The comparison with San Francisco comes quite easily. By the Ponte 25 de Abril – probably the most famous landmark of Lisbon. The red bridge resembles the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The best points to enjoy the view of the bridge are the statue Christo Rei or the Torre de Belém. The highlight is the old town and the boulevard “Avenida da Liberdade”.
HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC TRAMWAY
The beauty of this city: you can visit all its sights with a different highlight. With the historic tram. Line 28E of the Lisbon tramway (Portuguese: Carreira 28E dos Eléctricos de Lisboa) takes you past almost everywhere. Among other things, close to São Jorge Castle. From here you have a gigantic view of the old town, the Ponte 25 de Abril and the statue Cristo do Rei. It’s well worth it.
View of the historic city railway in Lisbon. (Image source: unsplash / julian-dik)
Also worth seeing is an artfully designed lift in the middle of Lisbon, which in turn connects the districts of Baixa (lower town) with Chiado and Bairro Alto (upper town). The Elevador de Santa Justa. It is a 45-metre-high steel tower, richly decorated in neo-Gothic style. Its upper entrance is in the small square Largo do Carmo, the lower one is near Rossio and the metro station Baixa-Chiado in Rua Santa Justa.
View of the beautiful historic old town of Lisbon. (Image source: unsplash / pasqualino-capobianco
Needless to say, there is also a cheap city map in Portugal’s capital. You might say about such cards that it’s expensive, unnecessary fun, but for a weekend in Lisbon, it’s the best and easiest way to get into museums and other cultural institutions quickly and easily.
BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC OLD TOWN
The original living culture of the locals can be experienced directly in the historic old town. So taking a hotel there is practically a must. One hotel that has never let us down is the 9Hotel Mercy in Rua da Misericodia. An adequate place to eat – not only for journalists – is the Clube de Jornalistas in Rua das Trinas 129. The beauty of Lisbon is also the simple fact that the city is located by the sea. A trip to the beach should be in the cards. A suburban train takes you to the popular Carcavelos beach in 20 minutes.
Small alleys and winding streets are simply part of Lisbon’s old town. (Image source: unsplash / Toni Zaat)
Lisbon’s tourist map: https://www.lisboacard.org/de/
9Hotel Mercy: http://www.9-hotel-mercy-lisbon.pt
Clube de Jornalistas http://restauranteclubedejornalistas.com
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