Lisbon, Portugal's capital is the perfect city break, it has a chilled out atmosphere and there's plenty to see and do for all ages. Here are our top things to do during a city break in Lisbon.
You cannot visit Lisbon without getting on one of the vintage trams. They are a great way to scope out the city before you decide where you would like to go on foot. You'll pass many of the cities biggest attractions and get a little insight into the history as well.
2. São Jorge Castle
São Jorge Castle is one of the main attractions in Lisbon and can be viewed from anywhere in the city. It is quite a trek up there so it may be advisable to get the tram if you have little legs with you. Visit at sunset for some truly breathtaking views.
3. Pasteis de nata
These little pastries have become incredibly popular and have even been popping up in some of our favourite cafes in London, but you cannot beat a true pasteis de nata in Lisbon! These delicious little tarts are made from crisp layers of flaky pastry with a creamy, egg-custard filling and a sprinkle of powdered sugar and cinnamon on top, see if you can stop at one!- We certainly can't!
The pavements and squares of Lisbon are decorated in beautiful black and white wave-like designs called Calcada Portuguesa. They are all laid by hand and some are hundreds of years old. Check out Rossio Square for one of the best. Some of these pavements are very old and can be very slippery so make sure you explore in comfortable shoes.
5. Praça do Comércio
The square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço, because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake. It is one of the largest squares in Europe and perhaps the grandest in Portugal. It's a great place to visit at night as you can find lots of lovely restaurants and bars and they often have events taking place in the centre.
The Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tejo river. Alfama is one of the best places to get lost in! Here you can find winding, cobble stoned alleyways , shuttered windows and walls of brightly coloured Azulejo tiles, perhaps one of the most picturesque areas of Lisbon.