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Do you have plans to visit Lisbon? Can we try to convince you?

Here are 10 reasons why you should visit the capital of Portugal.

Walk along the boardwalk from Estoril to Cascais

If you take a train from the centre of Lisbon (Cais do Sodré) to São João do Estoril and head in the direction of the ocean, you’ll find a beautiful boardwalk that goes all the way to Cascais. This short walk along the beach will take about 25 minutes and it’s the perfect scenario to enjoy the sun, the views and the breeze.

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Photo by andre_madureira86 via Instagram

Go to Westernmost point of Europe “Cabo da Roca”

After the short walk on the Estoril boardwalk and once you reach Cascais, keep walking or rent a free bicycle to go along the coast and after a short while you’ll reach Cape Roca. It’s the westernmost point of (mainland) Europe!

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Photo by kachmarskyphotographer via Instagram

Climb up to Christ the King and enjoy the view

Inspired by the Brazilian statue “Christ the Redeemer” found in Rio de Janeiro, there is a smaller version of this statue in Lisbon named “Christ the King”. It provides one of the best views of Lisbon and the Tejo river.

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Photo by vivitravelstheglobe via Instagram

Keep calm and admire the Portuguese pavement

“Calçada” is the name of the traditional Portuguese pavement that you can find throughout Lisbon and other Portuguese cities. There are plenty of different and original patterns and while it’s not easy to walk on, it’s pretty easy to admire

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Photo by dianacoza via Instagram

Visit the National Coach Museum

This (un)popular museum innaugurated in 1905 is located in Belém and has a marvellous collection of coaches that belonged to the Portuguese royal family. Among the rare items inside the “Museu Nacional dos Coches” you can find coaches that belonged to King, Queens, and Popes.

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Photo by mcferreiraa via Instagram

Drink “ginginha” in a chocolate glass

A small glass made of chocolate + a typical cherry liquor called ginginha = Explosion of amazing flavours inside your mouth.

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Photo by tiagofrneves via Instagram

Have coffee with Fernando Pessoa

Go to one of the oldest cafés in downtown Lisbon named “A Brasileira” and have coffee with (a statue of) Fernando Pessoa, one of the greatest poets of Portugal.

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Photo by claireesp via Instagram

Lunch at Mercado da Ribeira

Inside the most traditional and main food market in Lisbon, you’ll find the Time Out Mercado da Ribeira created in 2010. It more than 30 small restaurants and kiosks offering great food and exceptional drinks.

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Photo by timeoutmarketlisboa via Instagram

Try a “Pastel de Belém”

This traditional egg tart pastry was named by The Guardian as the “15th most tasty delicacy in the world”. You can’t leave Lisbon without trying it!

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Photo by berilgram via Instagram

Night out at “Pensão do Amor”

Have a night out at Pensão Amor (literally translated as “Love Pension”) which is a former brothel turned into a modern, unusual and and cool bar at Cais do Sodré neighborhood, right in the centre of Lisbon.

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Photo by danaohara via Instagram
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