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Incredible History Around Every Corner

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Lisbon is a wonderful, ancient city with roots that date to Roman times. My wife and I spent a week here recently on a business trip to the area. We are both avid hikers and we really enjoyed exploring this historic city mostly on foot. The food, especially the seafood, is unbelievable. There are dozens of museums and historic sites all around the city. We rented an apartment literally next door to the Castelo de Sao Jorge in the Alfama historic district. Having a rental apartment was not only less expensive than a hotel stay, but it also provided us with a kitchen and built-in laundry facilities.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

11 Places

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11 Places

Alfama

Neighbourhoods

Castelo de S. Jorge

Castles, Historic Sites

Museu de Marinha

History Museums

Torre de Belem

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Monuments & Statues, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Jeronimos Monastery

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Tram 28

Tramways

Praca do Comrrcio (Terreiro do Paco)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Around Lisbon

Historical & Heritage Tours, Cultural Tours, City Tours, Private Tours

Pasteis de Belem

Restaurants

Le Petit Cafe

Restaurants

Alpendre

Restaurants

TSchenk's City Tips

  • Good footwear is a must in Lisbon. Most of the streets in the historic areas are cobblestone and very uneven. Public transportation is pretty good in most areas.
  • Alfama
    Neighbourhoods
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    TSchenk Says:

    Alfama is the oldest historic section of Lisbon. The cobblestone streets add a wonderful charm.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear good, comfortable footwear if you plan to explore the many back alleys. I recommend shoes with a good hiking type sole.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 434 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such great energy! 17/10/2018
    • History is all around you! 17/10/2018
    • Alfama
  • Castelo de S. Jorge
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    TSchenk Says:

    This 12th century Moorish fortress is perhaps the most visible landmark in Lisbon. It can been seen for most downtown locations.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The castle walls and steps are very steep and somewhat treacherous. If you have mobility issues you may wish to skip climbing on the castle ramparts.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 434 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing view! 17/10/2018
    • Must go Camera obscura 17/10/2018
    • Castelo de S. Jorge
    Address:
    Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo
    Lisbon 1100-129
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 880 0620
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Museu de Marinha
    History Museums
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    TSchenk Says:

    If you have any interest in nautical history this museum is a must. It celebrates Portugal's tremendous contributions to maritime history. The museum has displays starting with Portugal's most ancient times to its modern navy.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • They might be out of tour brochures in English. They seem to be the most popular.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 434 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A good history lesson. 13/10/2018
    • An excellent maritime museum 07/10/2018
    • Museu de Marinha
    Address:
    Praca Imperio
    Lisbon 1400-206
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 097 7388
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Torre de Belem
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Monuments & Statues, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    TSchenk Says:

    This is one of several historic landmarks in this area. You can easily make a full day of visiting Belem.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Make sure you visit Pasteis de Belem after your visit to the tower.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 434 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice interesting place 17/10/2018
    • World class - in every sense 17/10/2018
    • Torre de Belem
    Address:
    Avenida Brasilia - Belem
    Lisbon 1400-038
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 362 0034
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Jeronimos Monastery
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    TSchenk Says:

    Here you can visit the tomb of Vasco da Gama and other famous Portuguese personages. The highly carved walls are most interesting.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Go early as the lines can be quite long at peak times of day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 434 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lisbon's must see. 17/10/2018
    • Amazing indoors and outdoors 17/10/2018
    • Jeronimos Monastery
    Address:
    Praca do Imperio
    Wrocław
    Lisbon 1400-206
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 362 0034
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Tram 28
    Tramways
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    TSchenk Says:

    If walking is not your thing, you should consider taking Tram 28 to view the many landmarks and sites in the Alfama district.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Watch out for pickpockets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 434 things to do in Lisbon
    • Ok 17/10/2018
    • Tight 16/10/2018
    • Tram 28
  • Praca do Comrrcio (Terreiro do Paco)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    TSchenk Says:

    This is the main square along the waterfront of downtown Lisbon. From here you can access most major sections of the city. It is also one of the nicest waterfront locations to just hang out and enjoy the scenery.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are a number of outdoor restaurants around the central square.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 434 things to do in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice start 17/10/2018
    • Huge square surrounded by beautiful buildings and the Tagus river. 16/10/2018
    • Praca do Comrrcio (Terreiro do Paco)
    Address:
    Avenida Infante Dom Henrique 1C
    Lisbon 1100-053
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 099 8599
    Other:
  • Around Lisbon
    Historical & Heritage Tours, Cultural Tours, City Tours, Private Tours
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    TSchenk Says:

    If you have limited time and want a completely professional tour guide to show you around, this is the company.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • They also offer day excursions to other attractions in Portugal. I highly recommend their Sintra day trip.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 671 Tours in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for panning a few day trips from Lisbon 02/10/2018
    • A lot of options 09/09/2018
    • Around Lisbon
    Phone:
    +351 934 777 392
    Other:
  • Pasteis de Belem
    Restaurants (Cafe, Portuguese)
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    TSchenk Says:

    The pastries created here are a local legend. While they are available all over the city, there is nothing better than eating them warm at the bakery.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • The bakery is located in the heart of the Belem historic district.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #133 of 4 232 restaurants in Lisbon
    • The same? 17/10/2018
    • Well worth a visit and the wait 17/10/2018
    • Pasteis de Belem
    Address:
    Rua de Belem n0 84 a 92
    84 A 92
    Lisbon 1300-085
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 363 7423
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Le Petit Cafe
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Portuguese)
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    TSchenk Says:

    This restaurant was one of our favorite hidden gems in the Alfama district. The staff are very friendly and the food is exceptional. I particularly liked their duck.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • They often have live music and the huge melted candle at the door is a must see.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #223 of 4 232 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent little restaurant 16/10/2018
    • what a find!! 15/10/2018
    • Le Petit Cafe
    Address:
    Largo de Sao Martinho 6
    Alfama
    Lisbon 1100-537
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 888 1304
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Alpendre
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Soups)
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    TSchenk Says:

    This is a fun restaurant located in the Alfama district. The wait staff are very good and somewhat comedic in their antics.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • The dining area is small and cozy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #194 of 4 232 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden gem! 15/10/2018
    • Lisbon favourite 01/10/2018
    • Alpendre
    Address:
    32 Rua Augusto Rosa 34
    Lisbon 1100-059
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 886 2421
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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