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What You Must See and Do in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon, Portugal – a city I could never stop coming back to! Back in late May/early June 2012, during a study abroad trip to Salamanca, Spain, I visited the color-filled city of Lisbon and fell in love with it! Between the architecture, food, people, history, art, beaches and hotels, it definitely is a thriving city that offers something for everyone!

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

After my first experience in Lisbon, I knew I had to come back soon, but little did I know that it would be seven years later during the exact same weekend I visited the first time! (It was during the United States Memorial Day Weekend.) This time around, I spent my first and last days in Lisbon and enjoyed the Portuguese coast in Peniche for a few days in between. It was an absolutely PERFECT solo trip and I fell in love with Lisbon and the country of Portugal all over again.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is a hilly coastal city that features pastel-colored houses, castles, museums and gorgeous beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Discover all of the best things to see during a trip to Lisbon and read all about my experience staying at Bomporto Hotels.

*During my most recent trip to Lisbon, Bomporto Hotels hosted me for two nights. One night at The Lumiares Hotel and one night at The Vintage Hotel.


Getting to and Around Lisbon:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

During my first trip to Lisbon, I was with my study abroad group, so they had everything organized for us. We took a private coach from Salamanca, Spain to Lisbon. It took around 6 hours to get to and from each city. It is easy to get to Lisbon from anywhere in Portugal as well as Spain. There are buses, trains, flights and even Rideshare‘s you could book from cities like Porto, Peniche, Sevilla, Lagos, Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid and so much more! You could also catch affordable flights from anywhere in Europe such as Paris, Munich, Rome, etc. Click here to discover the best ways to get to Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

On my second trip to Lisbon, I flew from Newark Airport to Lisbon. Since New Jersey/New York is directly across the pond from Portugal, flights are usually affordable during the off-season. However, since I was traveling to Portugal during May, I was unable to get a cheap, non-stop flight. On my way to Lisbon, I had a layover in Paris and on my way home, I had a layover in Madrid. It was okay though because I got to enjoy some of my favorite treats like macaroons from Lauderée in Paris and a bocadillo with jamon iberico in Madrid.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

When I finally arrived in Lisbon, I took a taxi from the airport to The Lumiares and did the same thing from The Vintage for my departure. Some other great ways to get around Lisbon is by taking the metro, the iconic Lisbon tram, a bike or a LimeBike/Scooter, renting a car, taking the ferry, utilizing the funicular or simply by walking (which is what I mainly did in the city). Traveling in Portugal is very affordable, so I didn’t spend much on public transportation, food and excursions, which was very nice!

Staying at Bomporto Hotels:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

During my time in Lisbon I stayed through Bomporto Hotels. They are a Portuguese hotel group that includes two stylish boutique hotels in Lisbon and a third that is due to open in Porto (The Rebello). On my first night in the Portuguese capital, I stayed at The Lumiares in the Bairro Alto area of Lisbon and during my last night, I stayed at The Vintage, which is located in Principé Real. Both hotels are perfectly situated in areas where you could find amazing restaurants and cafés, bars, shops and historical sites. It also isn’t too far from the waterfront of the Rio Tejo Tagus River.

Staying at The Lumiares:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

What I loved about staying at The Lumiares is that their rooms are apartment style. It was amazing feeling like I had my own apartment right in the heart of Lisbon! I had a one-bedroom apartment, but you could choose anywhere from a studio to a penthouse. Each room within The Lumiares offers a chic Portuguese flare with high ceilings, natural light and beautiful décor. My room also had two small balconies with views of the city. (It was perfect for watching the sunset in the evening and the shades also lifted with just a push of a button on the wall. It was so cool)

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Since I was staying in a one-bedroom apartment-styled room, I had a bright and airy kitchen that included a fridge with refreshments, a Nespresso coffee machine, SMEG appliances such as a dishwasher, induction cooker, toaster and electric kettle. The living room area was beautifully furnished with comfortable couches, sofas, a carpet, pillows and wonderful décor. Both the living room and my bedroom had a cable television as well! My personal bedroom included a queen sized bed and trendy décor.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The room also included an en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, sink and toilet area with Claus Porto bathroom amenities as well as a bathrobe and slippers. These beautiful rooms also include fully soundproof windows and Beats Pill+, so you could connect wirelessly from your mobile device and play music. In addition to the one-bedroom apartments, The Lumiares also has two-bedroom apartments, a penthouse, a loft style room as well as a studio.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The Lumiares itself was absolutely stunning! There is 24-hour room service available, a 24-hour reception and concierge, secure underground parking, free high-speed WiFi, a spa that offers amazing services, a 24-hour boutique gym (and there is also a personal trainer available), sauna and steam rooms, laundry services, a babysitting service as well as a café, restaurant and rooftop bar.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Overall, I had an amazing night’s sleep and stay at The Lumiares!

Eating at The Lumiares:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

What is also nice about The Lumiares is that it offers two restaurants and a rooftop bar for all to enjoy (even if you aren’t staying at the hotel).

