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Places to discover in Lisbon before Eurovision Song Contest

Emre Kagitci

Lisbon is a great city where you can experience brand new tastes and have fun while travelling around the centre. For those who are visiting Lisbon because of the Eurovision Song Contest, there are plenty of options to do in the city while catching up the show. Here are some suggestions to look for when you are in the city.

Belem Tower

Belem Tower is an “old but gold” treasure to visit and discover in Lisbon. It has a little sitting area around it and many tourist visits this monument to see the architecture of the building with a great sunset view. If you are visiting Lisbon and don’t have much time to travel around Belem Tower should be your priority to see in the city. After your visit, you can walk to Pasteis de Belem which is famous for the pastry “Paste de Nata” that one should definitely taste and enjoy. 

Chiado and Bairro Alto

These two destinations are the heart of Lisbon when it comes to nightlife and having fun. You can find various restaurants that have Fado music (local Portuguese sounds) and good wine in Bairro Alto district. Personally, my opinion is getting lost in those retro streets of Bairro Alto and chill around with nice people of Lisbon. 

Chiado is a street that most of the shopping malls are located at and it has lots of fine dining restaurants to discover in this area. At nights this district is very crowded and if you want to have a seat in restaurants of Chiado you might have to wait a little bit! You can also find famous writer Fernando Pessoa’s statue in this district. 

Fernando Pessoa Museum

Gather around literature lovers! Here is a good suggestion for those who like to read Fernando Pessoa and eager to learn about his life. Fernando Pessoa Museum has various objects like pen and the bed of the writer. There is a fee to visit the museum and a good library to crawl in it.

Sintra

There is a secret bonus of going Lisbon if you are interested in visiting a district which will feel like travelling in time. Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of castles and palaces one could see in it. There are plenty of options to see here like Quinta da Regaleira, Palácio de Montserrat and Castelo dos Mouros. If you want to visit Sintra it would be better to spare your day for this district and be ready to see crowded tourist groups here. 

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