We entered Lisbon over the famous 25 of April bridge. The bridge resembles the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. It is the 32nd largest suspension bridge in the world it has 6 car lanes and the lower deck is a double track railway. Over 150,000 vehicles & 157 trains use the bridge daily.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and recognised as an alpha-level global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media and entertainment, international trade, education and tourism.
It is also one of the oldest Cities in the world. There is so much to see and do in Lisbon and certainly something for everyone. It is built on 7 hills but luckily there are 3 funiculars you can use to get you up and down the hills rather than walking.
We bought a travel card for 6 euro 80 which meant we could use the funiculars, trams, metro and buses for 24 hours, which seemed great value to us.
Belem is located at the mouth of the river Tagus and is 6 kms from the centre of Lisbon. Both UNESCO world heritage sites.
Belem Tower is a UNESCO world heritage site because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries. the tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of the defence system and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.
The Padrao dos Descobrimentos is also in Belem and was rebuilt in 1960 as the original was built in 1940 as a temporary beacon during the Portuguese World Exhibition and was demolished shortly afterwards.
The other UNESCO World Heritage Site is Jeronimos Monestery. It is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese late gothis Manueline style.
We rode the tram and was surprised at how quick they rattle along the roads.
There was a spring market in one of the many plazas, so we had our first taste of ruby port.
We walked down the famous Pink Street which is now a busy nightlife spot in Lisbon.
We think that everyone who visits Lisbon should have a trip up the Santa Justa Lift. This elaborate Gothic wrought iron lift was completed in 1902 and climbs 7 stories (148 feet) to a look out over the City.
We visited the famous Time Out market which is full of pop up restaurants as well as being a traditional food market.
Lisbon is definitely up there as one of the best cities we have visited so far and it has also made our return one day list too. So our advice if you are in Portugal don’t leave it off your list.