10 Things to Know About Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal cityscape
Lisbon, Portugal cityscape

10 Things to Know About Lisbon

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, is known for colorful tiles, locals persuading you to try cherry liqueur, sunshine and laid-back vibes. Though some may find the city to be dated, Lisbon’s underrated charm is what makes the city unique and beautiful. Below are a few things to know before exploring this unmissable part of Portugal.  

1.       Coming in after Athens, Lisbon is the second-oldest capital city in Europe.

2.       If you hear melancholy music consisting of the guitar or mandolin, it’s Fado, Portugal’s traditional folk music.

3.       Tram 28 is the yellow tram you’ll want to look out for in order to get the best sneak peeks of Lisbon’s popular landmarks. The starting point for the tram is at Praça Martim Moniz.

4.       Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, São Jorge Castle, Lisbon Cathedral and Praça do Comérico are some of the recognizable landmarks.

5.       The city can be hilly, so it’s best to bring comfortable walking shoes.

6.       You know those yummy olives and bread sitting on the table at your desired restaurant? Be aware that you will be charged if you eat them, so double check the bill after you’ve eaten.

7.       However, should you find a cafe nearby, be sure to eat all the pastel de nata, a delicious Portuguese egg custard, you can find.

8.       Memorable souvenir finds are azulejo tiles, Port wine, ginjinha, pastel de nata and sardines. If buying sardines, head to The Fantastic World of Portuguese Sardines.

9.       A day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, the town home to the Park and National Palace of Pena, is an easy train ride away. Take the train from the Rossio train station to Sintra, which takes around 40 minutes and costs under 3 euros.

10.   For a traditional feel of the city, visit Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, which is peppered with shops and restaurants.

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