What can I say about Lisbon? Simply put it’s my favourite city in Europe. There’s so much to see that every time I go back I discover something new.
So I’ve put together a little walking tour. It takes in some of the Portuguese capital’s main attractions.
There’s lots of places to stop along the way for a rest and some liquid refreshments too.
Get the tram from Martim Moniz square
Start off by getting the tourist tram (number 28) from Martim Moniz square. It’s likely to be busy onboard, so make sure you keep a look out for your stop. Once you spot the Graça stop make your way off the tram. Everybody else probably will too!
Church of São Vicente de Fora
A short walk south from Graça is the Church of São Vicente de Fora. Inside you’ll find several impressive altars, sculptures, statues and a domed roof.
Head east from the church to the National Pantheon. I definitely advise that you go up to the roof. The views at the top are well worth the amount of steps you’ve got to negotiate to get there.
Castelo de São George
Retrace your steps slightly to the church and then follow signs to the castle. Take the opportunity to go inside and see the castle’s historic towers, courtyards, walls and galleries. The grounds are quite nice too, with even more views of Lisbon and some peacocks wanting to show off for you.
Once you leave the castle wander the streets of the Alfama district. You may get lost in the tiny alleys and cobbled streets. But that’s ok as there are plenty of cafes and restaurants around. Have a drink in one of these if you need to pinpoint your location.
It’s a downhill walk from the Alfama to the imposing Sé. When you’re taking a photo watch out for the number of buses, trams and other vehicles here. It’s one of Lisbon’s main attractions so it attracts quite a crowd.
Praça do Comercio
Follow the road downhill from Sé to Praça do Comercio. This vast gateway to Lisbon was designed in the 18th century to greet visitors arriving by boat. The statue you see in the centre is of Dom José I, a former King of Portugal.
Walk through the Arch of Victória and you’ll enter Baixa. This area of Lisbon was rebuilt after a massive earthquake in 1755. It’s a grid system of roads, public squares, shops and cafes. There are a few pastry shops around for you to sample a traditional Portuguese custard tart.
Once you’ve finished strolling the streets of Baixa, head north to Rossio square. Your walking tour ends here. You’ll notice that the square attracts locals and tourists alike. Look out for the pedestal of Dom Pedro IV, a central fountain and the magnificent Rossio station.
You’ll probably find that the tiles on the floor may make you a little dizzy!