The best of Lisbon travel tips

To help you plan your trip to Lisbon, the Portugese capital, I’ve collated all the tips on what to do in Lisbon from members of the Europe a la Carte blogging team. Lisbon is featured in our best cities in Europe to visit post.

Jeremy tells us his some of his top Lisbon attractions including:

The Alfama district is the Moorish area of the city where the fishermen lived and home to the traditional local Fado blues music.

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Alfama district, Lisbon by Bernt Rostad

The Chiado district which sits on one of Lisbon’s hills is the location of many shops, museums and theatres.

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Tradtional shop front in Chiado, Lisbon by EduardoZ

The Baixa district is home to several beautiful squares such as Prace de D Pedro IV with its Gothic Elevador de Santa Justa,

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Elevador de Santa Justa by Jeremy Branham

The 25 April Bridge, a spectacular suspension bridge, connects Lisbon to Almada.

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25 April Bridge, Lisbon by exfordy

The Barrio Alto is the centre of Lisbon’s buzzing nightlife.

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Barrio Alto district, Lisbon by Tony Moorey

Kimberly was lucky enough to be invited to a wedding which took place at the ruins of the Convent and Church of Carmo. This 14th century church was destroyed by an earthquake in the mid 17th century but left as a memorial to the death toll and destruction wrought that day.  You can visit the ruins between 10am to 5pm which now house a small archaeological museum.

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Convent and Church of Carmo, Lisbon by BertK

Heather loved the Lisbon’s Belem district.  Below here are two of her tips for things to do in Lisbon.

Visit the Monastery of Jeronimus for the beautiful carved stonework, it’s free to get into this Lisbon attraction but there’s an admission fee for the cloisters.

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Monastery of Jeronimus by

Try some Belem Pasteis, these delicious custard tarts are a speciality of the neighbourhood.

Belem Pasteis by Mariana Ornellas

Heather recommends a visit during the festive season to see all Lisbon Christmas lights adorning the city. If you book a taxi in Lisbon, you could see the lights in comfort, and save your legs for walking around the museums.

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Lisbon Christmas lights by jorgempf

My tip: It’s worth looking into buying a Lisboa Card which includes all public transport and free or discounted admission to Lisbon attractions. 

If you have the time and feel like a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Andy suggests a day trip to Sintra which has several castles to visit including Sintra Palace and Pena Palace.

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Castillo do Pena, Sintra by josangel_ap

If you venture further west from Sintra you’ll reach Cabo de Roca, one of Europe’s most westerly points.

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Cabo de Roca, Portugal by ho vista nin voltare

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