5 reasons why you must visit Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is hard to compare with any other city in the world. I didn’t exactly know what to expect of a city that doesn’t really have world famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building or the Colosseum. But my late great-aunt loved Lisbon so I was really looking forward to go there.

Lisbon Jardim de Sao Pedro de Alcantara panorama

Lisbon: 5 reasons why you must visit this gorgeous city

1. The elevadores

Lisbon Ascensor da Bica

The capital of Portugal isn’t that big and very easy to explore by foot. But be prepared; the city is build on a couple of hills which are challenging leg killers. The city offers a very charming solution to spare your feet and muscles; the “elevadores”. Three little yellow vintage trams take you up the hills in no time: the Elevador da Bica, Elevador da Gloria (both to Bairro Alto) and the Elevador do Lavra (to Castelo de Sao Jorge). The Elevador de Santa Justa is the most famous though, designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a student of Gustave Eiffel, creator of the Eiffel Tower.

Lisbon Elevador de Santa Justa

2. Fantastic views at the miradouros

Lisbon Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara

I’m a sucker for panoramic views and Lisbon sure offers some fantastic lookouts! The view of all the red rooftops is exquisite. My 2 favourites are the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara and the Castelo de Sao Jorge. But the city counts a lot more amazing view points!

Lisbon view from Castelo de Sao Jorge

3. Untouched charm

Lisbon streetlife

Lisbon still isn’t overwhelmed by massive tourism so you can still wander through unspoiled streets enjoying the couleur locale. Many houses look dirty or damaged with peeling paint or graffiti, but that’s the charm of Lisbon. Nothing is perfect, which makes it more perfect.

4. Squares and trams in Lisbon

Lisbon tram 28

The center of Lisbon consists of many squares with lovely fountains and majestic statues surrounded by buildings in baroque, gothic and roman style. These squares are often connected  by cute trams. The most popular is tram 28 because it has one of the longest most picturesque routes. It takes you to the quarters of Graça and Mouraria. If you want to visit Belem you should take tram 15.

Lisbon Praca Dom Pedro IV

Lisbon Praça do Commercio

5. Belém

Lisbon Tower of Belém

Belém is just a tram ride away from Lisbon’s city center and known for the Jeronimos monastery, the monument to the discoveries (Padrao dos descobrimentos) and the tower of Belém.

Lisbon Padrao dos descobrimentos

Lisbon Jeronimos Monastery Belem


14 thoughts on “5 reasons why you must visit Lisbon, Portugal

  • September 14, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    BEAUTIFUL photos. Can you please let me know where the street photo was taken from in 3 “Untouched Charm”.

    • September 16, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      Hi Nicole,

      Don’t remember. Must be in the area near the Castelo Sao Jorge.


    • December 4, 2015 at 8:08 AM

      Almost certain the photograph in question was captured in Bairro Alto, my Gran lives on one of the cobbled roads with a view down to the river Targus similar to that which is seen here.

    • March 17, 2016 at 7:56 PM

      Hi Nicole,
      I was just going through my pictures of Lisbon, because I’m going to write another article about this great city. The street pic is taken right after a photo I took from the Ascensor do Lavra. So I found the exact spot via Google Street view: it’s the Calçada Santana!

  • January 1, 2016 at 7:13 PM

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  • January 12, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    I am going there in May 2016 This info was very helpful especially the info on the trams. Thanks for sharing !

    • January 13, 2016 at 12:31 PM

      I’m glad you found what you were looking for! Lisbon is such an amazing city! Have a great time!


  • January 27, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Great pictures – very well done! I was in Lisbon briefly twice but never stopped to enjoy it. Always on the run to do and see other things: Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cristo Rei, etc. I alwys felt drawn back and now I know why! I ignored the beauty of Lisbon and I must go back and experience what it has to offer. I will be there in June-July of this year.
    Are there any boat cruises that you could recommend?

    Thank you for this wonderful post.

    • March 13, 2016 at 10:15 AM

      I didn’t do any boat cruises, so I can’t recommend you any. But I’m sure you will enjoy Lisbon!
      Thanks for your nice comment!

  • March 10, 2016 at 2:22 AM

    Thinking about doing a layover there which would give me only from 4:30 PM until 12:30 the next day when we’d have to check I a to the airport. Thoughts? Ways to maximize this? Must sees? Thanks

    • March 13, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      Hi Lori!
      You could take the elevador da Gloria to the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara where you have a nice view of Lisbon. Up there you can wander the nice streets of Barrio Alto and there are great local restaurants over there! When you’re more South you can go to the Ascensor da Bica and walk down so you can take nice pictures of the little trams. When you’re back down you can visit the Praça do Comercio and the Santa Justa elevador.
      I also advise you to visit the neighbourhoods around Castelo Sao Jorge, which also offers some nice views!
      The Praça Dom Pedro IV is also a nice square.
      I hope you’ll manage to do all this in such a short amount of time!
      Good luck!

  • June 23, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Hi, Good Day! I’m visiting Lisbon this September with colleagues and they are trusting me to organize a day tour, and upon too many research, I came across your blog and I have a couple of questions, I hope you don’t mind.
    1. Which are is it best to look for a hostel? I saw Metro Hostel Lisbon which offers good rate but if i ts far from the major attractions then its not worth it.
    2. Lisbon now has an introductory hop on hop off bus, but is it wise to go for that or just the tram as shown in your video?
    3. How do we get to number 3?, the untouched charm? I really wanna go there and see for myself and take photos.

    Thank you, thank you…

    • July 11, 2016 at 9:10 AM

      1. I stayed at the Hotel Turim Av.Liberdade. Perfect location and great breakfast!
      2. I didn’t do the hop on hop off bus. I did everything on foot or by tram. Lisbon isn’t that big and that way you get to experience the city more.
      3. It’s the Calçada Santana!


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