Lisbon has it at all – Yummy food, great sights and friendly people. Its the perfect place to spend a long weekend.
We started our trip off by catching an evening flight on a Friday and arriving around 10pm in Lisbon. As we arrived late, we caught a taxi to take us straight to our Airbnb. We think we got ripped off by the taxi driver who charged us 30 Euros, whereas we caught an Uber to the airport which only cost 9.85 euros.
There are a few ways to get to the city centre from the airport which are by bus, metro and taxi. You can check the Lisbon airport website for more information.
We always try to get to the touristy spots early to beat the crowds, so we woke up around 6am to head out for 7.
Our first stop, Praça do Comércio, Lisbons riverside front. As you walk through the streets of Lisbon to get there you’ll have to walk through the Arco da Rua Augusta, which is a beautiful archway.
From here we went to Elevador de Santa Justa which offers a beautiful view of the city.
For the most important meal of the day, breakfast, we dined at the Insta-famous cereal cafe – Pop Cereal.
You can either build your own cereal or choose one from the menu. As Jaz only has warm milk they even warmed it up for her.
We then purchased the Lisbon Card and got on the metro to the MAAT to see the Ponte de abril. The Lisbon Card includes unlimited public transport, access to museums and major attractions. The Ponte de abril looks very similar to the golden gate bridge in San Fransisco and is one of the main reasons that drew us to Lisbon.
We spent the afternoon walking on the strip beside the sea. You will also walk past Belem which is a great photo opp. Afterwards, we were on the hunt for Pastel de natas from the famous Pasteis de Belem. There may be a bit of a queue here but it is definitely worth it. They are warm and delicious.
For the perfect sunset spot of the Ponte de abril, head to the Cais do Sodré Ferry Terminal and get the ferry to Cacilhas (staff at the ticket office will be able to help if you are unsure). Its a short journey and it was inexpensive (this is not included in the Lisboa card). Once you have arrived at Cacilhas terminal, you can catch the 101 bus to Cristo Rei, where you will see the famous statue, inspired by Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, and the perfect view of the Ponte de abril.
We started the day early by heading to Rossio train station en route to Sintra. If you buy the Lisbon card then the train to and from Sintra is free!! The journey takes around 40 minutes and we would recommend getting the train so you arrive an hour before the opening times of Pena Palace, as the bus to Pena Palace takes around 20 minutes and you will want to get in the queue for the entrance of the palace, as it gets very busy there. You can purchase tickets for the bus to Pena Palace from the train station.
Enjoy the morning in Sintra, exploring the many sights and the cute town.
We then headed back into Lisbon and headed to Bica where you can see the famous Lisbon tram, with a great view and ride up/down the steep hill. We preferred going down in the elevator as it was a lot quieter (it is very busy going up) The area is very busy so we would recommend getting here in the morning.
We then visited the popular LX Factory, which gave us some Camden Market vibes. The atmosphere was full of life, with cool shops and eateries. Within LX Factory, there is the popular book store, that I am sure you have seen photos of.
Sadly, we had an early flight to catch the next morning so we headed back to our Airbnb and got an early night.
- Uber to and from the airport is so much cheaper than the taxis
- Staying in an Airbnb can be a cheaper alternative to staying in a hotel.
- The Lisboa card was so handy and saved us so much money. It provides free travel and entrance to many attractions such as Torre de Belem and the Santa Justa Elevator. You can either purchase the 24 hour, 48 hour or 72 hour pass. For more information click here
- If you have more days available, catch the train to Algarve and spend a few days by the beach.
We loved Lisbon and hope to return and explore more of the beautiful city.