Looking for a romantic weekend away to surprise your loved one? Look no further, Lisbon is your answer!
When looking for a romantic destination for a short cityscape, the first places that come to mind are popular cities such as Paris or Venice that have forever had a romantic connotation. As much as these cities are beautiful and romantic in their own way, in reality they are immensely overpriced, full of tourists 365 days a year and you have already seen almost everything there is to see on Instagram and in cliché rom-coms!
Lisbon is much smaller than your average capital and yet still manages to impress even the most experienced travellers out there with its overwhelmingly beautiful postcard-perfect viewpoints, rich culture and history, and delicious delicacies! Book your flights to Lisbon for the most romantic weekend you could wish for!
Fall in love with the views in Lisbon!
Lisbon has so much to offer every type of traveller out there, from couples to families, solo adventurers to big groups of friends! Anyone coming to Lisbon will definitely be able to find their ideal kind of trip!
For a romantic trip, wandering around this new city and getting lost in the beautiful hilly streets of Lisbon is the ideal way to get to know the local atmosphere and culture which you will absolutely fall head over heals in love with! Explore the roots of Fado in the oldest neighbourhoods, Alfama and Mouraria, and feel the Portuguese soul full of saudade flood the azulejos-covered alleyways!
Lisbon is known as the city of seven hills so, as you can probably imagine, the best views are going to require some climbing! Stroll up the shiny limestone covered streets to any of the many magical “miradouros” where you can enjoy incredible postcard-worthy hilltop panoramas which will make the entire walk worth it!
Considering joining a free walking tour? Book online here.
When you need a rest from all the climbing, head over to Martim Moniz square and jump onto one of the retro yellow trams, one of the iconic symbols of Lisbon! Feel like you’ve jumped back in time together in these vintage funiculars for an alternative way to see the narrow backstreet views of the city or even down the riverside, depending on which destination you want to reach!
Lisbon has many breath-taking spots to enjoy the golden hour, from delicious rooftop cocktail bars to breath-taking hilltop viewpoints! But why not choose a more personal alternative?! Watching the sunset over the river with the Bridge and Christo Rei in the distance with a bottle of wine and a couple of Pasteis de Nata will make for a beautiful setting for a sunset picnic.
After a long day, what better way to enjoy the evening than by diving into the local culture and experiencing a live Fado show? This music reflects the Portuguese soul full of Saudade (nostalgia, longing) and its cultural importance has been rightfully recognised and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list!
You should head over to the neighbourhoods of Alfama and Mouraria to one of the many Fado houses where you can enjoy the music. During Fado shows, the singers and musicians play throughout the night with little breaks in between every few songs!
An alternative to the usually pricey experience is joining a Fado tour here. You can enjoy the same experience but in a more affordable way, complete with snacks and wine!
Date night in Lisbon
Upon arriving in Lisbon, you may notice that the Portuguese love their food, this is for good reason! Dive into the Portuguese Petiscos culture, similar to Spanish tapas, where you order multiple small dishes for the table to share paired with whichever wine you desire. Visit one of the many Petiscos restaurants for a delicious night to remember!
Note: try the Portuguese Vinho verde which translates to Green wine! However, this wine is not actually green, it is made from very young grapes and does not store well so it must be consumed within a short time. It is a fresher-tasting semi-sparkling wine.
If you are interested in going on a “petiscos crawl” kind of experience, you can join a History and flavours tour. You visit three different restaurants to taste each of their specialities as well as a glass of wine in each place. This is the best tour for any foodie!