What to see and do in Lisbon?

When you are planning to go on holiday to Ericeira, it’s might be nice to combine it with a visit to the beautiful city of Lisbon. You can decide to spent a couple of nights in Lisbon before or after your trip to Ericeira, but it’s also possible to pack it into a day trip while staying at Ericeira Surf House. It’s a nice way to get a little break from all the surfing when your muscles are starting to feel sore.

But how do you get from Lisbon to Ericeira and vice versa?

The fastest and most convenient way to travel between these cities is to take a taxi or an Uber. This way you don’t need to worry about anything and you will be picked up and drop off right where you need to be. An Uber from Ericeira to Lisbon center will costs you between €40 and €50, where a taxi is just a bit more expensive. If you can find some other people to join the trip then you can split the costs and make it cheaper for everyone. With easy traffic, it will take you around 45 minutes door to door.

Budget minded travellers could also travel between Lisbon and Ericeira with public transport. There is a direct bus connection between Lisbon Campo Grande and Ericeira. Although most of the busses take quite long, there are also faster connections in the morning and evening hours. The bus goes on average once per hour and costs around €6 per person. The exact timetable you can find on the Mafrense website. To get from Lisbon Campo Grande to the city center, there are multiple options. You can either go with a taxi, bus or metro. Taking the metro is most common and you can then opt to either buy a single ticket or day pass. You can find more information regarding the metro here. Although it’s quite easy to travel between Lisbon and Ericeira with public transport, you have to count on approximately 1.5 to 2 hours per way.

You can of course also decide to travel by rental car. There are multiple rental companies, both in Ericeira and Lisbon. But besides the price you pay for the car, you have to take into account the costs for gas, parking and highway tolls.

Discover Lisbon

Now you know how to travel between Lisbon and Ericeira, you can start planning your day(s) in Lisbon. There’s so much to discover that we try to limit ourselves by giving a few cool tips based on own experiences and experiences from local residents. Let’s start by naming a few districts that are always awesome to visit: Bairro Alto, Baixa, Pink Street (Cais do Sodre), Alfama, Principe de Real, Rossio and Avenida da Liberdado. In these different districts, there is lots of nice stuff to see and do. We have summed op the highlights for you:

Cais do Sodre has Pink Street and the Time Out Market. And almost everywhere where you walk along the water (our tip would be to do so at Ribeira das Naus), you can see the famous bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) and the famous statue (Cristo Rei) on the other side of the bridge.
Food tips: Time Out Market, Pistola y Corazon, Dallas Burger Joint, Vicente by Carnalentejana.
Bar tips: Pensão Amor, A Tabacaria.

Just around the corner of Cais do Sodre is the Baixa district. It is called to be the heart of Lisbon and therefore offers a sweet range of places to see. Take a sky view on the Elevador de Santa Justa, walk around the Arco da Rua Augusta or check out the plaza of Rossio.
Food tips: Panda Cantina, Artis (wine bar with food), Café Buenos Aires, Grelha do Carmo.

Next to the Baixa district is Alfama. Here you will find the typical ancient architecture, churches, and steep hills that lead up to the Castelo de São Jorge. Don’t forget to relax and enjoy a sunset at the miradouro (view point) at Alfama.
Food tip: Casanova.
Club tip: One of the most famous clubs in Lisbon called Lux.

Another district close to this all is the famous Bairro Alto. Once you are walking this district, you will feel the creativity spark up around you. It’s a famous spot among artists and writers. And is filled with places to shop, sweet bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect district to visit both at day and night-time. But if you want to kick back, there’s also a famous miradouro here.
Food tip: El Ultimo Tango.
Bar tips: CINCO lounge, Park Bar.

Oh and by the way, if you want to see one of the most expensive shopping streets of Lisbon, don’t forget to go up north a bit of Bairro Alto where you can see it all on Avenida da Liberdade. Also up north of Bairro Alto is the Principe Real district. It’s like an extension of Bairro Alto and therefore you will also find stuff like galleries and antique shops, but also bars and clubs. A lot of these bars and clubs are LGBTQ minded. One of the eye catchers in the district is the beautiful Botanical garden of Lisbon.
Bar tips: Red Frog, Topo Martim Moniz, Seen Lisboa.

And if you like gardens and parks, don’t miss out on Jardim da Estrela, Estufa Fria (with Parque Infantil do Parque Eduardo VII right next to it), Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Parque Botânica do Monteiro-Mor, just to name a few. Keep in mind that not all of these parks or gardens are in the centre of Lisbon.

Some other really cool places or spots to see in Lisbon are the LX Factory, Belém (where you will find the famous Pastéis de Belém and Torre de Belém), the Lisbon zoo and the Oceanário de Lisboa (in 2017 chosen as nicest aquarium in the world). And if you would like to have a drink with an amazing view, try to find the rooftop bar on top of a parking garage called Park Bar.

Best time to visit

Lisbon is a year-round destination, so the best time to visit depends on what you are looking for. In general, the summer months of July and August can be very hot, while the winter experiences most rainy days. Spring and autumn are the best time to visit for most of the people in our opinion. And if you are planning a trip to Lisbon in June, be prepared to enjoy fresh sardines during the Sardine Festival. This month the city honours its patron saint St. Anthony. Many of Lisbon’s streets will be decorated with grill stations all over and parties everywhere. The actual Sardine Festival takes place from June 12th to 14th, but preparations for the festivities take several weeks. The day of St. Anthony is June 13th, but the city’s big festivities start the day before, on June 12th, with a giant parade on Avenida de Liberdade.

Hopefully the tips above will help you to explore this beautiful city. In our opinion, you will for sure not regret a trip to Lisbon.