7 things to experience while in Lisbon
1. If it's your first time in Lisbon, you might ask yourself if the flight you boarded a couple hours ago has taken you to San Francisco instead. The thing is that the first sight you will probably notice while approaching Lisbon airport is the 25 de Abril Bridge, which is incredibly similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Not that surprising if you know that the same engineers worked on both projects... That is why Lisbon is also known as the "European San Francisco"!
2. A creative island is hidden underneath the 25 de Abril Bridge, and it's probably one of the coolest spots in the city. In an old manufacturing complex, which was transformed into the LX Factory quarter, hipster cafes, design studios, and fashionable shops abound, including the most unique bookshop in the world, Ler Devagar.
3. When someone mentions Portugal, a few things come to mind: surfing, seafood, Port wine and … yellow trams! The Lisbon trams can be compared to the red buses in London: real time machines that allow you to explore the city in a whimsical way. One of the most famous traditions for tourists is taking a ride on the yellow tram number 28. It's like exploring historical places on a vintage rollercoaster!
4. If you're looking for a relaxed vibe and the most impressive view of the city from the top, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is the spot to be! This little viewing platform is one of the greatest places for unforgettable panoramic views of Lisbon. Not many tourists know about this location, so you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views and spend a romantic evening there. Keep this place in mind...
5. Tired at this point and ready for a good meal? Seafood lovers, we have good news for you! Lisbon definitely has the best seafood restaurants in Europe thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Finding a place to your liking won’t be a problem at all. The one hidden gem we discovered by ourselves was restaurant A Mourisca near the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.
6. Belem Tower is most often associated with the fairytale, and we are pretty sure we saw Rapunzel letting her golden hair down from one of the windows. The tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Portugal’s most celebrated sights – definitely worth a visit.
7. Tile art as decoration can be found in many countries. However, in Portugal, it is a part of the building itself. The decorative tiles are construction materials that also serve a decorative purpose, covering thousands of buildings: Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, Fábrica de Cerâmica da Viúva Lamego, Fábrica Viúva Lamego - Avenida Almirante Reis, Rua do Milagre de Santo António, 14 and many other inspirational structures that are worth your eye. That is why it feels like you're surrounded by masterpieces all the time, and when the sun appears it seems like the whole city is smiling at you. Moreover, it suddenly feels like you have chosen the right destination...