What can I say about Lisbon? I didn’t like it, I didn’t enjoy it, I didn’t feel good there… Maybe it’s just me…did anyone else just feel like something was missing from the city?
Anyway, here’s a random collection of do and don’t tips from my experience of Lisbon:
Do have a vinho verde watching the sun go down from Graça with all of Lisbon spread out before you
Don’t get lost in Alfama’s narrow winding spooky laneways after dark – you’ll think the graffiti is coming to life and chasing you!
Do buy a 24-hour transport card for 6 Euro (valid on all trams, the metro and buses)
Don’t expect to get on the Old Town tram (line 25 or 28) or the Belém tram (line 15) without queuing for HOURS at peak times!
Do admire the streets of Lisbon by strolling through Bairro Alto
Don’t try to walk the whole city in a day – sometimes it is better to wait for the trams!
Do go to the Mercado da Ribiera, also known as the Timeout Market
Don’t go anywhere near Amorino Gelato – the temptation is just too overwhelming to resist!
Do have seventeen custard tarts in a row at Pasteis de Belém
Don’t queue for hours to take said custard tarts home with you – sit inside instead!
Don’t go to Belém on a Monday – the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém are closed
Do go to Belém on a Monday – however the trams are quieter, the Monastery’s exterior is stunning, the 54 m high Monument to the Discoveries is open for good views of the River Tejo and there is a much shorter wait for those irresistible custard tarts at Pasteis de Belém!
Don’t visit the overpriced and boring Castelo São Jorge
Do spend your money on visiting Sintra instead. The former summer residence of Portuguese royalty is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I wish I had taken my own advice!
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