Lisbon is Portugal’s capital as well as its largest city. Located on the north banks of the River Tagus with the Atlantic Ocean to its west, Lisbon is known as a hub of finance, international trade, tourism, and the arts.
The many museums, parks and gardens make Lisbon a European must-see. It is also the perfect destination for the nocturnal-loving tourist seeking a lively nightlife scene. The weather in Lisbon makes for an ideal vacation spot with its mild winters and hot summers. There are many ways to experience Lisbon authentically thanks to programs like Withlocals. Here are our top 5.
Best Way to Instagram the City
Want to impress your social media followers with amazing photos of Lisbon? Then you’ve got to get to the most beautiful places in the city. Taking a photo tour with a local guide is a great way to capture the most famous attractions in Lisbon like the Carmo Lift in the Alfama District, the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, the iconic Belem Tower at the mouth of the Tagus River and Miradouro Sao de Alcantara viewpoint. Getting guidance from a local on where to get the best images will make your photos pop.
Best Way to Sample Local Cuisine
What better way to get a “taste” of Portuguese culture than to go on an epic food tour in Lisbon? Let a local lead you to the best spots to sample delicacies like Moelas stew, Bolinhos de bacalhau (codfish fritters), pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts), Alheira sausage, and more. You’ll also try the ginjinha (sour cherry drink) to wash it all down! The best part? You’ll be on foot so you can still take in the city life as you walk to each new restaurant.
Also check out my article The 27 Most Delicious Restaurants of Portugal
Best Way to Experience the Nightlife
Two words: Bar Crawl. That’s exactly what’s on the itinerary for a fun-filled evening sampling drinks and bar hopping in Lisbon after dark. Start the night off Euro-style at 10pm at a local bar, then walk your way to 3 more places, the last of which is a bouncing nightclub. A local guide will make sure you won’t end up at the touristy places and that you get around safely with your friends.
Best Way to Experience Fado Music
Fado + tapas is the perfect combination for a night on the town. Fado is traditional Portuguese music typically performed in pubs and cafés. What better to accompany the sounds of soulful Fado than scrumptious Portuguese tapas? A Fado and Tapas Tour will delight your senses, introducing you to new sounds and flavors.
Best Way to Get Out of Town
Sintra is known as a must-do day trip from Lisbon. A 25-minute drive through the Sintra mountains will bring visitors to the fairy-tale town of Sintra. The town is known for its 8th and 9th century royal retreats, estates and palaces, all of which landed sleepy Sintra on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Touring Sintra with a local will give you the opportunity to see the beautiful Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), the 15th century Sintra National Palace, the hidden Convento of the Capuchos ,as well as the westernmost point in Europe. As a bonus, your tour may also include a sampling of Sintra’s delicious pastries.