City Break: Lisbon – TripIt Blog

City break (noun): a short break spent in a city, such as when on a business trip.

Before going to the fun, there is a city break – a short period of leisure time that gives you access to the cultural and culinary benefits that the big cities have to offer. In this series from TripIt, we explore some of the best cities in the world for planning a quick trip or extending a business trip.

Here are our tips for making the most of your city break in Lisbon.

Where to fly

Lisbon is served by Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), located seven kilometers (less than four and a half miles) from the city center.

Once in the country, travelers have a number of public transportation options to continue their journey, including the Metro, buses, trains, and buses. For example, if your hotel or vacation rental is located in the city center, you can take the ‘Aeroporto – Saldanha’ line (aka the red line) to get from the airport to downtown Lisbon. about 20 minutes.

Alternatively, cars and buses are available from LIS.

Where to stay during the city break

the broken city of Lisbon

When talking about hotels in the city of Lisbon, Brown’s Central Hotel is true to its name – it is centrally located with easy access to the city’s attractions (it’s only two minutes to the Santa Justa Lift), the Metro, and shops, restaurants, and stores. restaurants.

The Ivens, owned by Portuguese tourists Roberto Ivens and Hermenegildo Capelo, has 87 rooms, restaurants, and a jazz club. The rooms themselves are well designed to provide “a place where the seeker can rest.”

Are you looking for an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city? Memmo Alfama, located in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, has great views from its rooftop—not to mention its pool, perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing.

After mining the money? The Independente – part hotel, part guesthouse – offers a relaxed vibe, however. Perfect for solo travelers, budget travelers, or those looking for a unique stay.

Vacation rentals, like those booked through Airbnb, are available in Lisbon.

How to get around

the broken city of Lisbon

Part of the beauty of Lisbon is its ease of walking. Plan like packing comfortable shoes for walking from place to place.

Unable to walk or unwilling, Lisbon offers plenty of public transportation options, including four Metro lines, a bus station, and, of course, its buses.

Lisbon has two types of trams: the traditional (and more touristic) trams that run through the streets of the city center. There are new buses that are specifically designed, that is, designed to take you from A to B, and work in and out of the city center.

Oh, and we can’t forget about the trams—Lisbon’s uphill trams—Ascensor da Bica, Ascensor da Glória, and Ascensor do Lavra.

At the time of printing, a single tram ticket costs €3. On traditional trams, you can buy a ticket from the driver; The new trams have a ticket machine on board. There is also a 24-hour Viva Viagem transit pass, at a price of €6.40, which allows you to ride any tram, bus, or Metro. You can buy this pass at a Metro, ferry, or local train station.

Thinking of exploring Lisbon on two wheels? You have micromobility options for getting around, including bike and scooter sharing apps offered by Lime, Bird, Gira, and Hive (in the FREE NOW app).

Uber is available in Lisbon.

Tips: Use TripIt’s Navigator feature to explore the transportation options available to you. It will show you the estimated costs and travel times for each option, so you can decide which one works best for you. For example, if you add a restaurant reservation to your trip (more on where to eat, below), Navigator also helps you find the best transportation options for getting to your table. You can find Navigator within the specific screens of your plan.

If you plan to travel outside of Lisbon to other cities in Portugal (for example, Porto), you have many options to do so, but the best and most convenient option is to measuring the environment through the train Comboios de Portugal. If you choose to do this, I recommend that you book in advance, and take the Alfa Pendular (versus the Intercidades) because it is a higher train (that is, less rest) and offers a more comfortable cabin .

Where to eat


Breakfast on the brain? For a caffeine fix and delicious coffee, pop into Copenhagen Coffee Lab. The organic coffee shop has several locations in Lisbon, including within walking distance of Brown’s Central Hotel.

Selling your model? Time Out Market Lisbon is your one stop shop for snacks, traditional dishes, drinks, desserts, and more. You can take a cooking class, and learn how to make (among other things) the classic Portuguese pastry, Pastel de Nata (pictured above).

A former textile factory, LxFactory is home to more than 50 restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as shops (more things to do in Lisbon, below), and is worth a visit for its dining options.

Looking for an overview of Portugal’s wine regions? Book a tasting at From the Vine, the first wine tasting bar in Portugal. Learn about the region’s wineries as you sip recommended wines and sample cheeses and appetizers.

Finally, let’s talk dinner tables. For traditional Portuguese dishes, choose from the delicious dishes at Taberna da Rua das Flores, Belcanto, Boi-Cavalo, or (my personal favorite) the Alfama Cellar.

Do you like Asian food? Think Yakuza for a fusion of flavors from East and West; Boa Bao for his mastery of culinary delights; or Bonsai, Portugal’s first Japanese restaurant.

Looking for vegan or vegetarian options? Check out the Food Store, Os Tibetanos, or Arkhe—with the latter, spend money accordingly.

More of a meat eater? Lisbon is also home to many steakhouses, including Taberna do Lopes First Floor, BYF Steakhouse, and Sala de Corte.

Tips: If possible, book the restaurant in advance. Download an app like The Fork to make recording (and searching) easier. Then, send your booking confirmation to TripIt to keep all your bookings in one place.

What to do on your city break

the broken city of Lisbon

If you haven’t heard of Fado before your trip to Lisbon, that will change soon. Fado—the style of music that found its roots in Lisbon around 1820—is melancholic, sometimes mournful, and unique to the landscape. Of course, the best way to understand Fado is to experience it yourself – and the place to do it is in A Baiuca. Can’t make a show, or want to re-energize yourself? You can visit the Museu do Fado (Fado Museum)—located in Alfama—”to see, hear, and experience Fado.”

As I said above, be sure to spend some time at LxFactory – especially if your trip falls on a Sunday, when there are more vendors and artisans .

Want to support independent bookstores on your travels? It’s the same. Check out Ler Devagar, who is at LxFactory. (Hint: Want to snap some photos for Insta while you’re sightseeing!) Close to the neighborhood of Chiado? Head to Livraria Betrand—the oldest working bookstore in the world. The English presentation is poor, but still worth watching.

Not so interested in shopping, and more in street photography? Lisbon is an art hunter’s dream! Explore street art on your own, or book a tour with Street Buddha Tours for a guided tour from a local street artist.

Lisbon is located on the Tagus River, you will have many options for enjoying a day on the water, including booking a beautiful boat ride and/or learning to surf (on the beaches next to). Even just walking along the riverfront will give you plenty of opportunities to see some of Lisbon’s most famous sights, including the Belém Tower, the 25 de Abril Bridge, and the picture Cristo Rei—it’s on the other side of the river, but it’s easy to see. from the end of Lisbon.

Want to go out on the town for the day? There are many nearby attractions worth your time, including a day trip with Keep It Local Tours to the wonderful town of Sintra, and/or catching the train to Cascais beach.

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