20 things to do in Lisbon Travel Guide

Lisbon was the final stop of our European
tour and we couldn’t have chosen a better destination. The city immediately won us over
with its cheery pastel buildings, delicious fresh seafood, and it’s unique mix of attractions.
It also didn’t hurt that we had clear blue skies the whole week we were there! The following
video will highlight 20 things to do in Lisbon and we hope it will give you a few ideas of
some of the sights this beautiful city has to offer. Our first stop of the day was São Jorge Castle,
which is an old Moorish fortification that sits on a hill overlooking Lisbon and the
Tagus River. You can get some nice panoramic views of the city from here, and they also
have peacocks roaming the grounds. Miradouro das Portas do Sol is one of the
many look out points in Lisbon that offers postcard-perfect views of the city. This particular
terrace overlooks the Alfama district and it is always popular with tourists. Carmo is a medieval convent that was ruined
during the 1755 earthquake, and today it is used as an archaeological museum. It’s a strange
feeling walking down the ruined nave of the church and seeing blue skies above your head,
but that’s exactly what makes it worth
a visit. Good morning from Lisbon. We made it to Portugal
and today is our first day out sightseeing. And our first order of business had to be
food of course. So today we’re actually trying this. And this is called pastéis de nata
or pastéis de Belém. And it is basically an egg custard tart and it looks absolutely
delicious. These actually originated over at the Jerónimos Monastery which is just
over there. And it was a recipe created by the monks.
So it looks like they were good bakers guys. Pretty tasty looking. So we picked these up from the original store
where they were first produced. And it was absolutely chaos inside. And something that
is really cool is that the first time we ever tried these was actually in Asia when we were
in Macau. A former Portuguese settlement. Yes, and you can find these in Brazil and
Hong Kong. Anywhere where the Portuguese went. Yeah, exactly. But now it is time to add this
to our little tarts. Alright, so what we have here is we have a pack of cinnamon and icing
sugar. Yes. So that is going to give it an extra sweet kick. Let’s sprinkle that on. I’ve had these before but never with icing
sugar and cinnamon so I think it is going to be extra special. The winning combo. Mmmm
hmmmm. That’s nice. Wow! It’s still warm. Fresh out
of the oven. And it is really nice. Have a look. I really like this because sometimes
when you have an egg tart it tastes like cooked egg. And that is just wrong. Dessert should
not taste like egg. But this is like a really nice creamy custard. Very sweet. It tastes
like a proper dessert. I’m happy. So like I mentioned earlier this recipe originated
in the Jerónimos Monastery and this is because apparently monasteries and convents used a
lot of egg whites in order to starch their clothes. Don’t ask me how this is done because
I’ve never used egg whites to starch my clothes. But apparently this meant that they had a
lot of egg yolks leftover and that is how they started baking and created this wonderful
recipe which was eventually sold to the pastry shop where we picked up our egg tarts. So
we are having the original recipe that the monks came up with here. Another place to visit is Belém Tower. The
tower was built on the banks of the Tagus River, and it was meant to act as both a defense
system and a ceremonial gateway into Lisbon. So behind me we have the Monument to the Discoveries
which celebrates the age of seafaring and discovery between the 15th and 16th Centuries.
And there are lots of famous explorers if you take a closer look. The Jeronimos Monastery is one of the most
visited sights in Lisbon. It’s one of the best examples of Late Gothic Manueline architecture,
so have a close look at the intricate detailing when you visit. So a really cool thing that we’ve noticed
about Lisbon is that there is a big Kiosk culture and you can find these little kiosks
in almost every park you go to. And here you’ll find people just hanging out, enjoying a drink,
having a little snack. And it seems to be a popular afternoon pastime. So we’re going
to go to a little kiosk as well and enjoy a little something something. For a different view of Lisbon, consider taking
a ferry to the other side of the Tagus River. You’ll get some great shots of the city and
it’s a really pleasant ride, especially if you luck out with blue skies and sunshine. So it is lunchtime here in Portugal and today
we took the ferry over from Lisbon to Cacilhas. And this is a great place to eat seafood because
we’re right by the Tagus River and fresh seafood is available at every single restaurant. So
we found a local little spot, Sam has ordered Salmon, and I’ve ordered halibut. So we’re
waiting for that to arrive and then we’re going to show you some Portuguese seafood. So our food has finally arrived so it is time
to take a tour of the plate. So have a look here. This is my halibut cooked on the grill
and we’ve got broccoli, carrots and boiled potatoes with olive oil on top. It looks delicious.
I’m ready to dig in. Mmmm. Nice fresh halibut. Really juicy and it is
so good with the lemon squirted on top. That’s a really nice light dish. That’s good because
I’ve been snacking all morning so I kind of need a light lunch at this point. But look
at that it’s nice and golden but still juicy in the inside. Mmm. Really good selection. And I also really like that the food here
in Portugal, whenever you order fish, it usually comes with boiled potatoes and lots of veggies
on the side. So I feel like I’m being healthy and the flavors are just enhanced when you
pour olive oil over top. It’s just such a simple recipe but it is so good. Mmmmhhhmmm. You seem to have a monster meal right in front
of you. Tell us, what did you get? Yeah, I got the salmon steak. And if you take a look
down here you’ll notice it is a very thick cut. Um, and I’ve been having this almost
every day since I’ve arrived in Lisbon so this is my favorite thing to eat in Portugal
for sure. I know, it is so good that we can’t get sick of it. And look at the size of that
steak. It’s massive. It almost takes up the whole plate. So the only difference between our two plates
is that you had the steamed or boiled vegetables and I have like a little garden salad over
here. So that’s nice a healthy. So that has onions, carrots, a little bit of cabbage,
lettuce and tomatoes. But this is the reason I came here and took
the ferry across the river. For fresh fish. Fresh fish. This is my first bite here. Oh,
it looks like I can see a little bit of a bone. Mmmm. Well, was it worth the ferry ride over? Yeah.