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Since I arrived at The Lumiares around dinnertime my first night, I couldn’t wait to check out the Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant for dinner and drinks with a view. It was absolutely wonderful being welcomed with a complementary drink when I entered the rooftop bar. The bartender made me a signature cocktail that was absolutely delicious! I also enjoyed a Portuguese seafood rice dish that included clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops and calamari. It was absolutely delicious!

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

One of my favorites parts of staying at Bomporto Hotels is that both The Lumiares and The Vintage had an amazing breakfast! At The Lumiares, I enjoyed a lovely buffet breakfast that consisted of pastries, smoked salmon, cold cuts, fresh fruit, breads and croissants as well as an à la carte pancake and bacon dish. Everything was delicious! The breakfast at The Lumiares was located at Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant and they also offer a selection of beverages from coffees and cappuccinos to mimosas and a variety of juices. In addition to Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, there is also a café called Mercado where you could grab sandwiches, simple Portuguese food and more.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Staying at The Vintage:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

What is awesome about staying at The Vintage is that it is situated in Lisbon’s Principé Real where you could window shop at the infamous boutiques on the Avenida Liberdade, have fun at the bars, enjoy authentic Portuguese food and view the galleries in the Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The rooms at The Vintage are spacious, comfortable and are filled with beautiful art deco touches with a vintage twist (hence the name of the hotel). During my last night in Lisbon, I stayed in the Executive Suite of The Vintage. The room offered a lot of space, included one SUPER COMFY double bed (pretty standard for a European hotel), a flat-screen television, a mini bar and Nespresso machine, a separate sitting area, beautiful photographs and decorations as well as gorgeous views of the wisteria outside.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide
Lisbon, Portugal City Guide
Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Located in the room is a sink area, a little shower room (that includes a rain shower) as well as a toilet room. Also included in the room is a hairdryer, complementary toiletries and a bathrobe and slippers. In addition to the Executive Suite, The Vintage also offers a Deluxe room and a Superior room.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Just like at The Lumiares, The Vintage offers 24-hour room service, 24-hour reception and concierge, free high-speed WiFi, a spa with multiple services, an indoor pool, a gym, meeting rooms, conference and event space, secure parking as well as a restaurant and three bars.

Eating at The Vintage:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide
Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

During my stay at The Vintage, one of the highlights was having my room located on the same floor as the Rooftop-Bar! The drinks at The Vintage are awesome and there is nothing better than enjoying it with a view. Prior to going to the bar, I was surprised with a glass of wine and two pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) to welcome me. It was the perfect treat after exploring the city of Lisbon!

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The views of the Rooftop-Bar were spectacular! I was able to catch pre-sunset views above the red roofs of Lisbon, the nearby Tagus River as well as the beautiful castle of Sao Jorge. Since white sangria is more popular than red sangria in Portugal, I just had to get a refreshing glass of white sangria to enjoy the evening! I loved how the rooftop included comfortable lounge areas, a lush plant wall and a friendly bar staff. They also provided me with seasoned peanuts to enjoy with my drink. There are also two other bars in The Vintage – one located within The Vintage Restaurant and the other is in the lobby.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The Vintage Restaurant offers a great menu where you could find amazing Portuguese dishes along with a variety of other international meals. It is also where the breakfast is located every morning. Just like at The Lumiares, The Vintage also offers an amazing breakfast with great buffet and à la carte options.

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What You Must do in and Around Lisbon:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Get Lost in Lisbon:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon is the perfect city to get lost in. The pastel architecture is definitely something to admire, there is amazing street art, stunning views of the river are featured throughout the city (there really is nothing more picturesque than gorgeous European buildings along the water) and there are so many great places to visit such as authentic restaurants and cafés, museums, stores, churches and more.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Here are the areas in Lisbon that are perfect to wander through:

  • Alfama – With a vast history that dates back to the Moors, Alfama is known to have colorful houses along narrow, cobblestoned streets. If you are looking to get a traditional Portuguese experience during your time in Lisbon, it is recommended that you visit a Fado club. Fado is considered to be a melancholic music style of storytelling that was born in the Alfama area of Lisbon. Alfama is one of the best areas to really get a true taste of the culture in Lisbon. It is also a wonderful area to see the beautiful tile work.
  • Avenida da Liberdade – Similar to 5th Avenue in New York, Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and the Champs Elysees in Paris, the Avenida da Liberdade is where you could find Lisbon’s most high end and prestigious hotels and shops. It is definitely a beautiful street to walk through and window shop. I loved eyeing all of the beautiful wedding gowns in the bridal stores. They were absolutely gorgeous!
  • Bairro Alto – This fun area is known to have the best nightlife in Lisbon. It is here where you could walk into small bars and nightclubs and dance until the sun rises. There are even a lot of bars thriving during the day in this area.
  • Baixa – Known to be the heart of Lisbon, Baixa is where you could find the famous Praça do Comércio (the plaza filled with beautiful yellow buildings) that is pretty much the entrance into the city. Baixa may be a bit touristy, but it is super lively and definitely the best place to find amazing restaurants, live entertainment, shops and historical sites.
  • Chiado – The Chiado area is known to have some pretty cool shopping, theaters, authentic restaurants and cute cafés. It is a very trendy area to visit no matter what time of the day it is.
  • Cais do Sodré – As the former red-light district of Lisbon, you could find some of Lisbon’s best nightclubs in this area.
Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon has become a popular city for travelers worldwide to visit. If you are looking to get away from the tourists and experience the local scene, it is best to head to the areas of Graça, Estrela and Principe Real.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Eat Your Way Through Lisbon:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Portuguese is one of my favorite cuisines and during your time in Lisbon, it is important to know where to go to get the best food in town! Discover the amazing restaurants and foodie joints I ate at during my time in Lisbon and some other great options to discover in the city:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

