And even when you did not plan to visit Lisbon... you should read on since this is a place you should definitely want to visit.
|A tile decorated house|
|Golden Gate bridge?|
In addition to that Lisbon offers quite a good copy of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.. just bigger and with nicer decoration... Oh, and less suicides.
Sightseeing + Tips
Another way of doing sort of a round trip is catching the infamous tram line 28, going up Castello and to the beautiful Estrela park.
When you want to see the city in its panorama look out for some so called "Miradouro"s, places with a "beautiful view"... and maybe you will be able to spot the Golden Gate bridge fake. Go there when the sun is going down, the atmosphere is great, but bring your own drinks to the ones in fancier parts of the city because the bars there have horrendous prices.
When you look at a map you will see that Lisbon is quite close to the sea, but to spot water besides the river Tejo you will have to go on a 30 minute train ride and hit the beach at Estoril or Cascais. Many people advised us to get off at Estoril and simply walk along the promenade so we were able to find the perfect spot and it was quite beautiful there.
Sintra is up in the mountains and was the holiday residence of the royal family. Therefore on the top of the mountain around Sintra you find a Disney-looking castle, but the entrance fee was too high for someone not even liking the whole design style, so we went to the Palacio Nacional, the building with the massive smokestacks, not the worst swap.
But one of my absolute favorite was the MUDE right in the center of Lisbon, the museum of designs and fashion. Even though they planned a overloaded building after the restoration the money ran out and therefore it has its very special atmosphere with bare walls. Plus the entrance is free and you find great exhibitions.
|Feira de Lada|
What I love even more in most of the cities are the markets, I try to find some everywhere and after finding a few not so good ones I enjoyed the Feira de Lada, taking part up at the Campo de Santa Clara every Tuesday and Saturday, offering clothing and other stuff. We went also to the LX markets, a newer event in Lisbon. It was not as good as expected, but there were some nice cafés and we combined our visit with Belem. They take part very Saturday and Sunday in Alcantara.
Overall Lisbon is a great city for fish and meat lovers. The fish is really fresh since it is close to the sea and the people love a good piece of meat. I was really thankful we had a kitchen in our hostel, because the few restaurants offering at least something vegetarian were the really touristic one I wasn't too keen on visiting.
|A real Nata... with cinnamon.. nomnom|
During lunch time it was easier to find something, you should go (whether veggie or not) into the Pastelarias, a kind of bakery offering also salty snacks, which are sometimes even filled with vegetables. Only vegetables.
When you want an actual hot meal go and check out the arco iris (Rua de S. José, 95), even though we did not understand a word, the food was amazing, so its worth the walk.
So just in case you get the chance to visit Lisbon: Go there, it was great there and I enjoyed the stay. Plus it is really affordable to young people (poor country... Euro crisis *cough*) and they have the best hostels in the world. And of course they got the Golden Gate bridge...