That’s good. Glad to hear it. Cacilhas lies on the south bank of the Tagus
and it was once a quiet fishing village. It makes for a really nice day trip, and they
have some great restaurants serving up fresh grilled seafood, so bring your appetite! A fun way to get around Lisbon’s hilly streets
is by riding the trams. There are different lines across the city, but #28 is the most
popular one with visitors. For another scenic look at Lisbon, you can
visit the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout. Here you’ll get some nice views that include
the castle. Rua Augusta is a lively pedestrian street
that offers a mix of shopping and restaurants. Just keep in mind that the prices can be a
little higher, since this area is primarily geared at tourists. The Commerce Plaza is another one of those
iconic sites in the city. It was once home to the Ribeira Palace, which was sadly destroyed
in the 1755 earthquake. There are a few little cafes on the fringes of the square, and it
can be a nice spot to people watch. The Santa Justa lift is an elevator that connects
the lower streets of Baixa with Carmo Square, and it is the only remaining vertical elevator
in Lisbon. Though it is meant to serve a functional role, it is also quite popular with visitors
who find the elevator a novel idea. So for today’s lunch video we’re eating one
item alone. We are trying Bacalhau which is dried salted cod and this is a fish that is
very popular here in Portugal. Now the cod used to be salted because that is the method
of preservation that they used before refrigerators were widely available so that meant fish became
really hard and salted. And then once you actually wanted to cook it you had to soak
it in water just to remove a bit of the salt and also soften it again. And that is a food
tradition that has been passed down. So today we are trying three different items. If you
want to have a look here. All prepared with cod – Bacalhau. Oh la la. So since I’m being a gentleman over here I’ll
let you choose the first of the three to try. Well, I’m going to choose Bolinhos de Bacalhau.
And we actually have two of those so no problem. We each get one. So this is actually a little
cake made with cod fish. It’s a savory cake not a sweet cake. Um, it is made with mashed
potatoes, fish, parsley and egg. And it is deep-fried. Let me show you the inside. So
you can really see the fiber of the fish in there. Yeah, you can. It’s been rolled into
a little ball so it looks good. That’s a monster bite you took. I’m hungry.
That’s quite nice. So these little fish cakes can actually be served as an appetizer before
a big meal but because we’ve been kind of overdoing it with the big restaurant meals
today we’re having something smaller so it is just going to be a little bit of a snack
but I think filling enough. Alright, I’m also quite hungry as well. I
went for a really long jog this morning and I had a tiny breakfast so I’m ready for my
big bite. Have you ever had a fish cake pasty before? Yeah, I have I’m just trying to remember
where it was. I honestly can’t remember. And the neat thing about this is that of course
you taste the fish but it’s not overpowering. It’s definitely like a pastry as well too. So next up we’re trying this. This is a Portuguese
empanada. And it is quite different from the ones I’ve had in Argentina which are usually
half moon shaped. This is more like a little miniature pie. And apparently it is stuffed
once again with cod fish. So I’ve never had a cod fish empanada before. Let’s see. Yeah,
that’s pretty unique. What does it look like inside? Have a look in there. I think there
is more than fish in there to be honest. Perhaps potatoes. So it looks like and tastes like
cod fish, potatoes and maybe even a little bit of spinach. It’s really nice. And last but not least. Well something had
to be picked last so let’s try this one. So this is something that we just saw on the
counter and like hey that’s cod. Let’s try it. Mmmm. This is my favorite one. You know what this
one tastes like? It tastes like cod fish Korean jeon. It’s like the Korean pancakes. It is
really crispy and really tasty. This is awesome. You’re going to like this one. So is that
battered fish or is it breaded? Yeah, it is battered. Or is it just fried? It’s battered
and fried and crispy on the outside. So for a nice green escape come to the Tropical
Botanical Gardens. We’ve been walking around in the shade and we’ve also noticed there
is hardly anyone here And I think we just found the shortest bridge
in all of Lisbon. You don’t even need the bridge. Hop to the other side. And the other
side – one more time. Lisbon Cathedral is the oldest church in the
city. It has survived many earthquakes and seen many modifications, which is why it has
a mix of architectural styles. Lastly, take a minute to enjoy Lisbon at nighttime.
This is a city where things don’t get going until quite late in the night, so don’t miss
out by calling it in early. And that’s a wrap for our week in the Portuguese
capital! We hope you enjoyed this video and that it gave you some ideas of things to do
in Lisbon. As always, if you have any other suggestions for travelers of places to visit
and things to do around town, feel free to share them in the comments below. Wishing
you happy travels!


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