Almada - take a ferry over the Tagus for lunch
Lisbon seems to sit on the ocean. In reality that's the River Tagus estuary. And the Atlantic is 20 km downstream.
Catch the Tagus ferry for Almada. Stroll along the waterfront. Then find a local restaurant.
Most serve up views of Lisbon's skyline. We like Ponto Final. Go for classics like baked octopus. Pair it with crisp vinho verde. And enjoy Lisbon from another angle.
Almada's a good value district. Consider Cacilhas Guest Apartments for your stay.
Lx Factory - one of the cool things to see in Lisbonn
LX Factory scores high on cool. But the atmosphere's friendly. It's described as a 'creative island'. And the history's fascinating.
Want an arty place to stay? Book Dear Lisbon - Charming House in Bairro Alto.
Largo do Carmo - what to see in Lisbon Chiado
The convent dates to 1389. Damaged by the 1755 earthquake, it's still a partial ruin. But that's part of the appeal.
Check out the on-site museum. Its artefacts include a pair of child mummies. The museum shop has great city views.
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Sunsets - things to see in Lisbon with locals
Lisbon is built on seven hills. Each comes with spectacular views. Just add 300 days of sun a year. And you've a European sunset capital.
Sunset gazing is a Lisbon ritual. So find a miradouros and join.
Try Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen in Graça. It's named for the Portuguese poet who lived nearby. And locals love it here on warm evenings. So expect lively as the sun sets.
See the view from the river. Take a sunset sail on the Tagus from Lisbon.
Lisbon beaches - by rail or road
Easy to reach by train
Cascais and Estoril are 30 minutes from Lisbon by train.
Estoril's Praia do Tamariz is wide, sandy and good for swimming. Praia de Conceição in Cascais rents paddleboards.
Better by car
Try Praia da Adraga near Sintra. It's a pretty bay liked by locals. And the beach is lovely at sunrise and sunset.
Sétubal's Arrabida Natural Park has several idyllic beaches. Go for Galapinhos or “little Galapagos”.
Hang out longer by the beach. Book Farol Hotel in Cascais.
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