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Plan a Lisbon vacation to discover Portugal’s beating heart - a bombastic city of beautiful gardens and maritime fortresses, connected by yellow trams that have been trundling up and down the hills for decades. Spend the long Iberian evenings in Alfama, the city’s oldest neighborhood. Together with your Tourlane Travel Expert, plan visits to venues with Portuguese Fado folk music, and to restaurants with the finest food and Vinho Verde wine. During your Lisbon vacation, you’ll fall in love with this city’s old soul and charm.
1. Praça do Comércio 2. Tower of Belém 3. Jerónimos Monastery 4. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte 5. Jardim do Torel
Start your Lisbon vacation with a dose of history at the Praça do Comércio, one of Portugal’s most famous squares. Besides wandering the stately plaza, framed by the flaxen yellow buildings around it, make sure to go to the cais de colunas, the marble steps on the waterside of the plaza. And don’t forget to chow down on some fish cakes at one of Lisbon’s oldest cafes, located in the middle of the square.
Constructed in the 16th century, the colonial tower is one of Portugal’s most famous landmarks. If you’re up to it, take a walk up the 200 stairs and relish in the tower’s traditional Manueline style, a hallmark of Gothic architecture. The stairs to the top are narrow, but the views of the city are anything but.
Could there be a more peaceful stroll in Lisbon than through this 15th-century monastery? When you walk its grounds, it’s easy to understand why it took a century to complete: gothic meets renaissance across arches, passageways, and gardens. Be sure to visit the Church of Santa Maria, known for its single nave and detailed columns that make you feel like you’re in heaven.
Want to grab the best view of the city? Grab your walking shoes, pack some pasteis de nata, Lisbon’s world-famous custard tarts, and a bottle of vinho branco wine, and prepare to see the sun set over Lisbon’s iconic landmarks. The best part? No crowds. This viewpoint is one of the city’s secret gems—breathe in the air all the way up here, and remember to capture the precious moment on camera.
Go for an afternoon stroll in this magnificent park, located in Santo António. One of the city’s best-kept secrets, Torel offers great views of the city, not to mention winding pathways, glorious fountains, and green patches in the shade. Do as the local Lisboans do—there aren’t many tourists here—and lose yourself in the tranquility of this park.
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