So it is said that Lisboa/Lisbon has the most sunny days as an European capital. So what better way to check than by visiting first hand!
Lisboa is the perfect combination of Spanish, French and a little bit of something special.
So first thing is first, you need to have a roof-top pool and of course a fantastic view. So we checked into Epic Sana Hotel, 27oC on this roof was enough to get a sun tan and to really forget about winter...
Here are some of the quick and dirty tips I got from a good friend that lives there! Enjoy.
Places to GO:
So let's start with Neighbourhoods:
Chiado for everything during the day, Bairro Alto is just for a drink before or after dinner, Alfama this one should be on your list it is incredible, the most typical and the eldest area of Lisbon, there are plenty of typical small restaurants where you can have amazing food, just walk around and try one, and also go to Castelo/Castle de S.Jorge in the middle of the historical tiny streets. Baixa - main downtown area and shopping - in Baixa you have to go from Rua Augusta to Terreiro do Paco where you can walk then on the riverside.
Cais do Sodré riverside if you come from Baixa/Chiado walking distance, also has a couple of nice bars to enjoy a juice or a snack during afternoon.
If you like ice creams go to Santini in Chiado (you will probably recognise a huge line outside!).
Principe Real area (just close to your place) is becoming also more and more the up and coming area and just in the middle of the centre... a lot of new restaurants and shopping areas are opening recently. Also the Botanic garden are there.
It is a super nice restaurante with amazing portuguese food in tapas style. We sat on the lawn all afternoon. The view and atmosphere are normally very good and the restaurant used to be a pharmacy, so it has been really nicely converted. Ask for some Portuguese typical dishes (something with alheira and also arroz de lentilha )
Just in front of this restaurant there is a miradouro (view point) known as Adamastor with a bar where a lot of people go for drinks during sunset. Could be nice having a drink here before dinner.
Café Buenos Aires
This one is in a very nice place in Lisbon, where normally you can listen to some fado outside. The meat is very good and their champagne sangria is absolutely tasty.
The restaurant is nice, in a very good location and an even better price. It is in the building of one of the nicest hostels in Lisbon... the bar for drinks is also nice and just in front of Miradouro - where you can see the amazing view of Lisbon.
On the way to Graca neighbourhood you have this very good and traditional restaurant ...the view is just incredible!!! And the environment as well! Before or after you can go for a drink in Miradouro da Graca where you can also enjoy the view!!
Quiosque do Principe Real (for lunch) one of my favourites
Amazing sandwiches (amongst everything else)... very nice location for a lunch in Principe Real (one of the best neighbourhoods that use to be more artistic area)
Quiosques da Liberdade (for lunch) - Av Liberdade
In Avenida da Liberdade (main Lisbon avenue full of shops and daily services) you have quiosques spread in the middle gardens between the 2 streets - they are very nice and each one serves different food - you can go for the hot dog lovers (fantastic hot dogs if you are a fan!) or just for an expresso in O melhor bolo de chocolate do mundo (means best chocolate cake in the world)
Lx Factory - Taberna 1300 (in Alcantara)
LX Factory is a very nice area that used to be a factory but now has a lot of different services - design/art small companies, nice shops and very good restaurants!
Let's GO OuT!!!
In Portugal the nightlife always starts at the street bars. Clubs only start from 2 am.
Hot spot of the moment: Rua core de Rosa (means Prink Street) in Cais do Sodre. Go into the bar Champanheria do Cais.
Miradouro S.Pedro de Alcantara - Has a gorgeous view during day!
Bairro Alto has plenty of bars, nice wine bars for a before dinner drink as well.
Other nice bars for a drink with wow views: rooftop hotel Europa and/or Rooftop Martini. I also like the rooftop of the Bairro Alto Hotel in the Luis de Camoes square.
Lux is the main disco..Thursday is one of the best nights there, make sure you go before 3am.
Chiado, Baixa, Bairro Alto and Av Liberdade.
In Principe Real (Street names: Escola da Politecnica and comtinues to Rua Dom Pedro V) - just opened new nice shops - Alperce (R.Escola Politecnica number 42), Embaixada (recent area that has in one nice space several brands)
If you want to go to a big beach (with huge sand area) you should go 1 day to Costa da Caparica (other side of the river ) or to Praia do Guincho...not far from Lisbon but you have to go with a car/bus. Praia do Guincho is the one you check with the surf lessons.
By train you can go to the more tiny beaches....if you take the train in Cais do Sodré in the direction to Cascais you can stop in Estoril or even Cascais. But the Guincho one is better.
Well I hope it enough to keep you occupied for the weekend!
Happy Summer Days!