There are many places to visit in Lisbon, also known as the city of seven hills, fado or Bélem cakes and also one of our favorites in Europe. Easily accessible from Spain, either by car or with low cost flight companies, it is a perfect destination to spend a weekend or more days, in which you can include some excursion to Sintra and Cascais. Something that you can not miss and that will allow you to get to know the city better is to get lost in the neighborhoods of Bélem, Chiado, La Baixa, Barrio Alto and Alfama, where you can find some of the most incredible viewpoints of the city and many charming corners .
We have made a selection of what we believe are the10 essential places to see in Lisbon, based on our 4-day trip to Lisbon. We start!
1. Lisbon viewpoints
We have to say that, at least for us, Lisbon is the city with the best viewpoints in the world. Our favorite is that of Portas do Sol, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Alfama neighborhood while having breakfast on your terrace some delicious Pastéis de Bélem, with a cup of coffee.
Next you will also find the viewpoint of Santa Luzia, with views less pretty, but with a small garden full of tiles, which we are sure will surprise you and you will love it.
The Graça viewpoint, next to the Graça church, also has magnificent panoramic views of almost all of Lisbon and is perfect for watching the sunset while having a beer on its terrace. Taking the Elevador da Glória you will reach another of the best viewpoints in Lisbon, the Mirador de San Pedro de Alcántara, with views of the Castillo de San Jorge and the entire city center.
Our last recommendation, regarding Lisbon viewpoints, is to climb the Elevador de Santa Justa. This 45-meter elevator connects the neighborhoods La Baixa with the Barrio Alto, and has beautiful views of the center, which we recommend not to miss.
Santa Justa Elevator Hours: every day from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. From November to April it closes at 10pm.
A good option to explore some of the best viewpoints in Lisbon is to book this guided tour in Spanish.
2. Barrio de Alfama
In the Barrio de La Alfama, with its steep and labyrinthine cobbled streets, you will find the true essence of Lisbon. Located between the Castle of San Jorge and the banks of the Tagus River, the best way to travel is to go down S, forgetting about the map, and it will be of little use to you.
Its characteristic iron balconies with clothes hanging, its squares and stores of proximity with a decadent air, make it one of the essential places to visit in Lisbon.
It also has good restaurants of homemade food and taverns where to eat a cod while listening to fado, in which the bad moments of life are expressed through singing.
A good option to learn more about the history and curiosities of the neighborhood is to book this guided tour in Spanish or this free tour of the Alfama neighborhood. Free!
Views from the Castle of San Jorge
Map of the 10 essential places to see in Lisbon
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