TimeOut Lisboa: As a concept created by scratch from the TimeOut Portugal team of publishers, this amazing market hall came to life in 2014 and includes 24 restaurants, 8 bars, numerous shops and a high-end music venue. I absolutely love places like this and it reminded me of Pike Place Market in Seattle and Reading Terminal in Philadelphia!

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

TimeOut Market is known for having the best meat, fish, fruit and flowers in the city. It includes everything from traditional Portuguese food to artisanal pizza and includes unique concepts such as a croquette stand to an Aperol Spritz bar. You could also visit amazing stands that offer crafted burgers, gelato, sushi, baked goods, oysters and so much more! A trip to Lisbon is not complete without coming to TimeOut Market. I came to this amazing food hall for lunch and it did not disappoint! Since I love croquettes, I got three delicious croquettes from Croqueteria that consisted of cuttlefish and squid ink, chorizo and cod as well as tuna and sun-dried tomatoes. They were all amazing, but the cuttlefish and squid ink were my favorite! I savored this all with a refreshing Portuguese cider. Afterwards, I enjoyed a salted caramel gelato at Santini. Click here to discover more about what TimeOut Market offers in Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

In addition to Lisbon, you could find TimeOut Markets in Miami and Brooklyn. This year, TimeOut is also opening up markets in Boston, Chicago, Montreal, London and Prague.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Cervejaria Ribadouro: For dinner, the staff at The Vintage recommended an amazing seafood restaurant for me to eat at. Cervejaria Ribadouro was where I had one of the BEST meals of my life! I enjoyed a delicious sweet red wine with seafood mariscos, which included shrimp and lobster meat with a juicy seafood sauce. It also came with white rice and amazing fried bread that tasted well with the seafood and sauce. In addition, I also got a dessert, which consisted of a rich chocolate mousse.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

What was great about Cervejaria Ribadouro was that it was only a five minute walk from The Vintage! It also dates back to 1947 when Ribadouro Brewery opened its doors. Nowadays, it offers fresh seafood made from art and mastery. I couldn’t recommend this wonderful restaurant more to those visiting Lisbon!

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Here is a list of other restaurants and cafés worth checking out in Lisbon:

Visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

During a trip to Lisbon, I recommend visiting the castle of the city – the Castelo de Sao Jorge. This national monument offers 360-degree views of Lisbon and occupies the area of the old medieval citadel and also consists of the castle, ruins of the former royal palace and part of the neighborhood for the elite. I loved strolling around the castle and going back in time. One thing to note is that it does get crowded with both tourists and Portuguese school kids who are on field trips.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The Castelo de Sao Jorge started its importance after Dom Afonso Henriques conquered Lisbon in 1147. He became the first king of Portugal and then the castle began its golden age as home for royalty. It also became a place that held festivities as well as coronations. Later on, when Portugal became part of the Spanish Crown in 1580, the castle took on a military purpose through the early 20th century.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Overall, visiting the Castelo de Sao Jorge is a wonderful and educational experience for all. Plus, you may spot some peacocks when you are there!

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Feel Like You’re in a Fairytale in Sintra:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

During my first trip to Lisbon, I visited the fairytale town of Sintra. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it back during my recent trip, but I wish I would’ve. This enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site is praised by many worldwide and is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Here is a list of what you must see during a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon:

In addition to seeing the beautiful palaces and castles, Sintra also has a breathtaking coastline. Cabo da Roca is a wonderful place to hike, take in the beautiful seaside nature and relax.

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Enjoy a Beach Day in Cascais, Serra de Sintra, Costa da Caparica or Serra da Arrábida:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

If you are a beach person, you definitely won’t go wrong during your time in Portugal. No matter where you go to the beach along the Portuguese coastline, it will be absolutely breathtaking. During my first trip to Lisbon, I visited the seaside town of Cascais.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

This charming fishing town is filled with colorful houses, cobblestone alleyways with great shops, restaurants and bars and included a beach to sunbathe and go swimming. I had such a blast with my study abroad friends there and even enjoyed an amazing crab dip at a local café.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Even though I didn’t have time to visit anywhere else, a few other great beach towns around Lisbon are Serra de Sintra (which I mention above), Costa da Caparica and Serra da Arrábida. 

Learn History in Belém:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Another place you cannot miss out on during your time in Lisbon is visiting the district of Belém. This stunning area features iconic landmarks and historical locations that leaves visitors awestruck!

