Our stay in Lisbon was short (1 full day) but we managed to see and do quite a lot. Based on what we experienced we made a list of 13 Things to do in Lisbon.
1. Miradouro da Graça (Graça Viewpoint)
To get there, walk through the quaint streets of Alfama quarter. Stop on the top, have a drink under the big trees and enjoy the extended view over the city, Saint Jorge Castle, Tagus River and the bridge.
2. Ride the tram 28
I admit, we didn’t ride the tram. Not that we didn’t want to but we didn’t have time to do so. Yet we saw it on every corner and got some nice pictures. We even drove the Segway right behind the tram so I think we have quite a good idea what it is to ride in it. The crowded trams stop often and you may have a hard time to get a window seat! Ride it early in the morning to grab a seat!
Things to Do in Lisbon
3. Santa Justa Elevator
This impressive elevator was built in 1901 by Raúl Mesnier de Ponsard a portuguese engineer who was infuenced by Gustave Eiffel. Enter the elevator in Rua de Santa Justa and it takes you right up to Chiado for 5€. You may also just watch its structure from the bottom, walk up and see the passerelle from the top.
4. Praça do Comércio and Arco da Rua Augusta
Commerce Square aka Terreiro do Paço was the home of the Royal Palace before it was demolished by the 1755 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. In the centre of the square is a bronze equestrian statue of King José I and the classic buildings surrounding the square house government offices and restaurants. The Rua Augusta Arch is a stone arch with six columns built to commemorate Lisbon’s reconstruction after the earthquake.
5. Gloria Funicular and Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
Gloria Funicular links Baixa to Barrio Alto. It travels up and down a 265 meter steep hill. Once on the top, walk to your right and you’ll find yourself in a little park with trees and benches. From there you can get a great panoramic view over the city and Saint Jorge’s Castle.
Things to Do in Lisbon
6. Igreja de São Roque (Church of Saint Roch)
Located in Bairro Alto, this church was built at the end of the 16th century. It houses 8 chapels and the ceiling of the nave is painted wood. The fourth chapel on the left is a masterpiece of baroc italian artwork, made of precious materials and magnifient marble.
7. Miradouro Alto de Santa Catarina (viewpoint)
Close to the Museum of Pharmacy (yellow mansion) is this miradouro with beautiful views over the Tagus, the docks, the 25 April Bridge and the roofs of Santa Catarina. Try to catch the view close to sunset! There’s also a small coffee stall where you can have a rest in the shade!
8. Bica Funicular
Inaugurated in 1892 this elevator climbs up the 245m Rua da Bica to Bairro Alto. You can also just walk up or down the street saving you 3,60€ and giving you time to enjoy the picturesque pastel houses.
Separate post to come.
10. Time Out Mercado Da Ribeiro
By chance we stumbled upon this huge foodie hangout next to Lisbon’s fresh food market. Here you can sample some of the city’s favorite food and drinks in one of the 35 kiosks. A perfect stop for lunch!
11. Discover Lisbon by Segway
12 . Spot the “Azulejos”
I got totally hooked on the colored patterned tiles on the houses and buildings. Called Azulejos the 15*15 squares serve as decoration as well as reflecting the sun/heat away from the building. I photographed e.v.e.r.y azulejo that crossed my eyes. It’s addictive, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you! If you want to know more about these tiles, you can visit the National Tile Museum.
13. Street Art
All around Lisbon you can see some really nice graffitis in the most unexpected places and corners. Just keep your eyes open!