Day 1 - 29 Dec 2017
Content: I stayed in the ‘Lisbon Destination Hostel’ and I booked it through ‘HostelWorld’. You have the option to opt for a single room or you can stay in one of the dorm rooms. Staying in a dorm room is such a fun way to meet other travelers, make friends and even explore the city with them. I got to hear so many travel stories from some of them. The hostel hosted its own ice breaker games, movie nights, tours, beach picnics and the list goes on. The two guys running the hostel were some of the nicest people I met.
Content: Praca Do Comercio being the main square in the city, is beautifully decorated for Christmas. A huge tree (around 75 m tall) erected every year, is the highlight of the holiday décor and the theme is also different every year. I was in Lisbon in 2017 and the decoration was stunning.
Day 2 - 30 Dec 2017
Content: Praca Do Comercio is an important landmark in the city of Lisbon. It is the main square facing the harbor and Tagus River. The open area is surrounded by beautiful architecture and buildings. The most prominent building is the Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta. It is a historic tourist attraction that is built to look like a beautiful triumphal arc. The bright yellow colour of the building makes it stand out in the main square and serves as a great picture spot.
Day 2 - 30 Dec 2017
Content: Okay, so if you travel all the way to Lisbon and don’t take a ride in the classic tram, you might be missing out an experience here. The Trams have been in operation since the 1873 and Tram number 28 is the oldest of the trams in the city. It is such an exhilarating experience to take a ride. Even though I prefer to walk and explore a city and I walked a lot in Lisbon, it was amazing to be able to hit some tourist spots with the tram.
Day 2 - 30 Dec 2017
Content: Explore the city on foot. Lisbon has such colourful buildings but the most prominent colour is yellow. And I really love how yellow buildings stand out from the rest and adds a splash of vibrancy. Since everything is nearby and very much accessible from any tourist attraction in the city, you will not have any issues finding a restaurant, a public bathroom, a souvenir shop or even a grocery store. You will also come across museums, parks and street art.
Content: You can visit the tower at any time during the daytime and take out a good number of hours to explore the tower and its surrounding gardens. The tower has 4 storeys with several rooms and a beautiful roof. You can see the rest of the city from the roof top. The tower also has seating areas from where you can admire the views and literally feel like Rapunzel looking down close to 98 meters from above.
Content: There is so much to do at the Tagus River Bank in Lisbon. You can walk and explore the harbour, watch a live music performance or look at the architecture.
Content: This beautifully engineered aqueduct known as the ‘Águas Livres Aqueduct’. An aqueduct is a watercourse built to carry water from one point to another and is connected to pipes, canals and the rest of the water transport system in a city. I walked up to the top of the structure (there is a walking trail from one end to the other) and trust me when I say this, I was the only human there; apart from the receptionist. It was such a great feeling. The views were spectacular, the wind was crisp and I had the entire place to myself.
Content: Ponte 25 de Abril is a gorgeous suspension bridge in the city that is built over the Tagus River. It is painted in a beautiful red shade and resembles the Golden Gate in San Francisco. You can book a sunset tour in advance or you can buy the tickets through a walk in as well. You will also be walked through the history of the bridge. The tour takes you around inside the bridge and you get learn a little about its history. It is a very interesting tour. And what’s best about it is the sunset you get to witness from the top of the bridge. The view of the city is spectacular and I highly recommend booking this tour when you are in Lisbon.