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

I visited Belém during my first time in Lisbon and I loved exploring this area! Belém is situated on the Tagus River and is a major maritime port. Below are the must-see sites in this beautiful area:

Torre de Belém:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

One of the coolest towers I’ve ever walked through was the famous Belém Tower. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Belém Tower played a major role in the Age of Discoveries. It was also used as a fort to protect the coast against foreign attacks.

Right next to Belém Tower is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) that is a tribute to 33 figures in Portugal’s Age of Discoveries, including Henry the Navigator.

Jerónimos Monastery:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

One of the most beautifully-ornate places I’ve visited during my travels was the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém. The Gothic details around the monastery and on the cloisters is absolutely stunning.

The former monastery was under the Order of Saint Jerome and it was highly associated with the early sailors as explorers.

Eat and Shop Along the Tagus River:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Located right along the river are numerous Portuguese, seafood and international restaurants to eat at. A lot of them offer outdoor seating along the river where you could enjoy the views of the Ponte 25 de Abril, a bridge that looks similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. In addition, there are numerous souvenir shops where you purchase gifts for your loved ones back home.

Savor Portuguese Wine at a Local Vineyard:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

As I was making my way from Lisbon to Peniche, I passed a lot of vineyards outside of Lisbon. They were all so scenic as well! Not many people know this, including myself prior to this trip, but the Lisbon area has some of the best Portuguese wineries and vineyards! Even though I didn’t have the time on my most recent trip to visit a winery in the Lisbon area, I totally would go to one next time. Here is a list of some great wineries around Lisbon:

Take a Ride Along the Tagus River:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Another fun thing to do during your time in Lisbon is take a cruise along the Tagus River. It is best to do this around sunset and capture amazing views of the cities and nearby coastal towns. Sail past Lisbon, Belém, the National Sanctuary of Christ the King and the other surrounding towns.

Catch Stunning Views of Lisbon:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon is such a stunning city and the best way to see it is by hopping on the Elevator de Santa Justa. One thing to note about the Elevator de Santa Justa is that the line is usually around an hour long, so definitely plan to go early in the day. It is also part of the public transport network in Lisbon and is managed by Carris. So you could purchase a 24-hour public transport ticket that cost around 6 euros and it can be purchased at any metro station. It also includes a ticket to the Gloria Funicular.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

This beautiful 19th century lift transports passengers so that they could capture astonishing panoramic views over Lisbon. It is perfect for any time of the day and it is super romantic.

Ride the Infamous Lisbon 28 Tram:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The Remodelado Trams date back to the 1930s, but they still play a huge role in Lisbon’s transportation system. When you are in Lisbon, a great way to explore the city is by taking the 28 tram route since it is unsuitable for other modern trams due to its tight turns and steep hills. It is the perfect way to see wonderful hidden gems in the city.


Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Overall, I absolutely adore Lisbon and hope to return sometime in the near future. If you have any questions about my stay at Bomporto Hotels or general inquiries about my time in Lisbon, Portugal, please send me an email at info@browneyedflowerchild.com

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Basic Facts of Portugal:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Lisbon

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12 Comments

  1. Sydney Braat on June 5, 2019 at 6:20 am

    I REALLY want to stay at the Lumiares. It looks beautiful! Loved all your pictures, Taylor. Lisbon is also one of my favorite places & it was the first place I traveled to solo! Glad to hear you had such a great experience 7 years later!

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 7:58 am

      The Lumiares is absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed staying at both hotels. 🙂 Also thank you so much Sydney. I think Portugal in general is a great solo destination. 🙂

  2. Jordan Fields on June 5, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Love this sista!! You covered all of Lisbon + then some!! Now I need to go back….

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Thank you Jordan! Yes, it’s such a great city! 🙂

  3. Elena Pappalardo on June 5, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Soooo happy to come across this post, Taylor! Lisbon was already on my list, but you def knocked it up a few notches with this post. Your pics are STUNNING and you really gave the full overview of what it’s like to visit this beautiful city. Thanks for inspiring me!

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 10:16 am

      Thank you so much Elena! I’m so happy I inspired you to go to Lisbon. It’s absolutely wonderful there. I know you will love it so much! 🙂

  4. Maria on June 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Great work Taylor! Love your photos and the food looks soo delicious. I’ll definitely come back to this post when I visit Lisbon in the next few years. Can’t wait to try the croquettes in TimeOut market – I LOVE croquettes too!

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much Maria! TimeOut Market was so cool. I easily could’ve gone to all of the stands, but the croquette one definitely stood out the most. It’s a very cool concept. 🙂

  5. Brittany Jane on June 5, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Aww LOVE THS! didnt know Lime was in Lisbon now too! It’s been a while I’ve been back in France/Europe! So many little things have changed. Been to Lisbon for only 24 hours before, excited to stay a week this time! ♡ xoxo, Bri

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you Brittany! Yes, I was surprised to see Lime in Lisbon as well. I honestly, only thought it was available in U.S. cities, but they are starting to expand globally. You are going to love this city! 🙂

  6. Marisa on June 19, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Your photos are beautiful and definitely making me want to go back to Lisbon!

