20 things to do in Lisbon Travel Guide

20 things to do in Lisbon Travel Guide


Lisbon was the final stop of our European
tour and we couldn’t have chosen a better destination. The city immediately won us over
with its cheery pastel buildings, delicious fresh seafood, and it’s unique mix of attractions.
It also didn’t hurt that we had clear blue skies the whole week we were there! The following
video will highlight 20 things to do in Lisbon and we hope it will give you a few ideas of
some of the sights this beautiful city has to offer. Our first stop of the day was São Jorge Castle,
which is an old Moorish fortification that sits on a hill overlooking Lisbon and the
Tagus River. You can get some nice panoramic views of the city from here, and they also
have peacocks roaming the grounds. Miradouro das Portas do Sol is one of the
many look out points in Lisbon that offers postcard-perfect views of the city. This particular
terrace overlooks the Alfama district and it is always popular with tourists. Carmo is a medieval convent that was ruined
during the 1755 earthquake, and today it is used as an archaeological museum. It’s a strange
feeling walking down the ruined nave of the church and seeing blue skies above your head,
but that’s exactly what makes it worth
a visit. Good morning from Lisbon. We made it to Portugal
and today is our first day out sightseeing. And our first order of business had to be
food of course. So today we’re actually trying this. And this is called pastéis de nata
or pastéis de Belém. And it is basically an egg custard tart and it looks absolutely
delicious. These actually originated over at the Jerónimos Monastery which is just
over there. And it was a recipe created by the monks.
So it looks like they were good bakers guys. Pretty tasty looking. So we picked these up from the original store
where they were first produced. And it was absolutely chaos inside. And something that
is really cool is that the first time we ever tried these was actually in Asia when we were
in Macau. A former Portuguese settlement. Yes, and you can find these in Brazil and
Hong Kong. Anywhere where the Portuguese went. Yeah, exactly. But now it is time to add this
to our little tarts. Alright, so what we have here is we have a pack of cinnamon and icing
sugar. Yes. So that is going to give it an extra sweet kick. Let’s sprinkle that on. I’ve had these before but never with icing
sugar and cinnamon so I think it is going to be extra special. The winning combo. Mmmm
hmmmm. That’s nice. Wow! It’s still warm. Fresh out
of the oven. And it is really nice. Have a look. I really like this because sometimes
when you have an egg tart it tastes like cooked egg. And that is just wrong. Dessert should
not taste like egg. But this is like a really nice creamy custard. Very sweet. It tastes
like a proper dessert. I’m happy. So like I mentioned earlier this recipe originated
in the Jerónimos Monastery and this is because apparently monasteries and convents used a
lot of egg whites in order to starch their clothes. Don’t ask me how this is done because
I’ve never used egg whites to starch my clothes. But apparently this meant that they had a
lot of egg yolks leftover and that is how they started baking and created this wonderful
recipe which was eventually sold to the pastry shop where we picked up our egg tarts. So
we are having the original recipe that the monks came up with here. Another place to visit is Belém Tower. The
tower was built on the banks of the Tagus River, and it was meant to act as both a defense
system and a ceremonial gateway into Lisbon. So behind me we have the Monument to the Discoveries
which celebrates the age of seafaring and discovery between the 15th and 16th Centuries.
And there are lots of famous explorers if you take a closer look. The Jeronimos Monastery is one of the most
visited sights in Lisbon. It’s one of the best examples of Late Gothic Manueline architecture,
so have a close look at the intricate detailing when you visit. So a really cool thing that we’ve noticed
about Lisbon is that there is a big Kiosk culture and you can find these little kiosks
in almost every park you go to. And here you’ll find people just hanging out, enjoying a drink,
having a little snack. And it seems to be a popular afternoon pastime. So we’re going
to go to a little kiosk as well and enjoy a little something something. For a different view of Lisbon, consider taking
a ferry to the other side of the Tagus River. You’ll get some great shots of the city and
it’s a really pleasant ride, especially if you luck out with blue skies and sunshine. So it is lunchtime here in Portugal and today
we took the ferry over from Lisbon to Cacilhas. And this is a great place to eat seafood because
we’re right by the Tagus River and fresh seafood is available at every single restaurant. So
we found a local little spot, Sam has ordered Salmon, and I’ve ordered halibut. So we’re
waiting for that to arrive and then we’re going to show you some Portuguese seafood. So our food has finally arrived so it is time
to take a tour of the plate. So have a look here. This is my halibut cooked on the grill
and we’ve got broccoli, carrots and boiled potatoes with olive oil on top. It looks delicious.
I’m ready to dig in. Mmmm. Nice fresh halibut. Really juicy and it is
so good with the lemon squirted on top. That’s a really nice light dish. That’s good because
I’ve been snacking all morning so I kind of need a light lunch at this point. But look
at that it’s nice and golden but still juicy in the inside. Mmm. Really good selection. And I also really like that the food here
in Portugal, whenever you order fish, it usually comes with boiled potatoes and lots of veggies
on the side. So I feel like I’m being healthy and the flavors are just enhanced when you
pour olive oil over top. It’s just such a simple recipe but it is so good. Mmmmhhhmmm. You seem to have a monster meal right in front
of you. Tell us, what did you get? Yeah, I got the salmon steak. And if you take a look
