Lisbon Pocket Guide

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Built on seven hills, Lisbon is quickly becoming one of Europe's most popular capitals. Small enough to explore in a day but with enough going on to keep you here for a week, it also boasts one of the continent's most pleasurable climates. Plan your visit here and take one of the old yellow trams past the city's sights, crunch into a sweet custard pie, enjoy the breathtaking vistas, and treat your hedonistic tendencies to the countless bars in one of the world's craziest districts, the Bairro Alto.

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  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Lisbon.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Lisbon... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Lisbon.

Lisbon City Reviews

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    Lisbon, the Gates to Atlantic Ocean

    Lisbon is a fantastic city. There aren't a lot of sightseeing, but the ones they have are amazing. I would said, that lisbon is a good city to just get lost around. Going up and down on the hills, looking for good views, and also good food. You gonna love the "Pastel de Nata", the most traditional sweet in Portugal. Also, you should taste their see foods, and fish. Really good dishes. So, walk and discover Lisbon on your time.

    Insider Tip:If you have time, you should go to Sintra, a old city, nearby, full of mansions and palaces. Amazing views!

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    Full of colour, character and Portuguese charm

    At first glance Lisbon can be a little chaotic (you'll get offered drugs every few metres in the main tourist regions and the drivers have lead foots and seem to be hurtling through the streets with blindfolds) but underneath it's a genuinely fun and diverse city. Cheap eats are on every corner, stunning architecture reminiscent of the golden age is in every square and it's pretty easy to explore gorgeous Sintra and the west coast from this base.

    Insider Tip:Make the trip to the home of Portuguese tarts (Belem) and in particular the famed Pastéis de Belém (they're fresh from the oven and simply decadent). Don't bother booking a tour to Sintra and the most western coastal point - trains and buses are so cheap and easy to negotiate with everything being very self explanatory.

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    Lisbon, the fairytale city

    Lisbon is a beautiful, perfectly sized city with a blessed year round climate, access to many beaches, a delicious cuisine culture, a nightlife, and an arts culture. It has a deep and interesting culture, as does Portugal. I think if you go to lisbon and are unimpressed, the problem lies within you, not the city.

    Insider Tip:Everyone in Lisbon is very willing for conversation if you speak the language (and a lot of times, even if you don't speak the language) and also willing to help with directions. Don't be shy to meet the locals or make friends.

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    Lisbon, Sun, Sea and Awesome People

    What an amazing city. Fish, try the fish. It's awesome and fresh and tastes amazing. There is so much nightlife here and you are so close to Sintra and the towns around the sea that you have no excuse to be bored. The people are wonderful and there are pasteis de natas (custard tarts) everywhere. Try them. The metro is so accessible and leads directly to the airport now! The views across the city are great too.

    Insider Tip:There is an old fishmarket (can't remember the name sadly) which is converted into loads of wee stalls selling food with a huge seating area in the middle. You can take your food and drinks from totally different places and dip in and out of Lisbon food culture. Go here. Ask about it. Try everything.

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    Lisbon: The City That Will Make You Stay

    I ended up staying in Lisbon an extra day and a half within my six day Portuguese journey. So many cities claim there are endless things to do within the city, but in Lisbon - there truly are. From people watching at one of the many beautiful lookout points, learning how to surf after randomly going to the beach and being motivated to learn, hunting for treasure at the open market on Sunday to eating your weight in pasteis de nata, Lisbon has it all.

    Insider Tip:If at all possible, stay at the Lisbon Destination Hostel since they offer a variety of daily activities that allow you to get to know the city better and also have a great time! The Lisbon Destination Hostel has free walking tours every morning and afternoon that takes you literally all over the city. Please tip at least five euro to your tour guide since they do a great job, know so much and that is how they earn their living!

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