Lisbon is an old city, with the feel of neighborhoods, with interesting shops, cafés, people, etc in unexpected corners.
What I like about it too, is that people actually live down town and in the city – it’s full of bakeries, newsstands, groceries etc. So you have a sense of bustling life (unlike other cities we’ve been to, where you really have a sense that down town is just for tourists).
Notes about Lisbon:
Where we normally stay
The place where we normally stay is ‘Residência Alicante’, between the big ‘Marquês de Pombal’ Plaza and the ‘Saldanha’ Plaza, near Picoas metro station. Really convenient, with breakfast and en-suite bathroom.
If you book through us, the rate is more reasonable as we get a special price, since we’re old customers 😉
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Day-by-day-plan (more or less)
I LOVE LISBON. So, I’m a bit bias… Let’s see:
One day – down town, castle, Chiado, etc.
Another day – Belém area (also has Cultural center with high quality events-see their site CCB=Centro Cultural de Belém) – see below…
Make sure you take a day to go to Sintra!
Another interesting area – Cascais
How about shopping centers – Vasco da Gama, EXPO site, Oceanarium along the river front.
Oh,oh, that’s about six days already!
And I haven’t mentioned a few other palaces (like Queluz).
It’s worth taking the trolley in the Praça do Comércio (or Terreiro do Paço), by the river, to
Belém area – the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Monastery) – a must! But there are also gardens, the Centro Cultural de Belém, the tower, the monument to the navigators.
Take a break and have tea at the ‘Pastéis de Belém’ tasting the wonderful custard pastries. It looks like a little place, but then you walk inside and there’s room after room, all tiled … quite interesting…
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A bit of trivia: with its stunning location and luminous light it’s not surprising that Lisbon is a popular movie location. See if you can recognise where Bond thriller On Her Majesty’s Service (1969), Russia House (1990) and Wim Wender’s Lisbon Story (1994) were filmed…