Lisbon is the perfect blend of quaint old-town charm with a vivacious energy. The hilly city offers plenty of stunning views of colorful rooftops and tiled-covered squares and roads. You can find picturesque and colorful houses along the narrow and windy roads, and hop on the famous Tram 28 to take you through the city. Enjoy a trip to Lisbon and enjoy the friendly locals, stunning architecture, and pleasant weather year-round. Take a look below at some of the stunning street views of the city, and hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy these views yourself one day!
If you have enough time: don’t forget to check out Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to numerous stunning palaces and castles. Check out this gallery to spark your Sintra wanderlust.
WALK THROUGH PICTURESQUE PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO
Walk through Praça do Comércio, the largest square in Lisbon and one of the main highlights of the city. The plaza opens up to the River Tagus in front, and is surrounded by 3 grandeur yellow buildings on the other side. As one of the focal points of the city, there’s a lot to see and do. Visit one of the shops, bars, street cafes, and restaurants in the area.
TAKE A TRIP ON TRAM 28 THROUGH THE MOST POPULAR SPOTS OF LISBON
Take a trip on one of the historic and famous yellow trams that date back to the 1930s. Tram 28 is the most popular for visitors as it passes through the most popular spots in the city. To beat the crowds, go for a ride around 7-8AM, or later in the evening. Be prepared that you might have to stand on the tram, and always keep an eye out for pickpocketing. Majority start the route at Martim Moniz, which is where the route begins. To beat the crowds you can also take it from the endpoint at Campo Ourique as it passes through the same stops. Depending on how much you plan on taking public transportation, it may be more useful to purchase a single ticket for €3,50, or a 24-hour pass for €6,90. Tickets can be purchased here.
A NIGHT AND DAY TRANSITION IN THE BAIRRO ALTO NEIGHBORHOOD
Although Bairro Alto is widely known for its lively nightlife and bar-hopping, there’s a lot to explore in the area during the day as well. Situated on one of the many hills in the area, it’s a great viewpoint of the Tagus river and surrounding area. There are many shops, trams rumbling through the roads, and it is slowly becoming a culinary hotspot. Don’t forget to try one of the most popular pastries in Portugal – pastel de nata, or a custard tart – at Manteigaria. It’s one of the best bakeries in the city, and a favorite of locals.
ENJOY THE VIEWS OF THE RIVER TAGUS AND ABRIL DE 25 BRIDGE
From many of these viewpoints, you can see the Abril de 25 Bridge. Built in 1974, it’s said the bridge closely resembles the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. They’re also both built to take seismic activity into consideration.
ROAM AROUND THE PORT AREA OF LISBON
There’s plenty of places to enjoy the waterfront and many of the colorful rooftops around the city. Lisbon is situated right where the River Tagus and Atlantic Ocean meet, which creates convenient access between Europe, Africa, and the ocean. Due its strategic location, the Port of Lisbon is one of the most utilized in Europe for trade and cruise ships.
VISIT CASTELO DE SÃO JORGE (LISBON CASTLE) AND ENJOY ITS
VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN
Castelo de São Jorge, also referred to as Lisbon Castle, is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Located on the highest point in Lisbon, it can be seen throughout most of the city during the day. It’s also illuminated by lights at night, and creates a stunning backdrop on a night out. Be prepared to spend at least half a day when touring the grounds, as there are 11 towers, a small museum, and archaeological ruins. The castle opens up at 10AM daily, and tickets can be purchased on arrival. The price is €10 for adults and €5 for people ages 13-25.
There are a few options to reach Castelo de São Jorge:
1. Walking – the hill can be steep, but the walking does not take too long
2. Tram 28 or Tram 12 – these trams do not drop you at the entrance, but will take you up part of the hill
3. Bus #737 – the bus can be taken from Praça da Figueira and will drop you right at the entrance
4. Taxi or Uber
EXPLORE THE ALFAMA NEIGHBORHOOD
After visiting Castelo de São Jorge, enjoy a walk through the Alfama neighborhood. The roads there have been compared to labyrinths and mazes as there are lots of twists and turns in the road. With its rich history and artisan vibes, it’s more of a traditional area compared to neighborhoods like Bairro Alto. Take in the scenery and architecture as you pass by numerous plazas, cafés, and other small local shops.