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: 5 reasons why you must visit this gorgeous city
1. The elevadores
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.
2. Fantastic views at the miradouros
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!
3. Untouched charm
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
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.
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.