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Lisbon

N 38°42.825', W 9°8.363'
2015-09-27
http://www.visitlisboa.com
Our rating: 8.60
Overall rating:
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and one of the most interesting cities in the world. City is great and deserves attention, so do not spend here 1-2 days, it is better to stay for a week or more.

Why Lisbon?

By the mid 18th century Portugal has become a superpowerful country and Lisbon was one of the biggest cities in Europe. Then, in 1755, happened one of the most devastating earthquakes in history, which is not only completely destroyed the capital, but also marked the beginning of the decline of the empire.

Nevertheless, the catastrophe, made a beneficial effect on the tourist attraction of modern Lisbon. The city has been completely rebuilt and remains in that conditions nowadays, while almost all the major European cities have been rebuilt starting from mid-19th century. In addition, Portugal has been avoiding wars in the last centuries. Therefore, Lisbon is the only metropolis in Europe with the original old center of the 18th century.

Hotel

It makes sense to find apartments in the city center. We lived right on the central square in Rossio Apartments (booking.com). The room has a kitchen.

Also, we spent two nights at the Myriad by SANA Hotels, which is located near the World Expo. There is a separate article about this area of ​​the city.

Public transportation

Upon arrival, buy a Viva Viagem card in a machine. Fill it depending on the number of trips. One trip costs 1.4 euros, a day ticket - 6 euros. The card is valid in the metro, trams, buses, ferries and funiculars.

The most popular tram route is 28E, in the center it can be found on the street Rua da Conceição.

Map of Lisbon transport
Map of Lisbon transport ©@

Viewpoints

The city is located on the hills and has many places with wordeful panoramas. It makes sense to build your route through viewpoints, as we did.

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte (google.maps)

The best viewpoint of Lisbon. Can be reached by the popular tram 28E, go to Rua da Graça.

Lisbon, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Lisbon, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte ©Yuriy Buriak

Down it's better to go on foot and visit hidden park Jardim da Cerca da Graça.

Lisbon, Jardim da Cerca da Graça
Lisbon, Jardim da Cerca da Graça ©Yuriy Buriak

Castelo de São Jorge (google.maps)

St. George's castle is open from 9 am. From this place Lisbon has began. You can get there by tram 28E to Largo das Portas do Sol and then walk up the hill. We took a tuk-tuk from the Commerce Square for 10 euros.

Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Martim Moniz square
Lisbon, Martim Moniz square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Castle of St. George
Lisbon, Castle of St. George ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Graça church
Lisbon, Graça church ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Castle of St. George
Lisbon, Castle of St. George ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak

Elevador de Santa Justa (google.map)

Cast-iron elevator is the city symbol since 1902 (find it on the previous photo). Due to huge queue we went upstairs on foot through the streets of R. do Carmo and R. Aurea. At the top of the elevator there is a great observation deck (1.5 eur, opening times). Better come in the evening.

Lisbon, view from the observation deck of Elevador de Santa Justa
Lisbon, view from the observation deck of Elevador de Santa Justa ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, view from the observation deck of Elevador de Santa Justa
Lisbon, view from the observation deck of Elevador de Santa Justa ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Rossio square
Lisbon, Rossio square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak

Cristo-Rei (google.maps)

Statue of Christ is geographically located not in Lisbon, but in the city of Almada and offers the excellent panorama of the Portuguese capital. It was built in honor of the fact that Portugal did not participate in World War II.

Getting there: first by ferry from Cais do Sodre metro station to Cacilhas, departures every 20 minutes, 15 minutes to go, Viva Viagem is valid. Then bus 101 to the statue (2 eur there and return, buy ticket from the driver).

Lisbon, 25th of April Bridge
Lisbon, 25th of April Bridge ©Yuriy Buriak


Statue of Christ in Lisbon
Statue of Christ in Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Statue of Christ in Lisbon
Statue of Christ in Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


View of the Commerce Square from the ferry
View of the Commerce Square from the ferry ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, 25th of April Bridge
Lisbon, 25th of April Bridge ©Yuriy Buriak

Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara (google.maps)

A popular viewpoint where you can meet a dawn or sunset. Use one of the world's oldest funiculars Gloria (1885) to reach it (schedule, Viva Viagem card is valid).

