Lisbon is the secret hidden treasure that has been low key for so long. Lately, the word has gotten out in the travelling world and it is getting the recognition it deserves. The city is old fashioned, full of character but has also got a real sense of a Hipster vibe. The city is cheap compared to most of Europe, historic and has a great nightlife scene with the most beautiful sunset on a clear night. Over the last few years Lisbon has gone over a makeover with lots of run down buildings being restored and it looks much more clean, modern and welcoming today.
Saving Money Tips | Lisbon
Lisbon is a cheap and affordable country but here are some smart ways to save money!
- Get a Uber straight from the airport– Uber is used regularly in Portugal and it is easy to get an Uber from the airport to your destination, this will save you around 5 euro per taxi ride in comparison to a taxi on the street.
- Drink Deals – In Lisbon there are some great beers – There is happy hour deals such as a pint of beer 1 euro in almost every street. It is even cheaper to buy a delicious bottle of wine from the supermarket which will cost you around 4 euro.
- Food deals – Food is cheap in Portugal and the supermarkets are affordable, Pingo Dolce and the bakeries are within walking distance and you can get a meal deal here for around 3 euro. The average meal in a restaurant is around 11 euro per person.
- Bring your own- There are many picnic spots in lisbon, along the beach or in the parks to bring your own picnic, this can be romantic and a nice way to sit with friends and enjoy some nice wine, cheese, ham and salamis.
- Fly to Lisbon – Book in advance for some great deals flying into Lyon via skyscanner.
Top Things to do | Lisbon
Take a ride on a Tram – You will be pleasantly surprised how vintage the trams are in Lyon which you have to ride on. The are yellow and are all over the city, which will take you across the city town. You can buy a full day pass for around 6 euro and this includes all services such as the metro and bus.
Visit Sao Jorge Castle – You cannot miss this stunning castle, seen from almost any view in the city which you can visit via the tram. If you want a spectacular experience try to visit around sunset, this is a beautiful way to capture the city at its best!
Explore the Alfama – This is one of the most authentic parts of Lisbon which you can stroll around and be amazed by the cobble streets and architecture around you. This is the best place to experience Fado music in a traditional Portuguese bar, music at its finest amongst the locals. In the Alfama you will find Lisbon’s Cathedral and enjoy the beautiful viewpoints in many areas across this amazing city.
Taste Pasteis de Belem – You will find these custard tarts in almost every corner for around 1 euro, when you are in Portugal you need to try these traditional tarts, they are delicious.
Where to eat | Lisbon
Quase Cafe $ – Beautiful hidden gem in Belem – Great for breakfast and lunch in particular the pancake is a good option and the staff are extremely and accommodating.
Come Prima Restaurante Italiano $$-$$$ – Traditional style Italian dishes with a great wine menu and the staff are helpful with accommodating which wine is best with each dish. The decor is comfortable and cozy, very romantic for a couple and cozy for groups.
As Salgadeiras Restaurante $$$$ – Visit Salgadeiras for a great food experience in Lisbon. The restaurant interior is relaxing and high end while the food and wine menu also lives up to expectations. A meal here will cost you around 90 euro per couple for exceptional quality food and wine. If you want to experience great high end food, this is a great place to eat.
Where to stay | lisbon
Recommended Hotel – Hotel Gat Rossio $$$ – This Hotel has a perfect location right in the heart of all the action in Lisbon. Close by are supermarkets, restaurants, bars,railway station and you can walk anywhere in the city within 10-15 minutes to all attractions. The rooms are quaint, clean, comfortable and quiet with large window letting in plenty of light and air. The staff are welcoming and friendly, and will help you with any questions you may have. The breakfast is fantastic offering plenty of options from hot to cold food, snacks, coffee and teas and is spacious to walk around without being too crowded when the hotel is full. The other nice perk from staying in this hotel is the Terrace outside where you can chill with a nice beer or wine, the wifi is excellent also if you have any business to attend to this is a nice spot to work outside also. Highly recommended for your stay in Lisbon!
Casa Amarela Guesthouse $$ – Close to the Torre de belem this is a great location for your stay in Lisbon. You can hop on the tram 2 minute walk away and within one stop you are close to the main attractions such as the pasteis de belem. The owner is accommodation and is house is clean and spacious for guests. On the ground floor you will find all that you need including, eating area, kitchen, tv and lounge. This is a nice affordable guesthouse for your stay in Lisbon.
Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei $$$$ – The hotel is based in the old town the Alfama district and offers a range of suites, some facing the water and offers a terrace with stunning views. The rooms are large, clean, spacious and comfortable, worth the price tag that comes with hotel. Breakfast is delicious offering fresh breads, fruits and everything is presented superbly. The decor of the hotel dates back to the 1909 and you can feel this luxurious element from when you enter the hotel, the flooring and iron light fittings are suburb. A luxurious stay in Portugal for those wanting something extra.