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Highlights of Lisbon: Trendy, Historic & Picturesque Sights of 2018

Highlights of Lisbon: Trendy, Historic & Picturesque Sights of 2018

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During my wonderful stay at the Corinthia Hotel in Lisbon, I took full advantage of their world-renowned spa which spans over 3,5000 square meters and offers 13 tranquil treatment rooms, a heated indoor swimming pool and more! However, the historic streets of Lisbon were calling my name and I could not help but explore as much as I could during my quick stay. Thanks to the Corinthia and their expert planning services, I was able to experience the best sights in the city. Here are my favorite highlights from my trip!

Trendy Neighborhoods

As historic as Lisbon is, it’s also a very hip and trendy city! If you are looking for an area with cool shops, restaurants, and bars, Principe Real is the neighborhood you want. You will know you’re in the right place once you start seeing upscale and colorful 19th century mansions. I really like the mix of the old and the new here. Along with hip eateries, you will also discover small art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques showcasing local designers.

Principe Real Neighborhood, Lisbon
Principe Real Neighborhood, Lisbon
Fountain near Bairro Alto and Principe Real
Fountain near Bairro Alto and Principe Real
Principe Real Park, Lisbon
Principe Real Park, Lisbon

A trip to Lisbon isn’t complete without visiting the Chiado District. This is easily the most elegant, trendy, and charming part of the city. Take your time to stroll past and admire the old shops and theaters which are architecturally stunning and vibrant.

Chiado District, Lisbon
Chiado District, Lisbon

We were lucky to visit one historic shop called Claus Porto. This is a Portuguese beauty and fragrance house that’s been open for over a century.

Claus Porto Store, Lisbon
Claus Porto Store, Lisbon
Streets Lined with Shops in Chiado District
Streets Lined with Shops in Chiado District

The “Cafe a Brasileira” is one of the oldest and most famous cafes in Lisbon. It was here during the 19th century where Portugal’s academics and intellectuals could discuss the pressing issues of the day, while struggling artists would sell their paintings.

Inside Cafe a Brasileira, Lisbon
Inside Cafe a Brasileira, Lisbon

Outside the Cafe a Brasileira is a statue of Fernando Pessoa, who ironically disliked the cafe and preferred to spend his time in a different café near to Praça do Comércio.

Statue of Fernando Pessoa outside Cafe a Brasileira
Statue of Fernando Pessoa outside Cafe a Brasileira, Lisbon
Praça Luís de Camões square separates the Chiado and the Bairro Alto districts
Praça Luís de Camões square separates the Chiado and the Bairro Alto districts

Another notable landmark that you will find nearby is the Santa Justa Lift. This is an elevator located inside a Gothic tower, which provides quick and easy transport between Lisbon’s Baixa and Bairro Alto districts. It is as pretty as it is convenient!

 Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon
Santa Justa Lift, Libson

Historic Sights 

Lisbon is synonymous with the colorful trams that help visitors and locals explore the incredibly steep streets. I love exploring new places on foot as much as the next person, but Lisbon’s hills are no joke and you should definitely allow yourself a break!

Tram 28, Lisbon
Tram 28, Lisbon

Therefore, I’d highly recommend riding on Tram 28 which takes you up to the historic Alfama neighborhood. At the top of the hill, you will discover São Jorge Castle. This Moorish castle and palace remains date back to the 10th century, with the first fortifications rumored to date back to as early as the 2nd century BC! Thanks to its hilltop position, you can admire beautiful views of Lisbon’s historic center and the Tagus River.

Alfama Neighborhood, Lisbon
Alfama Neighborhood, Lisbon
Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon
Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon

Speaking of the Tagus, I suggest heading back down the hill towards the waterfront where you can admire the river up close. Here you will also find Praça do Comércio, a grand square that opens up towards the Tagus River that was built after the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake. It is here you will also find Rua August Arch, a stone, triumphal arch-like historical building that is worth pausing to gaze at. This magnificent arch commemorates the city’s reconstruction after the major earthquake that devastated Lisbon.

