There are currently 5 active tramways in Lisbon. The trams are a great way to check out the southern centre and western parts of city. Just hop on one and go as long as you like and you will get your bearings. Here are a few shots of the Lisbon Continue Reading
Lisbon Travel Tips + Guide
First check out our post on Lisbon travel tips.
Relax at the famous Miradouros scattered around the city where you can enjoy an espresso, beer, or glass of wine on a terrace and take in the stunning views. Seek out the Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara, Miradouro Das Portas Do Sol, or Miradouro Sophia de Mello in particular.
Wander the cobblestone streets and look for colourful Azulejos.
Visit the Church of Santa Engrácia (Pantheon) for another amazing view over Alfama.
The Convento da Ordem do Carmo is a remarkable landmark that almost survived the massive earthquake of 1755.
Check out the aquarium, one of the biggest in the world.
Relax in the sun on the local Lisbon beaches.
Be sure to give yourself a full day to visit nearby town Sintra. Here you may view royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings, including the mediaeval Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace. We also visited Convento de Santa Cruz da Serra da Sintra (Convent of the Capuchos) and Quinta da Regaleira.
I spent 2 full weeks in Lisbon and was unable to see everything. This was the first stop of an 8 month trip in Europe and I often think that I would like to return to Lisbon and Portugal again soon.
The Convento da Ordem do Carmo or Carmo Convent is a medieval convent that was ruined in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, one so powerful it almost destroyed the entire city. The ruins of its Gothic style church are the most obvious trace of the Continue Reading
When you walk around the city of Lisbon Portugal, you will notice the decorative wall tiles. They are called Azulejos. There purpose is to tell a story or to portray a tradition within the local culture. Here is a collection of Azulejos that I Continue Reading
This was my favourite hangout spot in the city. This is the Miradouro Sophia de Mello. The view of Lisbon from here is stunning, and since it faces West so you can catch the sunset. There is a great outdoor cafe where you can get espresso, beer, Continue Reading
As mentioned in the previous post there is an amazing view over Lisbon from the Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara. You must check out. It is located in the Bairro Alto which is just West of the central downtown part of old Lisbon. There are also many Continue Reading
Lisbon is so colourful in so many ways. I remember deep blue skies and sunshine each day. And the red rooftops contrast so nicely with the blue sky. Lisbon is a great city to move around and enjoy the various lookouts for an espresso, beer, or glass Continue Reading
Spring is in the air! And with that comes Spring flowers, and...weeds. Here is 1 of several bushy buildings in Lisbon Portugal, in need of a trim. Some more bright yellow Spring flowers growing from the roof tops in Lisbon. Continue Reading
Lisbon was the first place we visited on our trip. It was the Spring of 2013 and the flowers were blooming and it was a gorgeous 25-30 degrees Celsius. We catapulted ourselves from a cold and wet Toronto to almost tropical conditions. At that Continue Reading