Lisbon: Best Things To Do

If you didn’t already know, I, Jessica took James on a surprise holiday and we went to LISBON! Our first trip of the year and I knew we had to go out with a bang, going to a country that we haven’t been together to before. We spent 4 (and a half) days in Lisbon and here are the things we did and would definitely recommend.

Ride a Traditional Funicular (to somewhere you don’t need to be)On route to finding the Castle, we decided to take the funicular as we’ve passed it many times throughout our days there. We simply felt we needed to because it was free with our Yellow Bus Tour* ticket, we don’t have them in the UK and James was fully convinced that it was “the way up to the Castle“, and I’m sure you can see where this is going, it was NOT the way up to the Castle! It was a cute ride regardless and a not so funny trip back down the steps and a whole load more up to the actual way to the Castle.

Go up the Justa Santa Lift and take in the ViewpointAlthough we did research and read posts on what to do in Lisbon, this is one we came across by accident and sometimes those moments are the best. Walking around the streets of Lisbon one night and we looked up in the distance and saw loads of people on this platform. As the nosey people we are, we decided to investigate and we came across the line to the Just Santa Lift and to our surprise it too was free with our Yellow Bus Tour*. The view was just as stunning during the night and in the day (we went twice)

Conquer your fears at Pilar 7 by the 25 de Abril BridgeIf you are anything like me and are afraid of heights, this is so not for you, but if you’re down for the challenge and experience, it’s definitely something different! As well as having a proper view of the bridge that looks very similar to the bridge in San Fransisco and the amazing view, and a wonderful view on the road below your feet a couple hundred meters high! You really feel the experience from the start of your journey going up and to top it all off we added a virtual reality experience of being on the bridge. Definitely worth the price and with our Yellow Bus Tour* ticket we got £2 off each.

Admire the history of the Castle and ViewpointAfter the longest and hardest walk up to the castle, we knew we had to justify the trip and go inside, and seeing an overview of Lisbon was so worth the pennies and Instagram worthy. Although we didn’t take the audio tour, it was jut nice to walk around the grounds, take pictures, enjoy the views and slow strolling.

Hop On and Off the Yellow Bus Tour*We got the All-in-One Yellow Bus Tour* tickets which was valid for 72 hours. One ticket covers 6 lines, including busses, trams and boat. The Tagus Bus Tour, Olisipo Bus Tour and Belém Bus Tour offers you unforgettable views 4 metres high over the city, travelling across the Belém, Baixa, Eduardo VII Park and Parque das Nações areas. On rail, the red trams of the Hills Tramcar Tour and the green trams of Castle Tramcar Tour travel through the Lisbon main quarters’ narrow streets. Finally, the Yellow Boat Tour shows you that the view of Lisbon from the Tagus River is something that you should not miss, and gives you the opportunity to go up the Cristo Rei statue at the Cacilhas stop.

Relax on the Cable CarsVisit the other side of Lisbon, ride the cable cars, enjoy the amazing views and take it all in. We bought a all round ticket, but we did get off the of other end and stopped by the very interesting building/hotel on the other side for a very expensive coffee and jumped back on the cable cars back.

Eat at the Time Out Market

After a long day of being a tourist, take a lunch/dinner stop at the only Time Out market in Europe or start your day in the fresh market. With so much variety of dishes, from burgers to a fancy fillet of cod, you are spoilt for choice!

So there it is, the things we did and would recommend in Lisbon, of course we’d also recommend eating all the custard tarts and going on a Secret Food Tour but you’ll have to check out the food blog for that.

Have you ever been to Lisbon? What would you recommend that we missed?

Let us know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary tickets to the Yellow Bus Tour* in exchange for an honest review.

However as always, all pictures and views are our own.


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  1. Anomalous Chloe
    January 17, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Your trip looks incredible, love that you were able to surprise James! That clear bridge with the view looks incredible! Chloe ❤ http://www.anomalouschloe.com

    • Food and Baker
      January 18, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      It was so lovely to travel again. So happy I managed to keep it as a secret for so long hahaThank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. Alisha Valerie Gerrard
    January 21, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I'm super jealous that you got to go and explore here, it looks so stunning! Your pictures are beautiful. You've made me want to pack a bag and go exploring myself now haha! Thank you for sharing 🌸💜✨With love, Alisha Valerie. xwww.alishavalerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/alishavalerie

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 12:06 am

      Yes yes yes! Exploring a new city is the best thing to do!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. Hello Bexa
    January 22, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Loving your photos! A bus tour is a fantastic way to explore a city and see the sights. Great post, thanks for sharing your ideas of things to do in Lisbon! <3Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 12:15 am