down here you’ll notice it is a very thick cut. Um, and I’ve been having this almost
every day since I’ve arrived in Lisbon so this is my favorite thing to eat in Portugal
for sure. I know, it is so good that we can’t get sick of it. And look at the size of that
steak. It’s massive. It almost takes up the whole plate. So the only difference between our two plates
is that you had the steamed or boiled vegetables and I have like a little garden salad over
here. So that’s nice a healthy. So that has onions, carrots, a little bit of cabbage,
lettuce and tomatoes. But this is the reason I came here and took
the ferry across the river. For fresh fish. Fresh fish. This is my first bite here. Oh,
it looks like I can see a little bit of a bone. Mmmm. Well, was it worth the ferry ride over? Yeah.
That’s good. Glad to hear it. Cacilhas lies on the south bank of the Tagus
and it was once a quiet fishing village. It makes for a really nice day trip, and they
have some great restaurants serving up fresh grilled seafood, so bring your appetite! A fun way to get around Lisbon’s hilly streets
is by riding the trams. There are different lines across the city, but #28 is the most
popular one with visitors. For another scenic look at Lisbon, you can
visit the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout. Here you’ll get some nice views that include
the castle. Rua Augusta is a lively pedestrian street
that offers a mix of shopping and restaurants. Just keep in mind that the prices can be a
little higher, since this area is primarily geared at tourists. The Commerce Plaza is another one of those
iconic sites in the city. It was once home to the Ribeira Palace, which was sadly destroyed
in the 1755 earthquake. There are a few little cafes on the fringes of the square, and it
can be a nice spot to people watch. The Santa Justa lift is an elevator that connects
the lower streets of Baixa with Carmo Square, and it is the only remaining vertical elevator
in Lisbon. Though it is meant to serve a functional role, it is also quite popular with visitors
who find the elevator a novel idea. So for today’s lunch video we’re eating one
item alone. We are trying Bacalhau which is dried salted cod and this is a fish that is
very popular here in Portugal. Now the cod used to be salted because that is the method
of preservation that they used before refrigerators were widely available so that meant fish became
really hard and salted. And then once you actually wanted to cook it you had to soak
it in water just to remove a bit of the salt and also soften it again. And that is a food
tradition that has been passed down. So today we are trying three different items. If you
want to have a look here. All prepared with cod – Bacalhau. Oh la la. So since I’m being a gentleman over here I’ll
let you choose the first of the three to try. Well, I’m going to choose Bolinhos de Bacalhau.
And we actually have two of those so no problem. We each get one. So this is actually a little
cake made with cod fish. It’s a savory cake not a sweet cake. Um, it is made with mashed
potatoes, fish, parsley and egg. And it is deep-fried. Let me show you the inside. So
you can really see the fiber of the fish in there. Yeah, you can. It’s been rolled into
a little ball so it looks good. That’s a monster bite you took. I’m hungry.
That’s quite nice. So these little fish cakes can actually be served as an appetizer before
a big meal but because we’ve been kind of overdoing it with the big restaurant meals
today we’re having something smaller so it is just going to be a little bit of a snack
but I think filling enough. Alright, I’m also quite hungry as well. I
went for a really long jog this morning and I had a tiny breakfast so I’m ready for my
big bite. Have you ever had a fish cake pasty before? Yeah, I have I’m just trying to remember
where it was. I honestly can’t remember. And the neat thing about this is that of course
you taste the fish but it’s not overpowering. It’s definitely like a pastry as well too. So next up we’re trying this. This is a Portuguese
empanada. And it is quite different from the ones I’ve had in Argentina which are usually
half moon shaped. This is more like a little miniature pie. And apparently it is stuffed
once again with cod fish. So I’ve never had a cod fish empanada before. Let’s see. Yeah,
that’s pretty unique. What does it look like inside? Have a look in there. I think there
is more than fish in there to be honest. Perhaps potatoes. So it looks like and tastes like
cod fish, potatoes and maybe even a little bit of spinach. It’s really nice. And last but not least. Well something had
to be picked last so let’s try this one. So this is something that we just saw on the
counter and like hey that’s cod. Let’s try it. Mmmm. This is my favorite one. You know what this
one tastes like? It tastes like cod fish Korean jeon. It’s like the Korean pancakes. It is
really crispy and really tasty. This is awesome. You’re going to like this one. So is that
battered fish or is it breaded? Yeah, it is battered. Or is it just fried? It’s battered
and fried and crispy on the outside. So for a nice green escape come to the Tropical
Botanical Gardens. We’ve been walking around in the shade and we’ve also noticed there
is hardly anyone here And I think we just found the shortest bridge
in all of Lisbon. You don’t even need the bridge. Hop to the other side. And the other
side – one more time. Lisbon Cathedral is the oldest church in the
city. It has survived many earthquakes and seen many modifications, which is why it has
a mix of architectural styles. Lastly, take a minute to enjoy Lisbon at nighttime.
This is a city where things don’t get going until quite late in the night, so don’t miss
out by calling it in early. And that’s a wrap for our week in the Portuguese
capital! We hope you enjoyed this video and that it gave you some ideas of things to do
in Lisbon. As always, if you have any other suggestions for travelers of places to visit
and things to do around town, feel free to share them in the comments below. Wishing
you happy travels!