    • Taylor Deer on June 19, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Thank you so much Marisa! Lisbon is one of my favorite cities! 🙂

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What You Must See and Do in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon, Portugal – a city I could never stop coming back to! Back in late May/early June 2012, during a study abroad trip to Salamanca, Spain, I visited the color-filled city of Lisbon and fell in love with it! Between the architecture, food, people, history, art, beaches and hotels, it definitely is a thriving city that offers something for everyone!

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

After my first experience in Lisbon, I knew I had to come back soon, but little did I know that it would be seven years later during the exact same weekend I visited the first time! (It was during the United States Memorial Day Weekend.) This time around, I spent my first and last days in Lisbon and enjoyed the Portuguese coast in Peniche for a few days in between. It was an absolutely PERFECT solo trip and I fell in love with Lisbon and the country of Portugal all over again.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is a hilly coastal city that features pastel-colored houses, castles, museums and gorgeous beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Discover all of the best things to see during a trip to Lisbon and read all about my experience staying at Bomporto Hotels.

*During my most recent trip to Lisbon, Bomporto Hotels hosted me for two nights. One night at The Lumiares Hotel and one night at The Vintage Hotel.


Getting to and Around Lisbon:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

During my first trip to Lisbon, I was with my study abroad group, so they had everything organized for us. We took a private coach from Salamanca, Spain to Lisbon. It took around 6 hours to get to and from each city. It is easy to get to Lisbon from anywhere in Portugal as well as Spain. There are buses, trains, flights and even Rideshare‘s you could book from cities like Porto, Peniche, Sevilla, Lagos, Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid and so much more! You could also catch affordable flights from anywhere in Europe such as Paris, Munich, Rome, etc. Click here to discover the best ways to get to Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

On my second trip to Lisbon, I flew from Newark Airport to Lisbon. Since New Jersey/New York is directly across the pond from Portugal, flights are usually affordable during the off-season. However, since I was traveling to Portugal during May, I was unable to get a cheap, non-stop flight. On my way to Lisbon, I had a layover in Paris and on my way home, I had a layover in Madrid. It was okay though because I got to enjoy some of my favorite treats like macaroons from Lauderée in Paris and a bocadillo with jamon iberico in Madrid.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

When I finally arrived in Lisbon, I took a taxi from the airport to The Lumiares and did the same thing from The Vintage for my departure. Some other great ways to get around Lisbon is by taking the metro, the iconic Lisbon tram, a bike or a LimeBike/Scooter, renting a car, taking the ferry, utilizing the funicular or simply by walking (which is what I mainly did in the city). Traveling in Portugal is very affordable, so I didn’t spend much on public transportation, food and excursions, which was very nice!

Staying at Bomporto Hotels:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

During my time in Lisbon I stayed through Bomporto Hotels. They are a Portuguese hotel group that includes two stylish boutique hotels in Lisbon and a third that is due to open in Porto (The Rebello). On my first night in the Portuguese capital, I stayed at The Lumiares in the Bairro Alto area of Lisbon and during my last night, I stayed at The Vintage, which is located in Principé Real. Both hotels are perfectly situated in areas where you could find amazing restaurants and cafés, bars, shops and historical sites. It also isn’t too far from the waterfront of the Rio Tejo Tagus River.

Staying at The Lumiares:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

What I loved about staying at The Lumiares is that their rooms are apartment style. It was amazing feeling like I had my own apartment right in the heart of Lisbon! I had a one-bedroom apartment, but you could choose anywhere from a studio to a penthouse. Each room within The Lumiares offers a chic Portuguese flare with high ceilings, natural light and beautiful décor. My room also had two small balconies with views of the city. (It was perfect for watching the sunset in the evening and the shades also lifted with just a push of a button on the wall. It was so cool)

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Since I was staying in a one-bedroom apartment-styled room, I had a bright and airy kitchen that included a fridge with refreshments, a Nespresso coffee machine, SMEG appliances such as a dishwasher, induction cooker, toaster and electric kettle. The living room area was beautifully furnished with comfortable couches, sofas, a carpet, pillows and wonderful décor. Both the living room and my bedroom had a cable television as well! My personal bedroom included a queen sized bed and trendy décor.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The room also included an en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, sink and toilet area with Claus Porto bathroom amenities as well as a bathrobe and slippers. These beautiful rooms also include fully soundproof windows and Beats Pill+, so you could connect wirelessly from your mobile device and play music. In addition to the one-bedroom apartments, The Lumiares also has two-bedroom apartments, a penthouse, a loft style room as well as a studio.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

The Lumiares itself was absolutely stunning! There is 24-hour room service available, a 24-hour reception and concierge, secure underground parking, free high-speed WiFi, a spa that offers amazing services, a 24-hour boutique gym (and there is also a personal trainer available), sauna and steam rooms, laundry services, a babysitting service as well as a café, restaurant and rooftop bar.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Overall, I had an amazing night’s sleep and stay at The Lumiares!

Eating at The Lumiares:

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

What is also nice about The Lumiares is that it offers two restaurants and a rooftop bar for all to enjoy (even if you aren’t staying at the hotel).

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Since I arrived at The Lumiares around dinnertime my first night, I couldn’t wait to check out the Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant for dinner and drinks with a view. It was absolutely wonderful being welcomed with a complementary drink when I entered the rooftop bar. The bartender made me a signature cocktail that was absolutely delicious! I also enjoyed a Portuguese seafood rice dish that included clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops and calamari. It was absolutely delicious!