      It was a great trip! The bus tour is definitely the best way!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. Envy
    January 22, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Now I'll never make the mistake of thinking the funicular will take me to the castle, hahaha. Lisbon has been on my travel list for a while because of the funicular, but I keep going to other places… Not really sure why, because I haven't been in Portugal in forver.x Envy

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 12:48 am

      Hahaha! Lisbon is definitely the place to visit – hope you get to go soon!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. Susanne
    January 22, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    That sounds absolutely fantastic. I need to add Lisbon to my bucket list, this post has wet my appetite

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 1:09 am

      Lisbon is a beautiful place, you would absolutely want to put it on your bucket list!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. Freya Fleming
    January 22, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    I've never been to Lisbon, but it's definitely on my travel bucket list. Thank you for the recommendations and tips!xoxoFreyatgifreya.wordpress.com

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 1:11 am

      Really hope you get to go soon, you'd love it so much!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. Eve Morgan
    January 22, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Great post! Myself and my boyfriend are considering going to Lisbon. I love the look of the funicular in your photo, the artwork is really cool. Lisbon looks like a beautiful place, thank you for sharing your photos.

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 1:20 am

      You two should definitely go, it's a wonderful place to visit and so much to see, you'd enjoy it so much!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. Sophie Hearts
    January 22, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I'm so glad you had such a good time! Lisbon's not really ever been a place that I've thought of going but it looks so fun!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 1:23 am

      Portugal has always been only list to visit and has lived to my expectations! Def worth visiting!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. Make Me Up Inside
    January 22, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    This looks like such an incredible trip! I really want to check out Lisbon with my boyfriend as well it looks like there are so many nice things to see!Carla x https://makemeupinside.wordpress.com/

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 1:24 am

      It really was an incredible trip, you both would love it there!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. Lisa McLachlan
    January 22, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Wow, your photos are gorgeous, I can't believe how much you did and saw in just four days! I've never been to Lisbon but I love the sound of the Time Out market 😋 xLisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Food and Baker
      January 25, 2018 / 1:28 am

      Thank you so much, we tried to do as much as we can in 4 days and the Time Out market was a good stop for food and experience!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  11. abbeylouisarose
    January 27, 2018 / 9:22 am

    Sadly I didn’t get to see that much of Lisbon during my time in Portugal for my yoga retreat last summer, I wish I’d had the chance to go on the cable cars as they look amazing! The Yellow Bus Tour tickets sound fantastic especially as they give you discounts to so many other wonderful attractions! So glad that you guys had such a great time, despite the castle not quite being where you envisioned it hehe!Abbey ❤️ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Such a shame, but definitely a reason to go back! We had the best time using the Yellow Bus Tour, such a life saver!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  12. Kate Winthrop
    January 28, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Ooh I have never been to Lisbon and admittedly it wasn't really on my list until now (how DO you do that!). Your pictures look absolutely incredible! Pillar 7 sounds scary but thrilling, although I also have a fear of heights so maybe I should leave that off the list! The Yellow Bus tour is genius too, I love how your posts always cover off cool ways to access and see more of the city! Kate x http://www.findingkate.co

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      Haha you have to go to Lisbon! It's amazing, we loved it there. The Yellow Bus Tour was the best and it definitely convinced us to go the Pillar 7!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  13. Lifethrough Tsg
    January 28, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I would not be able to do the Pilar 7 by 25 challenge, it makes me shiver just thinking about it! It sounds like you had a really good time in Lisbon though. I just admit, I have only been to Portugal once, but it kind of put me off because I had such a bad experience. Lisbon looks completely different and really cool though!Hayley xhttp://lifethroughtsg.com

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Oh no, that's such a shame to hear about your bad experience! Lisbon would be a good one for you to change your mind about Portugal!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  14. Charlotte Clark
    February 12, 2018 / 11:06 pm

    Wow, Lisbon looks truly amazing! There are so many things in that list that I'd love to dod I'm so envious that you manage to travel to so many wonderful places!

    • Food and Baker
      February 13, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      It was truly amazing, you'd love it there! We're very blessed to do what we do!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  15. Ashlee Moyo
    March 20, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    Amazing post! I definitely need to get back to Lisbon and see some of your recommendations that I didn't see when I was there. The Yellow Bus Tours definitely seems like a must for next time.Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

    • Food and Baker
      March 22, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      The Yellow Bus Tour was great to experience so much in such a short time!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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