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Lisbon is an amazing city. It may be my new favorite European destination. There are a few things to know in advance if you’re thinking about going there, which I hope that you are! If you need more convincing, check out this video, where you can see bits and pieces of the city.
Lisbon’s an easy city to get around in because it’s small and walkable. However, it’s hilly, with inclines, and many of the walkways have created by hand using beautiful tiling. While nice to look at it, the tiling is slippery, especially outside of Castelo de S. Jorge. People were sliding all over the place.
I wore flats and still had difficulty getting traction. So, wear flats with grip. I do not recommend heels, not even low ones lol :).
There is an affordable tram network and underground subway system throughout the city (the subway also runs to/from the airport).
We found the city to be quite clean and pleasant. Never did we feel unsafe or threatened.
Everything in Lisbon (and Portugal) is affordable, including the food and accommodations (our brand new Airbnb apartment, which is way more modern than my NYC apartment, was $30/night…yes, $30).
We had no issues speaking English or finding our way around without knowing Portuguese. The one funny and cute exception is when trying to communicate with the older ladies in the neighborhood of our Airbnb who didn’t speak a lick of English.
Like most places in Europe, you can hop on the train and, after a short ride, find yourself in another small Portuguese town. Within Lisbon, the train station is easy to get to (it was a manageable 20 minute walk from our Airbnb) and easy to navigate with the assistance. The tickets were $6 US.
Check out more of my Portugal posts and other travel posts (below). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!