Rua August Arch, Praça do Comércio
Rua August Arch, Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio, Lisbon
Praça do Comércio, Lisbon

Lastly, a visit to the Belém District is a must! Here you will find the Jerónimos Monastery which dates back to the 16th century. This landmark is beautiful both inside and out and I’d highly recommend walking along the riverside nearby to discover impressive monuments such as the Belém Tower and Padrão dos Descobrimentos.

 Jerónimos Monastery
Jerónimos Monastery
Belém Tower
Belém Tower, Lisbon
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Picturesque Spots 

If you’re wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, I’d recommend driving west of Lisbon to Cascais. This is one of Portugal’s leading resort destinations and you can come here to enjoy the peaceful seaside. It is only about a 30 minute drive outside of Lisbon but you feel world’s away!  Guincho Beach is a particularly beautiful sunset spot that I would highly recommend.

Guincho Beach, Cascais
Guincho Beach, Cascais
Guincho Beach Dunes, Portugal
Guincho Beach Dunes, Portugal
Guincho Beach Sunsets, Cascais
Guincho Beach Sunsets, Cascais

If you continue driving up the coast for about 20 minutes, you will reach Cabo da Roca. This is the westernmost extent of Continental Europe and it offers stunning views of the Atalntic from atop a cliff. Be sure you have your camera ready to take some memorable photos here!

Cliffs of Cabo da Roca, Portugal
Cliffs of Cabo da Roca, Portugal

From beautiful beaches to ancient castles, Lisbon truly offers something for everyone to enjoy. I look forward to exploring even more next time, and I know the Corinthia won’t disappoint in creating yet another incredible itinerary!

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

18 Comments

  1. Savannah Hayes
    April 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm
    Reply

    I have never been to Lisbon and it has always been on my bucket list but never realised how many beautiful spots there were! I’d love to explore the Alfama neighbourhood, it all sounds wonderful though!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 4, 2018 at 1:38 am

      Visiting Lisbon definitely sparked my interest to visit more of Portugal!

  2. Bianca
    April 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm
    Reply

    I have never been to Lisbon but Portugal has always been on my list. I’m going to use this as a starting point for my travels.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 4, 2018 at 1:38 am

      That’s great to hear, Bianca! Lisbon has so much to offer and is affordable compared to other Western European countries.

  3. Oh to Be a Muse
    April 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm
    Reply

    These photos are gorgeous. I’ve never been to Lisbon, but I always hear such nice things about it. Some day soon!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 4, 2018 at 1:38 am

      It’s such a fabulous European city 🙂

  4. Ashley Welborn
    April 2, 2018 at 10:34 pm
    Reply

    This looks like an amazing place to say you have visited. Those coastline pictures are gorgeous!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 4, 2018 at 1:39 am

      Thank you! It’s hard to take a bad photo in Lisbon 😉

  5. Sheree
    April 2, 2018 at 11:34 pm
    Reply

    I have always wanted to visit Lisbon, the photos really look picturesque. I like the mix of trendy and historic. The coastline photos are beautiful.

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 4, 2018 at 1:39 am

      I loved visiting the relaxing coastline and exploring the bustling city… best of both worlds!

  6. Rachel
    April 3, 2018 at 7:48 am
    Reply

    Wow! I had no idea Lisbon was so beautiful! Adding it to my travel bucket list!! Thanks for rounding up the highlights!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 4, 2018 at 1:40 am

      My pleasure, Rachel!

  7. Brittney
    April 3, 2018 at 11:01 am
    Reply

    Hi Carmen, Your trip looked so lovely, sign me up for amazing architecture, trendy neighborhoods, and vintage shops! Did Lisbon have a lot of tourists when you were there? Also how was the food? 🙂 We’re thinking about a Paris-Lisbon trip in June.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 4, 2018 at 1:40 am

      I was there in October so that’s shoulder season which means it wasn’t overly crowded – normal city crowds! The food is fabulous, I have a post coming out soon of everywhere I ate so stay tuned 🙂

  8. Coral
    April 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    Reply

    Those pictures are gorgeous! I haven’t thought of traveling to Lisbon before, but I’m definitely considering it now!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that, Lisbon is amazing!

  9. Kajsa
    April 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    Reply

    Looks amazing! I’m planning to go Lisbon! Thank you for your guide!

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      You are so welcome! It’s a fabulous city.

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