixa, or lower part of town, is a great place to stroll through the historical streets of Rua Augusta and the Avernida de Liberdade. Make your way to the Comercio Square, Terreiro do Paço, where the Earthquake of 1755 destroyed the place, but the feeling still remains of the old glory on the charming waterfront.
The Museu do Azulejo has an incredible collection of these beautiful traditional tiles and is housed in a picturesque historic building with a chapel, cloisters and verdant gardens. From the nearby park there are impressive views of Lisbon’s waterfront from the other side, including the Vasco da Gama Bridge.
7. Custard Tarts – Pastéis de nata!
We couldn’t resist them…The Portuguese love their pastries and cakes – you will see plenty of delicious bakeries with delicious sweets like bolo de arroz and bola de Berlin. Pastéis de nata are custard tarts, with egg or cream depending on the town, and they are ubiquitous in Lisbon. If you visit Belem you have to try the famous ones there too – they are ever so slightly different (if you don’t try you won’t know…)
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