Posts in category: Lisbon Area

Planning your next Lisbon getaway? If you’re heading to the Portuguese capital, one place to have on your radar is the iconic Belém district. Located southwest of the city center on the Tagus River, Belém was once the heart of Lisbon’s bustling maritime trade. These days, the district is a must for visitors looking to explore Lisbon’s top sights and historic attractions. The top Belém tourist attractions are anything but boring. Pack your walking shoes and grab yourself a fresh pastéis de Belém to snack on. There’s a lot to see and do in Belém Lisbon! Source: uroburos via Pixabay 1. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos As soon as you arrive in Belém Lisbon, you can’t miss the Jerónimos Monastery. This stunning building casts an imposing figure over the district, with its impressive, Late Gothic architecture. The monastery was once the home of the monks of the Order of Saint Jerome—creators of the original pastéis de nata. 2. Fábrica dos Pastéis de Belém Speaking of, the famous flaky pastry pastéis de nata is synonymous with the city of Lisbon. But it is here in Belém that you can taste the most authentic version. Visit the bakery Pastéis de Belém to sample some of the secret recipe made famous by the monks of Jerónimos Monastery. You can find similar versions of this popular Portuguese custard tart at bakeries all over Lisbon, but it’s only here in Belém that you can taste the original. Source: Iantomferry at English Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) 3. Centro Cultural de Belém Located next to the monastery is the Belém Cultural Center. Designed by architect Vittorio Gregotti, Centro Cultural de Belém was built to host the European Parliament in 1996. Belém Cultural Center is now Portugal’s largest cultural building and home to some of Lisbon’s best art exhibitions. View…

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From its sweet puff pastry to its spicy piri-piri sauce, Portuguese food is bursting with flavor! If you’re visiting Lisbon, you’re in luck. Here are the best Portuguese dishes worth trying. Where to eat in Lisbon Time Out Market If you’re looking for the best food and drink Lisbon has to offer, Time Out Market is a must. Head here while visiting Lisbon and sample as much Portuguese cuisine as you can! Time Out Market is a tourist-friendly hot spot, perfect for tasting the highlights of Lisbon’s best restaurants. In the morning, grab a few snacks and a seat at one of the long, family-style tables to watch the locals passing through for the day’s fresh produce. What to eat in Lisbon Pastéis de Nata Centuries ago, monks in Belém filled flaky, buttery pastries with creamy egg custard. These days, the delicious pasteis de nata is one of the most beloved treats in Portugal. You simply can’t visit Lisbon without getting your hands on one (or several) of these! The best pastel de nata in Lisbon is found near its source, at a cafe called Pastéis de Belém. If you’re not near Belém, you can pick up some of these traditional Portuguese custard tarts at most bakeries in Lisbon. Bacalhau Bacalhau, or salted cod, is a staple of Portuguese cuisine. Drying and salting the fish was a way to preserve the cod long before refrigeration. Salted cod became an essential part of the Portuguese diet for both ordinary and upper-class people. Now, you’ll find an endless variety of salt cod recipes to try while visiting Lisbon. Portuguese dishes with cod include crunchy pastéis de bacalhau, or fried codfish fritters reminiscent of a croquette. Bacalhau à brás is one of the most famous recipes in Portugal. It’s made from shredded cod,…

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If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, a stop in Porto is a must. Luckily, it’s only 313 kilometers (about 195 miles) from Lisbon and easy to reach from the capital city. Downtown Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a historic center and colorful houses. It’s also the birthplace of port wine and home to plenty of wineries where you can sip the sweet drink. If that’s not tempting enough, a few days in Porto could also include seafood, beaches, bike rides, hiking, or even a boat cruise in the lush Douro Valley. So, what’s the best way to get there? There are six popular options for transportation between Lisbon and Porto, and we’ve gathered all the details in one place. Use this guide to decide which one works best for you! How to get from Lisbon to Porto by Bus Price: 19 euros Time: 3.5 hours Stations: Lisboa Sete Rios or Lisboa Oriente Reservation needed? Yes Best for: Budget travelers The most popular bus service from Lisbon to Porto is Rede Expressos. Buses leave once or twice an hour between 6:15 in the morning and 12:30 at night, and you can find the complete Rede Expressos bus schedule here. The bus is a convenient transport option because they leave from both the Sete Rios bus station in the northwest of the city and the Oriente station in the northeast. Both are connected to central Lisbon by public transport. The time of the trip varies based on which station you leave from, but it’s about 3.5 hours to get from Lisbon to Porto by bus and the cost per ticket is 19 euros. The route is direct and although there are stops along the way, you won’t have to disembark or change buses. Just remember this is a…

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