What to see and due in Lisbon, Portugal
I have only spent two afternoons in Lisbon so my experience was tragically brief but nonetheless I got a taste for the city and hope to visit it again.
My few hours involved taking a bus from Lisbon airport right into the city center – the bus ride was about 20 to 30 minutes and provides almost a tour bus view into Lisbon. The bus rambles down the main streets and circles one of the main squares, Don Pedro IV Square. The square has small black and white stones making patterns on the floor – you will find these stones and different patterns all over Portugal in squares and on sidewalks just make sure you admire the patterns and remember to look up so you don’t run into anything.
From the Don Pedro IV Square (which has beautiful fountains) you can walk to the train station which is another picturesque site. Also if you ride up the escalators where the trains depart and go to your left there is a great outdoor area with panoramic views of the city and the Castelo de Sao Jorge. (Europe has many grand train stations that are works of art in themselves but Portugal has some of the most elegant train stations, I think!)
The Don Pedro IV Square also acts as a good reference point. From there you can walk down towards the water and eventually to the Praca do Comercio, another main square. While walking towards this square you will pass the main shopping streets. Make sure to note the tiled buildings (a characteristic of the country) and be mindful of the trams; I believe they have the right of way.
I only had time to stand in the middle of the Praca do Comercio square and turn in circles to see all the buildings before rushing back to catch my bus and catch my plane. Nevertheless during my few hours in Lisbon I saw the highlights in a quick flash and hope to return soon to explore everything in more detail.
– Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what I shouldn’t miss on my next trip to Lisbon, Portugal!