16 Reasons why I love Lisbon, Portugal


03 Aug
03Aug

Have you been to Lisbon, in Portugal? If not, I’m going to give some reasons to visit this wonderful city, as soon as possible.

It’s easy to fall in love with Lisbon... I dare say that it will be love at first sight. Lisbon is resplendent and very shiny. The sunlight goes through the narrow streets, highlighting all the beautiful architectural details, and it’s like every corner sparkles. The feeling of happiness is almost touchable. This is the main reason why I love Lisbon but there are other reasons.

Let’s discover together? 


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#01 - A City full of Light


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As I said, the bright atmosphere is the main reason why I fell in love with Lisbon. It’s something powerful that everyone should feel. Every time I arrive there, my heart cheers!


#02 - The Breathtaking Scenery 


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Lisbon is also known as the City of Seven Hills. There are many viewpoints to appreciate the wonderful scenery all around. Of course, I have my favorite - Miradouro de Santa Luzia. There's no visit to Lisbon without visiting Miradouro de Santa Luzia, but there are many other possibilities: Miradouro das Portas do Sol; Miradouro da Graça; Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte, and so on. Many monuments have viewpoints that provide an outstanding panorama, as well.  


#03 - Discovering the quirky Lisbon's Neighbourhoods


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Picturesque, traditional, full of life… Lisbon has so many secrets to discover.Every neighbourhood has its peculiarities. If you’re fond of shopping, Baixa and Chiado is the answer. But, on the other hand, Alfama and Mouraria are the right places to discover the most emotional Portuguese music - Fado.

My advice: leave no stone unturned, and visit them all. 


#04 - Enjoying a wonderful moment at Castelo de São Jorge


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Due to its perfect location, Castelo de São Jorge provides an amazing view of the city. Here, it’s the perfect place to lose track of time and appreciate the moment. Apart from the view, Castelo de São Jorge is a place full of history where you can discover more about Lisbon.


Opening time

10h00 – 21h00

(Closed – December 24, 25 and 31, January 1, May 1)


#05 Getting lost in Belém District


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Fond of History? Eager to learn more about the Portuguese past and our ancestors? Belém district is the right answer. Through the centuries, the district has had many different roles and, now, it’s a tribute to the epic age of the Discoveries.


#06 The magnificent Torre de Belém


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By the ocean, Torre de Belém stands out by its architecture. It’s a Portuguese ex-libris, and it was classified a UNESCO World Heritage.


Opening time

October to April
From 10 am to 5:30 pm (last entry at 5 pm)


May to September
From 10 am to 6:30 pm (last entry at 6 pm)


(Closed – Mondays,  January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, and December 25)


#07 Admire the stunning Mosteiro dos Jerónimos


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The spectacular Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is worth a visit, definitely! It’s a wonderful example of Manueline architecture, and it’s also the place where you can find the tombs of Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões, two of the most important historical Portuguese figureheads.

Have you read “Os Lusíadas”? It was written by Luís de Camões. After visiting Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, there’s no excuse to miss the delicious (and famous!) Pastéis de Belém.


Opening time

October to April
From 10 am to 5:30 pm (last entry at 5 pm)


May to September
From 10 am to 6:30 pm (last entry at 6 pm)


(Closed – Mondays,  January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, and December 25)


 #08 Catch the Sunset near Padrão dos Descobrimentos


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Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a monument to the age of Discoveries… and a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.


Opening time

March to October

Every day, from 10am to 7pm  (last entry at 6:30pm)


November to February

Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)

(Closed - January 1, May 1, December 24, 25 and 31)


#09 Take a picture with Fernando Pessoa


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Fernando Pessoa was a famous Portuguese Writer, and you can find the statue in Rua Garrett (Chiado).


#10 Find out historical details at Museu Arqueológico do Carmo


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In 1755, an Earthquake destroyed Convento do Carmo. Years later, the Archaeological Museum of Carmo was installed in the ruins of the old church. If you are interested in Lisbon's history, this place is a must-visit. 


Opening time

October to April

From 10am to 6pm  


May to September

Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm 

(Closed - January 1, May 1, December 25)


#11 A classic is a classic: a visit to Sé Catedral de Lisboa 


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Lisbon Cathedral is another classic… and as every classic, this place should be on your list. 


Opening time

All the week: 9 am to 7pm


Cloister: 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday from 2 pm). May to September until 7 pm.


Treasury: 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Sunday.


#12 The authentic Lisbon's Trams


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The yellow trams are one of Lisbon’s most celebrated symbols. The most famous is Tram 28 and, I’m sure, this is a wonderful way to discover Lisbon.  


#13 Beautiful Lisbon’s Funiculars


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Elevador de Santa Justa, Elevador da Glória, and Elevador da Bica will help you to discover the different hills around the city. It’s an easy way to go up to the top, right? 


#14 The splendid Praça do Comércio 


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The huge and wonderful Praça do Comércio is one of the most iconic places in Lisbon. 


#15 The amusing Museu da Marioneta


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Museu da Marioneta is, undoubtedly, an experience for people of all ages because everyone will be enchanted by the diversity of the exhibitions. It’s a collection of more than 1000 puppets from all over the globe. 


#16 The delicious Pastéis de Nata at Manteigaria


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In the heart of the city, Manteigaria awaits your visit with one of the most delicious Pastéis de Belém (Custard Tarts) in this world. The cream is fluffy and sweet, with the perfect contrast with the crunchy dough. 



Where to stay? 


There are many wonderful possibilities, which provide an incredible experience. I have stayed at Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa, right in the heart of the city, near Praça do Comércio.

It's perfect if you want to discover the city on foot.


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