Lisbon is beyond beautiful. It’s located on seven hills which means that wherever you go, the view will be great. The city is small enough to see the whole city center by foot and after March, it’s nearly impossible to use the tram as a form of transportation, so I recommend walking.
Lisbon is perfect for a weekend trip, but I recommend going for a week because there is also a bunch of places to visit not far from Lisbon.
The highest point in Lisbon is in Graça and the view is incredible. If you don’t want to walk all the way up, believe me it’s far up, you can take tram 28 to Largo da Graça and walk from there.
My favourite viewpoint, also in Graça. You can see the old neighborhoods like Mouraria, Alfama, Downtown and the Castle, the river and 25th April Bridge. There’s also a small café so you can rest your feet for a bit.
This viewpoint is most commonly known as Adamastor, from the statue. The atmosphere here is very relaxed, tourists as well as locals drink beer and smoke "herbal" cigarettes while the sun goes down behind the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.
You will most likely walk by this viewpoint. It’s right by Bairro Alto, the popular party district. It has the same view as Miradouro da Graça, but from the other side of town and it’s not as high up.
Alfama is the most famous neighbourhood so you won’t miss it. Spend hours walking around to find new alleys, one prettier than the other.
Beautiful neighbourhood close to Bairro Alto. It’s newer and fancier than Alfama but I really like the vibe. It has the best shopping, lots of nice concept stores.
Sintra can be reached by train from the Rossio square. It can easiest be described as several locations and you have to pay to enter each location. We visited the Pena Palace and the garden behind Quinta da Regaleira, both having a very Disneyesque look.
Another popular day trip is Cascais (or Estoril, which is close by). It can be reached by train from Cais do Sodré. Don’t miss walking or biking to Boca do Inferno, the view is stunning.
There are plenty of beaches close to Lisbon. Ericeira (pictured) is a popular surf location, Carcavelos on the way to Cascais and Costa da Caparica on the opposite side of Lisbon.
This city guide is divided in three parts. You can also find Lisbon City Guide – to drink & eat and Lisbon City Guide – to do.