We’d love to be able to tell you that Lisbon is a hidden little gem of a vacation destination, but that is simply not the case. The capital of Portugal sees around 4.5 million visitors every year, so we’d say that the word has gotten out. You see, Lisbon is a fantastic addition to anyone’s travel bucket list. It’s a city that is bustling with old-world charm, a tremendous music scene, and enough hotel and restaurant options to keep you busy for quite some time. What’s more, the city is constantly adding new infrastructure so you can expect even more reasons to visit in the future. With that in mind, here some of the best places to stay and eat, as well as must-do activities when visiting Lisbon.
Where To Stay
Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel
Like many of the entries in our “Spotlight” articles, you’ll have no problem finding a great hotel in Lisbon. However, if you’re looking for a little reprieve from the busy city, consider the Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel. The former palace is situated on the outskirts of town and provides a great opportunity for those looking for some breathing room during their visit. You’ll find 109 available rooms. The rooms are divided into three separate wings, each one a little fancier than the last. You’ll find all of the modern amenities, from complimentary breakfast to an awesome pool and restaurant.
Where To Eat
We’re going a little formal when it comes to dining in Lisbon, so pack a good suit and/or cocktail dress. Belcanto is an upscale dining option, and it’s also the first restaurant in Lisbon to earn not one but two Michelin stars. Take our advice and go with one of the tasting menus (you get two options—a five and nine-course). Each option comes with wine pairings. Speaking of wine, the cellar boasts more than 350 options, so you shouldn’t have an issue finding the perfect bottle to accompany your dinner. When it comes to fine dining, Belcanto is among some of the top picks in the world.
What To Do
Museu do Fado
Look, you’re not gonna have a hard time finding things to fill your days and nights in Lisbon. One that we suggest you DO NOT miss is the Museu do Fado. Fado music is a cornerstone of Portuguese culture, and this is one of the best ways to celebrate it. During your visit, you’ll not only get to hear amazing Fado music, but you’ll learn about how it impacted film, radio, and television. You might even catch some live concerts, making it a perfect accompaniment to dinner at Belcanto—the ultimate date night!