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

One of my favorites parts of staying at Bomporto Hotels is that both The Lumiares and The Vintage had an amazing breakfast! At The Lumiares, I enjoyed a lovely buffet breakfast that consisted of pastries, smoked salmon, cold cuts, fresh fruit, breads and croissants as well as an à la carte pancake and bacon dish. Everything was delicious! The breakfast at The Lumiares was located at Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant and they also offer a selection of beverages from coffees and cappuccinos to mimosas and a variety of juices. In addition to Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, there is also a café called Mercado where you could grab sandwiches, simple Portuguese food and more.

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Staying at The Vintage:

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What is awesome about staying at The Vintage is that it is situated in Lisbon’s Principé Real where you could window shop at the infamous boutiques on the Avenida Liberdade, have fun at the bars, enjoy authentic Portuguese food and view the galleries in the Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods.

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The rooms at The Vintage are spacious, comfortable and are filled with beautiful art deco touches with a vintage twist (hence the name of the hotel). During my last night in Lisbon, I stayed in the Executive Suite of The Vintage. The room offered a lot of space, included one SUPER COMFY double bed (pretty standard for a European hotel), a flat-screen television, a mini bar and Nespresso machine, a separate sitting area, beautiful photographs and decorations as well as gorgeous views of the wisteria outside.

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Lisbon, Portugal City Guide
Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

Located in the room is a sink area, a little shower room (that includes a rain shower) as well as a toilet room. Also included in the room is a hairdryer, complementary toiletries and a bathrobe and slippers. In addition to the Executive Suite, The Vintage also offers a Deluxe room and a Superior room.

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Just like at The Lumiares, The Vintage offers 24-hour room service, 24-hour reception and concierge, free high-speed WiFi, a spa with multiple services, an indoor pool, a gym, meeting rooms, conference and event space, secure parking as well as a restaurant and three bars.

Eating at The Vintage:

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Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

During my stay at The Vintage, one of the highlights was having my room located on the same floor as the Rooftop-Bar! The drinks at The Vintage are awesome and there is nothing better than enjoying it with a view. Prior to going to the bar, I was surprised with a glass of wine and two pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) to welcome me. It was the perfect treat after exploring the city of Lisbon!

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The views of the Rooftop-Bar were spectacular! I was able to catch pre-sunset views above the red roofs of Lisbon, the nearby Tagus River as well as the beautiful castle of Sao Jorge. Since white sangria is more popular than red sangria in Portugal, I just had to get a refreshing glass of white sangria to enjoy the evening! I loved how the rooftop included comfortable lounge areas, a lush plant wall and a friendly bar staff. They also provided me with seasoned peanuts to enjoy with my drink. There are also two other bars in The Vintage – one located within The Vintage Restaurant and the other is in the lobby.

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The Vintage Restaurant offers a great menu where you could find amazing Portuguese dishes along with a variety of other international meals. It is also where the breakfast is located every morning. Just like at The Lumiares, The Vintage also offers an amazing breakfast with great buffet and à la carte options.

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What You Must do in and Around Lisbon:

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Get Lost in Lisbon:

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Lisbon is the perfect city to get lost in. The pastel architecture is definitely something to admire, there is amazing street art, stunning views of the river are featured throughout the city (there really is nothing more picturesque than gorgeous European buildings along the water) and there are so many great places to visit such as authentic restaurants and cafés, museums, stores, churches and more.

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Here are the areas in Lisbon that are perfect to wander through:

  • Alfama – With a vast history that dates back to the Moors, Alfama is known to have colorful houses along narrow, cobblestoned streets. If you are looking to get a traditional Portuguese experience during your time in Lisbon, it is recommended that you visit a Fado club. Fado is considered to be a melancholic music style of storytelling that was born in the Alfama area of Lisbon. Alfama is one of the best areas to really get a true taste of the culture in Lisbon. It is also a wonderful area to see the beautiful tile work.
  • Avenida da Liberdade – Similar to 5th Avenue in New York, Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and the Champs Elysees in Paris, the Avenida da Liberdade is where you could find Lisbon’s most high end and prestigious hotels and shops. It is definitely a beautiful street to walk through and window shop. I loved eyeing all of the beautiful wedding gowns in the bridal stores. They were absolutely gorgeous!
  • Bairro Alto – This fun area is known to have the best nightlife in Lisbon. It is here where you could walk into small bars and nightclubs and dance until the sun rises. There are even a lot of bars thriving during the day in this area.
  • Baixa – Known to be the heart of Lisbon, Baixa is where you could find the famous Praça do Comércio (the plaza filled with beautiful yellow buildings) that is pretty much the entrance into the city. Baixa may be a bit touristy, but it is super lively and definitely the best place to find amazing restaurants, live entertainment, shops and historical sites.
  • Chiado – The Chiado area is known to have some pretty cool shopping, theaters, authentic restaurants and cute cafés. It is a very trendy area to visit no matter what time of the day it is.
  • Cais do Sodré – As the former red-light district of Lisbon, you could find some of Lisbon’s best nightclubs in this area.
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Lisbon has become a popular city for travelers worldwide to visit. If you are looking to get away from the tourists and experience the local scene, it is best to head to the areas of Graça, Estrela and Principe Real.

