Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city and is rich in history. I learned a lot about the importance of the sea and sailors through free walking tours which were very good.
- See Torre de Belem which shows a 1000 year old castle remains and Belem harbour. You’ll also spot a red bridge in the background which looks like the San Fran one.
- Try the tall standing Elevador de Santa Justa to get to the roof of this gothic tower for a city view
- Explore the main square in the city Praca do Commercio, where you will find plenty of restaurants and a lively atmosphere. You may even find some secret buildings that blend with the rest on the outside, but is very special inside. Of course, why not hop on a typical tram to tackle the steep hills!
- Visit Sintra, a living fairy tale palace
- Cabo da Roca is a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. Expect it to be super windy but a great view.
- Admire Mosterio Dos Jeronimos a former monestary for its space and architecture.
- Visit Marina de Vilamoura in Cascais known as the St Tropez of Portugal
Others: Try the original ‘Nando’s perri perri chicken’ at Bonjardim and most famous portugese tarts at Pasteis de Belem