Lisbon is Portugals’ hilly, coastal, capital city. Lisbon is made up of a handful of neighborhoods the most popular for tourism being Alfama, Bairro Alto and Belém.
Recommended length of stay: 3 nights is the perfect amount of time to see the city, and even allowed for a day trip to Sintra. I would add more time if you want to do a day trip to Cascais as well, we didn’t make it here, but have heard great things!
Getting around: Public transportation is the way to go, don’t even think about attempting to drive in Lisbon. You can take a cab, tram or UBER!!! I do not travel with a car seat for my daughter, most all Uber’s have booster seats for kids (not that she was booster seat age), but they accepted this. Taxi’s didn’t care one way or another about having a car seat, she just say on my lap. Our absolute favorite was of getting around were the Trams, make sure to get a day pass so you can ride the trams unlimited all day! Make sure to get the day pass for the tram, there was a store right around the corner from the Air BNB that sold the passes. My daughter was 20 months old, and she was free of charge on trams. We literally just jumped on the Trams and explored the city. Use google maps on your phone for the trams, on board the trams there is WIFI!
Accommodations: Our Air BNB was in a perfect location. It was a second floor apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with The tram was literally right outside our building. Make sure to get the day pass for the tram, there was a store right around the corner from the Air BNB that sold the passes.
Highlights & Sights: You must take the famous Tram 28, it is a great way to see the sights, take it in the evening before you head to dinner. I’d recommend getting on at the starting station, that way you get a seat. Head towards Belem Tower. You must go to Pastéis de Belém this is the original bakery for the famous pastry, the lines can be long in high season, we waited 5 minutes, get 6. You won’t regret it. LX Factory www.lxfactory.com very cool factory turned into a hip shopping/dining scene – great mid day spot to wander and have a bite
Restaurants: There were 2 great restaurants around the corner from the Air BNB. Taberna da Esperanca & the sister restaurant a few doors down (i’ll have to find the name) Park Bar, oddly enough a bar literally on top of a parking garage, enter the parking garage, then take the elevator to the 5th floor, and you’ll find it. It is amazing with stunning views of the city, go here for sunset, before dinner. Calcada do Combro 58, Lisbon 1200-115, Portugal.