You want to know what Lisbon has to offer? Just give us a minute! We visited Portugals gorgeous and hilly capital in September 2016. Arne came back with sore muscles and plenty of recommendations. In 60 seconds.
It went all too fast? You want the details? No problem. Here are our recommendations in order of appearance:
00:00 Elevador da Bica (Rua de S. Paulo 234)
The lovely funicular railway line is running since 1892, the lift system is a lovely little travel back in time. It rises along a distance of 245 metres (804 ft).
00:06 Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) (Avenida Brasília, Belém)
The fortified Belém Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hire a bike in the center or at Belémbike (http://www.belembike.com) and ride along the bank of the rio Tejo to reach the tower.
00:09 Tram28 (Initial Stop: Rua Senhora Saúde)
A trip with the legendary tram 28 is a fun adventurous ride. The most fun (and crowded) part is the steep way up from Baixa to the Castelo de São Jorge.
00:11 Elevador de Santa Justa (Rua do Ouro)
The Santa Justa Lift connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo, one of the nicest lookouts of Lisbon. Make sure you come very early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
The oldest district of Lisbon contains many important historical attractions. It’s fun to explore the tiny steep streets during the day and in the evening you can choose between an abundance of Fado bars and restaurants.
00:16 Telecabine Lisboa (Parque das Nações)
The gondola lift was built on the occasion of the world exhibition Expo 1998. It covers 1230 metres from the Torre Vaso da Gama to the oceanarium and offers stunning views. http://www.telecabinelisboa.pt/
00:24 Mercado da Ribeira Lisboa (Avenida 24 de Julho)
The market hall next to Cais do Sodré is divided into two parts: A historic market where you can buy vegetables, fruits and fish and the west wing where you can choose all sorts of Portuguese delicacies..
00:28 A Ginjinha (Praça Dom Pedro IV 71)
One of the most popular hole in the wall-bars of its kind. Ginjinha or Ginja is a Portuguese liquor made by infusing sour cherries. It is served in a shot glass. Take it with cherries!
00:30 Fado restaurants (Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, Alfama)
Numerous restaurants in Alfama offer dinner options including occasional performances of Fado singers. The rather mournful and sad songs transcend you into another time while eating.
00:34 Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Praça do Império)
The Jerónimos Monastery is one of the most impressive examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture.
00:35 Museo Nacional De Arte Antiga (Rua das Janelas Verdes)
The art hosted at The National Museum of Ancient Art includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, drawings and other decorative art forms from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century.
00:37 Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno
The Campo Pequeno Bullring makes you feel very, very small. It is the most popular arena of its kind in Portugal and re-opened in 2006 as a multi-event venue.
00:38 Bahnhof Lissabon Oriente (Avenida Dom João II)
The Lisbon Oriente Station is one of the main transport hubs of Lisbon and one of the world’s largest train stations.
00:41 Catedral Sé Patriarcal (Largo da Sé)
The Roman Catholic Cathedral is the oldest church in the city, built in the 12th century. It’s as beautiful as it is intimidating.
00:44 Lxfactory (Rua Rodriges de Faria 103)
The LX Factory is a fascinating place. Once an abandoned industrial site, it has been turned into a trendy creative and cultural hub. It hosts design shops, restaurants and the craziest library of all (http://www.lerdevagar.com).
Among the lookouts that impressed us the most were (00:49) Miradouro Das Portas Do Sol, (00:50) Miradouro Santa Catarina, (00:52) Castelo De São Jorge – Lisboa, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara and of course the view from (00:54) the Cristo Rei (Almada) across the Vasco da Gama bridge Lisbon.
00:55 Parque Florestal de Monsanto (Serra de Monsanto)
This is not a park. It is a whole forest! A great place to get away from it all and so unexpected. Have a picnic or go biking in this vast beautiful park.
00:58 Pastéis de Belém (Rua de Belém 84-92)
Arguably the best Pastel de Nata, a Portuguese egg tart pastry, are sold at Pastéis de Belém. They are so delicious that you even put up with the bus loads of tourists you have to queue with.
01:00 Praia de Carcavelos (Avenida Marginal, Carcavelos)
The stunning coastline that surrounds Lisbon offers numerous beautiful sandy beaches, easily accessible by public transport (http://carris.transporteslisboa.pt/en/home) within 20-60mins. Our favourite one: Carcavelos!