Pinpointing only ten mandatory places in Lisbon is an enormous task, not to say an impossible one. The Portuguese capital is a city with over 2,500 years of history, during which it was inhabited by people from all over the world, blending cultures, religions and ideas into a unique case of ethnic diversity. The streets of the Pombaline downtown are filled with Europeans, Africans, Asians and Latin-Americans, just as much as the historical neighbourhoods echo the sounds of the traditional fado, the Cape-Verdean mornas, the upbeat Angolan kuduro, Brazilian rhythms or Indian melodies. Lisbon is the city that opened the doors to the world and, consequently, welcomed the world through its doors. Whether we're talking about monuments, cuisine or urban culture, Lisbon is everybody.
1 - St. George's Castle
2 - Senhora do Monte viewpoint
From Senhora do Monte, one can watch the Tagus estuary, Graça church, castle of São Jorge and the Mouraria neighbourhood, as well as the pombaline downtown, Carmo's monastery ruins, Monsanto park, the new avenues and other hills of Lisbon. All these points are marked on a tile panel fixed to the balcony, in order to facilitate its identification from that viewpoint. Senhora do Monte viewpoint is integrated in a small garden, filled with leafy trees that provide good shades and some excellent moments of relaxation and dolce far niente.
3 - Hippotrip
Hippotrip then heads to Belém, where it crosses paths with Electricity museum and Jerónimos monastery. Shortly after, the time to dive in Tagus River's waters is announced, with due pomp and circumstance. Actually, driving into Tejo is one of the funniest and highest moments of this trip, opening a journey of around half hour on the river. The experience is a joy and a pleasure for the eyes, as it allows to see all of Lisbon's shoreline, 25 de Abril bridge and Tagus south bank. Plus, it offers a privileged and unique view over the iconic Belém tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
4 - Belém Tower
5 - Via Graça
As Via Graça's menu focuses on Portuguese traditional cuisine, expect to find a savory myriad of snacks such as pataniscas de bacalhau (deep fried codfish cake) and veal croquettes. As for main courses, specialties like codfish with corn bread, game pie or roasted lamb really stand out. But save some room for dessert, as you will most certainly want to try the mandatory Belgian chocolate mousse with dried fruits ice-cream, the apple crumble with green apple ice-cream or the house's crème brûlée. Whatever you choice for tonight is, accompany your meal with one of the 3,000 bottles on Via Graça's huge winery.
6 - Rua Augusta triumphal arch
7 - Maria Catita
Maria Catita's menu is entirely dedicated to the traditional Portuguese cuisine. There are specialties from different regions of the country, but the major stand outs are the Azorean courses, the owner's homeland. Aside from snacks, like fried chicharrinhos (small fish) with raw sauce, and regional products such as Azeitão cheese, Maria Catita also offers several fish and meat courses. Try the black pork cheeks on a white wine reduction accompanied by greens or the tuna steak à Bulhão Pato. Also, take your time browsing through the wine list, as it is both diverse and exquisite.
8 - Lisbon Segway Tour
Following a brief orientation period, spend the 30 minute tour exploring the surrounding areas. Go up to the Lisbon Sé Cathedral to admire one of the oldest monuments in the city. Then, go down the road heading towards Praça da Figueira and enjoy the splendorous Pombaline downtown while passing Rua da Prata, finishing the tour off in style with a walk in the Terreiro do Paço square. The tour is only available for two participants and takes place in the Lisbon downtown. Every tour has a free route, which is done without a monitor.
Discover all the magnificent splendor of Terreiro do Paço. Enjoy a bit of waterfront to stroll freely through that area and discover the pombaline arteries that make up this area.
9 - Feira da Ladra (Lisbon Flea Market)
10 - Café da Garagem
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