Monday, 2 March 2015

Top 5 Things to do When Visiting Lisbon

Lisbon is incredibly eclectic and beautiful. They have everything from ancient castles and towers, to stunning modern bridges and buildings. The city, people and culture of Lisbon are incredibly unique. Their truly is no city that compares. There are many sites to see, but here are 5 that you absolutely can’t miss:

1.       Ride Tram 28

The infamous tram 28 takes you back in time. Running since the 1930’s, this tram winds throughout the steep hills and beautiful city of Lisbon. If you purchase an unlimited metro, tram and bus pass for 6 euros, you can jump on and off tram 28 as much as you please. You will pass the enticing district of Lisbon including Alfama, Graca, Estrela and Baixa. There are many destinations along the route such as Castelo de Sao Jorge, and the Porta do Sol viewpoint (a must see as well). Tram 28 is the perfect way to explore the beauty Lisbon has to offer.

2.       Belem Tower

Sitting on the Tagus River, this stunning tower has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally built to protect and defend Lisbon in 1515, but today stands as a welcome to any visitors travelling by boat. Visitors can climb the staircase up to the very top of the tower. However, be forewarned, the climb is not for everyone. It is a very narrow steep spiraling staircase, but, if you make the journey up, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view.

3.       Explore the Street Art

When you first think of Lisbon, street art is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, Lisbon is covered in some of the most unique and interesting street art in the world. In fact, it’s so interesting that Lisbon even has a company that offers Street Art Tours.

However, if you want to conquer Lisbon’s streets on your own, try downloading a few Lisbon specific apps. These apps can help you discover the art of Lisbon (along with other big attractions). However, if you are going to use internet on your phone while traveling, you should always use a VPN to keep your information safe. Some apps also have an internet-free mode which can be extremely helpful for those who want to use helpful map apps and information without worrying about a lack of Wi-Fi.

4.       Oceanario de Lisboa
This oceanarium is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, and one of the most impressive in the world. The aquarium is right on the water, giving the aquarium a unique and authentic feel. The admission cost of 16 EUR for adults, and 11 EUR for children is beyond worth it. You will be able to find incredible sea life from the Antarctic to the Tropical Indian Ocean.

The area surrounding the oceanarium is also spectacular to explore. In the more modern Parque das Nacoes, you can find one of the world’s longest bridges, casinos, restaurants, and a spectacular viewing tower. A tour to the oceanarium and its surrounding areas will keep you thoroughly entertained.

5.       Castelo de Sao Jorge

Although this 6th century castle has been somewhat destroyed through traumatic earthquakes, it is still standing, and a must see destination when visiting Lisbon. Visiting the castle is an incredibly relaxing experience. You can wander through its gardens full of cats and peacocks, and explore the castles stone towers. Last, but definitely not least, you can admire possibly the most stunning views in all of Lisbon that look over the ocean and city.

Lisbon, Portugal is unlike any city on the planet. There are few places you can explore a state-of the-art aquarium one day, and admire views from century old castles the next. So pack your bags, jump on the tram, and get ready to fall in love with Lisbon.

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