Lisbon, Portugal

DISCOVER
LISBON

IN BETWEEN THE PASTEL THE NATA AND YELLOW TRAM

A weekend in Lisbon is not a lot, but it’s enough, and that’s why I’m going to show you the best 11 attractions you cannot miss (and obviously you should share on IG).

When you arrive in Portugal the first question is always the same:

HOW DO I ARRIVE FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF THE CITY?

In this case my transfer was UBER, that is very cheap in Portugal. I spent just 7€ (and you can figure out that If you are 2/3 persons the expenses are very low).

For those who would go for my same choice of going for UBER, you should ask for the UBER Park at the airport (we looked for it almost 30 minutes until we found our driver 😆).

During my permanence in Portugal’s capital city I stayed at The Vintage Hotel (super recommended). This hotel with a modern vintage style is located a few meters from the center of the city and let me tell you: they offer an amazing breakfast!! Food aside they provide all the services you would like to have, you can find also a rooftop bar with a view on Lisbon and every room has a different color ranging from green, to blue and pink. A super hotel for every design lovers.

let’s not get into small talks and start talking about the main topic: LISBON

FIRST STOP

Avenida Infante Santo

Also called Azulejo Route, one of the most instagrammable and colourful street of the city. There you can find a serie of giant decorative graffiti created with the typical Portuguese tiles.

 

PHOTO TIPS

At the end of this street, going towards the sea, there is a super colourful viaduct of Azulejos. You can find it HERE

SECOND STOP

Pink Street

Few meters away there is Pink Street, where colors cannot miss either. Rua Nova do Carvalho (the real name of this street) is situated in Cais do Sodre area, which is known as a red lights district.

 

PHOTO TIPS

I took this photo early in the morning around 9.30 am. The street was empty and the light was almost perfect.

THIRD STOP

Elevador da Bica

Moving towards west, around 400 meters away, you can find one of the symbols of the city, the famous yellow funicular called Elevator da Bica.

 

PHOTO TIPS

To shot a nice picture I advise you to go on top of the street and standing in one of the perpendicular streets to the funicular (waiting for the arriving of the next one). Be patient, you could wait a while if you are not lucky enough to arrive at the location in the exact moment of the arrival of the funicular.

FOURTH STOP

Convento do Carmo

In the center of the city you can also find a peculiar church without the roof. Destroyed by an earthquake fist and later on by a fire, the church has been rebuilt with a neogothic style but the construction works have been interrupted in 1834 with the extinction of the religious order in Portugal. This is the reason why there isn’t a roof.

 

PLEASE NOTE

It’s closed on Sundays.

FIFTH STOP

LX Factory

Industrial center of the late ‘800 situated in the neighbourhood of Alcântara sprout again in 2008 as “factory” of creativity. Here you can find fashion atelier, coworking area, libraries, restaurants and bar, everything located inside of restructured building and decorated with urban art. There are also different vintage markets.

 

PHOTO TIPS

 There are 2 places to take photos where you should go: the library of the photo (which includes inside also a bar) and the second enter at the LX factory area (immediately on the right, once you pass the main enter) that includes many graffiti and geometric neon shapes in the air.

SIXTH STOP

Mosterito dos Jerònimos

The monastery is located in the Belém area and it has been built by the king Manuele I to celebrate the return of Vasco da Gama, after the discovery of the India’s route. The price of the ticket is 10€, if you are a European student you can use your student card and pay 5€.

 

PHOTO TIPS

 I advise you to visit the monastery around to the closing hour, which was at 17 when I was there, so you can take photos without the tourist flow.

SEVENTH STOP 

Torre de Belém

Global property of UNESCO, Belém tower was a fortitude and a port. It’s from here that Portuguese explorers departed to find what was the first European commerce in the history with China and India.

PHOTO TIPS

The sunset at the tower is awesome. I don’t advise you to visit it at midday when the sun is high in the sky.

EIGHTH STOP 

Casa do Alentejo

What looks like a simple building from the outside, hides inside an area comparable to the inside court of a Moroccan Riad (including the fountain at the center). Going up to the floor above, the Moroccan style is abandoned, giving space to Portuguese decorations: coloured azulejos covering the walls of the restaurant in the building.

PHOTO TIPS

You can enter the restaurant also without booking. The light is pretty low but, no worries, you can still get some good pictures out of it.

NINETH STOP 

Rua Norberto de Araújo

The Amalfa neighbourhood  is one of the most ancient areas in Lisbon, characterised by small, antique houses, graffiti, steep streets and a breathtaking view from the Miraduro de Santa Luzia. A few meters from the latter, you can also find this amazing arch where the illustrator Nuno Saraiva narrated the history of Lisbon.

PHOTO TIPS

Tourists are barely there. Although, you have to keep in mind the light coming from the opposite side of the arch.

LISBON IS NOT ALL TO VISIT IN THE AREA!

A stop-over that you cannot miss is DEFINITELY a visit to Sintra. A place located on the hills near the capital where there are villas and colourful pastel castles.

You just need to take the train (Linha de Sintra direction Sintra) at the Rossio station in the center of Lisbon and in almost 40 minutes you will be in Sintra. The train ticket costs 5€ (return included)

This is what I advise you in Sintra:

TENTH STOP – SINTRA

Palácio da Pena

It’s located on the Sintra hills and it has been built on the ruins of a Hierosolymitan convent of ‘400. Its architecture is constituted by various styles: gothic, arabic, baroque, etc. It’s one of the seven wonders of Portugal and it’s protected by the UNESCO.

PHOTO TIPS

If you want to take photos without tourists you should arrive at the opening time (10 am). Otherwise be patience and use photoshop 😄

ELEVENTH STOP- SINTRA 

Poço Iniciático

Located in Quinta da Regaleira is constituted by 9 levels that remind of the Hell circles. It’s here that initiation rituals have been carried out.

PHOTO TIPS

Despite the gap above you, the light will not be strong enough to light up all the well so you should properly work with iso and diaphragm

OTHERS IMAGES THAT I TOOK

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