I was truly spoilt this year for my birthday in July because John took me to Lisbon.
When we arrived at the airport we brought the 72 hours Lisbon card for €39 which gives you free unlimited travel on all public transports and also gain free/discounted access to many sights so I definitely recommend buying one.
We stayed in this nice apartment with Airbnb which was very close to the metro station and the city centre.
We did lots of research beforehand on where to eat and what places to visit, and thanks to friends who also gave us recommendations.
The weather was super hot and sunny when we visited, blue skies and not a single cloud in sight!
We visited most of the popular tourist sights below. One thing to be aware of is that some of the sights are closed on Mondays or Wednesdays so make sure you plan around this.
Belem Tower (Torre de Belem) – Free admission with the Lisboa card, open 10am-6.30pm and closed on Mondays
Although admission is free with the Lisboa card we still had to queue for under half an hour to get a “free” ticket. We also climbed to the top of the tower for a view of Lisbon and the 25 de Abril Bridge can be seen from here too.
25th of April Bridge (Golden Gate’s twin sister)
For the best view take the train to Alcantara-Mar station where you can walk along the dock and take pictures. Alternatively you can also see the bridge from a distance when visiting the Belem Tower or St George’s Castle.
Rossio Station and Rossio Square
A beautiful train station located in the city centre and you can catch trains to Sintra and Cascais from here.
Rossio square in the city centre is beautiful with a large fountain in the middle.
Santa Justa Elevator – Free admission with the Lisboa card, open 7am – 9pm
The structure is quite similar to the Eiffel tower and we had to queue to get into the lifts which took us to the top for an amazing view of Lisbon.
St George’s Castle – Discounted admission fees with Lisboa card, opens 9am-9pm (Mar-Oct) and 9am-6pm (Nov-Feb)
We walked up the hill to get to the castle and it’s worth it because the view is amazing from the top of the castle and you can see the bridge from here too.
Edward VII Park
Edward VII park the largest central park in Lisbon, we only took a short walk around the place we didn’t visit the hot house and green house.
Rua Nova do Carvalho – The “Pink Street”
I remember we were on the bus and drove past this bright “pink street” which caught my eye in Cais de Sodre. This is the main street in the district which had a make over in 2011 in which they painted it pink. The area is very lively at night when the bars and clubs are open.