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There are so many good reasons to visit Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, that we were able to create an entire blog post on why everyone is obsessed with Lisbon . A few of the main ones include amazing weather, street art, luxury hostels, friendly locals and an irresistible snack that goes by the name of “pastel de nata”.
While there are plenty of cheap hostels in Lisbon to choose from, it also has some of the best luxury hostels in Europe. For a little bit extra, you’ll be able to relax on a rooftop terrace, enjoy an alfresco meal with friends and so much more. Some Lisbon backpackers hostels offer private rooms if you want the full treatment, or you can also share a dorm room with like-minded travellers to make the most of the social experience.
If you’re not sure where to stay, here are a few options. There’s the historic centre of Baixa, the winding streets and stunning views from Alfama, or Cais do Sodré, an area with a seedy past that is now home to cool bars and restaurants, warehouse conversions, and even foodie markets.
Some great places to visit include the Carmo Convent ruins high above the city, which you can reach via the Santa Justa Elevator, a working elevator from the industrial-age. You could also take a stroll through Rossio Square for a taste of local life, or visit a museum to take in some local culture. In the unlikely event you run out of ideas, here’s a few more free things to do in Lisbon.
Public transport is a good way to get around Lisbon. Note that you can save money by purchasing pre-paid cards. No visit would be complete without a ride of the emblematic funicular. And for a completely unique take on the city, how about a parkour tour through Lisbon?