Make the most of your trip to Lisbon
Heading to Portugal soon, and want to make the most of your trip to Lisbon? There are many ways you can use your time when you are in this storied city, but if you are dumbfounded on where exactly to start, this guide will get you out of your hotel room and onto the streets of one of Europe’s most exciting capitals.
Get a stylish hotel at a great price
Hotel Smart is a perfect example of where to stay in Lisbon, as it is an example of a place where its staff deliver a superior experience at a price that won’t take your breath away.
With an outdoor pool, bar on site, and being situated with a short walk to one of Lisbon’s underrated urban beaches, this type of accommodation can be found by those that can read between the lines of guest reviews and descriptions given by management.
Taking your time when finding a spot to stay, and not rushing to judge a place by star ratings and price alone will enable you to find an incredible spot to stay while in Lisbon.
See many of Lisbon’s historical highlights
Lisbon is a city that has some serious human history within its borders, so be sure to attack each day that you are here with a sense of purpose. One of the biggest attractions is Castelo de São Jorge, which has stood since the 10th century, when the Moors ruled this part of the Iberian peninsula.
Its massive ramparts will impress you, and its elevated position in town will give you some of the best photo ops in the entire city. Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery is equally as vital to this city’s history as well, so if you make the time to see these landmarks, you will have done this place the justice it deserves.
Chow down on the most essential dishes in Portuguese culture
If you want to get to the heart of Portuguese cuisine, there are few better places in the country than in the capital.
Small family run restaurants are your best bet here, as they hold true to old traditions and offer pratos do dia (dishes of the day) that show you a side of Portuguese food that is as awesome as it is cheap.
Chiado and Bairro Alto are the best places to find food like this, but if you are looking for a higher end version of these dishes, the well-to-do restaurants of Lapa will suit you best.
Posted on: June 26, 2015