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Eat Your Way Through Lisbon:

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Portuguese is one of my favorite cuisines and during your time in Lisbon, it is important to know where to go to get the best food in town! Discover the amazing restaurants and foodie joints I ate at during my time in Lisbon and some other great options to discover in the city:

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TimeOut Lisboa: As a concept created by scratch from the TimeOut Portugal team of publishers, this amazing market hall came to life in 2014 and includes 24 restaurants, 8 bars, numerous shops and a high-end music venue. I absolutely love places like this and it reminded me of Pike Place Market in Seattle and Reading Terminal in Philadelphia!

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TimeOut Market is known for having the best meat, fish, fruit and flowers in the city. It includes everything from traditional Portuguese food to artisanal pizza and includes unique concepts such as a croquette stand to an Aperol Spritz bar. You could also visit amazing stands that offer crafted burgers, gelato, sushi, baked goods, oysters and so much more! A trip to Lisbon is not complete without coming to TimeOut Market. I came to this amazing food hall for lunch and it did not disappoint! Since I love croquettes, I got three delicious croquettes from Croqueteria that consisted of cuttlefish and squid ink, chorizo and cod as well as tuna and sun-dried tomatoes. They were all amazing, but the cuttlefish and squid ink were my favorite! I savored this all with a refreshing Portuguese cider. Afterwards, I enjoyed a salted caramel gelato at Santini. Click here to discover more about what TimeOut Market offers in Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal City Guide

In addition to Lisbon, you could find TimeOut Markets in Miami and Brooklyn. This year, TimeOut is also opening up markets in Boston, Chicago, Montreal, London and Prague.

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Cervejaria Ribadouro: For dinner, the staff at The Vintage recommended an amazing seafood restaurant for me to eat at. Cervejaria Ribadouro was where I had one of the BEST meals of my life! I enjoyed a delicious sweet red wine with seafood mariscos, which included shrimp and lobster meat with a juicy seafood sauce. It also came with white rice and amazing fried bread that tasted well with the seafood and sauce. In addition, I also got a dessert, which consisted of a rich chocolate mousse.

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What was great about Cervejaria Ribadouro was that it was only a five minute walk from The Vintage! It also dates back to 1947 when Ribadouro Brewery opened its doors. Nowadays, it offers fresh seafood made from art and mastery. I couldn’t recommend this wonderful restaurant more to those visiting Lisbon!

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Here is a list of other restaurants and cafés worth checking out in Lisbon:

Visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge:

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During a trip to Lisbon, I recommend visiting the castle of the city – the Castelo de Sao Jorge. This national monument offers 360-degree views of Lisbon and occupies the area of the old medieval citadel and also consists of the castle, ruins of the former royal palace and part of the neighborhood for the elite. I loved strolling around the castle and going back in time. One thing to note is that it does get crowded with both tourists and Portuguese school kids who are on field trips.

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The Castelo de Sao Jorge started its importance after Dom Afonso Henriques conquered Lisbon in 1147. He became the first king of Portugal and then the castle began its golden age as home for royalty. It also became a place that held festivities as well as coronations. Later on, when Portugal became part of the Spanish Crown in 1580, the castle took on a military purpose through the early 20th century.

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Overall, visiting the Castelo de Sao Jorge is a wonderful and educational experience for all. Plus, you may spot some peacocks when you are there!

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Feel Like You’re in a Fairytale in Sintra:

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During my first trip to Lisbon, I visited the fairytale town of Sintra. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it back during my recent trip, but I wish I would’ve. This enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site is praised by many worldwide and is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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Here is a list of what you must see during a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon:

In addition to seeing the beautiful palaces and castles, Sintra also has a breathtaking coastline. Cabo da Roca is a wonderful place to hike, take in the beautiful seaside nature and relax.

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Enjoy a Beach Day in Cascais, Serra de Sintra, Costa da Caparica or Serra da Arrábida:

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If you are a beach person, you definitely won’t go wrong during your time in Portugal. No matter where you go to the beach along the Portuguese coastline, it will be absolutely breathtaking. During my first trip to Lisbon, I visited the seaside town of Cascais.

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This charming fishing town is filled with colorful houses, cobblestone alleyways with great shops, restaurants and bars and included a beach to sunbathe and go swimming. I had such a blast with my study abroad friends there and even enjoyed an amazing crab dip at a local café.

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Even though I didn’t have time to visit anywhere else, a few other great beach towns around Lisbon are Serra de Sintra (which I mention above), Costa da Caparica and Serra da Arrábida. 

Learn History in Belém:

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Another place you cannot miss out on during your time in Lisbon is visiting the district of Belém. This stunning area features iconic landmarks and historical locations that leaves visitors awestruck!

