3 ways to explore Lisbon

by By Michelle Chin (mchin@sph.com.sg)
published on 21 June 2016

With warm weather and no lack of delectable cuisine, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a suitable destination for a cheery summer holiday. The perfect place for a family getaway, Lisbon offers tasty local fare, beautiful architecture and interesting places to discover.

Here are three ways to explore Lisbon.

1. Culinary tour on foot

Explore the flavours of the city’s cuisine by signing up for a guided culinary tour for a fee. The tour, organised by Lisbon’s local operators, takes about two to four hours, depending on which routes or operators you select.

Titillate your taste buds as you snack on pastries, fresh seafood, Portuguese cheese and locally made marmalade.

The Mercado da Ribeira, a bustling food market that has been operating since the 1800s, can seat about 1,000 people. This foodie haven brings together some of the locals' choice picks, which include sirloin steak, egg tarts and rich ice creams.

Famous worldwide, Portuguese egg tarts are warm little parcels with flaky, palm-sized pastry encasing rich and gooey custard.

Before you leave the food market, take a swig of liqueur known as ginjinha. Brewed using sour cherries, sour ginja berries, alcohol, sugar and other ingredients, this alcoholic beverage is popular with the locals. It is usually served in a shot glass with a slice of fruit submerged at the bottom of the glass.

2. Cruise along the Tagus River

Catch the sunset on a two-hour cruise along on the Tagus River, which departs from Central Lisbon.

A river spanning Spain, Portugal, and the borders of the two countries, the Tagus River flows through many scenic areas.

Spend the evening sipping champagne with your loved ones as you admire the splendid views of attractions like the Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belem.

Located at the entrance of the port of Lisbon and shore of the Tagus River, these two structures that were crowned Unesco World Heritage sites make for good photo opportunities with their breathtaking and towering architectural splendour.

3. Explore the city on an electric bicycle

Guided electric bicycle tours are available in Lisbon. You can opt for morning, afternoon or night tours.    

Riding an electric bicycle is more relaxing than a conventional bicycle, as you can control its speed without pedalling.

Make your way to places of interests and vantage points to admire what the city has to offer. Along the route, be sure to visit various places of interest, such as the National Pantheon of Santa Engracia, Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora, Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major, and others.