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IFLY tipsPastéis de Belém (1 – 3 hrs)
Pastéis de Belém or Pasteis de Nata is a delicious Portuguese egg tart pastry. A very famous bakery where they make them is Pastéis de Belém at Rue Belem 84-92, where they bake these delicacies since 1837.
They have a restaurant as well, where you can enjoy the freshly baked specialities. But the bakery is so popular that it’s hard to get a table, especially on Sundays. People sometimes wait hours for a box of tarts. They sell approximately 10.000 tarts a day.
The bakery is open daily from 8 am to midnight. At their website you can have a virtual tour in the bakery and the restaurant and you can make a reservation as well.
Design Museum (2 hrs)
Mude Design and Fashion Museum is one of the world's leading museums of 20th century design and several critics see its collection as the best in Europe. The design collection consists of works by some 230 designers representing trends in design from around the world.
There are works by design icons such as Philippe Starck, Charles Eames, George Nelson, Arne Jacobsen, Paul Henningsen, Vener Panton, Masanori Umeda, Henning Koppel, and Tom Dixon, and includes almost 200 design classics embracing innovative furnishings, glass, and jewellery from 1937 to the present.
In total it's 1000 design objects and over 1200 pieces of fashion by famous names such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Yves Saint Laurent.
It’s located at Rua Augusta 24 nearby Baixa/Chiado underground station. The opening hours are: from Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. On Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm. The museum is closed on Monday. You can visit the museum for free.
Lisbon by Segway (1½ hour)
Lisbon has many steep hills so sometimes it’s nice to have a different way of transportation. You can do a sightseeing tour by 2 and 4-seat electric buggy or a two wheeled Segway.
Red Tour has many different tours. During the tour you will be able to see Lisbon main attractions and glide from sight to sight on this cool narrated tour by a GPS audio guide that shows you the way and comment the main attractions along the tour. If you choose to do a tour on a Segway you will get a short instruction first.
The duration of an average tour is 1½ hour. However, it can take as long as you wish. You go at your own pace. You may complete the circuit in as little as one hour if your time is limited as well. The meeting point is at Rua dos Fanqueiros 18 and 22 (next to Praça do Comércio square). For more information about Red Tour, click here.
Sightseeing by Go Car (1 hr – 1 day)
Lisbon is an irregular city and getting around can be a bit of a challenge. And most of the main attractions are pretty spread out. So another good way to explore the city is by Go Car.
You can drive this yellow Go Car yourself. It takes you on a GPS-Guided-Tour that you won't soon forget. This clever talking car navigates and shows you the way.
A Go Car can go where the tour buses can’t. As you enjoy the drive, it takes you to all the best sites, gives you options, and tells the stories. The Go Car takes you to spectacular places few visitors get to see. It’s like having a local show you around. And best of all, the adventure happens at your pace. You can stop for photos, take detours, grab a coffee or break for lunch.
Go Car Tours is located at R. Douradores 16, just 100 metres away from Baixa/Chiado underground station. More information can be found here.
Discover Lisbon by bike (2 hrs – 3 weeks)
If you like to discover Lisbon and surroundings by bike you can easily rent a bike at Bike Iberia. This company offers guided, independent or tailor-made tours and offers rental services for high-quality bikes.
You can bike in Lisbon itself, but you can also go outside the city and make a tour of several days or even weeks. There are guided tours and self-guided tours available.
Bike Iberia is located at Largo Corpo Santo 5 in Baixa. It’s open all year from 9.30 am. More information about their tours and rentals can be found here.
Adega Machado (2 hrs)
When you visit Portugal you have to visit a typical Portuguese restaurant where they sing the Portuguese Fado, which is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor.
Adego Machado at Rua do Norte 91 is a great place to hear this music from the soul. The place opened in 1937. A dinner will cost approximately 35 Euro per person. The restaurant opens at 8.15 pm and around 9 pm they start playing music and sing the Fado.
Trendy bars (1 night)
Lisbon has some wonderful trendy bars. One of them is the popular Lux. This lively, clubby spot, housed in a former warehouse at Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, boasts a labyrinth of interconnected rooms. It's a quirky, theatrical space packed with sofas and offbeat furniture, the music is seriously good and the atmosphere is cool without being pretentious. The upstairs bar is the place to go for decent drinks and laid-back lounging while the downstairs dance-floor is for more hardcore partying. Lux is open from Thursday to Saturday from 11 pm to 6 am.
Another great place is K Urban Beach at Rua da Cintura. This place is open seven days a week from 6 pm to 4 am. It’s a restaurant, bar and discotheque. It is found on the riverfront in the Santos district, right next to the restaurant ‘Kais’. It’s called ‘K Urban Beach’, with the ‘K’ in the name coming from ‘Grupo K’, the team behind some of Lisbon’s hottest clubs and restaurants.
Flea market (2 hrs)
Feira da Ladra in Alfama at Campo de Santa Clara, is Lisbon’s legendary flea market. Feira da Ladra means more or less ‘market of thieves’.
The market runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6 am to 3 pm. If you are looking for buying ‘opportunities’, or things that fell of a lorry, make sure you go there early, cause like on all flea markets, the good stuff is sold first.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate the price. It’s part of the game and if you don’t you’ll pay far too much. You will find a lot of second-hand stuff and rare things at the market.
Coastal Towns (1 day)
There are many nice coastal towns outside Lisbon, which are worth a visit. You can go to the popular Cascais for example.
Cascais is about 30 kilometres west of Lisbon. It is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 19th and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists. You can go to Cascais by train from Lisbon’s central station. It’s the last stop of the train and the ride will take 30 minutes.
A bit less touristic but great for the beaches is Costa da Caparica. From the town you can take a small train that drives along the beaches. Just hop off somewhere you like to go. This train runs until 7 pm, so make sure you will be back in town before that. The easiest way to go to Caparica is by taxi. Ask the driver to bring you to Nova Praia for the train.
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Language of the world
Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Lisbon.