Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, and it’s also the largest city in the country. Naturally, as we see with many other capital cities around the globe, there is a lot to see and do. So, if you’re planning on taking a trip to Lisbon anytime soon, here are ways to ensure you have a great time.
Take in a football game
Portugal has a rich history when it comes to football, with Lisbon the home of some iconic sides. There’s Sporting CP, the club where Cristiano Ronaldo began his career. And there’s also Benfica, arguably Portugal’s most legendary football team. They’re two of the biggest football clubs in the country, and two of the most successful, as reflected by the Primeira Liga match betting odds. If you’re in Lisbon, don’t miss the chance to visit the Estadio Jose Alvalade or the Estadio da Luz.
Eat Pasteis de Belem
Now, you may have heard of Pasteis de Nata before, but have you heard of Pasteis de Belem? Well, if you haven’t, and you’re in Lisbon, we recommend you give this world-famous delicacy a try, or you really will be missing out. Everything at the Pasteis de Belem bakery is kept secret, from the puff pastry to how the delicious delights are made. It adds to the intrigue, making the large tea rooms a stop you must make on your travels. They taste so good that you could add a visit to your itinerary several times.
Dine at Loco
Sticking with the eating theme, there has to be a mention of Loco, the haute cuisine restaurant with a Michelin star and the work of Alexandre Silva, a chef at the top of his creative game. Silva has been great at turning dining into an experience, and he’s also excellent at pushing the boundaries. So, it’s a restaurant you should visit with an open mind, as it’s likely you will be trying dishes you have never come across before, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Take a walk in an iconic public park
Central Park may be the most famous public park in the world, but it’s nowhere near as big as Monsanto Park in Lisbon. In fact, the Portuguese offering is three times bigger, and you can do everything in it, from walking and running to enjoying picnics and socialising. And, as we now live in the era of Instagram, it’s also the perfect place to get some iconic shots taken, edited and uploaded. The recommended spot to enter the park is at Alameda Keil do Amaral.
Go for a jam session
Yes, you read that right; you can head off for a jam session in Lisbon at the renowned Tejo Bar. The owner, an artist, novelist and poet, welcomes everyone into the informal hideaway to strum the house guitar, sing, and generally have a good time. It’s worth noting that no clapping is allowed. Instead, guests should rub their hands together when showing appreciation.