9 mistakes you shouldn’t make in Lisbon

Planning to visit Lisbon? A trip to this city will be wonderful anyway, but if you avoid the following mistakes, you will get the most out of your trip. Here’s what not to do in Lisbon.

Relax too much

Lisbon has a magical, peaceful atmosphere, but this is not always a good thing. Total beauty around, details from which it is impossible to take your eyes off, smiling good-natured locals, incredible summer heat sometimes make it difficult to focus. And pickpockets rejoice at this more than schoolchildren in quarantine. So make an effort on yourself and pull yourself together. Keep track of your belongings, do not carry your phone in your back pocket, do not shine with money and documents.

Ride on tram number 28

When you want to take a ride on the famous 28th tram, remember that not only you know about it, but also several thousand other tourists. At the starting stop, they line up, and then storm the transport in the hope of taking trump places at the windows.

Lisbon tram number E28 connects Martim Moniz with Campo de Ourique and passes through the popular districts of Graça, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. If this route is not important for you and you just want to ride one of the city’s trams, take the E24 tram. This is a recently opened route connecting Plaza Luis Camões with Campolide. And there are always empty seats.

Honestly, the 28th is much brighter outside than inside. Walking around Lisbon, you will fully experience the color of yellow trams and take a million photos against their background.

Settle on the left bank

It is a little expensive to live in the center of Lisbon, so many people prefer to book hotel-apartments-apartments in other areas. On the left bank of the Tagus in a suburb called Almada, the cost of housing is almost the lowest, but we would not recommend settling in these parts.

To get from Almada to the historic city, you need to cross the famous bridge on April 25. The path is certainly beautiful, but getting there every time is not an option. Sometimes the road is very congested and there is a risk after returning home to the question: “Where did you manage to be in Lisbon?” answer: “In a traffic jam.”

Book breakfast at the hotel

Don’t have breakfast at the hotel, don’t make a mistake. Many tourists believe that a morning snack at the hotel is a great idea. Perhaps, but not in Lisbon. Here it is nothing more than a waste of time. So, waking up, running into the city. There is enough good coffee shops and inexpensive food for everyone. Just imagine how you take stronger coffee, more aromatic pastries and watch the awakening of one of the best cities on this planet.

Planning to eat at a restaurant? When considering options, look at the menu: if there is an English translation, the institution is most likely for tourists. No one says this restaurant is bad, but finding an authentic place is priceless.

Stand in line for pashte in Belem

Almost every tourist in Lisbon considers it his duty to taste the local traditional pastries Pasteis de Nata at the Pasteis de Belem pastry shop. To taste the dessert in this particular establishment on the main street of the historic district – Belem, you need to stand in line. Here, by the way, there are two of them. In one, shorter, you have to wait to buy a dessert with you, in the other, rather long, to take a table in the pastry shop. If you don’t want to wait for youryu bun, like Hachiko, then boldly pass by.

Lisbon has a host of other wonderful pastelarias. Walk around the city and run into every one.

Belem cakes taste slightly different, but this does not mean that they are the best. You can’t call them the cheapest either. In all pastry shops in Lisbon, prices are about the same – about € 1.2.

Speak spanish

No gracias. Really. Spanish with Portuguese only distant relatives. So do not try to conquer the locals with Spanish words or phrases you know.

The Portuguese are non-contentious, friendly and will not say to the face that you have made a mistake with the country, but, most likely, they will be offended. Better learn how it will be in Portuguese “good afternoon”, “good morning”, “thank you”, “goodbye” and everyone will be happy.

Buy wine at Time Out Market

Time Out Market is a popular tourist destination that is usually packed to capacity. They always prepare quality meals and serve delicious drinks. Be sure to drop by here, feel the flavor, try the local cuisine, but remember: wine is here for the price of gold. If you are with the company and do not want to pay for a glass like for a bottle, go to any city supermarket. There you can get really good wine for € 3.

Rent a bike

Lisbon stands on the hills and cycling here, to put it mildly, is problematic. Just imagine how you push transport with a backpack on your shoulders, trying to get to the observation deck. This is unlikely to bring you much joy (but your coach will certainly be happy).

In Lisbon, it is not easy to drive not only downhill. Most of the city is covered with old cobblestones. It’s unrealistically beautiful, but if you’re on a bike, it’s really uncomfortable.

Listen to Fado in a tourist spot

Lisbon has a huge number of promoted places where you can get acquainted with the culture of the musical genre of fado. But visiting tourist restaurants for this business is not a good idea. The prices are high there and the atmosphere is not always true.

If you want to hear authentic Fado – such that the soul turns around and curls back up, go to the following establishments.

House of Fado Tasca do Chico (Bairro Alto)

Format: small tavern with Portuguese snacks and a bar.

The address: Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39.

Schedule: Sun – Thu from 19:00 to 02:00, Fri – Sat from 19:00 to 04:00.

Average check: € 25 for two.


Bela – Fado, vinho e petiscos (Alfama)

Format: a small restaurant with a homely atmosphere and live performances after 19:00.

The address: Rua dos Remédios, 186/190.

Schedule: Fri – Sun and Wed from 21:00 to 04:00, Tue and Thu from 20:00 to 04:00, Mon closed

Average check: € 40 for two.



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