100 thoughts on “20 things to do in Lisbon Travel Guide

  1. Lisbon is one of our favorite cities to visit in Europe! We've recently made a brand NEW LISBON TRAVEL GUIDE which you can check out here: https://youtu.be/STAOrE5bfxk

  2. Hi guys. I just watched your video in Lisbon and I have to say you are amazing! Audrey, you are so talented and Samuel's editing was flawless. I'm subscribing to your channel and can't wait to watch all of your other videos! I will be traveling to Lisbon in 3 weeks so your video was very informative.

  3. A few more ideas for visits in Lisbon: the Gulbenkian Foundation museum is compact and charmingly eclectic. The tile museum at the Igreja da Madré de Deus is fascinating, and the Estufa Fria (cold greenhouse) at the top of the Parque Eduardo VII is paradise. The park itself slopes down to the Pombal monument via a geometric pattern of hedges. And last time there, I enjoyed a dish of bacalhau ná bras at one of the tourist traps on the Rua Augusta. As for Cacilhas, we took the bus from the Pombal rotunda over the 25 April bridge, then a tram from the bus terminus to the ferry at Cacilhas. And since we’d bought our Lisbon pass tickets, we hopped on a train from the Cáis do Sodré to Cascáis for lunch. Pleasant ride along the bank of the estuary, and Cascáis is attractive. Flamingo restaurant does good fried fish, and is popular with locals. You can then walk it off along the promenade to Estoril and get the train back to town from there.

  4. You are making on your travelling big FOCUS on the food and absolutely less reports about culture, sightseeing, signs of history or people 🙁

  5. Very nice video with some great suggestions. Flying to Lisbon tomorrow 😉 So I will also check out your Lisbon travel guide.

