Top Ten Things To Do In Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is both a delightful and scenic city located on the north bank of the Tagus River and also the westernmost city of continental Europe. With its friendly people, delectable food, and absorbing culture, this is not only an underrated European city but a great one for solo female travel. Whether you can spend two days or two weeks in Lisbon, there's plenty to see and do and eat and drink to make it a most memorable travel experience.
Here are the Top Ten Things to do in Lisbon
1. Visit the Santuario de Cristo Rei (Christ the King)
Similar to the Christ the Redeemer statue which is famously known in Rio de Janiero Brazil, Lisbon has a version of its very own, which overlooks the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge which looks nearly identical to the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. This Catholic monument is dedicated to Jesus Christ and was erected in 1969. If it's not too windy you can go to the top and take in views of the city.
2. Visit the Torre de Belem
Completed in 1519, the tower was commission by King John II as a defense system for the Tagus River. It is now open to the public and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Dine alfresco along River Tagus and photograph the Padrao dos Descobrimentos
4. Visit the Jerónimos Monastery
Along with the Tour of Belem, the former monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and originated in 1495! It is gorgeous late gothic architecture.
5. Go to Pastéis de Belém and eat so many pastries
The famous egg-tart pastry, Pastel de Nata is a do not miss (providing you don't have any food allergies) here. This establishment has held on to a recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Using traditional methods, these delectable treats will be a food experience to remember.
6. Wander around and check out the street art and street cars
As soon as you arrive in Lisbon the street art is one of the most notable things your eyes take in. The art and graffiti in Lisbon is extensive and widespread throughout the city. Tours to follow some of the coolest works are popping up if you wish to explore the city's art that way. The art covers pop culture, the politics and social climate as well as abstract art.
7. Visit Pedro IV Square and shop around Praca do Comercio
This bustling part of town offers many eateries, shops, views of the hilly city, and outdoor activities. On a nice day, you might even catch a fitness class or dancing in the square.
8. Climb to the top of the Arco Triunfal de Rua Augusta
On the river side of the structure, you will see written in Latin "The Virtues of the Greatest" a dedication for the strengths and achievements of the people of Portugal. The top of the building offers panoramic views of Lisbon and is quite beautiful just before sunset.
9. Eat at the Lisboa TimeOut Market
Located in the located in the Mercado da Ribeira at Cais do Sodre, you will enter a hall of delicious eats. Seafood, steaks, Asian, ice cream, charcuterie, cocktails, pastries, sandwiches, croquettes, pizza, local cuisine... you name it. They have it and its yummy.
10. Take a walking or bike tour of the city
Although Lisbon is hilly, a fun way to see the city and learn about its history and culture is on a tour by foot or by bicycle. (Some tours will offer powered bikes for you.) If you're traveling solo this may also be a great opportunity to meet other solo travelers to share an afternoon with. Plus it's always a solid travel hack to meet locals and find out where they like to hang and eat. Your tour guide can point you in the right direction.
Bonus: Take a day trip to nearby Sintra and Cascais
Home to the Pena Palace and Castle of the Moors, this former royal sanctuary is now a resort town adorned with colorful home, adorable shops, and tasty cafes.
Nearby Cascais is a gorgeous resort town with beautiful beaches and a marina with a direct and inexpensive train ride from Lisbon. Visit museums, lay out on the beach, grab some local food - eat at Dom Manolo's for the best Peri Peri Chicken (Portuguese BBQ)!
Enjoy everything Lisbon has to offer and be sure to send over your trip highlights!