What to see in Lisbon
Modern and ancient at the same time, a cosmopolitan vibe encompasses Lisbon, and this is apparent everywhere you go, not the least of which when it comes to the food and nightlife. And all of this without mentioning the scenery, for Lisbon is akin to an oil painting and a breathing masterpiece full of life.
Terraces, beaches and charm
Sitting peacefully amidst the surrounding hills, the appearance of Lisbon is just as impressive as the many ingredients which make a visit to the city so appealing. Formations of terraces make their way down these “miradouros” which include Senora do Monte and the previously mentioned Castelo de Sao Jorge, offer excellent viewpoints with unrivaled panoramas across the city.
And then Lisbon is also known for long stretches of white sands, for you will also find seemingly endless coastline next to the city which is home to hidden coves and beautiful sand dunes. Many of these beaches will carry the flag of excellence (EU Blue Flag), and they are just as popular with the locals as they are with visitors from afar.
Regarding appearance, the Portuguese capital is overflowing with charm, and you should find a typical urban landscape here, surrounded by sandy beaches and luscious landscapes.
Food and Nightlife
Food experiences in Lisbon are fresh and varied with a healthy supply of seafood finding itself on most menus and an extensive presence of world-class restaurants. From tuna, shrimp, and monkfish to clams, snail, and cod; the many species of seafood are staggering, and the methods for cooking them are almost as plentiful.
Aside from seafood, you will also find many gourmet restaurants and markets offering local beef steak or burgers while a short adventure through the city streets will produce more than just a few foreign influenced eateries including Indian and Moroccan restaurants.
On the other hand, the cobblestone streets and traditional homes in Barirro’s Alto or Cais do Sodre come alive after dark when local students and tourists alike take to the plethora of clubs, pubs and wine bars lining the streets. Renowned for being one of the liveliest places for nightlife in Europe. Some of these are modest or trendy, and others outright flamboyant such as the exclusive nightclubs lining the waterfront in Santa Apolonia.
Living up to high expectations
Although decimated by an earthquake and tsunami back in 1755, today Lisbon is a thriving city infused with culture, excellent food, and important landmarks. Easy on the eye and a lot more aesthetically pleasing than most cities around the world, it would be easy to arrive in the capital of Portugal with high expectations, but then Lisbon will usually live up to them.