  6. I noticed nobody has mentioned the GRAFFITI which is everywhere . Seems nobody is bothered to do anything about it.

  7. We really don't need to see you eat the torte just tell us how it was be quick be sweet and smooth

    you lost me at hmmm

  8. Lisbon is way more beautiful and much saver than Paris and London… never going back to London again too dangerous

  9. Your video/documentary was (is) great, showing my town, but…some corrections: Pasteis de Nata are very similar (look similar) to Pasteis de Belem, BUT are not the same. Pasteis de Nata are everywhere in Pastelarias/Coffee Shops and pastry shops around Portugal, Pasteis de Belem, ONLY at the Pasteis de Belem Confeitaria, very secret recipe, dated from 1837, when a sugar cane factory was very near to the Monastery. 1834 all the Convents in Portugal and the orders where banished (all the clerigo, monks, priests etc excluding the female nuns.. they stayed longer). So a monk had this secret recipe of this fantastic pie, and so, only some people of the same family know the recipe.

  10. Nice! What an adventure!! When I've been to Lisbon I stayed in Happy Reception. Hostels have few localisation in Lisbon and it is suuuuper cool! I will definitely come back to Lisbon and I will stay in Happy Reception again!! I literally in love with pasteis! 😀

  11. If you are looking for a place to stay in Lisbon I recommend Happy Reception. I've recently rent a room there and it was cool. They have great localizations! 🙂

  12. affordable, safe, relaxed, gorgeous architecture and mild weather during winter. lisbon is the perfect holiday city.

  13. Your video came in to my feed and I'm glad I did. It was a lot of fun. I miss Portugal and loved Lisboa. I lived in Portugal (an hour north of Lisboa) and never went across the river (drove down to Sagres twice though)… so next time, I will definitely take the ferry across and do some exploring. Obrigada ~

  14. I would like to thank both of you for the Awesome tips! My family and I just got back from Lisbon and Porto. We followed your advice precisely. We ate local at restaurants – cheap and delicious. We had the best time! I recommend everyone that follow Sam and Audrey!

  15. Love Lisbon! my favourite small capital city, have been there twice now and can't wait to get back… I will ride the trams, pig out on pasteis and drink a lot of chinchina and eat fresh sardines………wonderful.

  16. I've just been to Lisbon, and everything there is unforgettable. I like Lisbon. People are slow and friendly. I really enjoyed going up to San Jorge Castle. I was in Lisbon at the end of August for the ISWCS2018 International Conference. The weather in ISCTE, was like the early September weather in my hometown. The wind was cool and very pleasant.

  17. Thanks for this-we’ve just booked Lisbon for a week in February 2019 with our two little girls! VV excited! Looks like there is lots outdoors to do-tropical gardens, sightseeing, ferries, trams 🙂

  18. Just make sure you don’t order salmon next time you go to Cacilhas for fresh seafood (fun fact: there’s no salmon in Tagus river 🙂 )

  19. Samuel and Audrey!!! Thank you so much!! Love this fun and light video you've made! I am leaving for my 2 week holiday with my boyfriend to Portugal, and you guys made it more exciting! Can't wait!! Hope you got back home safe.Thanks again… oh gosh Samuel, that SALMON!!!!!!!

  20. Olá, você é parente ou conhece Maria Marinoh (Magalhães) que mora em Londres, Covent Garden? Sou muito amiga de Maria e preocupada por não ter notícias dela. No verão de 2017, passamos quase todo esse tempo juntos. Maria é um prazer saber, senhora mais bonita que eu já conheci. maria levantou meu ânimo. Espero que você seja capaz de me dizer alguma coisa. Obrigado.

  21. 'where the Portugese went'? …where they colonised is more accurate! Typical two kid dumb ass tour, no sense of history…

  22. Salmon steak although very tasty, it is NOT a Portuguese fish, also what she is eating is not Halibut, it is Flounder!! That’s what happens when you order from a badly translated menu. Flounder is a good Portuguese fish, but if you traditional Portuguese fish you need to get sardines or bacalhau (salted cod fish).