Lisbon, Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara
Lisbon, Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara
Lisbon, Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Gloria Funicular
Lisbon, Gloria Funicular ©Yuriy Buriak

Miradouro de Santa Luzia (google.maps)

A popular viewpoint on the way to the castle. You can get there by tram 28E and return a little from the Largo das Portas do Sol stop.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Miradouro de Santa Luzia ©vipvan.pt

Here you can see the beautiful pictures of the old Lisbon

Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak

Miradouro das Portas do Sol (google.maps)

From the previos viewpoint you can go to cafe Bar Terraço de Santa Luzia which offers excellent views of the city. However, the same views are open from the viewpoint Miradouro das Portas do Sol, which is located under the café. You can compare:

From the café

Lisbon, Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Lisbon, Miradouro das Portas do Sol ©Yuriy Buriak

From the viewpoint

Lisbon, Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Lisbon, Miradouro das Portas do Sol ©Yuriy Buriak

Jardim do Torel (google.maps)

Torel garden is unknown among tourists, it is small and well hidden. Use Lavra funicular to go up then turn to the left and look for the garden (schedule, Viva Viagem card is valid).

Lisbon, Torel garden
Lisbon, Torel garden ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Lavra Funicular
Lisbon, Lavra Funicular ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Lavra Funicular
Lisbon, Lavra Funicular ©Yuriy Buriak

Go down on foot and watch beautiful streets and graffiti.

Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak

Edward VII park (google.maps)

One of the highest points in the city and the largest city park. The nearest metro station is São Sebastião. We went there by metro and returned on foot to the city center, which is very convenient. Notice the trees with parrots on the sides of this green lawn.

Lisbon, Edward VII park
Lisbon, Edward VII park ©Yuriy Buriak

Note the rise of the central part of the road

Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak

The other viewpoints that we have not visited:

Miradouro de Santa Catarina (google.maps)
Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora (google.maps) - on the roof
Church of Santa Engrácia (google.maps) - on the roof
Miradouro da Graça (google.maps)
Viewpoints on the tower of Belém and the Monument to the Discoveries
Viewpoints in the park of Nations

You can also climb the arch Arco da Rua Augusta at the Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio), here it is:

Lisbon, Arco da Rua Augusta
Lisbon, Arco da Rua Augusta ©Yuriy Buriak

Come to the square early in the morning and in the evening, this is the best area of Lisbon and the signature of the city. Until 1755 here had located a royal palace, which was destroyed during the 1755 earthquake.

Lisbon, Commerce square
Lisbon, Commerce square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Commerce square
Lisbon, Commerce square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Commerce square
Lisbon, Commerce square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Commerce square
Lisbon, Commerce square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Commerce square
Lisbon, Commerce square ©Yuriy Buriak

More photos of Lisbon

Lisbon, Restauradores Square
Lisbon, Restauradores Square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Rossio square
Lisbon, Rossio square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak

The situation with parking in the residential sector

Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Jardim do Príncipe Real
Lisbon, Jardim do Príncipe Real ©Yuriy Buriak

USA? No, it's Lisbon.

Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak

Tiles can also be considered a symbol of the city and the country. They are everywhere: in the houses and on the streets.

Lisbon
Lisbon ©Yuriy Buriak

A few evening photos

Lisbon, Rossio Station
Lisbon, Rossio Station ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Rossio square
Lisbon, Rossio square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Rossio square
Lisbon, Rossio square ©Yuriy Buriak


Lisbon, Rossio square
Lisbon, Rossio square ©Yuriy Buriak

Beaches

Despite the fact that the Lisbon stands on the river and gulf, there are no beaches in the city. We took a local train from Cais do Sodre to Caxias, where is the nearest beach.

Caxias beach
Caxias beach ©Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: The airport has a metro station. The nearest major railway station Oriente is in a few minutes by metro.
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