Don’t miss these three important sights in Lisbon and you’ll have a great introduction to the city.
If you travel to Lisbon, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and hills. Don’t miss these three important stops and you’ll have a great introduction to the city.
1. Embrace the hills.
Lisbon is made up of seven hills, so bring your walking shoes! While you may not feel up to trekking up all seven hills, you have to brave at least one of them, as there is a spectacular view at the top of each. The lookout points at the top of each hill provide a different perspective of sprawling Lisbon (and they are a great place to catch your breath). If you aren’t up for the walk, there are streetcars that run up and down most of the hills.
2. Try pastel de nata.
This famous Portuguese dessert originated in Lisbon and can be found in almost any restaurant and bakery. Pastel de nata has a flaky cup-shaped crust and is filled with an egg custard. Try one early in your trip so that there is time to go back for more! I recommend adding powdered sugar and cinnamon to the tops of these desserts.
3. Lounge by the Belém Tower.
The Belém Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits on the bank of the Tagus River and was used to protect the coast from pirates. The tower was built in the sixteenth century and still stands as a beautiful (albeit less useful) symbol of Portuguese power. While you can tour the inside of the tower, I recommend sitting on the wall near the tower and basking in the sun and splendor of the Tagus River.
Lisbon is one of the most picturesque cities I visited during my time abroad in Europe. While this list barely scratches the surface of what the Portuguese capital has to offer, try not to miss a trek up the hill, pastel de nata and the Belém Tower!