  23. Anyone like travelling? I like so much to travel and i am making intresting videos about cities around the World.

  24. There are so many more great places to visit in Portugal/ Lisbon. I live there so if you want I could give advice

  25. Sprichst du Deutsch und würdest gerne auch ohne Portugiesischkenntnisse nach Lissabon ziehen und arbeiten? Portugal sucht zurzeit stark nach Kundenberatern für große, bekannte Firmen. Je schneller, desto besser!
    Egal welchen Schulabschluss oder wie alt du bist, wenn du etwas Englisch beherrschst, wirst du dich schnell einfinden.

    Der Flug wird bezahlt und du bekommst direkt eine Wohnung.

    Ein einfacher CV (englischer Lebenslauf) reicht aus, um dich zu bewerben.
    Ein kleiner Tipp von mir: Bewerbe dich erst einmal nicht über andere Anbieter . Ich kann dir helfen 😉

    Wenn du generell interessiert daran bist oder etwas über den Job oder über das Leben in Portugal, etc… wissen willlst, kannst du mich gerne fragen. Es muss auch nicht formell sein 🙂

  26. I'm going to porto for a conference. Can I get a guide for a lisbon tour from the railway station? How much will it cost for 4 hours tour

  27. for anyone interested theres a friendly shop online where they have that sardine paste they serve at the restaurants, cheaper than amazon, and with facebook reviews! https://www.ecwid.com/store/sardinepaste/ Sorry for spaming, just trying to make some extra money! 🙂

  28. I was 10 days in Portugal and Lisbon is fake tourist trap, don't go there.

    It's very ugly, dirty and smelly city with trash everywhere and crazy car drivers, you can't just walk around like in normal cities, cars are everywhere, everything is complicated, bad marked and extremely overpriced with no reason. 5 eur for 0.5l beer would be ok in Paris in historical center, but I don't see that money in Lisbon, they have western prices but cities look like balkan. And public transportation (except metro) is absolutely usless, they waiting in line and bus is openning only one doors and everyone have to beep with that electronic ticket, really terrible, better go walk if there is no metro than waiting in line to bus.

    If you want go to Portugal I can recommend area around Cascais (it's nice repaired and civilised, no trash everywhere like in Lisbon). Sintra is nice too (but too many people), we were also in Porto which is total anthill, so don't be in that stupid center, go look on Eiffel's bridge and go on other side of river, it's much prettier there and better repaired. Medieval city Évora looks the best I think, it's little similar to cities in my country (Czech Republic) – everything is nice repaired and no trash in streets, I guess it's only because of money from UNESCO or something like that.
    Which was also nice was halfisland under Setúbal, you can get boat there, but most of that half-island is owned by developers and rich people and they have fences and barriers there, but there is amazing almost tropical nature and nice long beaches.

    So people don't go to Lisbon, it's really disgusting and smelly because of all that stupid kebabs. In my country restaurants have to release smoke up to the roof even when they are in basement. In Lisbon it smells like when they releasing it just to the street.
    If you want visit Lisbon I think weekend is enough. If you want visit some museum without waiting hour in line, check marine museum in Belém, it's very bad marked so nobody is there and it's interesting especially for someone from country where is no sea.
    Be carefoul about getting to Belém by train, trains to Cascais don't stopping there (Portugal logic), so make sure your train is stopping there, but I don't know how to get that information, you have to ask someone because there are no informations on that train or inside, only final destination. And if you want go there by tram or bus, you have to go very early or you have no chance to get inside.

    I am originally from Prague so I know what is tourist trap and too much people in the streets but compared to Lisbon, Prague is very nice and civilised city without trash and wires on buildings like somewhere in India. 😀

  29. It’s all about food in this clip, more food than actual sightseeing! I know the title says “things to do” and eating could be one of them, but still, too much about food! X

  30. Samuel & Audrey, We love your channel and have been watching your videos for travel tips. We wanted to drop this note to thank you for all your posts. During our recent visit to Lisbon, we took boat trip to Cacilhas and enjoyed seafood. We also ordered Salmon & Sea Bass and enjoyed it!
    Thank you for posting!

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