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I visited Belém during my first time in Lisbon and I loved exploring this area! Belém is situated on the Tagus River and is a major maritime port. Below are the must-see sites in this beautiful area:

Torre de Belém:

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One of the coolest towers I’ve ever walked through was the famous Belém Tower. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Belém Tower played a major role in the Age of Discoveries. It was also used as a fort to protect the coast against foreign attacks.

Right next to Belém Tower is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) that is a tribute to 33 figures in Portugal’s Age of Discoveries, including Henry the Navigator.

Jerónimos Monastery:

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One of the most beautifully-ornate places I’ve visited during my travels was the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém. The Gothic details around the monastery and on the cloisters is absolutely stunning.

The former monastery was under the Order of Saint Jerome and it was highly associated with the early sailors as explorers.

Eat and Shop Along the Tagus River:

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Located right along the river are numerous Portuguese, seafood and international restaurants to eat at. A lot of them offer outdoor seating along the river where you could enjoy the views of the Ponte 25 de Abril, a bridge that looks similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. In addition, there are numerous souvenir shops where you purchase gifts for your loved ones back home.

Savor Portuguese Wine at a Local Vineyard:

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As I was making my way from Lisbon to Peniche, I passed a lot of vineyards outside of Lisbon. They were all so scenic as well! Not many people know this, including myself prior to this trip, but the Lisbon area has some of the best Portuguese wineries and vineyards! Even though I didn’t have the time on my most recent trip to visit a winery in the Lisbon area, I totally would go to one next time. Here is a list of some great wineries around Lisbon:

Take a Ride Along the Tagus River:

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Another fun thing to do during your time in Lisbon is take a cruise along the Tagus River. It is best to do this around sunset and capture amazing views of the cities and nearby coastal towns. Sail past Lisbon, Belém, the National Sanctuary of Christ the King and the other surrounding towns.

Catch Stunning Views of Lisbon:

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Lisbon is such a stunning city and the best way to see it is by hopping on the Elevator de Santa Justa. One thing to note about the Elevator de Santa Justa is that the line is usually around an hour long, so definitely plan to go early in the day. It is also part of the public transport network in Lisbon and is managed by Carris. So you could purchase a 24-hour public transport ticket that cost around 6 euros and it can be purchased at any metro station. It also includes a ticket to the Gloria Funicular.

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This beautiful 19th century lift transports passengers so that they could capture astonishing panoramic views over Lisbon. It is perfect for any time of the day and it is super romantic.

Ride the Infamous Lisbon 28 Tram:

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The Remodelado Trams date back to the 1930s, but they still play a huge role in Lisbon’s transportation system. When you are in Lisbon, a great way to explore the city is by taking the 28 tram route since it is unsuitable for other modern trams due to its tight turns and steep hills. It is the perfect way to see wonderful hidden gems in the city.


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Overall, I absolutely adore Lisbon and hope to return sometime in the near future. If you have any questions about my stay at Bomporto Hotels or general inquiries about my time in Lisbon, Portugal, please send me an email at info@browneyedflowerchild.com

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Currency: Euro, Capital: Lisbon

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12 Comments

  1. Sydney Braat on June 5, 2019 at 6:20 am

    I REALLY want to stay at the Lumiares. It looks beautiful! Loved all your pictures, Taylor. Lisbon is also one of my favorite places & it was the first place I traveled to solo! Glad to hear you had such a great experience 7 years later!

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 7:58 am

      The Lumiares is absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed staying at both hotels. 🙂 Also thank you so much Sydney. I think Portugal in general is a great solo destination. 🙂

  2. Jordan Fields on June 5, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Love this sista!! You covered all of Lisbon + then some!! Now I need to go back….

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Thank you Jordan! Yes, it’s such a great city! 🙂

  3. Elena Pappalardo on June 5, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Soooo happy to come across this post, Taylor! Lisbon was already on my list, but you def knocked it up a few notches with this post. Your pics are STUNNING and you really gave the full overview of what it’s like to visit this beautiful city. Thanks for inspiring me!

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 10:16 am

      Thank you so much Elena! I’m so happy I inspired you to go to Lisbon. It’s absolutely wonderful there. I know you will love it so much! 🙂

  4. Maria on June 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Great work Taylor! Love your photos and the food looks soo delicious. I’ll definitely come back to this post when I visit Lisbon in the next few years. Can’t wait to try the croquettes in TimeOut market – I LOVE croquettes too!

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much Maria! TimeOut Market was so cool. I easily could’ve gone to all of the stands, but the croquette one definitely stood out the most. It’s a very cool concept. 🙂

  5. Brittany Jane on June 5, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Aww LOVE THS! didnt know Lime was in Lisbon now too! It’s been a while I’ve been back in France/Europe! So many little things have changed. Been to Lisbon for only 24 hours before, excited to stay a week this time! ♡ xoxo, Bri

    • Taylor Deer on June 5, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you Brittany! Yes, I was surprised to see Lime in Lisbon as well. I honestly, only thought it was available in U.S. cities, but they are starting to expand globally. You are going to love this city! 🙂

  6. Marisa on June 19, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Your photos are beautiful and definitely making me want to go back to Lisbon!

    • Taylor Deer on June 19, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Thank you so much Marisa! Lisbon is one of my favorite cities! 🙂

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