buildings covering hillside in Lisbon

AWCA members are an adventurous bunch! Many of us are frequent and enthusiastic travelers, so this new series aims to share travel tips each month. Each recommendation below comes from the real-life experiences of people you know and trust. Do you have suggestions for our members? Please fill out our short survey.

This month's destination is Lisbon!

Lodging:

  • Hotel Intercontinental - Huge rooms, great location, beautiful spa and breakfasts, great service
  • Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisboa - great location, really lovely, not outrageously expensive. Breakfast was great, and there's a big deck overlooking the water that's perfect for soaking up the sun (even in January!)
  • Hotel Lisboa Plaza - 4 star hotel, small but well equipped, lovely staff. Recommended by Myra Viviane Engelen.
  • Dolce CampoReal Lisboa - Wonderful (golf) resort between Lisbon and Torres Vedras. Suites, duplex rooms etc. Great spa, restaurant is fantastic, 3 pools, golf green, spa and again lovely staff. Recommended by Myra Viviane Engelen.

Restaurants:

  • Clube do Peixe - Delicious fresh seafood in family style restaurant. We went 3 times in one week because fish was so fresh and service was excellent.
  • Restaurante Faz Figura - recommended by Myra Viviane Engelen.
  • O Prego - sandwich with thin steaks beef or pork. Recommended by Myra Viviane Engelen.
  • Casa Brasileira - A magnificent tiny bar that caters to half the city. Amazing to see so many orders made in no time. Breakfast, lunch, in between bites anything sweet and/or savory!! Order a “Galaõ” (=latte) with pastel de nata or round 5 : “branquinho e pastel bacalhao”....white wine and cod croquette. Recommended by Myra Viviane Engelen.
  • Koppu Ramen
  • Pasteis de Belem
  • Time Out Market
  • Hamburgueria do Bairro
  • Gelato at Santini or Sorbettino

Activities:

  • Praca do Comercio - waterside public plaza
  • Ribeira das Naus
  • Day trip to Sintra to Castelo de Mauros & Palacio de Pena are amazing. Wear tennis shoes for Castelo de Mauros because it is rustic walking/hiking.
  • Pena Palace in Sintra (do a day trip that includes Sintra, Cabo de Roca, Cascais and Estoril)
  • Pro tip: Sintra is most crowded on Mondays because lots of Lisbon sights are closed that day so everyone goes to Sintra; no matter what day you go, get there early to avoid lines at Pena Palace.
  • Visit the Pantheon on a hot day! Combine history with the cool building and beautiful fados. Recommended by Myra Viviane Engelen.
  • Oceanario - A magnificent aquarium built for the EXPO, close to a big mall and with lots of terraces. Great place to watch a soccer game and have beer (Um Imperial is draft beer). Recommended by Myra Viviane Engelen and several other AWCAers.
  • Museo Sporting - Visit a spectacular soccer stadium and museum about Lisbon's biggest sports club. Recommended by Myra Viviane Engelen.
  • Mafra National Palace and library (almost no one goes there, but it was fascinating side trip we combined with Obidos)
  • Maritime Museum
  • walking tour/Jewish history tour
  • LX Factory

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Next month we'll be sharing tips for Budapest! Please help fellow AWCAers by sharing your experiences in our our very short survey.