Route: Kuwait-Dubai-Lisbon (Via Emirates Airlines)
Where I stayed? Hotel Memmo Alfama
Time of visit: July 2014
Would I visit Lisbon Again? Y-E-S.
I loved loved the hotel we stayed at: Memmo Alfama, however it’s a small boutique hotel and you might either not find a room or find it too small for your taste. My parents for example, would hate to stay in this hotel mainly because they like spaciousness. The hotel is located in an neighbourhood called ‘Alfama’ which is an area with narrow streets, stairways and viewpoints. Most genuine and authentic neighborhood in the city.
For that, here are some other options I looked at online:
Pateo Lisbon Lounge Suits (Modern Apartments)
FLH – Alfama´s Flat (Apartments)
Heritage Apartments Atalaia (In Barrio Alto)
Things to do:
> Walk around old town: Start your tour by visiting São Jorge Castle, stop over the cathedral (“Sé) and finish at the Comércio Square, overlooking the river
> Tuk Tuk ride: A funny way to explore Lisbon
> Tram 28: The tram is the perfect way to explore interesting aspects of Lisbon’s historical and architectural heritage. The tram goes through Alfama, Lisbon downtown, Chiado and Bairro Alto
> Discover Fado, UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage. Fado is a part of Lisbon and Alfama is the heart of Fado. Visit Fado museum and for ainnder choose between “Baiuca” if you look for amateur singers in a more authentic atmosphere or “Clube do Fado” to listen to the traditional fado in a more romantic atmosphere
> Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (HUGE monastery classified as Unesco World Heritage Site from 1500) and close by you have the Tower of Belém (amazing also, a late-gothic monument that marks the beginning of the Age of Discoveries, like Brazil etc)
> On Sundays from 11 AM to 6 PM don’t miss the flea market called LX Market
> Check out Baixa Area (coolest place in lisbon, full of hills, a lot of shops and restaurants) – have icecream at Santini Icecream Shop – deliiiiiicious – in the Baixa area
> Checkout Rossio Square – and while you’re there see Teatro Nacional (thanks Fulla!)
> If you’re into parks, Parque Eduardo VII is a nice park with nice views of Lisbon, you will also see the biggest Portuguese flag in this park
> Cristo Rei – huge Christ statue on the other shore of the river (famous)
> Go to the beach! I recommend you rent a car to reach those beaches: 1) Sao Joao da Caparica and 2) Praia do Guincho
Food. (recommended to make reservations in all restaurants if the option is there)
Breakfast & Brunch (and/or coffee hangout):
- Mercado da ribeira
Burgers & Pizza:
Tips & Info
Places to visit near Lisbon – a must!
- Sintra – it’s a really cool village near Lisbon. Very cool!! Full of palaces, castles, mystic houses, and a forest. The best way to get there is to rent a car. Go to Palacio da Pena, Palacio de Monserrat and Palacio da Regaleira (Palacio means palace). These are the coolest palaces of all.
- On your way to Sintra go to Cabo (means cape) da Roca. It’s the the most western point in Europe and its a very cool place. Nearby the is a restaurant really cool called – O Moinho – with a fire place inside where u can crash and have a meal or just a drink or a coffee.
- If you want to go to other places in Portugal, I recommend you check-out Algarve (south of Portugal), we will be posting about it sometime soon.
Ahh, missing Lisbon already!!!!! Special Thanks to my Portuguese friend Miguel for making my visit extra special, congrats again 🙂